• Picks of the Week: February 19-24

    “Bark! in the Park,” Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, The Pop Ups, and Family FroYo Fun Day.

    By Gavriella Mahpour

    Jason Roberts; photo by Mark von Minden

    Everybody’s working for the weekend! This Saturday, Grammy nominated children’s music bands are popping up all over the city. Check out where they’ll be as well as a tail-wagging ballet and a sweet party.

    Saturday, February 23

    Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
    Symphony Space
    Various times
    Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are returning to Symphony Space! This award-winning band is the kids’ music equivalent of Elvis Costello and Green Day. Children of all ages can rock out to tunes like “Polar Bear”, “Never Getting Lost”, “Big Field Trip”, and “Sign My Cast”. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

    The Pop Ups
    NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    2 pm
    The Pop Ups, a Grammy nominated indie rock band for kids, will be performing at the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. Before the Brooklyn-based group goes on tour with Yo Gabba Gabba Live, kids ages 2 through 8 will have the opportunity to see them in this intimate concert. They’ll sing fan favorites and hits from their newest album, “Radio Jungle.” Concert is free; first come, first served.

    Saturday, February 23-Sunday, February 24

    “Bark! In The Park”
    Florence Gould Hall
    Various times
    What happens when two children lose their dog in Central Park? Find out during “Bark! In The Park,” a new ballet for kids performed by the New York Theatre Ballet. This production will be followed by “The Firebird,” Stravinsky’s ballet adapted from a Russian folk tale. Tickets are $41 for adults and $36 for children.

    Sunday, February 24

    Family FroYo Fun Day
    16 Handles (Upper East Side store)
    2 pm-4 pm
    Head over to 16 Handles on the Upper East Side for Family FroYo Fun Day. The day’s activities will include balloon twisting, face painting, and a Moey’s Music Party concert to celebrate the launch of the store’s Moey’s Music Party classes. Plus, buy one frozen yogurt and get one free! Admission is free.