There’s no questioning New York City is bursting with culture, and this weekend we’ve got loads of ways even your littlest New Yorkers can enjoy some art, film, theatre and more. Take a stroll (literally) through the Whitney while the museum is closed to the public at this stroller tour, catch a flick or two at the New York International Children’s Film Festival, drop your young thespians off with Project Playdate for an afternoon at the theatre, or dress to impress for this Plaza worthy Oscar Party with Eloise. Read on for even more weekend fun!
Photo: Whitney Museum
Create Some Wearable Art
Enjoy a bling-filled day as you learn about New York City long ago! Explore costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects in the exhibition Gilded New York that were created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. Then use beads and gems to create a unique jewelry piece to wear home! Fri. Event details.
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.
Drama Queen, Eloise Wins an Oscar!
Take an imaginary trip to Hollywood to learn the basics of acting and the have the ultimate opportunity to be the star of the show. All little movie stars will also get to enjoy hot chocolate, an assortment of star shaped sandwiches and delicious sweets after their theatrical achievement. Wrap up this fun day by writing a letter to Eloise about your stellar performances and get your very own Oscar. Each child will go home with a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store. Sun. Event details.
NYPL Family Benefit: Jungle Adventure
The Family Benefit will transform the Library’s historic Astor Hall into a literary wonderland inspired by tales of jungle exploration and exotic locales. Your fam will enjoy hands-on activities, animated readings, music, science lessons and tasty food. Proceeds from the Family Benefit support children’s services and programs in the Library’s 89 neighborhood branches. Sun. Event details.
Stroll the Whitney Like VIP
You and your baby will feel like VIP with access to the Whitney Museum while it’s closed to the public. Take a guided tour of the exhibition Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s with fellow moms and dads. The tour is only open to parents and caregivers with children under 18 months, so we promise no dirty looks from other museum goers if your little artist starts crying. Sat. Event details.
Sunday Funday at the Theatre
Drop your kiddies at the theatre to enjoy a cultural experience at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and you can have a little Sunday time to yourself. Young thespians will start off at Whole Foods to fill their bellies with a yummy pizza lunch and have a healthy food scavenger hunt. Then everyone will head over to the theatre for a showing of “A Year with Frog and Toad.” Sun. Event details.
Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus Farewell Tour
Head under the big top one last time as the Ringling Bros. wow and amaze on their farewell tour. Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experiences launches into the future. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Show up an hour before the show and your kiddos can see animals up close, visit with performers, get autographs, try on costumes, and enjoy the circus fun at the pre show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Zoo-Dunnit: A Midwinter Mystery
One of the zoo animals has disappeared and only you can solve the mystery and find the missing animal. Your kiddos will explore the zoo solving puzzles, interviewing suspects, and finding hidden clues to unravel the mystery and, ultimately, getting to meet the missing animal friend. Sat. Event details.
Budding scientists will investigate various physics concepts while completing design-based challenges that will spark their imaginations. They’ll also explore speed and momentum as they build their own rollercoasters and they’ll experiment with potential and kinetic energy to design catapults and balloon-powered cars. Fri. Event details.
NY International Children’s Film Festival
Got some budding movie critics at home? If Frozen just isn’t doing it for your little movie goers anymore, here’s a chance to explore the world without leaving NYC at this just-for-kids film festival. Showcasing the best new films from around the world, your kiddos can pick from one hundred different films, attend special events and even have a chance to ask the filmmakers some questions. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
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