February 6, 2014

Weekend Planner: Fun Family Activities in NYC (February 7-9)


Olympic Fest at Chelsea Piers + Camp Fairs + “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds” + Much More Family Fun

By New York Family


BabarFirst off, for families interested in either day camps or sleepaway camps, two of the biggest camp fairs of the year are happening this weekend.

See newyorkfamilycamps.com for more info and to register!

 *Do your research! Meet over 40 camp directors at one free and convenient event.
*Plus, children are welcome and encouraged to attend the Camp Fairs.*Manhattan Camp Fair: Saturday, 2/8, on the Upper East Side, 12-3pm. CLICK HERE for details and to register.*Brooklyn Camp Fair: Sunday, 2/9, in Park Slope, 12-3pm. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

Second, don’t miss our guide to the top 10 museum exhibits happening as we speak!

And now, read on for all the other cool happenings taking place this weekend!

STARTING FRIDAY

It’s about that time of year: Girl Scout cookie season! Head over to Grand Central Terminal to meet your local girl scouts and stock up on the seasonal favorites. Got milk? (Friday)

Maryland’s Adventure Theatre will stage their production of “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds” at the New Victory Theater. Based on the children’s book by Marley’s daughter Cedella, the musical is a perfect way to introduce kids to Marley’s legendary reggae music. Get Jammin’ (Friday-February 23)

Bring your little one to the New Jersey Children’s Museum for the Enchanted Princess Ball. Princesses—from Snow White to Cinderella—will be on hand to sign autographs and snap photos. Dance the night away! (Friday)

STARTING SATURDAY

It’s time for Olympic Fest at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. Enjoy the excitement of the Winter Olympic Games right here in NYC—watch figure skating exhibitions and ice hockey games, hit the rink yourself, and warm up with free cocoa. Live coverage of the Sochi games will be broadcast. Game time! (Saturday)

And there’s a great opportunity to enjoy free large-screen viewings of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games at the Paley Center (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio) where the 50-year-anniversary of the Beatles is also being celebrated this weekend. Fun for everyone! (Saturday-February 23)

The Kidrockers featuring Cavemen and The Pizza Underground are taking over the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Expect the latter group to rewrite Velvet Underground hits according to pizza-centric themes: “All the Pizza Parties” and “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice” are among their hits. Hungry yet? (Saturday)

FIAF is hosting a Family Saturday during which French and non-French speakers alike are welcome to the institute for performances and activities dedicated to French culture. One standout this year? A musical performance of “The Story of Babar.” Think French! (Saturday)

Join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for their tribute to the late musician Dave Brubeck, also known to his own kids as Professor Nooseknocker, their bumbling music teacher. Honor a great! (Saturday)

It’s the Year of the Horse! Join the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their annual Lunar New Year Festival featuring celebrations from across Asia with musical shows, art-making activities, and exhibitions. Party on! (Saturday)

SUNDAY

Rock out with David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band at the Jewish Museum. Enjoy energetic music that celebrates being a kid in the Big Apple. Sing along! (Sunday)

Fantasia, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Burmese python is heading to the Staten Island Zoo! Bid her farewell at her bon voyage party this weekend. Safe travels! (Sunday)

The Queens Symphony Orchestra is performing arrangements of “The Frog Prince” and “Peter and the Wolf” at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Tell us a tale! (Sunday)

Celebrate the work of playwright Cy Coleman at Broadway Playhouse, where you’ll hear his jazzy standards like “The Best is Yet to Come.” Welcome to musical theater! (Sunday)

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