Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events:Summer Camp Expo at PS 321, I Love Harriet the Spy, Celebrate Lunar New Year and Much More!

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Express Your Inner Snake, Celebrate Lunar New Year at MOCO

Happy February Brooklynites! (Is it just me or was January the longest. month. ever?!) There are lovely events and activities happening ’round town this weekend so take your pick from our top picks! In addition to the awesome classes and activities we’ve rounded up, I Love Harriet the Spy is certainly a reason to head on up to the Upper West Side with your family. If you’re feeling pretty festive, skip on over to MOCA to Express Your Inner Snake and Celebrate Lunar New Year. It’s sure to be a fun and educational day! But, please, please, puh-lease make some time in your schedule for PS 321′s Summer Camp and After School Expo, because, believe it or not, it’s that time of year again and the race for the perfect Summer Camp is on! As always, visit our events calendar and music listings because the fun never ends. Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1ST

Friday, February 1st: all day
The Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial (MIDTOWN EAST)

How fun is this?! Celebrate Grand Central’s 100th birthday with exhibits, performances, notable speakers, entertainment, photo opportunities, and more. Enjoy 1913 pricing from shops and restaurants in the terminal.
Details: 89 East 42nd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st: various times
Grand Opening and Trial Classes at Hosh Kids (GREENPOINT)

This is why I love Brooklyn so much: there’s always something new and exciting to try out! Brand new arts, movement and wellness center for kids and families is opening this week.  Affordable and interesting classes and programs.
Details: 55 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: Henry Cross at 718-599-9642. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st from 10am — 11am
J Yum and Hum at Kings Bay Y (WINDSOR TERRACE)

Join Tehilah and Gilad in a journey through Jewish communities around the world with music and food! J-Yum & Hum provides engaging, dynamic and interactive program for parents and their infants (up to crawlers), exploring culture and tradition through stories, music, foods, storytelling of the Jewish Diaspora. Learn about the cultures and lifestyles of their Jewish counterparts around the world.
Details: 1224 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 2 and under. FREE for all. Contact: Nadira at 718.407.6377. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA  (PARK SLOPE)
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st at 2:30pm
Sing-A-Long with Jarrod at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)

Join in for the kids section for 40 minutes of favorite songs and stories for the littlest booklovers, led by Greenlight bookseller Jarrod and his trusty guitar.
Details: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and under. Contact: (718) 246-0200. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st from 3pm — 4pm
FREE Play Date at Hank & JoJo (FORT GREENE)

Need to get out of the house? Come meet the other littles at the Hank & JoJo shop. We have art supplies for older kids, and soft cushions and carpet for pre-walkers. Bring a few toys, a snack, and have a blast!
Details: 218 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718.237.0826. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridays at Klub4Kidz (WILLIAMSBURG)

It’s an all-you-can play buffet! Rock climbing, face painting, tattoos galore! And… access to all Klub4Kidz, including painting and drawing in the art studio, board games, video games, and dancing! Fun!
Details: 159 North 4th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15 per kid; $12 for 3 years and under; $10 for each additional kid; additional $5 if doing the holiday craft. Contact: 718.599.5900. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program (LITTLE ITALY)
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 1st from 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2ND

Saturday, February 2nd: various times
Grand Opening and Trial Classes at Hosh Kids (GREENPOINT)

This is why I love Brooklyn so much: there’s always something new and exciting to try out! Brand new arts, movement and wellness center for kids and families is opening this week.  Affordable and interesting classes and programs.
Details: 55 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: Henry Cross at 718-599-9642. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd: various times
Barclay’s Nets Community Alliance Winter Free Hours at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Free admission to the museum on this day so go check it out and have FUN! Please note: does not apply to school, camp, or other organized groups.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd: various times
BAMkids Film Festival 2013 at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (FORT GREENE)

This will surely be a fun time for the entire family! There will be features, shorts, live performances, filmmaker questions and answers, and more!
Details: 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $12 general admission; $9 students/seniors/kids 13 and under. Contact: 718.636.4100. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 26th from 9am — 11:30am
Open Play Drop-Off at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)

