From interactive kids concerts and a 1-hour ballet to a pow wow and bird watching hike, there is lots of fun to be had in NYC this weekend. Read on for your guide to an awesome weekend with your family.
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Party with Josh and the Jamtones
More than just a concert, this is an interactive dance party. The Boston-based band’s sound is a musical mash-up of artists like Bob Marley, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Jack Johnson. Expect loads of fun, rock and roll with a ska beat, and the energy level of a runaway locomotive. Sat., 11 a.m. Upper West Side. $12-$21. All ages. Event details.
Discover the Sound of Billie Holiday
Introduce budding enthusiasts to the woman with the gardenia in her hair. An acclaimed pianist and spectacular jazz vocalist come together to showcase Billie Holiday’s sound in this family-friendly concert. Sat. 1 p.m. Upper West Side. $10-$15. Ages 7-12. Event details.
See a 1-Hour Cinderella Ballet
Kids might not be able to sit through a full ballet performance, but this mini 1-hour long Cinderella show is perfect. A dancing clock and two wacky stepsisters make this enchanting New York Theatre Ballet performance a favorite for all ages. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Midtown. $47.10. All ages. Event details.
Learn About Percussion Instruments
Introduce your little one to the symphony with Little Orchestra Society’s special LOLLI-POPS kids programs. Kids will clap their hands and tap their feet as they learn that rhythms are everywhere in the percussion family. Sat., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Sun., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Midtown. $34+. Ages 3-5. Event details.
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Pow Wow
Get a taste of the philosophy and beauty of the Native culture at the 40th annual Thunderbird American Indian Dancers dance performance and Pow Wow. The show includes amazing costumes, storytelling, The Heyna Second Son Signers and dancing ranging from a Stomp Dance to a Deer Dance from a variety of tribes. Your kids will love the end of the program when everyone is invited to join in on the dancing. Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., & Sun. 3 p.m. East Village. $10/adults, $1/kids. All ages. Event details.
Story Time at Financier Patisserie
Ready to think about spring? Author Sally Lloyd-Jones will read and sign her new book “Bunny’s First Spring” at Financier Patisserie. There will be complimentary coffee for all adults, as well as hot chocolate and mini financiers for all children. Sat. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Financial District. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Bird Watching Tour
Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind? Take a tour and learn about the 200 plus species of birds that call Prospect Park home. Meet at the Audubon Center for this family-friendly tour. Binoculars and guides will be provided. Sat., 10 a.m. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
BAMKids Film Festival
This kid-focused film festival returns with the best shorts and features from around the globe. Get tickets to see features curated selections from the top children’s film festivals in North America—74 films in total, representing 30 countries. There will be a BAMkids lounge at the BAMcafé for families to partake in animation activities, magic shows, face-painting, balloon-making, lunch and more. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fort Greene. $10/kids, $14/adults, $9/members. Ages 2-11. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.
— Julie Seguss