You’ll find plenty to do this weekend from Chinese New Year celebrations to Super Bowl excitement. Whatever you’re in the mood for – concerts, crafts or a Saturday night playdate so you can go out on your own – Red Tricycle has you covered.
Celebrate Groundhog’s Day with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Considering the homegrown pop star’s last album of arena rock songs featured an entire zoo’s worth of animals, there’s really no one better to help you and your kids celebrate Groundhog’s Day, whether it’s six more weeks of winter or the arrival of warmer weather. Leeds’ high-energy pop-rock music will have you eager to jump out of your cold winter hole and dance your way into spring. Sun., 10 a.m. Upper West Side. $18. All ages. Event details.
Geek Out at the Carmen Sandiego Rockappelas Benefit Concert
Do you remember Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego from your childhood? Now you can share the experience with your kids at a special concert featuring the Rockapella cast of the PBS series, XRP. They’re performance will benefit the Harlem Central Park East II School. Fri., 6 p.m. Upper East Side. $18/adults, $8 kids 2-12 years old. Ages 2 and older. Event details.
Ride a Toboggan in Times Square
Christened the “epicenter” for football fans, kids (big and small!) can slide down a 58-foot toboggan run in the heart of the city. Plus, there will be NFL players giving autographs, nightly concerts, giveaways, special events for kids and a visit from the Super Bowl Host Committee’s Huddle Tour, a mobile Super Bowl experience that includes the opportunity to create your own touchdown dance. Fri. & Sat. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Make a Puppet for an Out-of-this-World Performance
How would you bring the magic of space to life on stage? Wong Kids puppet designer David Parkinson Valentine leads La MaMa KIDS in a “Magic of Puppetry” workshop that’ll help kids travel into the far galaxies of The Wong Kids, and paint their own planet puppets. Then, with DIY puppets in hand, they’ll transform the La MaMa stage into a whole solar system through the magic of theatre. Sat., 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. East Village. $5. Ages 4 and older. Event details.
Gallop Into the Chinese New Year
Join in the fun at this annual Museum of Chinese in America family festival to celebrate cultural traditions and arts. Don’t miss the Lion Dance. Learn to make a rattle drum, craft a horse, practice calligraphy, hear a storytime and more. Note: There will be no stroller parking. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Chinatown. $10, under age 2 free. All ages. Event details.
Drop Your Kid Off for Saturday Evening Playtime
Drop your kids off at Juguemos a Cantar this Saturday night. They’ll have fun making new friends, eating pizza, watching a movie and playing in the play space while you get to enjoy an adult evening out. Kids must be potty trained to attend. Sat., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Park Slope. $20/child, $15/sibling. Ages 3-10. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Museum of Chinese in America