This should be fun! There will be open play drop off where kids will have the opportunity to build obstacle courses for robots, craft robots out of clay and found objects, create marble runs, giant lego creations and much more.
Details: 303 Third Avenue (between 1st and Carroll Street), Brooklyn. Ages 5-9. Cost: $15/hour. Contact: (347)762-6840. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 10am — 6pm
Celebrate Lunar New Year at MOCA (CHINATOWN)
Kick off the New Year at MOCA! This popular annual event will include family friendly tours of the museum, Lunar New Year walking tours of Chinatown and an array of drop-in arts and crafts activities throughout the day. The day will consist of many activities including: Family Friendly Gallery and Walking Tours, performances and workshops, and Drop-In Arts and Crafts and Teaching Artists Demonstrations.
Details: 215 Centre Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $10/general admissions; FREE/MOCA members, children 10 and under. Contact: 212.619.4785. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd beginning at 10am
Bija Art at Bija Kids (CLINTON HILL)

These classes are process-oriented and designed to encourage exploration and joy. Students work with a variety of media including paint, glue, fabric, clay, pencil, and chalk. They create collaboratively and independently. Each class session uses class themes such as animals, anatomy, and outer space. Little artists are encouraged to get their hands dirty, see what happens when, and enjoy the process and the outcome of their work. Sounds like fun! Please note: Ages 3-4 from 10am — 10:45am; Ages 4–6 from 11am — 11:45am.
Details: 900 Fulton Street (between Waverly and Washington), Brooklyn. Contact: 347.294.0653. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 10am — 1pm
School Food Parent Workshop at IS 302 (CYPRESS HILLS)

If you’re up for making real change for our children’s health and success, then join in for this informative workshop. At the workshop, you will learn what you can do to improve the quality of food in your child’s school. Childcare and refreshments will be provided.
Details: 350 Linwood Street (between Liberty Avenue and Atlantic Avenue), Brooklyn. FREE for all. All are welcomed. Contact: 347.921.3918 (Brooklyn Food Coalition) or 718.647.8100 (Cypress Hill Advocates for Education) for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30am
Lavender Blues Music Group at Two Moon Art House and Cafe (PARK SLOPE)

From the creators, “Lavender Blues is a Music Group for babies and toddlers. We sit in a circle, sing songs, play instruments, have movement with our fingers, arms and feet, as well as march dance and play with a ginormous parachute!!”
Details: 315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and under. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd at 11am
Celebrate “The Snowy Day” at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)

Celebrate Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved classic The Snowy Day, the story of young Peter and his explorations in an urban winter wonderland. Along with a reading of the picture book, we’ll be doing special Snowy Day activities, including coloring and drawing contests (with prizes), word searches, mazes, matching games, and more! Join us for a morning of snowy activities for kids and families.
Details: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 — 8. Contact: 718.246.0200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 11am — 12pm
Open House at Pantomima (SUNSET PARK)

Children love to eat and play so why not to combine both and share it with new friends? This is why Pantomima presents… A Toddler Messy Edible Game! A special Open House for new friends to get to know Pantomima and play with food while they create nice collective projects!
Details: 462 36th Street, Brooklyn. Ages 2 and under. Contact: 718.499.0216. Email to reserve your spot: info@pantomimaforkids.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 11am — 12pm
Mo Willems Presents Don’t Let The Pigeon Finish The Activity Book at MoMA Design Store (SoHo)

Sesame Street alum and New York Times best-selling author, Mo Willems will be leading a puppet-making workshop in conjunction with Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish the Activity Book. Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner and two-time Geisel Medal winner. Children who attend the event will have the chance to make their own Pigeon and Mad Cow puppets with instruction from Mo Williams.
Details: 81 Spring Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 12pm — 5pm
Illuminated at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Illumination Celebration: Winter Pop-Up! Get yourself aglowing with a celebration of winter delights, Swedish-style, featuring an enchanting moonlight lantern walk with live music, stilt dancers, and giant puppets. Throughout the day, enjoy wondrous workshops or just cozy up in our Mitten Lodge. Indulge in mulled wine, Stockholm hot chocolate, pepparkakor cookies, and the sounds of BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes. The evening is capped off with our Ljus och Musik (Lights and Music) after party for all ages.
Details: 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with admissions. Contact: 718-623-7200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 12:30pm — 2pm
Doodling Robot at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)

Want to make a robot that can create a masterpiece? Join in for Doodling Robots! Participants will work with your child to make their very own robot that draws beautiful things as it skittles, scuttles and jitters around. Each child will be able to design, build and create their very own robot to take with them at the end of the session.
Details: 303 Third Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 6-8. Contact: 347.762.6840. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd at 1pm
Saturday Family Program: Soul Steps Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, Dweck Center (GRAND ARMY PLAZA)

