This weekend we challenge your family to dream big. Hit the recording studio with your little rock star, appoint yourself queen of a far off land at a crown making workshop or run off to the circus for an evening of carnival fun. All you need are your imaginations, we’ve got the 411 on where to go and use them.
Daddy and Me Hockey
Daddy and his little athletes can enjoy a special morning together at this event just for Dads and the kiddos. Get warmed up for the hockey season and come play some puck in the gym. After a morning of skill drills and games take your all-stars out for breakfast, they’ll have worked up an appetite! And of course, moms, uncles, aunts, grandparents and special friends are all welcome too. Sat. for ages 3.5-5 and Sun. for ages 2-3.5. 9-9:45 a.m. $50/parent, child pair. Upper East Side. Event details.
Does your little rock star belt out his or her favorite tunes around the house? Here’s a chance to actually record those awesome vocals and create your little artist’s very first “single”. Each kiddo will choose a favorite song to perform for the group and then have a recording session using Garage Band. You’re going to want to save this keepsake for when they’re older! Sun. 3-4 p.m. Upper West Side. $15/child. Ages 3-5. Event details.
Ring in the Korean New Year
Celebrate Sŏllal, the Korean New Year, with a day of fun-filled family activities. Your little ones can enjoy storytelling based on Korean folk tales and practice sebae, the New Year’s bow, to show respect for elders. Play a Korean hand-drum, learn brushpainting, compete in traditional games, and participate in arts & crafts projects. Sat. 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Midtown East. $30/family of 3-5 ($5/additional family member); $15/individual. All ages. Event details.
Party at Sunday Funday
Get ready to party, because this event will not disappoint. For the second year running, hundreds of families will celebrate Sunday Funday with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan at the Chelsea Piers. Your kiddos can enjoy indoor sports and games, creative workshops and fabulous food, including a dessert buffet. Dance along to live music, race through obstacle courses, and jump yourselves silly in the bouncy castles. Your little one’s favorite costume characters, magicians, sports celebrities and face painters will all be making the rounds too. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Chelsea. $75/person; $60/CMOM member. All ages. Event details.
Ever heard the expression “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”? Well today your kiddos can learn just how to true that is. Inspired by Timothy Paul Meyer’s love for transforming everyday objects (including those people have discarded), your little artists will transform recyclables into beautifully covered objects using fabrics and yarn. Fri. 2:30-4:45 p.m. Soho. Free with museum admission ($12/adult; children under 1 are free). Ages 5 and up. Event details.
Stroll the Whitney Museum Like VIP
You and your baby will feel like VIP with access to the Whitney Museum while it’s closed to the public. Take a guided tour of the exhibition Frank Stella: A Retrospective with fellow moms and dads. The tour is only open to parents and caregivers with children under 18 months, so we promise no dirty looks from other museum goers if your little artist starts crying. Sat. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Meatpacking District. $25/person in addition to museum admission ($22/adult; children under 18 are free). Ages 18 mos. and younger. Event details.
Run Off to the Circus
Drop your little circus acts off to play carnival games, jump in the bouncy house and make delicious candy apples. Your kiddos can get their face painted, get crafty with carnival-themed projects and enjoy a delicious pizza dinner. And this is a drop off event, so while your kiddies are off partying, go out and have a little fun of your own. Fri. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dumbo. $40/first child; $30/sibling. Ages 2.5-6. Event details.
Arty Garden Party Crown Making Workshop
Bring your little ones and their imaginations to this unique store/cafe to get crafty. Whether your kiddos fancy themselves a prince or princess, king or queen, or leader of some far off land, there will be cardboard and materials to make the perfect crown just for them. And while you’re there, do a little shopping in the boutique and grab a coffee or glass of wine at the cafe. Sat. 2-3:30 p.m. Fort Greene. $18/child. All ages. Event details.
Make Wood Lego Heads
If your kiddos like Legos, they will love the chance to make their very own custom Lego head. In this intro to woodworking class, your tiny carpenters will get to create their own wooden Lego Minifig heads using simple hand tools. So bring your imaginations and create a one of a kind masterpiece. Sat. 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. Corona. Ages 6 and up. Event details.
Where will your family explore this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.