Winter may be for hibernating for a lot of animals, but that doesn’t mean you should hole up inside this weekend. Have you ever ridden bumper cars on ice? Now you can, in Bryant Park. You can also learn how maple syrup is made, from tap to plate. It’s Groundhog’s Day this weekend, too. Don’t miss your chance to see Staten Island Chuck live in action as he predicts whether we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring! There’s so much happening this weekend for kids. Check out our top event picks by scrolling down.

Photo: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Downtown

Lunar New Year Family Festival
Enjoy zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions. Sat. Event Details

Show Up, Kids Interactive Family Comedy
Following sold out performances and rave reviews from NYC to Hollywood to the UK, Peter Michael Marino’s “Show Up, Kids!” returns to The Kraine Theater for nine performances. This interactive, semi-improvised family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a wildly comedic theatrical twist on the traditional kids’ show. Sat. Event Details. 

Midtown

Impulse: Illuminated Seesaws
This super cool, immersive art display will create an exciting, playful experience, in which visitors become the musicians and artists. When activated, illuminated seesaws – which range from 16 to 24 feet – will radiate with light and musical elements, letting New Yorkers to create their own light show in the heart of Midtown. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Bumper Cars on Ice
Back by popular demand and with extended dates, Bumper Cars on Ice will return daily for a second season from January 17-February 28. You’re invited to take a spin before, during, or after FrostFest, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park’s ten-day winter festival. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Winter Jam NYC
Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Featuring the Lake Placid Snow Field, live ice carving, ice sculpture garden, snowshoeing with the Urban Park Rangers, sledding, curling, ice bowling, and so much more. Sat. Event Details.

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SUDS
All are welcome at this immersive, multisensory theatrical experience that takes the seemingly mundane task of going to the laundromat and transforms it into an exhilarating adventure filled with water, soap, and bubbles. SUDS  is specially created for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Brooklyn

BAMkids Film Festival 2020
The beloved annual BAMkids Film Festival presents 87 films from 30 countries, plus live performances, hands-on activities, and more! Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Lunar Zoo Year
Head to the zoo every weekend in February to celebrate the festival of the new moon and animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Special activities, and a zodiac scavenger hunt are part of the fun. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Queens

Lunar New Year
Celebrate the year of the rat with your friends and neighbors at Commonpoint Queens! Enjoy an afternoon of dance and musical performances, crafts, and activities for the whole family. Sun. Event Details.

Bronx

Hibernators Hygge Weekend
Hear science-based talks and tales of hibernators, make animal masks and engage in communal wellness activities to enhance your well-being. On Sunday―Groundhog’s Day!―enjoy a scrumptious pancake breakfast and learn to waltz at a whimsical Hibernators Ball. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Staten Island

Maple Syrup Saturdays
Learn about the entire process of making maple syrup from tap to table! Hike for up to an hour on trails to find maple trees, drill holes, hang buckets, and collect sap. Sat. Event Details.

Groundhog Day
Watch live as Staten Island Chuck lets us know if we’re in for an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter! Sun. Event Details. 

 

–Jesseca Stenson

 

featured image: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park