Does your family have plans this weekend? We promise you will have a full calendar after checking out our picks! Have a rawther fancy pajama brunch with Eloise at the Plaza, get some tips on how to box like the great Ali from a pro, check out a show that’s part science, part music and all fun at the Science of Sound, or become an herbalist for the day at the Queens Botanical Garden. Read on for even more ways to enjoy your weekend, happy planning!

To Tap An Inner Eloise

Photo: Eloise at the Plaza 


Black Comic Book Festival
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a comic book festival! Learn to draw your own Afrakan superhero, check out some Kids Lit at a special youth program, and of course browse some really cool comics! And more exciting news for this year’s festival, including limited edition 5th anniversary program books, festival t-shirts, and the opportunity to donate samples of your very comics to the Schomburg Library’s Comic Book Archive. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Learn to Box Like Ali
Learn how to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, as the great Muhammad Ali said. In honor of the museum’s special exhibition, celebrity trainer and former professional boxer Hollywood Hino Ehikhamenor will be at the Museum to teach your little boxers some of the moves that made Muhammad Ali “The Greatest of All Time.” Sat. Event details


“Do Not Disturb” Pajama Party Brunch
Your little ones will have buckets and buckets of fun coming to Eloise dressed in their favorite PJ’s. Children will enjoy a brunch menu of apple and orange juice, mini muffins, danishes, croissants, pain au chocolate, fruit kabobs and mini cupcakes. Eloise will provide a sleeping bag for each child to lay on and watch an episode of Eloise while munching on delicious buttery popcorn! And everyone will go home with a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store. Sun. Event details


The Space Pirate Puppy Musical
Blast off at The Kraine Theatre with The Space Pirate Puppy Musical. Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After “the incident” humans have gone underground and into space leaving dogs to run the planet. But the Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their arch enemies the Ninja Kittens, epic adventures and battles ensue. Sat. Event details.


Wizard of Oz
There may be no place like home, but there’s also no where your little ones will have more fun on a Friday night than partying at Recess. Drop your munchkins off to follow the yellow brick road and see what they discover, learn about this classic adventure story and tap their ruby red shoes to bring them back home – just in time for pick up! Fri. Event details

Party at the Golden Festival
So your little party animals won’t be able to stay through the end of this party (it’s going to go LATE), but your family can certainly enjoy the beginning. Dance and sing along to live music, feast on delicious Balkan and Middle Eastern food, shop at Balkan arts vendors and marvel at the textiles on display. And hey, if you feel like hanging later, splurge on a babysitter to put your kiddos to bed! Fri. & Sat. Event details.

I Have a Dream Celebration
Teach your little ones what MLK Day is all about. Over two days of culture and fun, families will learn about MLK, Jr. and his legacy by taking a deep dive into our country’s history. Learn about the importance of diversity, equality, and rights with special hands on programs for young kids. Sun. Event details


Science of Sound Workshop & Family Show
Science and music join forces at this exciting show where Michel Lauzière uses scientific principles to play his bizarre and original musical instruments. As he is transforming noise into music, the audience will learn what sound is, how it travels, and how it is amplified with visual examples and participation. And if you really want to get into the science behind it all, snag tickets to the hands on workshop before the show too. Sat. Event details


Winter Family Program: Herbal Creations
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should stop visiting the garden. In this fun class, your little herbalists will learn about the various medicinal, culinary, and practical uses of herbs. Kids will get to make an herbal tea bag and plant an herb to take home. Then bundle up and enjoy some fresh air as the group takes a short nature walk around the garden. Sat. Event details.

How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling