It’s officially the Year of the Dog! Get ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend at these cool events in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. Or take your Lego fanatic to this awesome Lego Live Experience. Then kick off mid-winter recess with Kids Week at the Intrepid. But wait­ – there’s more! Scroll on for the rest of our top picks!

Photo: Flushing Chamber of Commerce


Lunar New Year Family Festival
Fetch your friends and head over to MOCA’s Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Family Festival! Enjoy zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions. Sat. Event Details.

Lunar New Year for Kids
Celebrate the Lunar New Year public school holiday with a free day of fun. Activities include storytelling, crafts, snacks, games, and a Chinese acrobat! Fri. Event Details.

Lego Live Experience
This is the first time the international sensation will bring LEGO Master Builders, Minecraft, Star Wars, and millions of LEGO bricks to the same place at the same time for fans of all ages to enjoy. The interactive, highly visual event is a must for any LEGO fan! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


2018 Kids Week at the Intrepid
This year, Kids Week will showcase that Science is Everywhere! Through themed performances and hands-on activities, kids can learn about the science behind their favorite sports and games, art, theater and music, nature, animals and even outer space! Sun. Event Details.


Washington’s Birthday Ball
In honor of Presidents’ Day, celebrate the birthday of our Nation’s First President as New Yorkers did in the 19th century. Costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional country dances and encourage everyone to join in. Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments, including Washington Cake. Museum tour and a family scavenger hunt are also included. Sun. Event Details.

Mozart for Munchkins: Hello, Cello!
Children of all ages are welcome to roll, crawl, squeal, and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers can sit back and unwind. While the setting is informal, the programming remains first rate; from Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to Barber, Mozart for Munchkins features outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians—an unforgettable experience for the whole family! Sun. Event Details.

The Bazillions Family Friendly Concert
The Bazillions are all about music, learning, and fun! It’s kid-friendly rock-n-roll the whole family can enjoy. This mom-and-pop Twin Cities based group presents harmonic and high-energy live performances with songs from their two award-winning albums. Sat. Event Details.


Family Fun: Salsa
Designed for the whole family, you will learn the fundamentals of a variety of dance, fitness, and music genres. From Bhangra and Salsa to Music and Singing and more! Sat. Event Details.

Lunar New Year in Prospect Park
Join Prospect Park Alliance on Lunar New Year for family-friendly programs at Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Fri. Event Details.


Family Cooking Class
Join Allergic to Salad for a monthly farm-to-table cooking experience to introduce your family to all aspects of cooking. Enjoy a tasty treat that you make for lunch at the end of each session. Appropriate for all ages—children to grandparents. Sun. Event Details.

Flushing Lunar New Year Pre-Parade Reception
Gather at St. George’s Church from 9:30 to 10:30am to connect with other parade goers and stay warm with hot coffee and refreshments before heading to the parade site together. Sat. Event Details.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at QBG with crafts and performances. Learn about the Lucky Plants of Lunar New Year. From chrysanthemums to jade plants, you’ll find out more about these auspicious beauties. Visit the plant sale and buy your own to take home! Sat. Event Details. 

Staten Island

Lunar New Year Celebration
Say goodbye to the year of the Fire Rooster and hello to the year of the Earth Dog as the Staten Island Museum and the Korean Community Development Center celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional food, performances, and activities! Sat. Event Details.


What are your go-to “staycation” spots? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson