Do you feel like winter is dragging on and stir-craziness is settling in? Stop your kid’s boredom in its tracks with our lineup of awesome weekend events happening in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. There’s a new reason to wear those Halloween costumes once more, a chance to become a little inventor and an outdoor festival in Central Park, which promises an opportunity to sled, no matter the weather.
Photo credit: Jodi’s Gym
Drop Off Your Kids for Friday Night Fun
Send your kids to Jodi’s Gym dressed in their PJs for an action packed Friday Night filled with awesome gym games, jumping in the bounce castle, super cool crafts, a huge obstacle course, stories, a dance party and a yummy pizza dinner. They’ll come home tired, fed and ready for bed! Fri. 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Upper East Side. $50/members, $60/members, siblings half price. Ages 3.5-8. Event details.
Try New Winter Sports in Central Park
Here’s your chance to try a bunch of winter sports for free in Central Park. No snow? No problem. They’ll make it. You can learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding, try snowshoeing, go kicksledding, fill bellies at the Taste NY Winter Market and more. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Japanese New Year
Ring in the New Year at the Japan Society with live taiko drumming and lion dancing. Then, enjoy hands-on activities like calligraphy, kite-making, rice pounding and traditional games. Sun. 2 p.m. Midtown East. $18, kids 2 and under free. All ages. Event details.
See Kid Musicians Rock Out
Experience the magic created at Come Join the BAND!, a one-of-a-kind after school music program for kids, in this free, and free-wheeling, high-energy, surprise-filled show. This one-of-a-kind concert will showcase the talents of musicians ranging in age from 4 to 45, playing songs written by the performers themselves. Players from Blue Man Group, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, and more will join the aspiring stars. Sun. 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. East Village. Free. Ages 3 and older. Event details.
Party with Mil’s Trills
You and your kids will both enjoy Mil’s Trills’ annual winter festival. Gather up your favorite toddlers and let them be dazzled by the mesmerizing Amelia Robinson as she does more with a ukulele than just about anyone, anywhere. She’s got brand new songs up her sleeve along with a fun lineup of creative arts activities. Sun. 11 a.m. Gowanus. $10/advance, $15/at door, kids under age 2 free. All ages. Event details.
Create Something Cool at the Inventgenuity Festival
This hands-on festival is a weekend of creation and imagination. Help with the festival’s big collaborative project, try drop-in activities or register for workshops led by artists, engineers and craftspeople. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Cobble Hill. Free. Ages 7 and older. Event details.
Meet Author/Illustrator Stephen Savage
Stephen Savage’s latest book,Supertruck, tells the story of a special truck that helps dig the city out of a snowstorm. This not-to-be-missed event at the New York Transit Museum features a reading by Stephen himself along with an art workshop. Sat. 1:30 p.m. Downtown Brooklyn. Free with admission. Ages 4 and up. Event details.
Wear Costumes for a Spooktacular Ball
Surprise! You have one more chance to wear last year’s Halloween costume. This year’s Queens Museum Spooktacular Winter Ball has a spooky circus theme. Add a top hat to your costume and enjoy a great lineup of side show chills and circus thrills from clown face painting and a scavenger hunt to Hippodrome Bingo and cotton candy for the kids. Sat. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Flushing. $20/person. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.
— Julie Seguss