It may be the middle of winter, but there’s still so much happening in the city. If you’re looking for reasons to venture out this weekend, try one of these. Soak up some science in Staten Island, sing along to this classic that’s practically perfect in every way, or celebrate the Lunar New Year at this annual fest. Scroll down to see our top event picks!

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Downtown

Family Day: I Love NYC
For this Family Day, you will take inspiration from the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. You will take a look at the various designs for this public piece of art and as a family, you will design and build your own model of a 3D Valentine installation for NYC! Sat. Event Details. 

Mary Poppins Sing-Along
Fans will love this special screening of Mary Poppins where the audience participates in a fabulous sing-along, plus enjoy pre-screening activities including games, prizes, and a meet-and-greet! Sun. Event Details.

Midtown

Bean Throwing (Setsubun)
Join in one of the favorite traditions of Japanese kids – welcome spring by scaring away ogres by throwing soybeans at them! Dress parents up like ogres, then practice some ogre moves and dances before the bean-throwing begins. Sun. Event Details. 

Uptown

Story Time with April Armstrong
Enjoy vibrant stories and lively jazz music with storyteller, actor and singer April Armstrong, pianist Mario Sprouse and others. The show will be followed by exciting art-making activities for the entire family! Sat. Event Details. 

NY Theatre Ballet’s Once Upon a Ballet
A dancing clock, two wacky stepsisters, and everyone’s favorite rags to riches princess are all part of this traditional enchanting story! A perennial favorite of NYTB audiences across America, Cinderella is one-hour in length with choreography by Donald Mahler, costumes by Sylvia Taalson Nolan, and set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

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Red Riding Hood: the Musical
An all-new version of the beloved classic Little Red Riding Hood comes to life in dance and song! Join the high-spirited and fearless Little Red as she ventures into the country to deliver her Grandmother a very special and delicious cake. With an original score and songs, 10 dancers magically bring to life the colorful and tasty characters of this timeless tale. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Brooklyn

PS 56 Brooklyn Family Dance Party
Dance the night away at the PS 56 Brooklyn Family Dance Party! Bring a coat in good condition to donate to New York Cares. Fri. Event Details. 

The Music Room
Let children discover the music within! Step into a world of sound at The Music Room, a hands-on temporary exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum. Little music makers of all ages are encouraged to experiment with a range of both giant and life-sized instruments. Sun. Event Details. 

Queens

Kids Silent Disco
Let Quiet Events DJs watch your kids while you enjoy a fun afternoon with your friends. Your kids will be entertained by interactive DJs getting them to sing, dance, and have a great time.  There will also be a small arts & crafts table with coloring books, markers, crayons, and other fun activities for the kids to do if they don’t want to join the headphone party. Sat. Event Details. 

Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Year of the Pig at QBG with crafts, performances, and activities for the whole family! Sat. Event Details.

Bronx

Family Art Project: Love for Seals
Pick your pinniped—a harp, harbor or Weddell seal—and show your love for these playful, fin-footed creatures. Hear touching tales, and capture the unique characteristics of your species of choice as you make a stuffed seal sock puppet. Give your seal puppet as a heartwarming valentine gift, or keep it to remind you of our wonderfully fine, furred friends. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Staten Island

Soak up Some Science
Experiment with water pressure using the Super Soaker, invented by Lonnie Johnson. Fill some soakers with paint to create some abstract pieces of art. Sat. Event Details. 

–Jesseca Stenson