• Favorite Family Events In NYC

    Celebrating Dave Brubeck with Jazz at Lincoln Center, a modern take on “The Frog Prince,” Kids’ Week at the Intrepid, and more.

    By Emily Murphy
    The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform at Symphony Space; photo by Alex Johnson

    The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform at Symphony Space; photo by Alex Johnson

    Ribbit-ing Royalty
    February 1-23
    [Ages 3 & Up]
    Join Galli Theater for their modern take on the fantastical fairytale “The Frog Prince.” When a princess loses her golden ball down a well, she turns to an unsightly green amphibian to help her out in exchange for one little thing—a kiss. Founded by actor and playwright Johannes Galli, the namesake theater strives to bring children messages about important social issues. Children $15, Adults $20; 2pm Saturdays & Sundays. 347 West 36th Street, 212-731-0668, gallitheaterny.com

    Crazy Collections
    February 4 to June 1
    [All Ages]
    Wunderkammers, also known as Cabinets of Wonder, have been around since the Renaissance Era, featuring rare collections of peculiar artifacts. The Children’s Museum of the Arts is showing a contemporary version, called Cabinets of Wonder: The Art of Collecting. The exhibition’s artists have collected items from nature, technology, and everyday life to shed new light on our relationship with objects. Free with general admission, Wednesdays through Mondays. 103 Charlton Street, 212-274-0986; cmany.org

    Music for Aardvarks will be performing with David Weinstone at The Jewish Museum

    Music for Aardvarks will be performing with David Weinstone at The Jewish Museum

    Jazz It Up
    February 8
    [Ages 6-12]
    A dedicated and creative father, musician Dave Brubeck once used unusual methods to teach his children, including creating a bumbling alter ego named Professor Nooseknocker. Celebrate the life of the late pianist and composer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This interactive, family-friendly show will be held at the Rose Theater. From $12; 1pm & 3pm. Broadway and 60th Street, 212-721-6500, jalc.org

    A Is For Aardvarks
    February 9
    [Ages 2-5]
    Rock out with David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band at the Jewish Museum, where audience participation is encouraged. Children might have the opportunity to sing or dance on stage to energetic music that is all about celebrating being a kid in the Big Apple, including favorites like “Taxi” and “Jackhammer Joe.” Children $13, Adults $18; 11:30am & 2pm. 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd Street, 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

    JCC's NYC Adventures Mini-Camp

    JCC’s NYC Adventures Mini-Camp

    In Good Company
    February 12 to April 20
    [All ages]
    In a unique installation that’s part of an exhibition of work by Pawel Althamer at the New Museum, visitors can add their own drawings or paintings to transform a blank wall into a myriad of personal artwork. Althamer’s show, “The Neighbors,” includes sculptures of his family and community members. While Althamer’s work spans three floors, the fourth floor gallery is where your family can let their inner Picasso shine. Free with admission; Wednesdays through Sundays. 235 Bowery at Prince Street, 212-219-1222, newmuseum.org

    The Best Week Ever
    February 15-23
    [All Ages]
    The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is famous for its technological and historic approach to education. Now, it is psyched to bring Kids Week 2014 to your little munchkins. Each of the nine days will have its own theme—think superheroes, Broadway musicals, or science fiction—and workshops, performances, and demonstrations will center around it. Free with general admission, various event times from 10am-5pm. Pier 86, West 46th St. and 12th Avenue; 212-245-0072; intrepidmuseum.org

    Asian Fusion
    February 16
    [Ages 3-6]
    Traditional Japanese and Korean songs take on a new meaning through Elena Moon Park and Friends. Presented by Carnegie Hall at the Bronx Library Center, Park infuses western rock instruments with children’s music and folk songs to create a unique sound. Free, 2pm. 310 East Kingsbridge Rd (at Briggs Ave.), 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

    Photo by Frank Stewart

    Photo by Frank Stewart

    Under The Sea
    February 16 to April 27
    [Ages 5 & Up]
    Experience the magic of the childhood favorite “The Little Mermaid” up close at the Players Theater. Literally Alive Theater brings us this classic with a personal twist that children will love. A 45-minute pre-show workshop gives kids the chance to embark on all kinds of artsy endeavors, including creating their own glow-in-the-dark ocean critters, learning music from the play, and meeting members of the cast. $25 to $45; 11am & 3pm Saturdays, 11am Sundays. 115 MacDougal Street, 212-475-1237, literallyalive.com

    City Kid Adventures
    February 18-21
    [Ages 6-10]
    The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan is planning a jam-packed four-day winter camp for children with nothing to do during school break. With engaging and educational activities like going to museums and theatrical performances, these adventures will keep young brains working all through vacation. Members $110, Non-members $135; 8:45am-3pm. 334 Amsterdam Avenue, 646-505-5708, jccmanhattan.org

    Literally Alive's production of "The Little Mermaid"; photo courtesy of Literally Alive

    Literally Alive’s production of “The Little Mermaid”; photo courtesy of Literally Alive

    Bluegrass In The Big Apple
    February 22
    [Ages 2 & Up]
    For a taste of the great outdoors without leaving the city, see the Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers at Symphony Space. The duo show off their Minnesotan roots with a bluegrass show full of camping, nature, and the Appalachian Trail. You can check out the music video for their catchy single “Can You Canoe?” on YouTube. Children $15, Adults $20; 11am. 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, 212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org

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