This weekend will have your family saying “only in New York”! Build your very own 2nd Avenue subway line at the Transit Museum, turn your mouth into a musical instrument at a beat boxing workshop, hunt for clues at Grand Central Station or pack an overnight bag and have a sleepover with the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History. Read on for even more ways to enjoy your city this weekend!
Photo: Beatboxing Class at La MaMa Kids
Pack a Sleeping Bag for a Night at the Museum
Take your little ones on an adventure just like they’ve seen in the movies. This sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History is worth the splurge. When the doors close and the lights dim for the night, you will just be beginning your adventure. Use flashlights to make your way through exhibits, visit T. rex, watch a 3-D movie and sleep under the giant blue whale. Evening snacks and a light breakfast will be served. Must call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to reserve a spot. Sat. Event details.
Travel Back in Time to Washington’s Birthday Ball
Do your kiddos think all President’s Day means is a day off from school? Teach your kiddies a little history and travel back in time to this birthday bash to celebrate the man of the hour, the Nation’s first President, George Washington. You’ll party like New Yorkers did in the 19th century with traditional dancing, costumes and historic refreshments. While you’re there, take a tour of the museum and have fun with a scavenger hunt. Sun. Event details.
“Make a New Friend” with Sesame Street Live
In this latest friendship-themed show, watch as Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and more welcome Grover’s new friend Chamki from India to Sesame Street. They’ll learn that they share lots of cultural similarities from singing and dancing to their love for cookies. Choose from various times. Feel like splurging? Upgrade to the Sunny Seats Package and your little muppets can meet some of the casts, including Elmo, before the show! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Advance purchase is required. Sat. Event details.
Beat Box Workshop
Hailing from NYC the ‘beat rhyming’ duo of Kid Lucky and Kaila Mullady combine beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, scatting, and vocal sound effects into an awesome display of vocal abilities that translates into amazing songs and a good time. Explore all realms of American music: from hip hop and electronic music (like trap and techno), to funk, jazz, rock, and soul. Sat. Event details.
Filipino Cultural Festival
Celebrate Filipino Culture at the museum with performances and workshops inspired by the artistic traditions of the Philippines. Sculpt your very own tiny islands at the Clay Bar, learn about the animals and creatures that live in the Sulu Sea, create your own rainforest sounds, make Kut-Kut inspired prints and more. Sun. Event details.
Drop Your Snow Queens and Kings Off in Arendelle
Let it go, let it go! Visit the magical kingdom of Arendelle, which permanently lies covered in snow and ice. Your brave heroes will venture on a quest to find the Snow queen and break the icy spell over the kingdom. Along the way they will create their own ice castle, escape giant snowballs, build their own snowmen and create their own troll’s! Finally the spell is broken, and the heroes will celebrate with a Frozen dance party! Fri. Event details.
Build a 2nd Avenue Subway
It was a big year for the transit system as the new 2nd Ave. line officially opened. Celebrate the city’s newest subway route and build structures and infrastructure above and below the streets of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, block by block! Sat. Event details.
Korean Traditional Marching Band
Move to the beat of the drums at this live performance by both professional musicians and their students from the Korean Traditional Marching Band. Then hang out after the show for an interactive workshop where you and your little ones can learn about Korean rhythm and instruments, and even make some music of your own. Sun. Event details.
Culinary Kids Weekend at the Garden
It’s going to be a delicious weekend in the garden! Your fam can enjoy cooking demonstrations, guest chefs, recipes, hands-on activities, and plenty of tastings.Tinker with the science of kitchen chemistry and get to the root of foods at a variety of activity stations. Daily cooking demonstrations at 1 p.m. feature kid-friendly recipes. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.