Soul Steps combines percussive movement, hip-hop rhythms, and call and response, allowing the audience to participate in the artistic legacy of step, in its early roots in South African mines in the 1800′s, and its present day style.
Details: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 1:30pm — 2:30pm
Transit Time Travel: 1913 at The New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)

What was life like for a kid in New York City in 1913? Find out at the New York Transit Museum as they travel back in time to the year Grand Central Terminal opened! Explore the toys, food, dress and transportation that kids loved 100 years ago.
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. Ages 4 and up. Cost: FREE with $5 kids admission. Contact: 718-694-1600. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 2pm — 5pm
School’s Out Summer Camp and After School Expo at PS 321 (PARK SLOPE)

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again — deciding where your child/children will spend their long Summer days. The PS 321 School’s Out Summer Camp and After School Expo is an afternoon event designed to give parents of school-aged children in Brooklyn the chance to meet directly with summer camp and after school program representatives. This is an incredible opportunity that you won’t want to miss out on! Trust me… you don’t want to be that parent running around the last minute trying to frantically find a summer spot for your kid.
Details: 180 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 2pm — 5pm
Lunar New Year Festival at Children’s Museum of Arts (SoHo)

Celebrate Chinese culture by exploring ancient and modern art, music, and dance. Featuring guest artists and performances by the NY Chinese Cultural Center and Music from China, as well as hands-on workshops.
Details: 103 Charlton Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE with admissions. Contact: (212) 274-0986. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd from 2pm — 6pm
Winter Skating at the Brooklyn Lyceum (PARK SLOPE)

Visit Brooklyn Lyceum and warm up roller-skating to “sunny” tunes from the 70′s and 80′s. Everyone is welcome, whether you want to skate or just hang out and listen to some great tunes – just have a blast. And for even more fun come in your best Disco outfits. Please note: bring your own skates!
Details: 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $5/person. Contact: info@brooklynlyceum.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 2nd at 3pm
LEGO Legends of Chima Screening at Scholastic (SOHO)

Explore the newest world from LEGO – Chima! Watch two full episodes and an EXCLUSIVE trailer for episode 3 from the series on the Cartoon Network in the Scholastic Auditorium. Afterwards, find your own CHI with Chima building challenges and learn more about the mysterious forces that helped create the warriors of Chima with Legends of Chima Origins: A Starter Handbook!
Details: 557 Broadway, NYC. Ages 4 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 212.389.3343. Visit the website for more information. 

Saturday, February 2nd at 3pm
“Off The Hook” : The Sandy Plays at PS 15 (RED HOOK)

More than a dozen professional actors and volunteers are starring in a trio of plays written by three young Red Hood residents, primarily about… you guessed it… Hurricane Sandy! The play is the culmination of an annual fall playwriting workshop hosted by Falconworks.
Details: 71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all, donations accepted.

Saturday, February 2nd from 3pm — 4:30pm
Flying and Floating Robots at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)

The children will create flying & floating robots. Though these creations will not have electronics inside, they will be awesome! We have a special apparatus that we created which we hoist all the way up to our 14 foot ceiling to release the parachuting robots. We also have a vertical wind tunnel where the kids can test their flying creations. It is a great lesson on lift, drag and is super fun! The room will be filled with lots of laughs and smiles as the kids tweak and design their floating & flying creations!
Details: 303 Third Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 4-6. Contact: 347.762.6840. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3RD

Sunday, February 3rd: various times
Barclay’s Nets Community Alliance Winter Free Hours at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Free admission to the museum on this day so go check it out and have FUN! Please note: does not apply to school, camp, or other organized groups.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd: various times
Grand Opening and Trial Classes at Hosh Kids (GREENPOINT)

This is why I love Brooklyn so much: there’s always something new and exciting to try out! Brand new arts, movement and wellness center for kids and families is opening this week.  Affordable and interesting classes and programs.
Details: 55 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: Henry Cross at 718-599-9642. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
On Sunday mornings, children’s performers keep babies and toddlers under 3 years old entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 11am
Finding Gertrude at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (PARK SLOPE)

