What kind of show does your child like best? Dance? Puppetry? Theater? They’re all at your fingertips this weekend in New York City along with plenty of other activities for kids. Parsons Dance is putting on a family matinee featuring a number set to Dave Matthews Band. You can see a theater production of A Fairy Tale Winter. Let the kids marvel over a circus-themed puppet performance. Or, see family-favorite Mil’s Trills in concert. Our other top picks? The Sony Wonder Technology Lab has a program for the preschool set all about experimenting with sound. And, you can visit the American Museum of Natural History to celebrate the many traditions tied to the Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year is almost here and you can celebrate it in the traditional ways of a variety of countries and cultures at the American Museum of Natural History. A range of activities are planned including a meditative reflection with a Lama from Tibet, a Grandmother Moon song by singers of the Mohawk Nation, a lesson in create a Vietnamese folk painting, dancing to the Korean bamboo flute and cooking up culinary traditions for the Year of the Snake from master wok chef Grace Young. Fri. & Sat., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. UWS. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Parsons Dance Family Matinee
Parsons Dance will showcase 90 minutes of multimedia modern dance at the Joyce Theater in this just-for-families matinee performance. Dawn to Dusk celebrates Southern Florida set to a Grammy-Award winner’s Tiempo Libre. You’ll also see the Mozart-inspired Wolfgang and In The End with music by Dave Matthews Band. Sat., 2:00 pm. Midtown. $10-$59. All ages. Event details.
Tech for Tots: Learning with Sounds
Visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab to let your little one experiment with sound. This event is designed just for the pre-k to kindergarten learning level. They’ll listen to everyday sounds and record themselves on an audio CD that they get to take home. Sat., 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Midtown. Free. Ages 4 to 5. Event details.
The Circus and Sebastian
Penny Jones & Co Puppets are presenting their first post-hurricane Sandy show, which left their basement flooded. Help support the theater with their first early childhood puppet theater performance of the 2013 season that’s sure to entertain the whole family. Sun., 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. West Village. $5. All ages. Event details.
Mil’s Trills Third Annual Winter Bash
Mil’s Trills knows how to work the electric ukulele with style. Her interactive performances feature a rotating cast of 80+ musical guests that help introduce a world of instruments to kids. This performance at Littlefield is all about celebrating this chilly, snowy season. Sun., 3:00 pm. Park Slope. $12-$40, kids under 4 are free. All ages. Event details.
A Fairy Tale Winter
Plaza Theatrical Productions presents a fun fairy tale of the Crystal Winter Ball that all the princesses and princes are preparing for. See how things go awry and how everyone joins together to save the day. Seating at this Brooklyn Central Library show is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Sat., 1:00 pm. Prospect Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
What is your family doing on this winter weekend?
— Julie Seguss
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