Looking for something to do with the kids on Presidents' Day? We're helping to make that executive decision a little easier. Our agenda includes plenty of family-friendly things to do during Presidents' Day weekend. Whether you take in a concert, a historical happening or one of the best museum exhibits for kids, make it a Presidents' Day weekend for the history books.
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Presidents' Day weekend events
If Hurricane Sandy has taught New Yorkers anything, it's that no one is safe from the forces of nature. Though we often hear news of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis obliterating areas around the world, many were shocked that a place like NYC could be hit by such a massive storm. Now families can learn more about these natural disasters through an interactive exhibit that lets kids bone up on the geological causes, the risks to humans, coping in the aftermath and how to predict future destruction. Hands-on activities invite visitors to monitor earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulate an earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand at the center of a roaring tornado and check out an interactive map of NYC during the hurricane in 2012. All ages.Read more
The New York Hall of Science is holding an engineering fest every weekday of the midwinter break. On Civil Engineering Day (Feb 16, 11am–4pm), kids will use gumdrops and toothpicks to build a dome, craft a boat out of aluminum foil and construct a bridge with blocks and paper clips. On Feb 17 from 1 to 4pm, Richard Schweiger, creator of the new animated TV show Space Racers, will host screenings, workshops and a Q&A session about engineering in outer space. Kids will also get the chance to learn about nano–crystals (Feb 18, 1–4pm), wearable tech (Feb 19, 1:30–4pm) and motors (Feb 20, 1:30–4pm). Most of the programs are free, but some workshops require a small materials fee to participate. Ages 4 and up.Read more
This troupe has been delighting little audiences with their informal puppet shows since the 1970s. 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.Read more
MoMA takes viewers back to La Belle Époque in this survey of the graphic art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), surely one of the best-known and beloved names in art history. All of his iconic images are here, along with the landmarks of late-19th-century Parisian nightlife referenced therein. Bring the whole family and get transported to Paris. All ages.Read more