Family Events in Manhattan
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- February 1: Family Art Workshops: Paint!, The Museum of Modern Art, 4 W. 54th St., (212)708-9805, www.moma.org/family. This workshop is designed specially for four-year-olds and their adult companions. Use fingers, brushes, and other materials to explore making marks with paint. At the end of the program, families can search in MoMA’s galleries for different ways that artists use paint, with a whole new perspective. Registration required. 11am-12:15pm.
- February 5: Puppet Playtime, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., (212)779-3587, www.scandinaviahouse.org. Join Nicola McEldowney, professional puppeteer, and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games. From stories with a Nordic theme to group sing-alongs, puppets can inspire all kinds of creative play and adventures of the imagination. 11am.
- February 5, 6, and 11: Under the Tangle, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th St., (212)715-1914, www.treehouseshakers.com. Young audiences are invited to go on a fantastical journey filled with surprise, wonder and discovery. Under the Tangle is the story of a suddenly orphaned girl lost in a mysterious labyrinth. Throughout her journey, she meets many unusual characters; a flock of whispering black birds, daunting labyrinth guards, and The Queen of the Lost who watches from a dark tower. 11 am on February 5 and 6; 1pm on February 8.
- February 6: After Bar/Bat Mitzvah, What? City Congregation Teens Think Back and Look Ahead, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, St. John's, 81 Christopher St., (212)213-1002, www.citycongregation.org. Don’t miss this secular Jewish Shabbat service followed by a panel of City Congregation teens who reflect on what the words, "Today I take my place among the Jewish people. I accept the responsibility that comes with this declaration," mean to them two, three, five years after their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. The experiences of other generations, as well as identity as a Humanistic Jew, will also be discussed. 7:30pm.
- Opening February 6: Cambuyon, New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. See how the dancers and musicians of Cambuyon use everyday objects like wooden crates or recycled glass bottles to create an African, Irish, Spanish, and American influenced performance. Appropriate for ages 6 and and older. Performances continue through February 22. Times Vary.
- February 7: Josh and the Jamtones, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. Don’t miss this family dance party with Boston-based Josh and the Jamtones, an interactive dance party kids band, geared towards kids and parents of all ages. Their sound is a musical mash-up of artists like Bob Marley, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Jack Johnson, all seamlessly blended into a Muppet-friendly musical cocktail. 11am.
- February 7: Kiddie Kabaret, Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St., (212)206-0440, www.metropolitanroom.com. While the Metropolitan Room has become a staple for jazz and cabaret concerts for adult audiences, this performance spotlights the talents of some of the most acclaimed performers of children’s entertainment. Snacks and beverages are available. Noon.
- February 7-8: The Little Orchestra Society presents Lolli-Pops Concerts, Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., (212)772-4448, www.kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu, www.littleorchestra.org. Get the kids into music that matters with a show at the Little Orchestra Society. The Lolli-Pops series— starring Bang the Lion, Buzz the Bee, Toot the Bird and Bow the Panda— features stories that get kids singing, clapping and stomping along to the beat. Appropriate for ages 3 to 5. Times Vary.
- Beginning February 8: Can Do Duck: The Musical, Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St., (212) 925-1806, www.candoduckthemusical.com. A positive motivational musical for children and families about believing in yourself and saying “I can”. Get your tickets online, and enter promo code CANDO for a 50 percent discount. The production continues on Saturdays and Sundays through March 8. 11am.
- February 8: Family Concert Music for Aardvarks, The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave., (212)423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org. Groove to the original rockin’ sound of the band Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, led by David Weinstone. Cool, catchy favorites like “Modern Art” and “Taxi” celebrate being a New York City kid. 10:30am-12:30pm, and 2-3pm.
- February 8: NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor, South Street Seaport, Pier 16, 89 South St., www.nywatertaxi.com. Bring the whole family and keep an eye out for loons, sandpipers and geese during this trip aboard an eco-friendly vessel. View the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, parts of New York Harbor, and circle Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, which are popular sunning spots for seals. The tour is narrated by a NYC Audubon naturalist. Reservations required and space is limited. Noon.
- February 8: Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Martial Arts, DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, (212)873-3400, www.nyhistory.org. According to legend, it was Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, who first taught martial arts to the Chinese people during the Xia Dynasty nearly 4,000 years ago. Today, there are hundreds of different Chinese martial arts styles being practiced by people all around the world. In this workshop, families will be introduced to Shaolin kung fu by an instructor from the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Afterwards families can tour the special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. 2pm.
- February 14: Family Day at the Center: Collage City, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, (212)358-6133, http://cfafoundation.org. Families learn more about the city's architecture, then work together to create a one-of-a-kind city using a fun mix of collage materials. Appropriate for children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. 11am-1pm or 2-4pm.
