• Picks of the Week: February 10-16

    Sesame Street Live: “Elmo Makes Music,” Kids Week 2014, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Valentine Ball, Carnaval, and Washington’s Birthday Ball

    By Gavriella Mahpour
    Bert shows off his dance moves during "Elmo Makes Music"; photo by Kris & Fred via flickr

    Bert shows off his dance moves during “Elmo Makes Music”; photo by Kris & Fred via flickr

    As Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches, show how much your family means to you by taking them to any of these highly anticipated family events. (We’ve even included a Valentine’s Day Ball at Symphony Space that will have your kids falling in love with Gustafer Yellowgold!)

    Beginning Thursday, February 13

    Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music
    The Theater at Madison Square Garden
    Various times
    For those wondering how to get to Sesame Street, look no further than Madison Square Garden! Commencing this Thursday, Sesame Street Live will present “Elmo Makes Music,” a marvelously entertaining theatrical show filled with singing, dancing, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street characters. Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and their neighbors will help Jenny, a new music teacher, recover her lost instruments and learn along the way that ordinary household objects can also make music. This show features classic songs such as “C is for Cookie,” “The Alphabet Song,” “Rockin’ Robin,” and others. Runs through Sunday, February 23. Tickets start at $15.

    Beginning Saturday, February 15

    Kids Week 2014
    The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Various event times from 10 am-5 pm
    The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is famous for its technological and historic approach to education. Now, the museum 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. Kids Week runs through Sunday, February 23. Free with museum admission.

    Saturday, February 15

    Gustafer Yellowgold’s Valentine Ball
    Symphony Space
    11 am
    Songwriter-performer Morgan Taylor is bringing back his multimedia show to NYC just in time for Valentine’s Day! Meet his creation Gustafer Yellowgold, who hails from the Sun, and go on a journey as they explore life on earth through storytelling and animation. Taylor will be performing songs from his latest album, “Year In A Day,” including the Valentine’s Day serenade “Keep It Simple, Sweetheart.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

    Carnaval
    El Museo del Barrio
    12 pm-4 pm
    Join El Museo del Barrio, the city’s premiere museum dedicated exclusively to Latino culture, as it celebrates Carnaval, a Latin American and Caribbean festival taking place over several days prior to Ash Wednesday. All ages are welcome to peruse the museum’s newest installation, “La Bienal”, which focuses on the concepts of absence and presence in art. Create a colorful mask to wear throughout the day, hear stories from Puerto Rico with storyteller Mary Ann Bonet, and dance traditional Peruvian Carnaval dances like the pandilla. Admission is free.

    Sunday, February 16

    Washington’s Birthday Ball
    The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
    1 pm-3 pm
    Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Celebrate the b-day of our first president during Washington’s Birthday Ball at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. Guests will learn traditional 19th-century country dances from costumed dancers, enjoy refreshments, and be treated to museum tours and a presidential-themed scavenger hunt. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12.

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