It may be mid January, but thankfully there’s no need to have those winter blues when good ol’ NYC has so many ways to have fun no matter what the weather. Meet the museum’s newest resident dinosaur, bundle up and cruise the harbor in search of seals and birds, or test your family’s knowledge at a trivia game show. Whether you’re looking to warm up indoors or in need of a little fresh air, we’ve got your family’s weekend covered.
Photo: The Big Family Quiz courtesy of Filip Wolak
Opening Weekend: Welcome the Titanosaur
Be the first to welcome the museum’s newest dinosaur, a 122-foot long titansour. This species is so new that it has not even been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it. You’ll know which one we’re talking about when you get there because this dinosaur is so big it doesn’t quite fit in its new home. You’ll see its head peeking out of the exhibit room welcoming visitors. Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission ($22/adult; $12.50/child 2-12; children under 2 are free). All ages. Event details.
Stamp-Pede: a Percussive Dance Extravaganza
From lively Irish dance to innovative body percussion and exhilarating tap dance, your little ones will be dancing for days to come after seeing this show. Prepare to be amazed by lightning fast footwork, intoxicating rhythms, and high-energy musical accompaniment. This year’s showcase includes: Darrah Carr Dance, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Germaine Salsberg’s Les Femmes, Ryan Casey , Soul Steps, and The Bang Group. Sun. 3-4 p.m. Upper West Side. $15/person. All ages. Event details.
Passport to Eataly
Embark on a delicious adventure through NYC’s very own Italian marketplace. Your little ones will fill up their passports with stamps while following their Eatalian ambassador on a tour of Eataly, all along the way learning Italian words and tasting the local cuisine. While your little travelers are busy exploring, kick back and enjoy a complimentary espresso at Lavazza Cafe. The tour meets at the Guest Relations desk, located just inside the 23rd Street entrance. Sat. 10-11 a.m. Flatiron District. $25/child. Ages 8-12. Event details.
Get Groovy and Tie Dye a Shirt
Ok, so your kiddos may not have even seen a tie dye shirt before, but we guarantee they will love making one! Experience a science-filled crazy art experiment that they can take home and wear proudly. Bring a white shirt or they will supply you with a handkerchief that your little artists can tie-dye. Make a Reservations here, RSVP. Sat. Noon-1 p.m. Midtown East. Free. Ages 4-6. Event details.
Hit the Club with Your Little Music Lovers
So you feel too old or too tired (or both) to go out clubbing these days… Well now you can hit the club during the day with your little ones, at a CirKiz dance party. Kids can take dance and DJ lessons, party with an LED Robot, and light the room up at the glow station. There will also be special performance by THE DREAM LAB which fuses alien science to human bodies to create a mesmerizing experience for audiences throughout the galaxy. Enjoy a free snack bar and water for the kids and a cash bar for the older folks. Strollers are not allowed at this event so make sure to plan ahead. Sun. 1-5 p.m. Midtown West. $20/person advance purchase; $25/person at door. Ages 6-12. Event details.
Set Sail on a Winter EcoCruise
Step aboard for a winter adventure in the New York Harbor. Your little sailors will help look for harbor seals and learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including long-tailed ducks, geese, common loons, and sandpipers on this environment themed New York harbor cruise. To reserve the family pack call 212-742-1969. Sun. 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. South Street Seaport. $35/adult; $25/adult; $105/family four pack (2 adults, 2 children). All ages. 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. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and Sat. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. South Slope. Sat. $35/person; Sun. $55/person; children 12 and under are free both days. All ages. Event details.
The Big Family Quiz
And the answer is… Does your family have what it takes to play the Big Quiz Thing? From pop culture to history to sports, your family will get to test their knowledge as they play through six rounds of trivia fun, all leading up to the Buzzertastic Finale. There will even be prizes from local partners. Sun. 1-3 p.m. Astoria. $10/adult; $7/child (At door: $15/adult; $12/child). Ages 7 and up. Event details.
Make Edible Play Dough
Playing with your food can sometimes be fun! Your little ones will get to explore new ingredients and mix up a batch of their very own edible play dough. Mold the dough into their favorite shapes and maybe even taste a piece. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with all sorts of fun things. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Corona. $5/family plus museum admission. Ages 18 mos. and up. Event details.
Learn About Animal Tracks
Bring your little city dwellers out to enjoy a little nature. Educators will help your explorers identify some local animals by their footprints. Then everyone will head inside to make some tracks of their own. Sat. 1-2 p.m. Blood Root Valley. Ages 4-8. Event details.
Where will your family rock the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.