Put your party pants on because we’ve got a lot for your family to celebrate this weekend, and trust us, these are some pretty original reasons to put those pants on. Bundle up and head to Bryant Park for a winter carnival, get crazy for the Year of the Monkey with a Tibetan Cultural Festival, or pay homage to Mr. Green Bean at a bash celebrating nature. If your family is ready to have some fun, read on for our picks of the week.
Photo: Children’s Museum of the Arts Tibetan Cultural Festival
Madison to Madison Lunar New Year Celebration
The East Side is celebrating the Lunar New Year and your family is invited to come to the party. Enjoy a fun afternoon filled with lion dancers, dragons, face painting, live entertainment, music, photo booths and more. The party is happening indoors and outdoors, so bundle up to enjoy some fresh air and then head inside to warm up with more fun. Check out the website for times and locations of specific events. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Midtown East/Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Hort’s Green Bean Bash
It’s not every day you get to take the family to party where a green bean is the man of the hour, so make sure to swing by this bash put on by The Horticultural Society of New York for an afternoon of fun with nature. Your little nature lovers will enjoy botanical labs, glitter art tattoos, worm bins, pickling jars, crawly insects, family photos, arts & crafts, music, a kids’ buffet, hot cocoa bar, and much more. Each kiddo will even receive a special gift. Sat. 2-5 p.m. Upper East Side. $50/person and up. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party
Join Figure Skating in Harlem for this fun afternoon filled with delicious food, music, raffle prizes and of course skating. Your little ones can swirl and twirl on the ice and then watch a demonstration by the skaters of Harlem. Who knows? They may even inspire a future figure skater in your family! To purchase tickets or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sat. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Harlem. $15/person (includes skate rental). All ages. Event details.
Party at the Winter Carnival
Bundle up to celebrate winter in Bryant Park at their annual Winter Carnival. You and your tiny tots can enjoy ice skating, a silent disco, outdoor games, live music, a photo booth and a real ice castle. Then swing by the warming lodge or Brew House for hot drinks and food to warm up. And don’t forget the winter village is still set up so you can even get in a little shopping. Fri. & Sat. Noon-10 p.m. Midtown East. Free. All ages. Event details.
“Story Fireworks” on the Hudson
If your little ones love a good story time, they’re going to love seeing a story told in the sky with fireworks! The city and Grucci are putting on a fireworks display accompanied by music by Oscar and Grammy Award winner Tan Dun to help celebrate the Lunar New Year. So watch the sky light up as your little ones learn about the “Year of the Monkey”. Sat. 8:30 p.m. Midtown West. Free. All ages. Event details.
Trolley Over to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
“If you have to go potty — stop! — and go right away…” If this lyric means something to you, you and your preschooler may want to check out Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! A live theatrical interactive production inspired by the daily PBS series (inspired, of course, by the show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) it’s a musical adventure led by Daniel himself through Make-Believe. Expect singing, dancing, “grr-ific” surprises and that signature red cardigan. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. West Village. $35-$55/person. Recommended ages 2-6. Event details.
Make a Sweet Valentine
Craft a gorgeous garden-inspired Valentine inspired by the roses growing in Battery Park’s garden. You’ll get lace, ribbon, dried flowers and an assortment of papers to create your own DIY card. Pre-registration recommended. Call 212-267-9700 x366, or email, email@example.com. Sat. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Battery Park City. Free. Ages 4 and up. Event details.
Tibetan Cultural Festival
Bring your little artists to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Your kiddos can enjoy a performance by TenzinDolkar with traditional Tibetan instruments, create butter sculptures, make their very own Tibetan prayer flag, sculpt yaks and mountainous animals at the Clay Bar and even make their imaginations come to life in the media lab animating mandalas and climbing Mount Everest. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Soho. Free with museum admission ($12/adult; children under 1 are free). All ages. Event details.
Explore Flavors on this Family Tour
You and your little ones can head out on this special family tour of the exhibition Flavor: Making It and Faking It. Learn why vanilla is in everything from ice cream to breakfast cereal, how stinky smells make your food taste good, and why seaweed is actually delicious. Stick around for a scavenger hunt and a cup of hot chocolate after the tour. Sat. 10-11 a.m. Williamsburg. Free. Ages 7 and up. Event details.
Have a Magical Fairy Tale Breakfast
In the mysterious land of Breuckelen, in the magical neighborhood of Gowanus, where the swamp meets and sometimes invades the slope, tales from the past are retold. Bring the whole family for an enchanting breakfast filled with fairy tales brought to life, french toast and eggs, and perhaps even a magical mimosa. Everyone will leave happy at this brunch! Email firstname.lastname@example.org more information and reservations. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-noon. Gowanus. $10/person for fairy tales; $20/person for fairy tales and breakfast. Ages 7 and younger. Event details.
Explore the NYC Watershed
Do your little ones know that Queens held the World Fair in 1939? Teach them some cool history about where they live and check out this 3-dimensional model of the city’s water system constructed to show off at the World Fair. It was never actually shown and put into storage, some say because it was so big and others say it was to protect the water system from spies. While you’re there check out the museum’s scale model of the entire city and try to find your own neighborhood! Sun. 1-2 p.m. Flushing. Free with admission ($8/adult; children 18 and under are free). All ages. Event details.
Where will your family party this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.