Whether you’re willing to brave the wintery weather outside or if you prefer a warm and cozy indoor activity, we’ve found something fun for you and your family this weekend. Embrace the season by watching amazing artists sculpt flowers from ice or enjoy a private skating session at Rockefeller Center thanks to an American Girl event. In the mood for a show? Rock out with Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, see a live performance of the beloved children’s book Charlotte’s Web or introduce your little one to ballet with a unique interactive performance by the students at the School of American Ballet. And if it’s hands on fun you desire, join a puppet making workshop at The New Victory Theater.
Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
The Grammy-nominated kid rock star Justin Roberts and his band return for their annual blow-out concert. With style compared to Elvis Costello and Green Day, they’re an audience favorite year after year. Justin will sing his hit songs like “Willy Was a Whale” and “Pop Fly” as well as songs from his new releases Lullaby and Recess. Sat., 11:00am and 2:00 pm. UWS. $15 to $25. All ages. Event details.
Puppet Making Workshop
Introduce your kid to the magic of performing arts at this New Victory Theater Family Workshop. Your child will get to make their own puppet friend in a 45-minute creative session led by members of the theater’s Teaching Artists Ensemble. The activity is inspired by the theater’s currently running Australian puppet show Grug. Sat., 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Midtown. $12. Ages 3-5. Event details.
Ice Skating with American Girl
Here’s a cool way to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center before the crowds! The rink will open for a private skating session just for this event. Afterwards, head to American Girl Place for a meal at the cafe. Reservations are required by calling 877-247-5223. Sun., 8:30 am. Midtown. $60. Ages 6 and older. Event details.
Live Botanical Ice Carving
From a block of ice to beautiful flowers, master artisans from Okamoto Studio will be at it again carving ice for all to see adjacent to the Brookfield Place World Financial Center Winter Garden. Your kids will marvel at the amazing transformations and interesting ice sculptures that result. Fri., 12:00 pm. Financial District. Free. All ages. Event details.
Charlotte’s Web Live
You read the classic children’s book when you were growing up and if your kid hasn’t read it yet, introduce him with this live performance of the story by Plaza Theatrical Productions. All the enchanting characters will be there – Wilbur, Templeton, Fern and of course, Charlotte, in this magical story of friendship. Sat., 1:00 pm. Prospect Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Beauty of Ballet
Here’s the perfect way to introduce your kid to the ballet – advance male and female students from the School of American Ballet will demonstrate how children develop into classical ballet dancers. They’ll mix examples of advanced classroom training with excerpts from classical ballets like The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. After this unique performance, kids will know how dancers spin without getting dizzy and how long it takes to become a trained dancer. Reservations for this event are required by calling 718-760-0064. Sun., 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Flushing. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Alexis Buatti-Ramos, The New Victory Theater & Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players