Reality is sometimes hiding where you least expect it…. and there are friendly mysterious creatures along the way. Fungi wear red pumps and Ravens’ songs are amplified electronically; Ballerinas indicate a course along which common sense yields to unfamiliar syntax. To find a thing you must leave home. There is Comfort in satellites telling you where to go from A to Z, but what about trying to find something in your own back yard where you think you know you left it. Nouns and Verbs have shadows underneath them, and Z to A may be the quickest way of Finding Gertrude.
Details: 421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $10/ticket; FREE/children under 2. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 11am
Jumpin’ Juniper Festival at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (PARK SLOPE)

Get ready for an hour the arts. I’m talking story, song, film, or dance! Woot! A play room (open from 10:30 am – 1 pm) is available in conjunction with the performances, where children and adults can take a break and return to the show at any time. Please note: Today’s show will feature Brandin Steffensen.
Details: 421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $8/ticket; FREE/children under 2. Contact: (718) 832-0018. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 11:30am
Children’s Storytime at powerHouse on 8th (PARK SLOPE)

Grab the children and join the lovely folks at powerHouse for a reading of “Baby Penguins Everywhere!,” by Melissa Guion. It’s a great pre-nap activity!
Details: 1111 8th Avenue between 11th and 12th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049; shop@powerhouseon8th.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 11:30am
Kidrockers Concert Series at The Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)

Kidrockers founder Beth Lorge “wanted to create an opportunity for kids and parents to discover artists and get to see them play in a fun, safe, and comfortable environment.” Enter the Sunday Concert Series. Kidrockers is teaming up with The Brooklyn Bowl to feature some of NYC’s finest new bands that’ll perform original songs in a way that is both authentic and kid-friendly. Hosts Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, Sweet) and Craig Baldo will bring hilarity and interactivity to the events and they hope you’re ready! Please note: This Sunday will feature bands Hooray for Earth & Reputante .
Details: 61 Wythe Street (between North 11th and North 12th), Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8/person; $20/family four pack (advanced purchase only). Visit the website for more information

Sunday, February 3rd at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder (CHELSEA)

Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd from 12pm — 5pm
Illuminated at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Illumination Celebration: Winter Pop-Up! Get yourself aglowing with a celebration of winter delights, Swedish-style, featuring an enchanting moonlight lantern walk with live music, stilt dancers, and giant puppets. Throughout the day, enjoy wondrous workshops or just cozy up in our Mitten Lodge. Indulge in mulled wine, Stockholm hot chocolate, pepparkakor cookies, and the sounds of BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes. The evening is capped off with our Ljus och Musik (Lights and Music) after party for all ages.
Details: 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with admissions. Contact: 718-623-7200. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 1pm
I Love Harriet the Spy at Symphony Space (UWS)

In this timeless story, 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch, determined to be a writer, carries her secret notebook with her, writing down everything she sees on her daily “spy route” through her New York City neighborhood.
Details: 2537 Broadway, NYC. Ages 9-12. Cost: $15/general; $12/members. Contact: 212.864.1414. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 1:30pm
Happy Birthday, Amelia Bedelia at WORD! (GREENPOINT)

It’s Amelia Bedelia’s 50th birthday, and we’re throwing a party in her honor! Stop by anytime between 1:30 and 3:30 to make a craft, have some cake, and get some fun Amelia Bedelia goodies.
Details: 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 718.383.0096. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 3rd from 1:30pm — 2:30pm
Transit Time Travel: 1913 at The New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)

What was life like for a kid in New York City in 1913? Find out at the New York Transit Museum as they travel back in time to the year Grand Central Terminal opened! Explore the toys, food, dress and transportation that kids loved 100 years ago.
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. Ages 4 and up. Cost: FREE with $5 kids admission. Contact: 718-694-1600. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd from 2pm — 5pm
Lunar New Year Festival at Children’s Museum of Arts (SoHo)

Celebrate Chinese culture by exploring ancient and modern art, music, and dance. Featuring guest artists and performances by the NY Chinese Cultural Center and Music from China, as well as hands-on workshops.
Details: 103 Charlton Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE with admissions. Contact: (212) 274-0986. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd at 3pm and 4pm
Valentines Workshop at Hootenanny Art House (PARK SLOPE/WINDSOR TERRACE)

Participants will use colored paper, stickers, rubber stamps, crayons, pencils and glue to create handmade valentines for friends and grandmas, neighbors and dads. Red envelopes and postage stamps will be provided. All you need to bring are mailing addresses so you and your child can send some postal love in time for Valentine’s Day!
Details: 426 15th Street at 8th Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 2-6. Cost: $20/child; $10/siblings. Email to reserve your spot and state your class preference: hootenannyarts@mac.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 3rd from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details:
81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.

