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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend for kids

Celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with some quality family time this weekend

Photograph: DiMenna Children's History Museum

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this long weekend—there are plenty of exciting events and activities for the whole family! Keep the little ones busy on the day off from school by attending awesome family events, exploring local ice-skating rinks, checking out new indoor activities for kids and cuddling up for our favorite kids movies.

Saturday

Living History Days: MLK weekend

Meet die-hard reenactors of the 26th United States Colored Troops, a platoon of NY-based African American Civil War soldiers. The troops will be on hand to show off their weaponry and share tales of wartime heroism in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

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Until Mon Jan 18

Family Art Project: Freedom Poem Tapestries

Discover the poems and stories created by famed African American poet Maya Angelou and learn about the patterns and significance of African American quilts to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Kids will create their own poems to weave into a tapestry design with cloth and yarn. All ages.

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17 Jan 2016

The Commedia Rapunzel Holiday Extravaganza Pumpkin Spice Latte Edition

In this reprise of the Commedia Rapunzel show from this year's FringeJR lineup, there’s a seasonal twist: it’s the holiday season in Hoboken, and Rapunzel desperately wants to venture outside of her tower’s walls—but first, she must escape her witch mother. You and your little one have never seen a version of Rapunzel quite like this; performed by the Spaghetti and Meatball Players in the style of Commedia del' Arte! Ages 6 to 12.

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Until Sat Jan 30

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Powwow

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The oldest Native American dance company in New York (Thunderbird American Indian Dancers) puts on a show of dances, storytelling and traditional music at the Theater for the New City. Popular segments include the Deer Dance from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern Arizona, a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance from the Northern Plains people and a Stomp Dance originating in the Southeast. At the end, the audience can share the joy of the powwow during the friendship-themed Round Dance. Stick around after the children's matinee performances (Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm) to meet members of the troupe and pose for photos with them. Ages 5 and up.

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Until Sun Feb 14

AMNH's "The Titanosaur" Opening Weekend

The American Museum of Natural History is adding another impressively massive dino to its famed halls—a cast of a 122-foot-long creature named The Titanosaur. Come visit the giant herbivore (estimated to have weighed in at around 70 tons) and the rest of the museum's amazing exhibits to celebrate the new addition. Find the exhibit at Wallach Orientation Center on the fourth floor. All ages.

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Until Sun Jan 17

“The Discovery of King Tut”

Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tut almost 100 years ago and now kids will get the opportunity to experience the excavation firsthand. This exhibition provides visitors with an in-depth look at the tomb of famed boy-king, Tutankhamun. Featuring replicas and reconstructions of the burial goods found in the tomb—created by Egyptian craftsmen and Egyptologists—the exhibition will make kids feel as if they’ve traveled 3,000 years back in time. Guests can go on an audio tour based on Howard Carter’s diaries, video documentaries, extensive texts and object descriptions. Additionally, the exhibition will include a series of lectures by Egyptologists and a gallery dedicated to the relationship between New York and King Tut. All ages.

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Until Sun May 15

"NYC and Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple"

This new interactive gallery for kids captures the sounds, sights, flavors and soul of New York! Little ones can take over the Big Apple's sidewalks, streets, parks, public transportation and more by driving taxis and police cars, building mini skyscrapers, running an international food cart and even imagining they're the mayor.

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18 Jan 2016

Stam-Pede

Kids move to the beat of lively percussive music by celebrated dance companies, including the Dance Theatre of Ireland, Darrah Carr Dance and The Vanaver Caravan. Their aim is to expose young audience members to a range of styles, from flamenco to Irish dance. Ages 5 and up.

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Until Sun Jan 17

Sunday

Family Art Project: Freedom Poem Tapestries

Discover the poems and stories created by famed African American poet Maya Angelou and learn about the patterns and significance of African American quilts to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Kids will create their own poems to weave into a tapestry design with cloth and yarn. All ages.

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17 Jan 2016

Civil Rights Then and Now: Black Power at 50

Come participate in a panel discussion on a major event from the Civil Rights Movement: when Stokely Carmichael first used the term “black power” during the March Against Fear in June of 1966. This conversation is in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will help kids learn about past and present struggles for racial equality. Ages 9 and up.

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17 Jan 2016

Legend Has It

A group of performers from Alberta Theatre Projects brings this fantasy adventure to life, inviting the audience—and one lucky guest onstage—into the realm of Jaro. The cast mingles with the audience in the lobby before they even head into the theater, and they'll be shocked to find that one of their own soon becomes the main character and hero in the production, helping the troupe battle evil wizards, wizards and goblins. Ages 8 and up.

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Until Sun Jan 17

"Connected Worlds"

With so many people bustling around NYC at all times, it's easy to forget that our city is just a small piece in a larger environment. This high-tech exhibition in the Great Hall lets families better understand our impact on Earth's delicate systems, teaching kids how to keep things balanced through individual and collective actions. Hands-on activities let visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects on seven giant screens. Each displays a different environment—desert, mountain valley, plains, reservoir, jungle wetlands and a digital waterfall, towering above at 38 feet tall. As families move from one environment to the next they'll explore how the spaces are connected by shared resources and weather patterns and how their actions impact the larger environment. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Saturday December 31 2016

“Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition”

Travel to a galaxy far, far away at this exhibition featuring over 70 costumes from the Star Wars movies. Get a firsthand look at C3PO’s gilded suit, Darth Vader’s creepy black mask, Queen Amidala’s royal gowns and Princess Leia’s bikini. The exhibition will feature short films, interviews with artists, designers and actors, and interactive flipbooks including sketches, photographs and notes from the movie-making process. Guests will even get to see if they can rock a Star Wars costume through a virtual experience. All ages.

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Until Sat Sep 3

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition"

This exhibition displays more than 100 artifacts from the RMS Titanic ship and allows visitors to tour replicas of the cabins. Upon entering the exhibition, visitors will be given a boarding pass as they assume the role of passengers aboard the Titanic. They'll tour through a chronological journey showcasing the ship’s construction, life on board, the moments of impact and sinking, as well as the present-day efforts to recover and conserve the wreckage. Visitors will get to touch an “iceberg” to feel the freezing temperature of the water at the time the ship sank. All ages.

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29 May 2016

Just Kidding Concerts at Symphony Space

Our favorite entertainment series for kids is back at Symphony Space with an exciting mix of family-friendly, live events featuring an impressive lineup of high-energy musicians. This season's concerts include kiddie rock group Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights (Oct 10), nature songs from musical trio Trees (Oct 17), a New Orleans–style "Monster Gras" celebration with Jazzy Ash (Oct 31) and an acoustic jam session at Justin Roberts...Unplugged! (Nov 14). Kick of 2016 with bilingual tunes by Sonia De Los Santos and special guests, Dan Zanes and Friends (Jan 2), two interactive shows from The Pop Ups (Jan 9) and an awesome concert and comedy show mashup from BAM Percussion (Jan 17). Other artists on tap this season: The Not-Its! (Jan 23), Aaron Nigel Smith (Jan 30), Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower (Feb 13), The Gustafer Yellowgold Show (Feb 27), Mil's Trills (Mar 5) and Mister G (Mar 12). All ages.

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Until Sat Mar 12

Monday

30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Acclaimed cultural critic and author of April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America Michael Eric Dyson is the keynote speaker at BAM’s yearly celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Following the speech are performances by the The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and The Voice finalist Kimberly Nichole, as well as the community art exhibition “Picture the Dream” by NYCHA Atlantic Terminal Community Center students. Ages 5 and up.

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Until Mon Jan 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Meet the Author Storytime: Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

The Negro Motorist’s Green Book was first published in 1936 by Harlem postman Victor Hugo Green; it helped black travelers learn which Southern towns were safe to go to and which hotels, restaurants and businesses would serve them. In Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s book Ruth and the Green Book, his young character Ruth uses this book to survive the Jim Crow South. Come listen to Ramsey read his story and answer questions. After the reading, he will sign books in the Museum Store. Ages 6 and up.

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Until Mon Jan 18

What's Your Dream?

This Martin Luther King Day, soak in the beauty of Museum at Eldridge St during a family storytime, where kids will hear Kobi Yamada's What Do You Do With An Idea? Then, little ones can help make a mural inspired by MLK's ideas, his famous speach and the group's own dreams for the future. Ages 4–10.

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18 Jan 2016

Living History Days: MLK weekend

Meet die-hard reenactors of the 26th United States Colored Troops, a platoon of NY-based African American Civil War soldiers. The troops will be on hand to show off their weaponry and share tales of wartime heroism in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

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Until Mon Jan 18

Harlem Gospel Choir

Formed in 1986, the Harlem Gospel Choir has an impressive crossover résumé, having worked with U2 (on Rattle and Hum), Diana Ross and Jimmy Cliff. The group’s performances are exuberant, to say the least, as you'd expect from its slogan: "Get your dose of the Holy Ghost." All ages.

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Until Mon Jan 18

TADA! One-Day Camps

Youngsters can spend their days off from school learning the ABCs of musical theater through games, improv and dramatic play. On Election Day, they'll hone their acting chops, using the theme "And the Winner is..." (Nov 3), then honor Veteran's Day with "Be My Hero" (Nov 11). Martin Luther King Jr. Day brings "Dream It, Be It!" (Jan 18) and President's Day surrounds the motif, "Presidential Power!" (Feb 15).Families are invited to watch the last 20 minutes of the day. Early drop-off is available for an additional $10. Ages 6 to 11.

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25 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem Walking Tour

Learn about New York’s links to the civil-rights movement on a special edition of Big Onion’s Historic Harlem Walking Tour. Notable stops along the two-hour trek include the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the NYC headquarters of the NAACP; and the Harlem Hospital Center, where the reverend was treated in 1958 after being stabbed with a letter opener in a bookstore. Meet at the northwest corner of 135th St and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave).

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18 Jan 2016

The Big Family Quiz Thing

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The Big Quiz Thing has been stumping participants for ten years with its wacky and original trivia questions—and now, for the first time ever, the trivia tournament will be played family-style. Quizmaster Rory Scholl will host six rounds of brain-tingling multimedia trivia that even those not yet in high school can try to answer. The competition culminates in a Buzzertastic Finale with the winner taking home some well-earned prizes. Study up on your history, pop culture, and who knows what else, and get ready to buzz in. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Ages 7 and up.

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Until Sun Jan 17

The Tiny Scientist MLK Day Science Workshop

Celebrate Martin Luther King day by honoring notable African-American scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Learn about Ultraviolet light and planetary orbit, taste astronaut ice cream, freeze dance to songs about sunshine and create Solar System models. Registration required. Ages 5 and up.

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18 Jan 2016

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