Who made a resolution to have more fun with your kids in 2015? If you didn’t, we think you should, and here’s how to get started. This weekend is jam-packed with events citywide like a family country dance, a spectacular light show, a stop motion video workshop and one favorite store’s closing party. Enjoy!
See an Icelandic Kids Concert
A whimsical Icelandic heroine and her trusty sidekicks The Goobler and the Artic Fox explore a frosty world of nature and beauty. Featuring colorful props and puppets and the costumed Elska (aka Shelley Wollert), performs enchanting atmospheric music like a mysterious story of a faraway land. Sat. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Upper West Side. $14/kids, $21/adults. All ages. Event details.
Join in on a Family Country Dance
Put on your dancing shoes for squares, circle dances, reels and lines the whole family can learn to the tunes of live traditional American music from The Hell’s Kitchen Cookers. Bring a dish to pass in the vegetarian pot-luck dinner before the movement begins. Sat. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Upper East Side. $15/adults; kids free. All ages. Event details.
See the Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr!
The pirates of the Riley Rose will attempt to perform A Christmas Carol, but the ink on their script has run and they need your help to fill in the blanks. You’ll laugh out loud as the team takes your suggestions and creates original songs and scenes in this funny musical. Fri., 11 a.m. & Sat., 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Midtown. $59. All ages. Event details.
Party With Clifford at the Scholastic Store One Last Time
We’re sad to hear that the Scholastic Store is closing, but happy they’ve planned a stupendous party to help the store go out with a bang. Join Clifford in the store one last time for crafts, photos, magic, face painting and a reading of his latest book. New Year’s party garb is optional, but fun is guaranteed. Sat. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Soho. Free. All ages. Event details.
Hear a Snowy Day Story Hour
Enjoy a wintry story time just for young toddlers at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum: a reading of Ezra Jack Keats’, The Snowy Day. Plus, create a frosty winter craft to take home. Sat., 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Crown Heights. Free with admission. Ages 18 months-2.5 years. Event details.
Drop Kids Off for Dramatic Fairytale Play
Kids will discover a beloved fairytale in the treasure trunk and explore dance and drama using the music and characters from these well known tales. Children will begin incorporating dramatic arts and movement skills into storytelling. Sun. 11 a.m. Brooklyn Heights. $25/child, $15/siblings. Ages 3-6. Event details.
See a Spectacular Light Show
One of Brooklyn’s most spectacular holiday light shows is programmed and set to music outside a Greenwood Heights home. Don’t miss this year’s tiki-themed display, which ends Saturday night. Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Greenwood Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Create a Stop Motion Video
Inspired by the short cartoon The Dot and the Line, this hands-on workshop teaches you how to make your own short video using cutouts, strings and blocks. You’ll give these simple objects movement and personality as you animate them for your video. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 2:30 p.m. Astoria. $5 plus admission. Ages 8 and older. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.
— Julie Seguss