Bundle up the kids and pack some snacks because we’ve rounded up some awesome events just for you! Take your little sweethearts to this Valentine’s Dance Party, celebrate the day of love at Wave Hill’s Valentine’s weekend, or this concert full of songs from the heart. But that’s not all. You can also welcome the Lunar New Year, or head to this “drive-in” for kids. Looking for more? Keep scrolling for the rest of our top picks!
Ajijaak on Turtle Island
Separated from her family, join young whooping crane Ajijaak as she undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone in Ajijaak on Turtle Island by Ty Defoe and Heather Henson. Ajijaak’s journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Founded by Heather Henson in 2000, IBEX Puppetry is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its mediums. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.
Get Unplugged: Mindfulness and Gratitude for Girls
More often then not the children of Manhattan are online and plugged in. They aren’t taking the time to play outside, connect with nature and the world outside of themselves. This workshop is an opportunity to do just that. They will create customized rituals, build magic kits and have a chance to quiet their minds with a guided Reiki meditation. Sun. Event Details.
CirKiz “Love is the Message” Valentine’s Dance Party
CirKiz is a cutting-edge dance party for kids, created for the next generation of electronic music fans to celebrate music, dance & community. Each exclusive NYC location is transformed into a unique kid-centric daytime party space where families together can listen & dance to DJs, see live performances and experience a nightclub environment in a safe controlled daytime setting. Sat. Event Details.
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Through ground-breaking technology, audiences will go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea at this one-of-a-kind immersive entertainment experience. This is a walk-through experience and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Fri-Sun. Event Details.
Sesame Street Live!
Everyone’s invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration in Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! featuring favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage. From the moment the curtain rises, parents and children alike will be on their feet dancing along to a pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.
New York Theatre Ballet Presents Mother Goose!
Enjoy the wit, wisdom, and whimsy of classic literary rhymes onstage, featuring a lively baker’s dozen of Mother Goose characters. The literally leap from the page to the stage to stir the imagination of the young and the young-of heart – just as they have for centuries! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
Songs Full of Heart Concert
The Brooklyn Music School is proud to present the 5th annual Valentine’s Day concert, Songs Full of Heart. Designed to showcase the budding vocalists and stars of tomorrow, this program features a wide variety of repertoire including works by Billy Joel, Sting and Adele Adkins. Sat. Event Details.
5th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
This family-friendly event includes graceful dancers, a colorful Chinese marketplace, red lions and golden dragons frolicking to the lilting sounds of traditional instruments, and more. Sun. Event Details.
Kids Drive-in Movie Party
This drop-off event for 2.5-5.5yr olds includes open-play, a movie screening–complete with a big screen, projector, and surround sound– snacks and pizza dinner. Fri. Event Details.
Valentine’s Weekend at Wave Hill
Open your heart to one of the sweetest moments of the season! Whether this is weekend time for family or a day you dedicate to a very special someone, you can go winter birding, get crafty with a “Hearts and Flowers” Family Art Project, head to the garden and conservatory for a highlights walk, or sign up for a wellness workshop and learn how to use natural organic ingredients to create tinted lip balms and scented salves. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
How do you keep your kids from going stir crazy in the winter? Tell us about it in the comments!
— Jesseca Stenson