Lights, camera, action! This weekend is all about the movies and your little critics are going to love getting in some exciting screen time. Take in an animated short and party in the kids lounge at the BAMKids Film Festival, kick back and watch a feature film at the New York International Children’s Festival, or throw on your party dress and hit the red carpet at an Oscar Party. Take five, as they say in show biz, and read on for even more ways to entertain the whole fam this weekend.
Photo: BAMkids Film Festival
New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert
Introduce your little musicians to classical music at this special concert designed with their tiny ears and big imaginations in mind. Your kiddos will play musical games with musicians, watch an interactive performance with storytelling, and then get a chance to explore and play with the instruments. To make reservations call (212) 875-5656. Sun. at noon & Mon. at 10:30 a.m. Upper West Side. $69-$84/child. Ages 3-6. Event details.
Glow in the Dark Yoga
Your kids are New Yorkers, so they have most likely tried a yoga class at this point, but how about a glow-in-the-dark pajama class? Throw on your best pj’s, make sure to pick a set that has white and/or neon for extra glowability, and hit this evening yoga class filled with fun moves and games. Wrap up the evening with milk and cookies. Pre-registration is required, call (646) 638-1444. Fri. 6:30-8 p.m. Chelsea. $30/child. Ages 4-8. Event details.
Go Skating with American Girl
Bring your little ones and their fav dolls to take a spin at Rockefeller Center. Start the morning with a private morning skate, complete with hot cocoa and muffins. Then stroll over to American Girl Place for a delicious lunch in the cafe. Reservations are required, call (877) 247-5223. Sat. 8:30 a.m. Rockefeller Center. $60/person. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
Space Ships and Martians Day
The museum is celebrating the history of space travel and your little space explorers are invited. Bring your kiddos to build a space ship, weave a cape, create aliens out of clay and animate their very own trip to the moon at these fun space themed workshops. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Soho. Free with museum admission ($12/person; children under 1 are free). All ages. Event details.
It’s Oscars season and Kidville FiDi is hosting a fancy party just for the kiddies. Your little movie stars will get awards, see their names on the Walk of Fame, and decorate special cupcakes at a DYO cupcake station. Come decked out in your biggest ball gowns and trendiest tuxes, you’ll want to be camera ready for your glam shots in the photo booth. Sun. 10 a.m.-noon. Financial District. $30/child. Ages 6 mos.-6 yrs. Event details.
Monkey Around for the Lunar New Year at the Zoo
It’s the Year of the Monkey, so it’s only fitting your family heads to the zoo to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the animals. Your kiddos can go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt, get crafty with art projects, learn calligraphy, enjoy a Chinese theater puppet show, and make special treats to feed to the monkeys. Make sure to swing by the Discovery Center to meet the zoo’s rabbit and another animal represented in the lunar zodiac. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Prospect Park. Free with zoo admission ($8/adults; $5/child age 3-12; children under 3 are free) All ages. Event details.
BAMkids Film Festival
BAMkids Film Festival returns with the best shorts and features from around the globe. This year’s film-filled weekend features curated selections from the top children’s film festivals in North America—70 films in total, representing 25 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. Various times. Fort Greene. Ages 3-11. Event details.
Play in the Dirt with Fizzy Science
Your little scientists will love getting their hands dirty all in the name of science. Discover the chemistry reaction between acids and bases through a hands-on science exploration. Make a batch of dirt dough and watch how it turns into fizzy mud. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Corona. Ages 18 mos. and up. Event details.
Got some budding movie critics at home? If Frozen just isn’t doing it for your little movie goers anymore, here’s a chance to explore the world without leaving NYC at this just-for-kids film festival. Showcasing the best new films from around the world, your kiddos can pick from one hundred different films, including well-known favs like Shaun the Sheep and Iron Giant. Fri.-Sun. Various times and locations. Ages 3-18. Event details.
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