Want to embrace winter? The Ice Festival at Belvedere Castle (complete with hot cocoa!) is a must see. But if you’d rather stay warm inside, we have lots of concerts, crafts and more for you to partake in this weekend. Rock out to winter-themed songs from Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band in Chelsea or see a Mario the Magician Show followed by a performance by Tim and the Space Cadets in Gowanus. If boogieing is more your kids thing – or yours since it helps get all that pent up energy out – dress up for the Little Club Heads Princess and Superheroes themed dance party. For little bookworms, celebrate Winnie the Pooh with stories and a craft at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Ice Festival at Belvedere Castle
Fascinated by the talent of ice sculptors? See Okamoto Studio carve Belvedere Castle and the surrounding landscape of Central Park from ice while you sip on hot chocolate and kids sculpt using play-dough. Urban Park Rangers will also be on hand to lead tours telling kids how ice shaped the park’s geologic features. Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band
Celebrate the wonders of winter at this seasonally themed concert featuring funky songs about sledding, snowsuits and sneezes by Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band. The award-winning songwriter’s music has received plenty of rave reviews, so it’s time to check out her original tunes for yourself. Sun., 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Chelsea. $20. All ages. Event details.
Kids Night in Pajama Party
Want a date night, but don’t have a good weekend babysitter? No problem! Take the kiddos to a pajama party at Playgarden. Children get a healthy dinner and there will be a full evening of fun activities including story time, arts and crafts, dancing, games, songs, a featured film and more! While it’s not a free night of childcare, all proceeds go to young mothers in need. Sat., 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Tribeca. $20. Ages 2 to 6. Event details.
Little Club Heads Princess & Superheroes Party
Little Club Heads is a dance party experience for kids where parents can socialize with each other while your little ones boogie. Today’s party is a special princecess and superheroes themed event. On tap – a live DJ, face painter, clown, balloon twister and family-friendly live performances. Your kid can even feature his skills at the “Little Club Heads Talent Showcase.” Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Financial District. $15 per person or $40 for a family of 4 pass. Ages 1 to 10. Event details.
Magic and Music
The Bell House has a great show for the 3-10 set featuring Tim and the Space Cadets and Mario the Magician. The band’s songs include chart-topping single “Superhero” and other fun kindie songs about snow days and pizza parties. Aerialist dancers and a tap dancing sidekick will add to the show’s excitement along with the chance to get temporary tattoos. Every kid gets a free CD with admission as this is the band’s “Anthems for Adventure” album release party. Sat., 3:00 pm. Gowanus. $12 to $15. Ages 3 to 10. Event details.
Winnie the Pooh’s Birthday
Wish your favorite honey-loving bear’s creator A.A. Milne a happy birthday by listening to beloved Winnie the Pooh Tales. Kids will also get to make and take home a teddy bear craft. Fri., 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Crown Heights. Free with museum admission. Ages 5 and under. Event details.
Will your family attend any crafting events or concerts this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Central Park Conservancy