Whether you want to embrace winter’s chill by checking out an ice festival, or if you’d rather stay warm and cozy at a pajama party, Red Tricycle has an awesome lineup of family fun for this long weekend. Read on to learn about top storytimes, sing alongs and more happening Friday through Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Ice Festival at Bethesda Terrace
Fascinated by the talent of ice sculptors? See Okamoto Studio carve Bethesda Terrace and the surrounding landscape from ice while you sip on hot chocolate. Sculptors will use everything from chisels and icepicks to chainsaws the transform the giant blocks of ice into impressive park landmarks. Sat., 12 p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends at the NYBG
See a mini-performance sing-along show featuring Thomas and Driver Sam! Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended to guarantee a performance time. Fri., Sat., & Sun., various times. Bronx. $20/adults, $10/children 2-12, free/under age 2. All agesEvent details.

David Grover Sings Songs of Freedom 
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, David Grover, a folk singer and children’s musician is playing a concert to celebrate the Civil Rights movement. Sat., 12:30 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission. Ages 4 and olderEvent details.


MLK Day Cooking Camp: Rainbows and Sprinkles
When school is out for MLK Day, visit Taste Buds Kitchen kids cooking studio. On the menu for this holiday baking class: all things rainbow and sprinkles! Mon., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Chelsea. $100. Ages 4-8. Event details.

Storytime Sing Along 
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., 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Midtown. $12. Ages 4 and olderEvent details.


Drop Off Pajama Party
Want a date night, but don’t have a good weekend babysitter? No problem! Take the kiddos to a pajama party. Children get a healthy dinner and lots of fun activities including story time, arts and crafts, dancing, games, songs, a featured film and more! While it’s still not free, all proceeds go to young mothers in need. Fri., 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Park Slope. $45 for your first child, $25 for each additional child. Ages 2-6Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Central Park Conservancy