Hello, February! Is anyone else counting down until spring? This weekend you can consult an expert – Staten Island Chuck- to see when we can expect spring to roll around. But that’s not all! You can also celebrate the Lunar New Year, rock along with a GRAMMY nominee, or create your own 3D view of NYC. Need more ideas for family fun? Keep scrolling for the rest of our top picks!
Photo: Center for Architecture
TADA! Youth Theater will present “The Perfect Monster,” which tells the tale of Sybil, a young science nerd who compares herself to so-called “perfect” people. A perfect friend is what she needs, or so she thinks. To solve this issue, Sybil sets out on a mission to create the perfect friend in the basement of her castle. With a few bumps along the way, Sybil is left with a room full of marvelous, yet mischievous monsters. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
I Love NYC: 3D Views Workshop
Families will create their own 3-D “tunnel book” using a variety of art materials and architectural images. Families will also consider how windows and doors frame views in architecture, and use these architectural elements to present their own views of New York City. Sat. Event Details.
MOCACreate: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover
Put a spin on a MOCA tradition– help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform the space with colorful creations, which will be on display through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival! Sat. Event Details.
Saturday Art Workshops: Epic Fails Portfolio
Edvard Munch used practices like blurred motion and eccentric camera angles with poetic results. In this workshop you’ll embrace failures and imperfection, and take inspiration from bizarre and weird results. Sat. Event Details.
6th Annual Green Bean Bash
Explore the wonderful world of plants and nature with Mr. Green Bean in an afternoon of arts and crafts, hands-on exhibits, whimsical green-focused creations, tasty eats, and fun for the whole family! The Horticultural Society of New York’s annual fundraising event includes over a dozen different activity stations for children and their parents. Sat. Event Details.
In this drop-in workshop for all ages, take inspiration from the galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay as long as you’d like! Sun. Event Details.
Ari the Sing-along Guy
First, Ari makes an entrance– then he leads kids in an interactive sing-along with a rock-show feel, filled with classic songs that everyone knows, plus a few new easy-to-learn songs sprinkled in. Fri. Event Details.
Winter Family Program: Tabletop Gardening
Did you know you could garden in the winter too? In this Tabletop Gardening class, participants will get to learn about all the different way to grow plants and even plant a few to take home! Class concludes with a visit to the Greenhouse. Sat. Event Details.
Hoot and Howl Weekend
Did you know that owls and coyotes are thriving in the Bronx? Find out how these reclusive creatures adapt to life in the big city at Wave Hill’s Hoot & Howl Weekend. Listen to presentations by scientists and naturalists, talk to students who are studying these urban animals and meet live owls. Families can make their own owl and coyote projects and enjoy storytelling at the Family Art Project. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
Groundhog Day at the Staten Island Zoo
Ever wish you could be there as Staten Island Chuck makes his predictions for spring? Well, you can – and the ceremony is free! Visitors will also be entertained by the sounds of Patrick Raftery and his Rock-A-Silly band, and the PS 45 choir. Fri. Event Details.
What’s your favorite indoor activity to keep the kids entertained? Tell us about it in the comments!
— Jesseca Stenson