Your kids aren’t the only artists who can craft amazing things out of household items. Head to the World Financial Center this weekend to cast your vote in the enormously fun Canstruction Competition. The other big event this weekend is the BAMkids Film Festival 2013 – two full days of live performances and movie screenings. In the mood for music? See Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at Symphony Space or try a concert and yoga class mash-up featuring Bari Koral. Another performance worth watching is the percussive movements of Soul Steps at the Brooklyn Central Library. You can also celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Museum of Chinese in America.
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
There’s a good chance you’ll be shaking your hips and boppin’ your head right along with your kid at this performance by the award-winning singer/songwriter Lucky Diaz and his band. They’re known nationwide for getting the dance party started and the band’s audience base is growing rapidly so get ready to join in on the new craze in kiddie music. Sat., 11:00 am. UWS. $13 for kids, $20 for adults. All ages. Event details.
Get ready to see some amazing, enormous art in this cool competition that kicks off on Friday. Twenty-five teams of architects, engineers, contractors and students will work together to build giant-sized sculptures made of unopened food cans in this unique competition on display for all to see. This is a free event, but please bring a can of high-quality food to donate. Fri. through Feb. 11, 2013, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Financial District. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bari Koral Musical Yoga
Family recording artist Bari Koral is coming to Karma Kids Yoga for a musical yoga hour filled with singing, dancing and downward dogs set to some of her top songs. Expect lots of inventive kid-friendly poses like surfing the waves and popping like popcorn. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. West Village. $25. All ages. Event details.
Express Your Inner Snake
It’s the Year of the Snake! Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a day-long festive program at the Museum of Chinese in America. Kids can learn to speak Mandarin, try lion dancing, decorate cakes and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Chinatown. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Soul Steps Performance
Forget the typical hush hush scene at the library and get ready for a high-energy performance with percussive movement and hip hop rhythms of Soul Steps. Sat., 1:00 pm. Brooklyn Central Library. Free. All ages. Event details.
BAMkids Film Festival
The 15th annual BAMkids Film Festival is here. The all-star weekend features shorts, live music performances, filmmaker Q & As and more. Choose from more than 75 movies from 24 countries! There will even be world, US and New York premieres happening at this fun festival. Check out the schedule and buy tickets in advance here. Sat. & Sun., Fort Greene. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.
What is your family doing to beat cabin fever this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Canstruction