That football game isn’t the only thing on the agenda this weekend. There’s also a certain famous rodent in Staten Island you can visit for Groundhog’s Day. If you’re looking for something a little different, we’ve got you covered there too. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family day, enjoy dances, traditional music, and more at this powwow, or test your bumper car skills on ice at this frosty fest. Keep scrolling for the rest of our top event picks!


Photo: Colin Miller


44th Annual Thunderbird American Dancers
There will be dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating diversity by honoring the culture of the first Americans. Fri. Event Details. 

MOCACREATE: Lunar New Year
Put a spin on a MOCA tradition- welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform the space with colorful creations, which will be on display through their annual Lunar New Year Family Festival! Sat. Event Details. 


A winter celebration with live entertainment, cozy igloos, bumper cars on ice (Pro Tip: reserve in advance), and fun for the whole family! Fri.-Sun. Event Details. 


The Gustafer Yellowgold Show
Morgan Taylor’s funny and touching multimedia presentation about a little guy from the Sun who landed in the Minnesota woods has loads of adult crossover appeal, making Gustafer Yellowgold’s show a truly all-ages experience. This show will include a full band performance. Sat. Event Details. 

Free Chinese New Year Family Day
This event is open to the public, and will kick off with a lion dance, followed by a puppet show, student performances, dumpling making, Chinese crafts & games, and other hands-on activities. Snacks and beverages will also be provided! Sun. Event Details. 


Lunar New Year Celebration
BKCM celebrates the passing of a new lunar year with an afternoon of music, dancing, and food. Bring the family and enjoy a traditional Chinese celebration of the Year of the Pig, complete with a live performance of the Chinese lion dance and traditional Chinese music by 7’s Art. Make origami pigs or practice Chinese calligraphy courtesy of Chinese Book Garden. Sun. Event Details. 


Winter Family Programs: Tabletop Gardens
You can garden in the winter too! Participants will get to learn about all the different way to grow plants and even plant a few to take home. Class concludes with a visit to the Greenhouse. Sat. Event Details.

Flour Dough Sculpture Making
Join Master flour dough artist, Xun Ye, for this unique workshop in traditional Chinese flour dough sculpture. Participants will learn basic dough art techniques to create their own animal or flower sculptures. Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Hibernation Station
Turtles and groundhogs and bats, oh my! Get to know your local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season, and fashion your own dreamy hibernator mask to parade around in. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Groundhog Day 2019
Everyone’s favorite groundhog, Chuck, makes his famous prediction! The event will feature musical performances by the PS 29 Chorus, and Patrick Raferty, plus keeper talks and feedings right after the ceremony. Sat. Event Details.

Worth the Drive

City of Science
Kids can launch objects 20 feet in the air with a seismic accelerator, walk on water, create an orbiting universe at the Warped Space Gravity Simulator, explore mind-bending challenges and puzzles, bring Newton’s Third Law to life with a tug-of-war on wheels, and more! Sat. Event Details. 

–Jesseca Stenson