This weekend marks the kickoff to winter break. If you’re staying in town, start it off right with our lineup of weekend activities for kids. See a a Bob Marley-themed musical or $5 puppet show. Take a sweet selfie at a Valentine’s Day ice sculpture or watch your talented kiddo design a fashion line. Or take in culture with a free Haitian storytime or by attending Washington’s Birthday Ball. Whatever you do – happy weekend!
Design Your Own Fashion Line
Fashion Week is taking over the city and here’s your kid’s chance to get in on the runway action. Get inspired by elite costumes and jewelry in the Museum of the City of New York’s collection from the late 19th century. Then, kids can create their own line sheet of clothing designs at this drop-in workshop. Your little designer will even get to transform one design into an original create on fabric to take home. Sun., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Upper East Side. Free with Museum admission. Ages 3+. Event details.
Washington’s Birthday Ball
Bring the family to celebrate the birthday of our Nation’s First President with live music and dance, just as New Yorkers did in the 19th century. Costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional country dances and encourage everyone to join in the fun. Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments. Museum tours featuring a presidential-themed scavenger hunt will be offered at the conclusion of the ball. Sun., 1 p.m – 2:30 p.m. Upper East Side. $15/adults, $10/children. All ages. Event details.
Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
If you’re a Bob Marley fan this is a must-see in the kiddie theater realm. The jammin’ reggae musical features Marley’s music and his based on a children’s book written by his daughter Cedella. The story shares the message of peace and love. Sat. & Sun., 12 p.m. & 5 p.m., Mon., 2 p.m. Midtown. $14-38. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
I Heart Ice Sculpture at Brookfield Place
Some of ice scuplting’s biggest talents – artisans from Okamoto Studio – will be carving Valentine’s Day themed sculptures for you to see and take photos with. We challenge you to get an awesome selfie with your littlest Valentine! Fri., 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lower Manhattan. Free. All ages. Event details.
Grimms’ Fairy Tales Puppet Show
Inspired by the New Victory Theater’s performance of Still Awake Still, this storytime sing along is led by Teaching Artists. Kids will sing, dance, play and learn through song and stories. Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. West Village. $5. All ages. Event details.
Haitian Storytelling and Songs
Haitian authors, performers and musicians will come together at this free library program to tell traditional Haitian stories and sing native songs. Sat., 1 p.m. Prospect Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of The New Victory Theater