- February 14: Little Club Heads Valentine's Party, Broad Street Ballroom, 41 Broad St., (917)327-3268, www.littleclubheads.com. Don’t miss a dance party experience for kids ages 1-12. This event features DJs, dancing, face painting, photo booth, balloon twisting, crafts, and live performances. Noon-3pm.
- Through February 15: Everything About a Family (Almost), TADA! Theater, 15 W 28th St., (212)252-1619, www.tadatheater.com. Families love this unique musical with a script and music made almost entirely by kids. Watch the story of a little girl who doesn't feel like she belongs, so she'll join another family reunion only to realize her own quirky family has been the one for her all along. Appropriate for all ages. Times vary.
- Through February 15: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York: Assembled Realities, Museum of the City of New York, 220 Fifth Ave., www.mcny.org. Little New Yorkers will love seeing more than 40 large-scale panoramic photos by Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao depict iconic NYC landmarks— like Coney Island and the Flatiron Building— with brilliant color and fantastical perspective. Appropriate for all ages. During Museum hours.
- February 15: Penny Jones & Co Puppet Show: More Mother Goose Tales featuring The Three Little Pigs, Westbeth Theatre Center Music Hall, 155 Bank St., (212)924-0525, www.pennyspuppets.org. In this new production, Mother Goose's canine pal, Toby, returns with several funny and enchanting tales. Live music, games and participatory activities make this 45-minute show a great introduction to theatre for young children, ages 3 to 8. 11am.
- February 15: Washington's Birthday Ball, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 E. 61st St., (212)838-6878, www.mvhm.org. Families celebrate the birth of our nation’s first president at a 19th-century-style ball. Learn and perform traditional country dances, indulge in birthday refreshments and tour the museum through a presidential-themed scavenger hunt. Reservations recommended. Appropriate for all ages. 1pm.
- February 16-21: Kids’ Week 2015, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, Hudson River, West 46th Street at 12th Avenue, (212)245-0072, www.intrepidmuseum.org/kidsweek2015.aspx. This annual event is a popular draw for President's Week and perfect for your little aviators, engineers, astronomers, and astronauts. There are dozens of fun-filled activities, hands-on workshops, live shows, special guests and demonstrations that explore the theme of flight, from the science of aviation to sustaining life in outer space. 10am-5pm.
- February 16-20: Kids’ Week in Manhattan: Central Park, Dana Discovery Center, Central Park at 110th Street, (212)628-234, www.nycgovparks.org/events/urbanparkrangers. Continue exploring the city’s offerings with your children when you meet up with Urban Park Rangers who are organizing a variety of nature related activities to keep the kids busy. 2pm each day.
- February 17-19: Kids’ Week Manhattan: Inwood Hill Park, The Payson Center, Payson Avenue and Dyckman Street, (212)628-2345, www.nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers. Continue exploring the city’s offerings with your children when you take them to the park to enjoy a variety of nature-related programs and activities with the Urban Park Rangers. 2pm each day.
- February 19: Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, between Eldridge and Forsyth, Canal and Grand Streets, www.betterchinatown.com. Enjoy this massive celebration complete with pyrotechnics to ward off bad spirits for the year, and colorful costumes of drummers and dancers. A parade begins at noon. 11am.
- February 21: Can You Be Kind & Proud As You Think about Money?, Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene St., (212)777-4490, www.aestheticrealism.org. This month's Learning to Like the World class talks about these sentences from Eli Siegel's book Chldren's Guide to Parents & Other Matters: "Money is a way of having objects which couldn’t have been if it wasn’t either for the ground— that is, nature— or for what other people have done. Plainly, if we get what other people made, we have to think we have a right to it. The first step in having a right to what other people have made is to think about it.” 11am-12:15pm.
- February 21: Okee Dokee Brothers, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. This Grammy-winning Minnesota duo reminds children (and their adults) of their intrinsic ability to discover, imagine, and create through music. With witty lyrics, off-the-wall humor, strong musicianship, and a unique folk/bluegrass style, prepare for a hoe-down without leaving the city. 11am.
- February 21: Super Sábado! 2014/15, El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave., (212)831-7272, www.elmuseo.org. This free family program, taking place every third Saturday of the month presents gallery tours and art workshops centered around Carnaval, the joyful Caribbean and Latin-American fete, and enjoy live music, dance workshops, and more. RSVP recommended. All ages are welcome. Noon.
- February 21: Moon Over Manhattan: Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., (212)288-6400, www.asiasociety.org. The Asia Society fetes the Year of the ram with a live music performance, a lion dance and kung fu demonstrations, and arts-and-crafts activities all afternoon long. Appropriate for all ages. 1pm.
- Through February 22: Toys and Trains, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, (212) 873-3400, www.nyhistory.org. This dynamic display appeals to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys dating from approximately 1850 to 1940. This collection contains a comprehensive representation of the work of every major toy manufacturer that set the standard for the Golden Age of European toy manufacturing, including the prized German firms of Märklin, Bing, Ernst Plank and Carette. During museum hours.
- February 22: Family Concert: Vered and the Babes, The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave., (212)423-3200, wwww.thejewishmuseum.org. Listen to the lush melodies and playful harmonies of Vered and the Babes. Their funny and poignant music is like an upbeat soundtrack to life with little ones. Hear catchy tunes from the hit album Good Morning My Love. 11:30am-12:30pm.
- February 22: Himalayan New Year Celebration, The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., www.rubinmuseum.org. Ring in the Himalayan New Year, called Losar, with a host of cultural activities. Kids make their mark on a collaborative mandala, craft butter sculptures, and take tours of the museum's galleries while the live sounds of traditional Tibetan music set the scene. Appropriate for all ages. Noon.
- February 22: 16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, Beginning at Canal and Mott Street, to Chatham Square at East Broadway, down East Broadway under the Manhattan Bridge, proceeding down Eldridge Street to Grand Street at Forsyth Street, ending at Sara D Roosevelt Park; www.betterchinatown.com. Enjoy glitter poppers, fortune cannons, dancing, festivities and more as you indulge in the rich tradition of Chinese New Year in Chinatown. 1pm.
- February 22: Breastfeeding Workshop, Prenatal Yoga Center, 251 W. 72nd St. 2F, (212)362-2985, www.prenatalyogacenter.com. Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), uses 20 years of experience to help moms-to-be to learn how to breastfeed. Topics include feeding positions and latch on, learn easy solutions to breastfeeding problems, and recognize hunger cues. Learn the skills needed to breastfeed successfully. 3-5:30pm.
- February 26: Cholera and Ebola: Parallels, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St., (212)838-6878, www.mvhm.org. How can a historian’s eye assist us in combating present and future medical crises? Join us for a talk by Dr. Cathey Falvo, who will compare accounts from the cholera epidemic of 1832 with the current ebola outbreak to help answer that question. Appropriate for adults only. 6:30pm.
- February 27: The Light Princess, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Two witty wisemen sing a story of a young princess cursed by a wicked witch to float through life indefinitely. Twirling above the stage, through the kingdom and into a magical forest, she must find a way to come back to earth by her sixteenth birthday or be doomed to defy gravity forever. Times Vary.
- February 28: Walter Martin,Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. This multi-instrumentalist, indie-rock supergroup The Walkmen plays feel-good music for kids inspired by early rock ‘n roll. Tackle topics from family to love, childhood to zoo animals, and even The Beatles. 11am.
- February 28: Blaaast into the New Year with MOCA!, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., www.mocanyc.org. Kick off the Year of the ram with this enchanting family festival featuring a spirited lion dance, and crafts inspired by traditional Chinese folk art and the zodiac. There will also be storytelling, and a participatory performance from Chinatown's Red Silk Dancers. Space is limited, so get your tickets online in advance. Appropriate for all ages. 11am.
- February 28: World Sword Swallower's Day at Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, 234 W. 42nd St., (212)398-3133, www.ripleysnewyork.com. Witness the incredible feats of World Sword Swallower's Day. Sword-swallowing performances will begin outside the museum at 2pm with the official worldwide swallow taking place at 2:28pm. Families can head inside Ripley's for even more death-defying sword stunts in the Odditorium. All ages are welcome. 2pm.
- February 28: Lantern Night Hike, Central Park, www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/02/28/lantern-night-hike. Discover Central Park and the Belvedere Castle at night. The Rangers discuss history and nocturnal wildlife on this night hike from the Castle to the wild places in the woods. Registration is required. 7pm.
All Month Long:
- Saturdays in February: Around the World with CMA: Asian American Festival, Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., (212)274-0986, www.cmany.org. To celebrate the diversity of New York City, we present our seventh annual series of Cultural Festivals that celebrate the artistic and cultural traditions of different communities. During the months of January, February, and March, each festival will feature live music, dance, theater and storytelling performances, and workshops that highlight Irish, Asian America, and Persian cultures. 10am-5pm.
- Through Valentine’s Day: DIY Cupid Arrow Pouch Craft, www.dickblick.com/ProjectIdeas/Cupids-Arrow-Valentines/. Log online to find something handmade, for the crafty types this Valentine’s Day. This Cupid Arrow pouch features step-by-step tutorials and a list of materials, making it easy to shop online. Blick has over 72 store locations that also stock the materials. All day.