Hi everyone! The last weekend of January is here and also Saturday is the first day of the Lunar New Year and there is so much to do!
Head out with the kids and enjoy the BAMkids Film Festival, Mil’s Trills 7th Annual Winter Bash at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade, Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan! at Asia Society, House Party: Free Radicals at BRIC, PBS KIDS: READY! JET! GO! at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Winter Jam in Central Park, Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Jalopy Theatre, Winter Carnival in Bryant Park, a Moana Sing-Along at various NYC movie theaters, Hot Peas ‘N Butter at The Jewish Museum, Lunar New Year: New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival at Sara D. Roosevelt Park and Movies @ the Library: The Jungle Book at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library.
Also check out the long running events like Elephant & Piggie… at The New Victory Theater, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players, Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring at the 14th Street Y, Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater, Puss in Boots at Puppetworks, the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central and the last weekend of Luminaries in Brookfield Place.
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday January 27th
Winter Carnival in Bryant Park
Friday January 27th through Saturday February 4th at various times. Free. Bundle up and come on out for the 3rd annual Winter Carnival at Bank of America Winter Village! Embrace the frosty weather and join us for a celebration of the winter season. We are expanding the wildly popular Winter Carnival from one weekend to NINE DAYS, with more of your favorite signature elements and new activities, too! See the website for the schedule of events.
Moana Sing-Along at various NYC movie theaters
Friday January 27th at various times and various ticket prices. See website for details. Be a part of the sing-along engagement of Disney’s Moana in select theatres January 27! Get tickets now!
Movies @ the Library: The Jungle Book at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Friday January 27th 330-5p. Free. Runtime: 106 minutes. Rated PG. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo.
Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring at the 14th Street Y (Stuyvesant Town/East Village)
Friday January 27th 8p, Saturday January 28th 11a & 2p and Sunday January 29th 11a & 730p.and various days/times until Sunday February 5th. See website for details. Tickets: $25 General admission and $50 premium (early access seating, a poster signed by the cast, and an all-ages coloring book). Run time: 70 minutes. Cirque-tacular Presents: Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring. Young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. Our tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire and enchant your imagination. This snow show for all ages will melt your heart! Join us as we traverse from winter to spring in a magical journey of seasonal splendor, circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her living snow globe. Be blown away when the icy north wind battles Jack Frost in an epic snowball fight. Feel the warm glow of winter’s end as the snow ballet melts your heart. Delight in the first blossoms of the sunny new season as acrobats play in the springtime rays. Snow-y, blow-y family fun abounds in the whimsical winter wonder-world that is SNOWKUS POCUS!!!
Saturday January 28th
Lunar New Year: New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Lower East Side)
Saturday January 28th 11a-330p. Free. On the first day of the Lunar New Year, January 28, the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, gets things going at 11 a.m.. There will be performances, vendors, and giveaways. The main event, the Firecracker Ceremony, is scheduled for noon. You might want to bring your ear plugs!
Elephant & Piggie… at The New Victory Theater
Saturdays 11a, 3p & 7p and Sundays 11a & 3p until February 5th. 3p on February 5th is Autism-Friendly (see website for details). For ages 4-7y. Tickets start at $25. Performance Facts: 60 minutes with no intermission. Elephant Gerald is a careful, formally-attired worrywart. Piggie is a perky, smiley bundle of fun. Total opposites? No way! In ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S WE ARE IN A PLAY!, a musical adaptation of Mo Willems’s best-selling children’s books, Elephant and Piggie are BFFs. The two sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, facing fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, Elephant and Piggie will have you giggling out loud in this romp of a musical!
Winter Jam in Central Park (UES)
Saturday January 28th 11a-3p. Free. Location: Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park Accessible (Nearest entrance at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue). There may not be snow on the ground* (see website for information), but Winter Jam brings a day of frozen fun to the Big Apple! Presented by NYC Parks, Lake Placid, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Winter Jam will feature activities for New Yorkers of all ages! Featured Venues: Arctic Golf, Live Ice Sculpting, Ice Slide (for children five years old and younger), Ice Bowling, Quidditch, Dodgeball, Flag Football and more. See website for all the details.
House Party: Free Radicals at BRIC (Fort Greene)
Saturday January 28th 12n-5p. This event is free with RSVP. RSVP here. Brooklyn’s best daytime family parties continue! Inclusive and welcoming programming that encourage creativity and discovery. Join us for dance classes, gaming, art-making and other participatory activities, culminating in a raucous all-ages dance party. The Free Radicals House Party will feature a day of unbound exploration, action and reaction – from science projects to political movements.
Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan! at Asia Society
Saturday January 28th 1-5p. $5 children, $12 non members. Celebrate Lunar New Year! Celebrate the Year of the Rooster! Asia Society rings in the Year of the Rooster with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities will include a Lion Dance and kung fu demonstration, musical performances, and more. See website for the schedule of events.
Sunday January 29th
Mil’s Trills 7th Annual Winter Bash at ShapeShifter Lab (Gowanus)
Sunday January 29th at 10a. Tickets: $10 in advance. Purchase tickets here. $15/door. Mil’s Trills is a children’s music project led by Amelia Robinson, that invites families to celebrate the community through original tunes and a rotating cast of musical guests. A highly interactive show, audiences are encouraged to be part of the experience while discovering a world of instruments.
Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday January 29th 11a. Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $25 Family. Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being the one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true. They’ve released four albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007.
PBS KIDS: READY! JET! GO! at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Sunday January 29th 11a. Not rated. 75 minutes. Tickets are $1-3 and all ticket sales benefit our local PBS station. READY JET GO! is a PBS KIDS earth science and astronomy series for children ages 3-8. READY JET GO! takes viewers on a journey into outer space, building on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy. The series follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark.
Hot Peas ‘N Butter at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday January 29th 1130a-1230p. $16 General Public; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members. For ages 3-8y. Shake and sizzle to the multicultural rhythms of Hot Peas ‘N Butter. Hear a mix of contagious beats, from vibrant Puerto Rican folk music to soulful American blues, and dance to tunes from Put Our Heads Together and other award-winning albums.
Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade
Sunday January 29th 12n. Free. Location: Eighth Avenue and 50th Street. Hosted annually by the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, the parade features lion and dragon dancers alongside powerful drummers and a variety of other colorful characters. The event will also include free cultural performances for kids and adults.
BAMkids Film Festival 2017 (Fort Greene)
Saturday-Sunday January 28th-29th various times. Tickets: $14 adults, $9 members, $10 child 12y and under. In association with Northwest Film Forum and TIFF Kids International Film Festival™. Brooklyn’s favorite children’s film festival returns for its 19th year, presenting the best shorts and features from around the world—representing 27 countries in total. This year’s fun-filled program showcases curated selections from the top children’s festivals in North America. BAMcafé is open all day long, so stop by after your screening for food and a host of fun activities. See the website for all the details.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players (Park Slope)
Saturdays 2p & Sundays 12n & 3p until February 19th. Tickets: $25 adults and $20 child and seniors. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Featuring the Peanuts Gang: Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, and more! Two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, which include “My Blanket and Me,” “Suppertime,” “The Baseball Game,” and “Happiness.”
Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday-Thursday 1-3p until Thursday February 23rd. Free with Museum admission. Recommended for children 3+. Did you know a Giraffe can grow up to 18 feet tall? Or that Lions are always in a Pride? Step into our new temporary exhibit and discover fascinating lessons we can learn from the animals in the Jungle!
The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Saturday-Sunday January 28th-29th 2p & 4p. Also ongoing at various times until February 20th. See website for schedule. Tickets start at $15. Travel back in time to meet famous and “not so famous” kids who changed the world such as Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Wright brothers, Suffragettes, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday 1230p & 230p until April 9th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Puss in Boots ~ Charles Perrault’s 1697 French Fantasy with an Original Song Score & a “live” Ogre. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
Open Play at Curiosity on Court (Cobble Hill)
Monday-Friday 10a-6p & Saturday-Sunday 9a-6p. Open Play drop-in: $25 per child, $45 for 2 siblings, $6- for 3 siblings. Weekday monthy passes and pass packages also available. Welcome to Curiosity on Court, a world of energy busting excitement! Our custom designed play structures and exhibits were created to raise the curiosity and fuel the imagination of kids 1–10 yrs old. Whether they’re conquering our climbing wall, taking a ride on the subway, making connections on the magnetic wall or finding their route through our multi-level play structure, there’s hours of fun for everyone. Weekend Open Play hours are extended if we don’t have birthday party/event. Please call to check: 347-294-0160
Luminaries in Brookfield Place (Battery Park)
Ongoing until Sunday January 29th. Luminaries is a mesmerizing holiday light installation designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, based on the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, and community. Visitors are immersed in a canopy of glowing lanterns suspended within the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, each changing color and intensity. Touch-sensitive “wishing stations” on the ground invite visitors to send a holiday wish, which materializes as a burst of color traveling through the lanterns above.
15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Ongoing until Sunday February 26th, 2017. Hours: Monday–Friday 8a-8p; Saturday–Sunday 10a-6p. Free. Come celebrate the holiday season with us! This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. Vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” model trains and a selection of Transit Museum Collection ½” scale trolley models made by Dr. George Rahilly will also be on view. Transit gifts are available online at www.nytransitmuseumstore.com.
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p. Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!