It’s a new year and we have a full calendar of fresh events to try this weekend. Brave the cold to see winter blooms (indoors too!) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or enjoy one of many indoor activities. If you’re still in the holiday spirit, find out what Three Kings Day is all about with a puppet show. Crafty kids can learn how to make pop-up cards, and science savvy kids and discover the world of wolves. If you’re in the mood for a show, check out the philharmonic’s family performance. And if you’re craving a night sans the kiddos after all the holiday hubbub, take them to the Kids Night in PJ Party.


Wild, Wild World: Wolves
Meet the Arctic gray wolf Atka from the South Salem, New York Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in this educational program. Kids will learn about endangered wolves and the WCC staff’s plan to reintroduce wolves into the wild of the western United States to help sustain a healthy ecosystem. Sat., 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm. UWS. $12. All ages. Event details.

Pop-Up Card Workshop
Award-winning cartoonist Felipe Galindo is teaching a pop-up card making workshop that adults and kids alike will enjoy. You’ll make a one-of-a-kind card using paper and cardboard, exploring techniques of 3D pop-up engineering following step-by-step instructions. Sat., 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Roger Morris Park. $10 adults, $5 children. All ages. Event details.

Philharmonic Families
The New York Philharmonic puts on a few Very Young People’s Concerts each year. This concert presents ensembles of strings, woodwinds, brass and the entire orchestra. The perfect way to introduce your kiddos to the magic of the symphony, this show will explore music through singing, movement and humor, including stories of Philippe the Penguin. Sun., 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm. UWS. $21.00-$26.00 and up. All agesEvent details.


Three Kings Day Puppet Show
Did you know that Three Kings Day is the most important Latin American holiday for children? Kids are invited to meet the 3 Kings and enjoy traditional Latino holiday music at this special “El Dia de los Reyes Magos” puppet show put on by the Latin American theater Teatro SEA. Kids will even get a free gift. Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Lower East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.

Kids Night In PJ Party
Want a kid-free night out? Treat your kiddos to a night in at Kidville for a fun-filled pajama party. Children get a healthy dinner and lots of fun activities including story time, arts and crafts, dancing, games and songs. Fri., 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm. Union Square. $45. Ages 2 to 7Event details.


Winter Blooms
Think flowers don’t bloom in the winter? Think again! Enjoy fragrant, colorful blooms found indoor and out at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. You and your family can explore bulbs that are beginning to flower and pot your own paperwhite to bring home. Sun., 10:00 am & 12:00 pm. Prospect Heights. Free with garden admission. All ages. Event details.

What is your family doing on to enjoy the first weekend of 2013?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of Brooklyn Botanica Garden