The holidays might be over but that doesn’t mean your family should stop having fun! Parade through the streets at this Three Kings Day celebration, hit the NYBG train show and catch a show with the most famous train himself, Thomas, or bake up some delicious snowmen cupcakes (and of course eat them!). We’ve got a whole list of ways to keep the party going this weekend, read on for all of our picks.
Photo: El Museo Del Barrio Three Kings Day
40th Annual Three Kings Day
Enjoy live camels, colorful puppets, parrandas, music and dancing on this magical day. The parade route begins on 106th St. and Lexington Ave. and ends on 115th St. and Park Ave, register to be a part of it or grab a spot along the route to cheer on participants. Immediately after the parade, head back to El Museo for some live music, and free admission to Las Galerías. Fri. Event details.
Playing By Air
What kind of show would your little ones really love? How about a production that offers breath-taking juggling feats, an electrifying display of lights, color and motion, engaging characters, and musical instruments that fly through the air? Well here’s the show for you! Head to Symphony Space to watch the trio from Playing By Air wow the audience. Sun. Event details.
Have a Teddy Bear Tea
Travel back in time to the 1830’s at this special event just for the little ones. Your kiddos will meet Mrs. Woodhull, the proprietor’s wife and roll play daily activities, including playing with some old fashion toys and doing the laundry. And make sure everyone brings their favorite teddy (or doll) to join them for tea and cookies after all that hard work. Call (212) 838-6878 to make reservations. Sun. Event details.
Bull Riding in the City
Grab the bull by the horns and bring your little cowboys and cowgirls to watch bull riding right in the heart of the city. The world’s top 35 bull riders will compete against bucking bulls at the Monster Energy Buck Off. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Bake Up a Delicious Snowman Cupcake
We may not have enough snow to build a snowman outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a delicious frosty in the kitchen. Your little bakers will learn tricks to creating a perfect snowman cupcake. Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven attire welcome. Sat. Event details.
Build a Skyscraper
Your little New Yorkers are no strangers to skyscrapers, so why not design their own? Your kiddos will be introduced to the basics of architecture through a group reading of Dietrich Neumann’s picture book Joe and the Skyscraper, about a boy who worked on the construction of the Empire State Building. After the story, young architects will design their very own skyscraper using different materials. Must RSVP to attend at education@ or call (212) 945-6324. Sat. Event details.
Brooklyn Museum First Saturday
This First Saturday, the museum is celebrating the New Year. Dance to live music, take an interactive tour of the museum and get crafty making a mask at the hands on art section. Grab a bite at the B Cafe or just sip on a nice adult beverage, it is Saturday after all. The museum will stay open late, so linger as long as your little ones can hang and they’ll be ready to hop right into bed when you get home. Sat. Event details.
Have Fun in the Snow
Enjoy playing with “snow,” even if we don’t have snow on the ground. Your little ones will enjoy a winter story, sing a song about snow and play matching snowflakes games. Animal friends, a brisk outdoor walk, and a craft will all be part of the program. Must register to attend. Sun. Event details.
All Aboard with Thomas and Friends AND the Train Show
The NYBG’s Holiday Train Show continues in January and now you can add on a special fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by Thomas and Friends. Bring your camera because after the show, you’ll have a photo-op with the favorite train character. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance, the Thomas shows typically sell out. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.