If your family likes to party, have we got a weekend planned for you! Travel back in time to a 19th century ball, hustle over to an all day party filled with gaming and disco or monkey around at a Lunar New Year Festival. This city is ready to party and your family is on the invite list, so get out there and have some fun.
Photo: MOCA Lunar New Year Family Festival
Cats vs. Dogs Family Scavenger Hunt
Work together to chase down cats and dogs hidden in works of art throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You’ll search for ancient Egyptian felines, misbehaving hounds, naughty children teasing a tabby, a ferocious feline from Peru and a wrapped up Egyptian Rover that just wants to find his mummy. Happy hunting! Fri. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Upper East Side. $29.50/child; $40.50/adult (includes museum admission). Ages 7 and up. 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. 1-3 p.m. Upper East Side. $15/adult; $10/child (12 and under). All ages. Event details.
Go Wild at this Year of the Monkey Celebration
Bring your little monkeys to ring in the Year of the Monkey at the museum. Your kiddos can make their own monkey shadow puppet, dress up and take funny pics with the Monkey King, make a monkey figurine, and more. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will also be entertaining with dance and storytelling. Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Learn to Make Fresh Pasta
Drop your little chefs off at La Scoula to learn how to prepare fresh pasta from scratch. They’ll learn how to make different shapes of pasta and of course get to sample the some tasty dishes too. While your kiddos are busy cooking, you can kick back in the Lavazza Cafe and sip on up to two complimentary espressos. Your bambinos will take home recipes and instructions to make pasta at home, as well as a special apron, so you can even put them to work at dinner time, mangia! Sat. 2-4 p.m. Flatiron District. $65/child. Ages 8-12. Event details.
Your little New Yorkers are no strangers to public transportation, so they will most likely be able to relate to this fun story time featuring the picture book Subway. After reading and learning about all sorts of transportation like trains, ferries and bikes, your kiddos will have the chance to design their favorite way to get around the city. Must RSVP to attend at education@ or call (212) 945-6324. Sat. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Battery Park City. $5/child; members are free. Ages 4 and up. Event details.
Monkey Around at this Lunar New Year Festival
Go bananas this New Year and ring in the Year of the Monkey at this jam-packed family festival. Enjoy live music and a lion dance, your little ones can even sneak a peek inside the costumes after the performance. Then send your little monkeys on a hunt for bananas high in low throughout the gallery. Wrap up the day with fun arts and crafts, make your own musical instruments, learn calligraphy and create a mixed-media monkey that will hang around all year long. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Little Italy. $10/person; children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.
Hack-a-Thon House Party
Put on your party pants because there’s fun to be had all day long at this bash. Your little party animals can enjoy live music, a scavenger hunt, gaming, art making and more. Then finish off the day with a Baby Loves Disco family dance party with live DJs mixing classic disco tunes with today’s hot hits. Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Downtown Brooklyn. Free. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Lunar New Year Bazaar
Relive the Chinese tradition of celebrating the Lunar New Year in local temple fairs. This fair boasts dazzling performances (including a lion dance of course!), folk music, martial arts, craft workshops, food and more. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Flushing. $5/adult; $3/child. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Zoo
It’s the Year of the Monkey, so it’s only fitting your family heads to the zoo to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the animals. Your kiddos can go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt, get crafty with art projects, learn calligraphy, enjoy a Chinese theater puppet show, and warm up in the zoo’s Wild Room with tea and fortune cookies. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Corona. Free with zoo admission. All ages. Event details.
20th Anniversary Screening: Muppet Treasure Island
If you can believe it, this fabulous muppets movie first debuted back in 1996! Bring your kiddos to this screening to celebrate a 20 year old classic that is bound to still entertain the little ones as much as it did when it first came out. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang on a musical adventure all on the big screen. Sun. 1 p.m. Astoria. $12/adult; $6/child (ages 3-12). Ages 8 and up. Event details.