We loooooove this weekend and we’re not just saying that because of a certain holiday that happens to be this Sunday. Not only is it Valentine’s Day, but it’s also the Lunar New Year AND Presidents’ Day Weekend, so the city is a buzz with things to do. Bring your little ones to play with a hundred adorable pups at Meet the Breed, dance the afternoon away at the club for a family V-Day extravaganza or head to Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Monkey at this spectacular parade and festival. No matter what your family plans on celebrating, we’ve got you covered!
Photo: AKC Meet the Breed
Central Park Valentine’s Day Ice Festival
The talented ice sculptors of Okamoto Studio will have their electric chain saws, chisels and picks ready in Central Park to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a replica of the Park’s Romeo and Juliet statue. This Valentine’s Day themed event includes an evening Silent Disco (you wear headphones to hear the music) as night falls. Food trucks and treats will be on location to fill hungry tummies with delicious treats. Sat. 3-7 p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Meet and Play with Pooches
From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, your little dog lovers will have a chance to meet and play with more than 100 different lovable pups. Each pooch has its own booth decorated to help you learn its origin and attributes as a family pet. So if you’re in the market for your next family addition, here’s a great way to check out what type of dog would fit in. And even if getting a family pet is not for you, your kiddos will still love the chance to spend the afternoon playing around with these lovable dogs. Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Midtown West. $32/adult; $11/child ages 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
It’s One Big Playroom at Play Fair
This is Like a “Comic-Con for kids”, all of your little one’s favorite toys and brands under one roof to play and interact with. Your kiddos can check out the new Batmobile, build LEGO cars and race them on a track, and meet some of their favorite characters, including Paw Patrol, Dora and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sat. & Sun. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Midtown West. $30/person for a morning or afternoon session; $145/person for entire weekend experience; $110/family four pack; children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.
Valentine’s Love Shack
Bring your little Valentine and get creative decorating your very own Love Shack. From pink frosted roofs to heart-shaped window panes, you and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options as you work together to design and decorate your very own gingerbread house masterpiece. Enjoy cheerful love tunes while sipping pink hot cocoa. Fri. at 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. at 9 a.m. Chelsea. $75/parent, child pair. Ages 2-10. Event details.
Lover’s Brunch at Bareburger
Don’t have a sitter for Valentine’s Day? Project Playdate is teaming up with Bareburger so you and your Valentine can enjoy a romantic brunch while your tiny loves are off having some fun of their own. While you enjoy a nice glass of wine and arguably one of the best burgers in the city on the first floor, your kiddos will be one floor up building their very own burgers and enjoying a ‘How Things Grow’ musical workshop. Sun. Noon-2 p.m. East Village. $40/first child; $35/sibling. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Spread the Love at CMA’s Valentine Celebration
It’s all about the love today and the museum has lots of creative ways your little ones can get in the spirit. Your little cupids can embroider their own love pouches to hold all those Valentine’s they’re bound to get, record and remix a special V-Day wish with sound effects and music, become a clay chocolatier and more. Sun. 1-5 p.m. Soho. Free with museum admission ($12/person; children under 1 are free). Ages 5 and up. Event details.
Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
What better place to celebrate the Chinese New Year than in Chinatown? And this neighborhood’s Lunar New Year Parade & Festival will not disappoint. Your kiddies will love seeing all of the costumes, dancers, steel drums, and firecrackers. The parade starts at Hester Street and Mott Street and flows through Chinatown up to Broome Street and Forsyth Street. A cultural festival will also be happening at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, expect lots of delicious food, live music, and more costumes! Sun. 1 p.m. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ponycon My Little Pony Celebration
A must-do for My Little Pony fans young and old. This 3-day festival includes educational workshops, pony exhibits, entertainment, costumes, exclusive My Little Pony merch and lots of memory-making opportunities. Be sure to check out the Family Fun Zone, where your little pony lovers can play, craft, create and participate in workshops, turning everyday objects into art, puppets and musical instruments. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Slope. $35/adult; $15/child; children under 4 are free. All ages. Event details.
Get Your Groove on for Valentine’s Day
Dance your pants off at this special Valentine’s Day event. Your little party animals will not only get to bust a move, but they can also enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, and even enter a dance contest. And you can feel free to order some tasty snacks and adult beverages while your kiddies are busy showing the dance floor some love. Sun. Noon-3 p.m Williamsburg. $15/person; $50/family four pack. Ages 1-12. Event details.
Flushing Lunar New Year Parade
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Welcome the Year of the Monkey at this parade in the most diverse community in NYC. Your little monkeys will love the dragons, steel drums and firecrackers that march down main street at this lively event, not to mention all the delicious food that will be available! Feel like being part of the parade? Head to the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for hot coffee and donuts and then head off to march in the parade! Sat. 11 a.m. Flushing. Free. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family celebrate this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.