Before you send the kids back to school on Monday, check out these family friendly weekend events. Celebrate Black History Month at this poetry hike or this fun festival, party with your faves from Sesame Street, or sing along with Urban Park Rangers around this campfire. Scroll down to see what else is in store for you this weekend with our top event picks!

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Saturday Morning Show at Brookfield Place
Every week, the best children’s performers are at Brookfield Place. These performers range from zany magicians, fantastical storytellers, to educational singers who will take you on a comedic, interactive, and whimsical adventure. Get ready for Saturdays filled with singalongs, dance-offs and memorable family experiences for all! Sat. Event Details.

Bug Play
An unlikely hero, who through a bit of magic, shrinks down to the size of a bug. Thrust into the world of butterflies, fireflies, ants and bees our hero learns big lessons about life, our planet, caring for others and saving the bees. Sun. Event Details.


Sesame Street Live – Let’s Party
Join the fun with an interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood… get ready for Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Presidential Storytime
In honor of Presidents’ Day, listen to funny stories about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and then check out a trunk of men’s historic clothing. Afterward make a presidential finger puppet to take home. Fri. Event Details. 

Found Object Puppetry Drop-in Art Event
Create a whimsical puppet after viewing the imaginative work in the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone. Find inspiration in Feinstein’s innovative use of materials and form a unique character using wood, cardboard, and found objects. Fri. Event Details. 

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show
A Symphony Space favorite, Morgan Taylor returns with his full band to the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre with his Grammy-nominated music and gorgeous full-screen animation for an all-ages multimedia extravaganza centered around a character who “comes from the Sun.” Sat. Event Details.


Black Future Festival
Kids and parents will enjoy interactive performances, and learn about the Black visionaries–children and grown-ups alike–who do amazing things to help shape a bright future for all! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Bugging Out
Bugs are all around us! Explore the world of bugs by examining the parts of a squirmy earthworm, creating your own insect, and searching for bug homes in the Woodland. Fri. Event Details.

Engineering Week at NYSCI
Kids can participate in a week full of engineering-themed activities throughout the museum, like The Circus Lab and Cardboard City. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Swamp Spectacles and Marsh Marvels
Create spectacle-art of the plants and animals that make up these rich, biodiverse ecosystems by crafting large-scale puppets and float-like structures. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Black History Month: Poetry Hike
Attendees will be able to view the beautiful natural vistas of the Bronx while experiencing the nature poetry of some of the greatest African-American poets, such as Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. For younger children, there will be an arts and crafts program based on bringing African folk tales to life. Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Campfire Sing-Along
Carry a tune with the Urban Park Rangers and learn fire techniques, roast marshmallows, sing your favorite song and play instruments. Fri. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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