Sports, culture, and science. No these are not categories on the next Jeopardy, but just some of the fabulous activities we have planned for your family this weekend. Go skiing in Central Park, drum in the Japanese New Year or challenge your little brainiacs at the Iventgenuity Festival. No matter what your family’s interests, we’ve got something sure to entertain everyone. Happy weekend!

Beam Center will put kids’ hands on the levers of natural phenomena in a big collaborative project, workshops and demonstrations at its seventh annual Inventgenuity Festival. Beam Center blends art, science and imagination at this popular annual winter celebration of making things, this year at a new location, PS32/MS442 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. In this year's Festival Project, the Mechanical Marsh, kids will construct real and imagined mechanical birds that will appear to take flight in a large-scale kinetic sculpture-scape. Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops. Scheduled workshops with Beam Center faculty will explore the NATURAL MACHINERY theme: through making Thaumatropes (Alex Nathanson), Color Wheels (Elizabeth Hurst), Omnivorous Plants (Jaimie Warren), Balancing Sculptures (Brett Van Aalsburg), Wooden Snakes (Mitchell Dose) and more.

Photo: Iventgenuity Festival via Beam Center


Play in the Snow at Winter Jam
No matter what the weather forecast says, grab your snowsuits because today is going to be a snow day. Central Park will be making they’re very own snow for this winter sports festival. Learn to ski, snowboard, go snowshoeing or sledding and snack on delicious food at the Taste NY Winter Market. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details

Dance the Cold Away at this Winter Party
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance with other little party animals at the silent disco dance party. Then pop outside for some fresh air and check out the live sculpture carvings happening across the plazas. If you want to get warm and toasty again, head inside for a free screening of Lincoln Center at the Movies. Check out the official website for specific times of individual events. You must register to attend the dance party. Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. Ages 3 and up. Event details


Have a Girls’ Day at American Girl Place
Bring your favorite little girl and her favorite doll out for a special mom and me event. Enjoy a delicious meal in the cafe with a special seat and place settings for your little one’s doll, play games and make a keepsake picture frame so you can always remember your fun day. Reservations are required, call (877) 247-5223. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Midtown East. $47/person. Ages 8 and up. Event details

Make a Pillow for Sweet Dreams
Do you dream in color? What do you dream about? Your little ones can answer those questions as they learn about why they dream. Then decorate a special pillow to take to bed each night to ensure sweet dreams. Once it’s decorated, each dreamer will get a photo of themself to put in a secret pocket. RSVP hereSat. Noon-1 p.m. Midtown East. $5/child. All ages. Event details

Join in on a New Years’ Celebration
Head to one last New Year’s party and celebrate the Japanese New Year with live taiko drumming and lion dancing. Then your little ones can do some drumming of their own, make a kite, pound some rice and play traditional games like top spinning. And if you get hungry, try out some traditional Japanese snacks and meals available to purchase. Sun. 1-4 p.m. $18/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details


It’s a Prehistoric Date Night Drop Off
Drop off your little party animals for a dinosaur themed party. The Big Muscle Gym will be transformed into a Jurassic Wonderland (with the Bouncy Castle of course) and your little archaeologists will be able to create their very own fossils. They’ll round out the night with Glitter tattoos and yummy pizza and juice. Sat. 6-8:30 p.m. $45/first child; $35/sibling. Ages 2-6. Event details


Eat Your Way Through the Donut Fest
If you have a love of fried sugary dough, (and we’re sure your little ones do too!) then this is where your family is going to want to spend their weekend. Come hungry and sample donuts from the best restaurants and bakeries as they compete for the coveted title of “Best Donut”. And what goes better with these tasty treats than a delicious cup of coffee? Your ticket will get you three cups of joe along with all your donut samples. Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $35/person; $50/person VIP ticket. All ages. Event details.

2016 Iventgenuity Festival
Bring your creative little ones out to Beam Center’s festival for hands on fun with art, science and most importantly imagination. At this year’s festival project, the Mechanical Marsh, your smarty pants will construct real and imagined mechanical birds that will appear to take flight in a large-scale kinetic sculpture-scape. As if that’s not exciting enough, your kiddos can also sign up for workshops that include balancing sculptures and color wheels to name a few. After this day, your kids really will believe learning is fun! Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Ages 7 and up. Event details


Boo! The Winter Spooktacular Ball
Follow the breadcrumbs straight to the Spooktacular Enchanted Forest where your family can enjoy a spooky circus. Then let your little dare devils try some stunts of their own at the Stump to Stump Highwire, Ring Toss Tree, and Forest Canopy Stilt Walkers. Do a little jig at the Apple Pickers Jamboree with the Circus Amok Band and swing by the Enchanted Beer Gardens for a tasty snack for the kiddies and a refreshing beverage for yourself. Sat. 2-4 p.m. $20/person; $75/family up to 6 people. All ages. Event details

Where will your family explore this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling