February 13, 2014

Weekend Planner: Fun Family Activities in NYC (February 14-16)


Elmo at MSG Giveaway + Presidential Fun + The Best Children’s Theater + The Harlem Globetrotters + Much More Family Fun

By New York Family


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Take shelter from the wintry weather with the help of our roundup of special children’s theater around the city right now; along with our roundup of the 10 best museum exhibits currently on display. If the snow gets less slushy, here’s our picks for the top places to sled! And inspired by Presidents’ Day we’ve put together a fun activity guide–everything from arts & crafts to presidential-themed events around the city. Finally, here’s our look at the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, including a special Saturday party featuring Gustafer Yellowgold at Symphony Space. And read on for the best this weekend has to offer!
Please note: we also have a great giveaway!  “Elmo Makes Music” lands at
Madison Square Garden. The theatrical show is filled with singing, dancing, and everyone’s beloved Sesame Street characters. Welcome Elmo! (Thursday-Feb. 23)
* For a giveaway of 10 tickets (2 tickets each for 5 families) for next weekend, click here to connect to our Facebook page.
* For a 1/2 price discount to any show, click here and use the code: ELMO50.

STARTING WEDNESDAY

Presented by Australian-based Sally Chance Dance, This [Baby] Life at New Victory Theater is a contemporary dance piece that encourages your little one to mirror, interact and react to simple dance choreography.  Dance time! (Wednesday-Feb. 23)

STARTING FRIDAY

The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting the IndieCade East 2014, the country’s premier festival for independent video games. Expect it to be jam-packed with games, workshops, panels, and more. Get gaming! (Friday-Sunday)

The Harlem Globetrotters, America’s favorite trick team, take over the Barclays Center as part of their “Fans Rule” world tour. Then they head to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Play ball! (Friday)

Queens Theatre joins with Aquila Theatre to present a contemporary adaptation of “Twelfth Night”—the perfect introduction for children to the timeless works of Shakespeare. Take a seat! (Friday-Sunday)

STARTING SATURDAY

Kids Week 2014 is taking over the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum with nine themed days built around topics like superheroes and science fiction. A week to remember! (Saturday-Feb. 23)

Celebrate Carnaval, a Latin American and Caribbean festival, with El Museo del Barrio. Peruse the exhibitions, make a colorful mask, and hear traditional stories. (Saturday) Party time!

To honor Black History Month, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is teaching kids all about Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a civil rights leader in her own right. Respect a great! (Saturday-Sunday)

STARTING SUNDAY

Literally Alive Children’s Theatre presents the classic fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Kids are allowed on stage after to make their own sea creature to bring home.  Head under the sea! (Sunday-April 27)

Kids will have a chance to learn about and recreate 3-D replicas of their favorite desert plants at Wave Hill thanks to visiting artists. Get creative! (Sunday)

It’s Washington’s Birthday—pay tribute with a party at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, where guests will learn traditional 19th-century dances and be treated to a special presidential-themed scavenger hunt. Happy birthday! (Sunday)

Elena Moon Park and Friends will perform a rocking concert presented by Carnegie Hall at the Bronx Library Center. Traditional Japanese and Korean songs take on new meaning. Listen along! (Sunday)

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