ALL WEEKEND

All Weekend: various times
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Annual Dance Concert and Pow Wow at Theater for the New City (East Side)
It’s the 50th anniversary of the founding of Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Highlights will include Storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Michael Taylor (Choctaw), a Caribou Dance (from the Inuit people of Alaska), a Buffalo Dance (from the Hopi people), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance. After matinees, the cast will remain in the theater to personally meet the children attending and be photographed with them. Please note: The matinee will be Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
Details
: 155 First Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $10 Adults, $1 Children Under 12 (Matinees only, must be accompanied by paying adult). Visit the website for more information.

All Weekend: Various Times
YouthWorks at BAX, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (PARK SLOPE)

Wowsa! This sounds pretty awesome. It consists of dance, song, theater, and more as developed, performed, and imagined by children ages 7-18. Super cute!
Details: 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $5/at the door. Contact: 718-832-0018. Visit the website for more information.
All Weekend: Various Times
Celebrate Lunar New Year at MOCA (CHINATOWN)
Kick off the New Year at MOCA! This popular annual event will include family friendly tours of the museum, Lunar New Year walking tours of Chinatown and an array of drop-in arts and crafts activities throughout the day. The day will consist of many activities including: Family Friendly Gallery and Walking Tours, performances and workshops, and Drop-In Arts and Crafts and Teaching Artists Demonstrations.
Details: 215 Centre Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $10/general admissions; FREE/MOCA members, children 10 and under. Contact: 212.619.4785. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks: $3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.

All Weekend from 10am — 5pm
MoMath Exhibitions at the Museum of Mathematics (FLATIRON DISTRICT)

Welcome to NYC’s newest museum — the Museum of Mathematics! More than 30 exhibitions reveal the wonders of math in this 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, the exhibitions invite participation, encourage experimentation, and spark curiosity in visitors of all ages and math skills. They bring math concepts to life in ways that amaze, astound enlighten and entertain. Many have surprising outcomes that stimulate visitors to want to understand why.
Details: 11 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $9/children. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 4pm
Perfect Catch: A Throw-mantic Comedy at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)

The charming and whimsical Perfect Catch: A Throw-mantic Comedy returns to Canal Park Playhouse!  Cubicle dwellers Jen and Michael discover a shared love for office pranks igniting a delightfully silly romp through New York City with juggling, dancing, and physical comedy under a rainstorm of bubbles. Part of Canal Park Playhouse’s Matinee/Brunch series, brunch at the theater’s Waffle Iron Café is available before and after the show. The brunch menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, and smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter, as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) and the chocoholic fantasy the Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle.  Entree salads and waffle-branded sliders are also available.
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sundays through March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image (ASTORIA, QUEENS)
This is your chance for your family to catch your fave family flick in a cool museum. The museum presents an accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday that includes the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series, “Antz,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and much more, in a theatrical setting. Lights! Camera! Action!
Details: 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street) Queens. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.

ONGOING

Through February 12, 2013 (train show)
Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Market (MIDTOWN EAST)
Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 is celebrating my creating a brand new layout built by Lionel. In this free show at New York City Transit Museum Annex, the model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North.  Vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection will also be on display joined by  New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central’s heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. This free train show is especially fun as it takes place in a real train station: Grand Central. View our entire review of the Train Show and Market HERE.

Ongoing — Saturday Mornings at 10:30am
The Adventures of Maya the Bee at Culture Project (SoHo)
This jazz puppet show is one that children and adults alike will enjoy! The revamped productions of The Adventures of Maya the Bee is back after its first successful run! It still features the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. Will a sparkling new set of props and great puppets, this is one glorious jazz-themed show!
Details: 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Visit the website for more information.

Ongoing
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater (MIDTOWN)
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m been to this twice because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Through July 7th from 10:30am — 4:30pm (hourly)
IMAX Flight of the Butterflies at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)

This is a great way for children (and adults alike!) to learn about the 3,000-mile journey traveled every fall by half a billion Monarch butterflies… at one of NYC’s favorite museums! This migration, which begins in Canada and continues through the United States to Mexico, is the longest and most amazing insect migration on Earth.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students and seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Price includes admission to the museum. Contact: 212-769-5200. Visit the website for more information.

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