Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend? We have some ideas. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this weekend at this Freedom Quilters workshop, get a jump on the lunar new year at this dragon walk, or channel your inner super hero at this comic book festival. There’s tons more happening around the boroughs. Scroll down to check out the rest of our top event picks for family fun this weekend in NYC!

Photo: Guian Bolisay via flickr

Downtown

New Year Museum Makeover
Put a spin on a MOCA tradition! Help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform the space with colorful creations, which will be on display through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival. Sat. Event Details.

Show Up, Kids Interactive Family Comedy
This interactive, semi-improvised family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a wildly comedic theatrical twist on the traditional kids’ show. When the main attraction doesn’t show up, Pete enlists the help of the kids to provide prompts and control everything from plot to props, characters to costumes, and settings to sound in a one-of-a-kind, 55-minute laughfest. Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

FunikiJam’s City of Hope: Family Musical
This original musical, featuring a six-member cast with live band, vibrant original music, and lots of audience participation, is presented as part of the FunikiJam Family Musical 2020 Season. Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

8th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
This festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comix featuring panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show and competition, and more. The annual extravaganza and free community event connects comic fans, creators and collectors of all ages. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Tales From the Shed
Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows in which the children take the lead. They are informal, lively and engaging as the performers and audience share the same space. Sat. Event Details.

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MLK Jr. Playdate at Sugar Hill
Enjoy a fun-filled family day featuring art-making, storytelling, music and more celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Nature’s Workshop
This winter series encourages visitors to get hands-on with nature, develop a new skill and create a journal entry inspired by the environment. Supplies are provided for this event, led by NYC’s Urban Rangers. Sat. Event Details.

Community Dance Day 2020
Ring in a new year and celebrate the work and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who have worked so hard for our collective liberation. Dance the day away with a series of one-hour classes ranging from contemporary to traditional styles. Sun. Event Details.

Queens

Puppet Making & Dragon Walk
Puppetry in Practice (PiP) artist and acclaimed author/ illustrator Angelo DeCesare will celebrate The Year of the Rat, using live drawing as he adapts “The Cat and the Rat” from the famous legend of the Chinese zodiac story. Make your own “tricky rat” puppets. Then go on a Dragon Walk with exciting PiP puppeteer and storyteller Luciano Cohen. Sat. Event Details.

Sustainable Crafts
Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn the process in making seed paper, followed by a nature hike. All paper and seeds will be provided. Sat. Event Details.

Bronx

Freedom Quilters of Gee Bend
In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. Create your own brilliant compositions out of bountiful squares of donated fabric to honor Dr. King’s birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson

 

featured image: Guian Bolisay via flickr