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It’s not your imagination: despite Mother Nature piling on the snow, the days have been getting longer. It’s March, and spring is on its way! That means a whole new slate of fun and free things to do with the kids in New York City! New museum exhibits, the continued return of indoor dining, and yes, even open movie theaters if that’s in line with your risk tolerance. Read on for our favorite things to do this month in NYC!

Visit NYC's Newest IKEA in Queens

Alert! IKEA Queens in Rego Park is open! It's smaller, but they still pack in those tantalizing mini rooms, lots of planters and candles, and yes, Swedish meatballs. It's open Monday through Sunday,  10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

96-05 Queens Blvd.
Rego Park 
Online: ikea.com

Satisfy Your Craving & Dine Indoors

Capacity for indoor dining was recently upped to 35 percent, so if you've been craving something that's best served on site, you can make your move. Check out where these foodie parents are headed for their first indoor meal! 

photo: The New Museum

See a Powerful Show at the New Museum

Continue discussions about race and visit “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America," an intergenerational exhibition that brings together 37 artists working in a variety of mediums. All have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to the national emergency of racist violence experienced by Black communities across America. The show further considers the intertwined phenomena of Black grief and a politically orchestrated white grievance, as each structures and defines contemporary American social and political life.

Through June 6
The New Museum
235 Bowery
Nolita
212-219-1222
Online: newmuseum.org

Celebrate Mardi Gras With Jazz at Lincoln Center

WeBop Family Jazz Party returns for Mardi Gras, with a virtual celebration for kids eight months to eight years. Visit New Orleans, jam dance and sing with this on-demand concert that you can watch again and again! Available through March 8. Suggested donation $10. 

Click here for more info! 

photo: South Street Seaport Museum

Sing with Some Sea Chanteys for Free

Can't get enough of the sea chantey phenomenon? Join the South Street Seaport Museum's monthly virtual sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music—the original NYC chantey sing. Join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of singing group The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses together! the event often features a look at pieces from the museum relevant to the day's songs. (Note: this happens the first Sunday of every month!)

It's free, but you must sign up to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior to the event: bit.ly/ChanteyMar7

Sun., March 7, 2 p.m.
Online: southstreetseaportmuseum.org

photo: Downtown Alliance

See Public Art Downtown

Two dynamic art installations, on loan from Amsterdam’s Light Art Collection, are on view courtesy of The Downtown Alliance. Find them on the public plaza adjacent to 85 Broad Street from February 6 through March 21. "C/C" by Singapore-based artist Angela Chong, is an acrylic and steel piece that functions as a sitting area. It casts complex shadows by day, and transforms into a colorful LED light show at night.

"Talking Heads" (pictured) is a pair of two, 21-foot-tall sculptures that communicate through the universal language of emotion. Without any moving parts, the heads hold full conversations between one another by emoting through over 4,000 LEDs that illuminate their facial expressions. "Talking Heads" is designed by Viktor Vicsek, who resides in Hungary, and specializes in light and projection work.

Through March 21
Public Plaza, adjacent to 85 Broad Street
Online: downtownny.com

photo: Justin Wilman

Be Amazed by Magic for Humans with Justin Wilman

NJPAC presents this one-of-a-kind online event with magician and star of Magic for Humans on Netflix. Wilman performs magic tricks and illusions for a live audience, bringing his signature wit and skills. He'll see, hear and interact with his audience during this one-hour show. Tickets are limited. 

Tickets: $25
Sat., March 13, 7 p.m.
Online: njpac.org

photo: iStock

Catch a Flick (Almost) Just Like You Used To

If you're up for it, you can see a movie inside a theater in New York City as of March 5. (Capacity is limited, and capped at 50 people, but you can do it. Also: masks.) Click here to see our favorite places to see a movie with kids in NYC!

photo: NYICFF

And Screen the New York International Children's Film Festival at Home!

This year's New York International Children's Film Festival is entirely online, running March 5-14. Heavy hitters from around the globe compete in this Oscar-eligible fest that will include 14 features, seven short film programs and live Q & As with filmmakers. Tickets are on sale now! 

Online: nyicff.org

photo: Karma Kids Yoga

Do Some Online Frozen-themed Yoga

Frozen + yoga! What else is there to say? (For kids ages two to six.)

Tickets: $15
March 21, 10 a.m. 

Click here for more info!

Donate Some Art Supplies to Project Art Kit

Got some extra paints, markers, pom-poms and popsicle sticks? Donate them to Project Art Kit, which collects art supplies and distributes them to kids throughout Brooklyn via mutual aid programs. Private Picassos in Park Slope is partnering with the organization all month long. Bring new or unused art supplies to the Park Slope Studio March 1-31. 

Private Picassos
237 Fifth Ave. 
718-215-0589
Online: privatepicassos.com

photo: ARTECHOUSE NYC Ling_A

Immerse Yourself at ARTECHOUSE NYC

 ARTECHOUSE NYC, New York’s first permanent art space dedicated solely to immersive digital art, is opening its 2021 exhibition season with Geometric Properties. Created by Julius Horsthuis, an award-winning visual and fractal artist based out of Amsterdam, the immersive audio-visual installation is described as "a mind-bending journey through the infinite geometric patterns of fractal worlds, [taking] us on an exploration from our recent past to an ideal future — one that returns to nature and math as a source for inspiration." (It looks pretty cool, too!)

Tickets: $24/adults; $17/ages 4-17; free/children under the age of 4; $20/Students, Seniors, Military & First Responders:​$20
March 1 - Sept. 6
439 W. 15th St. 
Chelsea
Online: artechouse.com

photo: Michael Brosilow

And Snag Tickets for Immersive Van Gogh

This high tech exploration of the Dutch painter's work doesn't debut until June 10, but the exhibit has been selling out in cities nationwide. An hour-long, immersive experience (that promises Covid-19 precautions) the exhibit  is made up of 60,600 frames of video, 90,000,000 pixels, and 500,000+ cubic feet of projections. Producers describe it as "merging state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling and world-class animation."

Tickets: starting at $39.99

Online: vangoghnyc.com

 

—Mimi O’Connor

featured image: ARTECHOUSE NYC

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