As Winter Break comes to an end, you still have the weekend to pack in a lot of fun. And you’re in luck, because there are plenty of cool-for-kids events going on from Friday through Sunday. Play chef at the NYBG, bowl at a benefit, create your own animated adventure and more!

Photo credit: Evi Abeler courtesy of Rubin Museum of Art


Culinary Kids Food Week at NYBG
The Garden’s Edible Academy Initiative has been hosting a festival for pint-sized foodies all week long and this weekend is your last chance to enjoy all of the cooking demos, recipes, hands-on activities, music and tastings. Tap your toes and sing along with farm and kitchen folksongs, put on a chef’s jacket and cook in the kitchen play space, go on a tropical treasure hunt for edible fruits and plants, and more. Fri.Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bronx. Adults/$20, ages 2-12/$10, under 2 free. Ages 4-12. Event details.

See Vered and the Babes in Concert
Listen to the lush melodies and playful harmonies of Vered and the Babes. Their funny and poignant music is like an upbeat soundtrack to life with little ones. Hear catchy tunes from the hit album Good Morning My Love. Sun. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Upper East Side. $18/adults, $13/kids 2 and older. Ages 0-7. Event details


Celebrate the Himalayan New Year
It’s an afternoon of art, crafts, food, and music to celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year at the Rubin Museum of Art! Watch as a master artist creates a sand mandala, contribute to a giant collaborative mandala, construct colorful butter sculptures, and sip Himalayan butter tea. Go on a family gallery tour and enjoy traditional Tibetan music performances throughout the day. Sun. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Chelsea. $10/child, adults pay Museum admission. Ages 3 and older. Event details.

Bowl to Benefit Catholic Big Sisters & Brothers
Enjoy an afternoon of bowling, ping-pong and pool to benefit the Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers (CBSBB). Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Times Square. $50-300. Ages 4 and older. Event details.

Be a Kid MD
Put on a lab coat, tour the Body Worlds Pulse exhibition at Discovery Times Square and work on activities led by Dr. Sloka Iyengar. Kids will get a kid-friendly workbook, stethoscope and graduation certificate. Sat. Times Square. $20. Ages 6 and older. Event details

Discover French Animation & Storytelling
FIAF Kids’ Animated Weekend will introduce you and your family to 85 years of French animation and storytelling over one amazing weekend. See treasured classics, new shorts and Francophone films. There will also be story hours and French arts and crafts workshops. Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m. Midtown. $7-$20. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate Chinese Chinese New Year with Sheep
It’s the Year of the Sheep, so why not celebrate with a few of these animals at the Prospect Park Zoo? The day includes a meet-the-sheep moment, a puppet show by Chinese Theater Works and a Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Prospect Park. Free with Zoo admission. All ages. Event details


The Red Balloon Animation Adventure
The Red Balloon uses Paris as its backdrop. In this workshop, kids will use their own neighborhoods as a background and setting for their very own Red Balloon-inspired animation. Fri. & Sat., 2:15 p.m. Astoria. $5 plus Museum admission. Ages 6 and older. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below. 

— Julie Seguss