Chilly weather? No problem! Head indoors for a bevy of fun events. This weekend you can bring the kids to watch a mime performance or take them to a puppeteering class so they can learn to put on their own show. Or enjoy one of two kiddie rock shows in Brooklyn. Dealing with space issues since the influx of holiday gifts? Do a clean out and swap for new goodies while your kids enjoy arts and crafts and other fun at the Little Swappies event. And if you’re ready to brave the cold, head outside for a winter nature tour of Fort Tyron Park.
Dusk Walk with Mike Feller
Walking in the park isn’t just fun in the summer, this special winter night’s stroll led by naturalist Mike Feller will introduce the whole family to the 67-acre Fort Tyron Park. Last year, participants heard owls hooting! Sat., 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Fort Tyron Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Little Swappies Children’s Clothing and Toy Swap
Have unused holiday presents, outgrown clothes, stored up toys and books that your kids won’t play with or read anymore? It’s a new year so swap them all for things you actually need at the Little Swappies Kids Clothing and Toy Swap. Everything from maternity clothes to books, and toys goes. Bring 5 or more items and you can take home as many items as needed within reason. All remaining items will be donated to Covenant House’s Mother/Child Crisis Center. You’ll also have a chance to win tons of amazing raffle prizes, take home a gift bag, get a free chair massage, let the kids do arts and crafts and enjoy food and drinks. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Chelsea. $15 – $20. All ages. Event details.
Mime Theater: Loud & Clear
You don’t always need a loud and raucous performance to please an audience of children and this innovative and imaginative show from Broken Box Mime Theater is the perfect example. A collection of stories of original work will be showcased through mime technique including everything from slap-stick to tear-jerk and everything in between. Fri., Sat., 8:00 pm, Sun., 3:00 pm. Midtown. $20. All ages. Event details.
Kids will learn about different kinds of puppet-making found in the Himalayas at this Rubin Museum program. Then they’ll get to make their own puppets and learn how to tell stories from Asia with them. Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Chelsea. Free with museum admission. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl
Kidrockers and Brooklyn Bowl have teamed up to present a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring some of NYC’s finest new bands. Today’s show includes performances from DIIV and Widowspeak. Hosts Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, Sweet) and Craig Baldo bring hilarity and interactivity to these all ages events. Kidrockers is an opportunity for kids and parents to discover artists and get to see them play live in a fun, safe and comfortable environment. Sun., 11:30 am & 12:30 pm. Williamsburg. $8. Ages 3-13. Event details.
Hip Tot Music Fest
This month’s family-friendly live music series features Rolie Polie Guacamolie and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Besides the music, the party includes face painting, arts and crafts, local food and giveaways, making it a fun afternoon for all. Sun., 12:00 pm. Park Slope. $8 – $12. All ages. Event details.
What is your family doing for fun this wintry weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Broken Box Mime Theater