Don’t let the post holiday blues get you down! Jump-start your weekend with this Japanese Snow Festival, this jazzy new take on an old classic, or grab a piece of this Guinness world record holding display to take home. Need more ideas? Scroll down and check out what you can do with the kids this weekend in and around NYC!

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Downtown

Jiggy Tots
Kids ages 2-4 can jam and dance along to music designed for little ears and little feet! Fri. Event Details. 

Family Day: Building Bridges
Families will learn about different types of bridges and how they work, then create their own bridges to span one of NYC’s rivers, canals, or busy streets. Sat. Event Details. 

Midtown

Creative Play: Sapporo Snow Festival
Explore Japanese culture and customs with a master storyteller and artist in interactive classes with seasonal themes. Each year Sapporo welcomes the return of the cold weather with grand festival featuring intricate and colossal snow sculptures! Learn more about this icy tradition, and create your own snow-themed crafts. Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Jungle Book: Two Shows
Eye-popping video, shadow play, and original music make this family production like stepping inside a beautifully illustrated children’s storybook. Sat. Event Details. 

Wizard of Oz
“The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages” is a magical experience for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. The production is based on MGM’s classic motion picture, with its timeless score and eternal allegories, and is enhanced by jazzy arrangements. The cast is multi-racial, fulfilling Yip Harburg’s vision of a multicultural universe. Sat. Event Details. 

Brooklyn

Free Books and Programming for Kids
Brooklyn Book Bodega’s mission is to increase the number of 100+ book homes in Brooklyn, with the belief that every child deserves to own the books they want to read and enjoy. Bring any children’s books to this FREE swap to pass along to someone else. You can take books from the bodega without giving. Sun. Event Details.

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Music of Van Halen for Kids
This popular all ages show hosted by Rock & Roll Playhouse offers kids the opportunity to move, shake, and play to the music of Van Halen! Sat. Event Details. 

Queens

Hello Panda Festival
Held at Citi Field and spanning 750,000 square feet, this multisensory event will showcase over 120 Instagrammable Chinese lantern exhibits, 60 international food vendors curated by The World’s Fare and numerous cultural arts experiences including live performances, modern art exhibits, interactive games, cultural arts and handicrafts, and a holiday market. Fri.-Sun. Event Details. 

GingerBread Lane House Giveaway
Museum visitors can take home a piece of GingerBread Lane! Gingerbread houses will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Visitors are asked to bring a box or bag (flat-bottomed shopping bags or paper grocery bags work best) to carry their gingerbread loot home. Sun. Event Details. 

Bronx

7th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder
The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 7th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… Exhibition. The exhibit features the work of over ten emerging and established artists, most of whom are from the Bronx. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

All Aboard With Thomas & Friends
Join Thomas and Driver Sam for Thomas Cleans Up, a brand-new, fun-filled, sing-along mini-performance adventure! Help him and Driver Sam figure out how to recycle everything properly in order to protect the environment and save Earth’s precious natural resources. Make sure to have a photo taken with the Really Useful Engine to capture your special day. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

 

–Jesseca Stenson

 

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