Turn up the heat this weekend watching some hot performances including a sword dancing festival and a percussion showcase. If you’re more into doing than seeing, participate in a family dance off or create your own stop animation film. Of course, Saturday is Valentine’s Day, so be sure to find a festive Valentine’s Day celebration here and we’ve also got fun ways to ring in the Chinese New Year here. Read on for your guide to an awesome weekend!
See Gustafer Yellowgold in Concert
Don’t miss this insanely creative combination of catchy original songs performed by a live band, accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature and his earthly friends. Sat., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Upper West Side. $12-$21. Ages 3-9. Event details.
Attend Washington’s Birthday Ball
A presidential party inspired by 19th century traditions, costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional and country dances and encourage everyone to join in. Festivities include toasts to George Washington, historic refreshments, and museum tours. Sun., 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Upper East Side. $15/adults, Kids under 12 free. All ages. Event details.
Catch a Performance by Cambuyon Innovative Theater
Wooden crates, recycled glass bottles and even a small matchbox find new life in the hands and feet of this energetic ensemble. Through body percussion, tap dance, hip hop and drumming, these performers trade robust beats and cultural cadences to form unique rhythms with African, Irish, Spanish and American influences. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 12 p.m., 5 p.m., & Sun., 12 p.m. Midtown. $15-$38. Ages 6 and older. Event details.
Drop Your Kids Off for a Pajama Party
They’ll enjoy a 3-hour Project Playdate-hosted evening at Kidville Murray Hill with free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time and so much more, while you enjoy a Valentine’s Day date night. Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Murray Hill. $60 per child, $40 for siblings. Ages 2-6. Event details.
See a Sword Dancing Festival
See mystical, stately longsword and vigorous rapper sword dancing, with live music on fiddle and accordion. In both types of sword dance, the dancers are linked in a ring by the “swords” they hold in their hands while they work as a team to weave intricate figures and patterns without breaking the circle. Sun., 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Strut Your Stuff at a Family Dance Party
Put on your dancing shoes for this event, brought to you by The Rock and Roll Playhouse. Famed New York Soul Dance Party DJ Jonathan Toubin will get the family grooving, as he spins 45s from the 1950s and 1960s and hosts a one-of-a-kind Family Dance Off. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Wiliamsburg. $15-$35. Ages 0-10. Event details.
Indulge Your My Little Pony Fan
Ponycon is a must-do for My Little Pony fans young and old. This 3-day festival includes educational workshops, pony exhibits, entertainment, costumes, exclusive My Little Pony merch and lots of memory-making opportunities. Sat.-Mon. Brooklyn Heights. $15-$75. All ages. Event details.
Create a Stop Motion Animation
Learn all about stop motion animation at the NYSCI Maker Space. Using free or open source software, kids will learn how to use different techniques to make a funny, short, stop motion animation film. Sat. & Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Corona. $5 + NYSCI admission. Ages 6 and older. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss