• Free Family Events This Weekend! (February 2-4)

    Check out the best free events of the weekend!

    By Gavriella Mahpour, Cassandra Aquart

    The BAMkids Film Festival 2018 will take place this weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music! Photo via bam.org.

    Have an amazing weekend without opening your wallet! For even more activity inspiration, check out our Weekend Planner.

    Through Wednesday, February 28

    “Window to the Heart” Installation
    8am
    Father Duffy Square
    All Ages
    For a public art installation that will fill you up with love and blow up your Instagram feed at the same time, come on over to Times Square to see Window to the Heart. On view throughout February, the installation treats art lovers to the world’s largest 3D-printed lens that distorts light, captures the essence of Times Square, and has a heart-shaped window at its center. The installation upends lens-making and invites onlookers to reimagine how they view and photograph the world. What’s more, visitors can peek through the window or snap a pic of themselves within it.

    Friday, February 2-Sunday, February 4

    Animation First: New York’s French Animation Festival
    Various times
    French Institute Alliance Française
    Ages 6 and up
    Love animation? If so, head over to the French Institute: Alliance Francaise’s first ever animation festival. Celebrating France’s history as the pioneer of animation, the festival features films and shorts, special screenings for all ages, interactive workshops on drawing and sound effects, gaming demonstrations, and panel discussions with leading artists and studio executives. The festival’s guest of honor, Michael Dudok de Wit, acclaimed director of The Red Turtle, will discuss the creation of the Oscar-nominated film. Please note: While some activities are free, film screening tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for ages 14 and under.

    Friday, February 2

    Queens Symphony Orchestra: Romantic Rococo & Beatles Baroque
    7:30-9pm
    Flushing Town Hall
    All Ages
    Spend the evening listening to the delightful sounds of classical music at Flushing Town Hall. The program features classics like Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, Tchaikovsky, and music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi by Peter Breiner. This one-of-a-kind concert is not to be missed!

    Saturday, February 3

    She’s On Point: A Celebration of Girls in Sports
    11am-3pm
    Hansborough Recreation Center
    All Ages
    Girls can join NYC Parks for a fun-filled afternoon of sporting activities both in the water and on land. The program features kayaking, water aerobics, and water basketball. For those who prefer to stay dry, there’s soccer, pickle ball, badminton, and art activities. Don’t forget your bathing suit, swimming cap, towel, and lock. What’s more, giveaways will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration required. Requests for special accommodations should be made by January 31, 2018.

    Saturday, February 3-Sunday, February 4

    BAMkids Film Festival 2018
    9:30am-4pm
    Brooklyn Academy of Music
    Ages 3-11
    The BAMkids Film Festival is back for its 20th year this weekend! This year the fest will screen shorts and feature films from 31 countries, including “Time to Fly” and “Shortstack: Puppets on Film,” a series of short films featuring puppetry at its best. After the screenings children can stop by the café for face painting, animation workshops, balloon twisting, a performance by the Fire Flame Steppers, food, and much more. Please note: While some activities are free, film screening tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for ages 13 and under.

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