It can be hard to keep the kiddies entertained on these long winter weekends, but don’t worry, we’ve made it easy for you! Travel back in time to a Hamilton themed family party, stop by the Inventgenuity Festival for some hands on science fun or check out the winter wonderland show, Snowkus Pocus, filled with circus performances and acrobatics. We’ve got even more ways to have fun despite the cold, read on for all of our picks.

Beam Center will put kids’ hands on the levers of natural phenomena in a big collaborative project, workshops and demonstrations at its seventh annual Inventgenuity Festival. As it does in its public school collaborations, camps, and afterschool programs, Beam Center blends art, science and imagination at this popular annual winter celebration of making things, this year at a new location, PS32/MS442 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Last year, 400 families attended the weekend. This year over 900 families have registered! Admission: Admission to the festival is free, advance registration required. Advance online reservations for workshops ($8.25 each) . Age range 7 Years old and up Telephone number: (718) 855-7600 Website: http://beamcenter.org/2016-festival-registration In this year's Festival Project, the Mechanical Marsh, (designed by sculptor Andrew Brehm) kids will construct real and imagined mechanical birds that will appear to take flight in a large-scale kinetic sculpture-scape. Participation in the project is free as are demonstrations that will include presentations from Raspberry Pi, DBA Arcade Cabinets, Nerdy Derby, and Gerb’s Garage. Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops. Scheduled workshops with Beam Center faculty will explore the NATURAL MACHINERY theme: through making Thaumatropes (Alex Nathanson), Color Wheels (Elizabeth Hurst), Omnivorous Plants (Jaimie Warren), Balancing Sculptures (Brett Van Aalsburg), Wooden Snakes (Mitchell Dose) and more. The Festival will also feature several of the large-scale projects that the Beam Center faculty has collaborated on with NYC public school students and teachers: Funktions: algebraic visualization screen (Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School), Digital Poetry Machine: a word board that uses the Twitter API (Brooklyn International High School), Wall of Boomboxes (MS 442).

Photo: Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival

Uptown
Hamilton Themed Family Party
If you feel like splurging for a cause, your fam can celebrate all things Hamilton at this benefit party. Families will take over the museum for a private event for the afternoon and dig into the past. Try fun historical activities, meet Alexander Hamilton and friends, and enjoy delicious food. Sat. Event details

The Big Family Quiz Thing
Put on your smarty pants for this family-friendly multimedia quiz show spectacular. The Big Quiz Thing brings a ridiculous amount of fun to Symphony Space for an afternoon of fast and funny team trivia with quizmaster extraordinaire Noah Tarnow. Team up to show off your knowledge of topics ranging from history, sports, art, animals, geography, pop culture, and more. And there will be loads of great prizes! Sun. Event details

Octavitas: Puerto Rican Celebration
Close out the holiday season with a celebration of Octavitas, one of the final celebrations of the Puerto Rican holiday season. Learn about traditions including parrandas or asaltos (caroling) to join in the singing and dancing. Enjoy special snacks of Puerto Rican cuisine while you decorate a holiday craft to take home with you! Sun. Event details

Midtown

CirKiz, A Cool Kid’s Dance Party
So you feel too old or too tired (or both) to go out clubing these days… Well now you can hit the club during the day with your little ones, at a CirKiz dance party designed for the next generation of electronic music fans. Kids can take dance and DJ lessons, party with an LED Robot, and light the room up at the glow station. Enjoy a free snack bar, water for the kids and a cash bar for the older folks. There are no strollers allowed inside so plan ahead. Sun. Event details

Downtown

Disco Get Down
Get ready to get down! Dress in your disco best for a night of indoor roller skating. You and the kiddies can enjoy a Live DJ, photo booth, and more. Skates will be provided or you can bring your own. RSVP is recommended. Fri. Event details

Snowkus Pocus
This snow show will melt your heart! A winter wonderland tale told through dazzling cirque, ballet, and acrobatics that will amaze, inspire and enchant the imagination of the young and young at heart. After being confined indoors due to an approaching blizzard, Brianna’s dampened spirit turns to joy as she enters an enchanted winter wonderland. In this magical world she encounters the North Wind, a man of many moods, the wily and wicked Jack Frost, the elegant Snow Queen, and the charming Metamorphina, Meta for short, who is ever-changing. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Brooklyn

Drop Your Kids of to Party at Seussville
Your little book worm’s favorite stories come to life as they explore Seussville, run relay races with Thing 1 and Thing 2, Play Sam I Am Says!, create their own fantastic Seuss-inspired characters and help Horton save the Whos! The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham…the children will experience them all! The night will culminate with a delightful dance party in Whoville! And of course, a delicious dinner will be served, so make sure to plan a little dinner date of your own! Fri. Event details. 

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2017 Inventgenuity Festival
Bring your creative little ones out to Beam Center’s festival for hands on fun with art, science and most importantly imagination. Your little innovators will enjoy hands-on learning, technology-integrated crafts, and a site specific, community built, collaborative project. After this day, your kids really will believe learning is fun! Sat. & Sun. Event details

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster
The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs an all-new celebration of Chinese arts commemorating the Year of the Rooster. Delightful red lions, golden dragons, and white peacocks frolic and play to the exotic sounds of traditional instruments, while graceful dancers and astounding acrobats showcase the rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities. Sun. Event details

Queens

Winter Family Program: Winter Trees
Just because it’s winter time doesn’t mean your family can’t spend a day in the garden. Bundle up and spend an afternoon learning all about trees. Kids will learn about the various parts of trees, their functions, and will use parts of trees to make a craft to take home. Sat. Event details

How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling