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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

Look no further for the best things to do with kids this week including festivals, concerts, museum exhibits and more

There are so many great things to do with the kids this week! Check out the coolest NYC museums, fill your bellies with hot chocolate and explore some of the best family restaurants in town.

For more things to do, check out our favorite 101 things to do with kids in New York City and our favorite free things to do with kids, too.

Things to do with kids Feb 8–Feb 12


The New York City Lunar New Year 2016 “Year of the Monkey Celebration"

This five-day-long free fest celebrates the Lunar New Year across the city! Check out Fantastic Art China: International Creative Festival exhibition (Feb 6–10, Javits Center), a 72,000-square-foot exhibit by CAFA showcasing both young and well-established Chinese Artists, then stop by NYC Lunar New Year Students Day (Feb 8, Javits Center). There, families can learn monkey dances taught by National Dance Institute and learn about the endangered golden monkey from The Nature Conservancy. Other events include a fireworks show over the Hudson by Grucci at Pier 84 (Feb 6, 8:30pm), an Empire State Building light show (Feb 6, 8 at dusk) and a community event at Lincoln Center Josie Robertson Plaza (Feb 9, 4:30pm) featuring monkey dances by National Dance Institute Celebration Team and traditional lion dances by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. All ages.

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Various locations Wednesday February 10 2016

Storytime Yoga

Parents can bring their flexible tots to these yoga sessions combining yoga with storytelling. Each session includes music and two stories as little ones stretch their bodies and relax through a variety of yoga poses. Ages 1 to 3.

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The Yoga Collective , Chelsea Thursday February 11 2016

Kids' Night on Broadway

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Expensive Broadway price tags stopping your crew from heading to the theater? This annual promotion, a program of the Broadway League, is the perfect excuse to play dress-up and do Times Square in style. On February 9, 2016, kids don't pay a dime once you purchase a full-price adult ticket. Kids' Night on Broadway tickets include fun perks like pre-theatre activities, restaurant and parking discounts and educational programs. There's something for kids of all ages, including Aladdin, Matilda the Musical and The Lion King for young ones and Kinky Boots and Jersey Boys for the older set. Mark your calendar—tickets go on sale Nov 3rd at 10:30am. Ages 6–18.

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Until Tue Feb 9

Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!

The Sesame Street crew—Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadaby included—take the stage for another kid-friendly spectacular! Two live performers will host the show and invite the audience to dance along with their favorite characters, who come out to the floor to interact with the youngsters. Watch Elmo get moving to "Do the Robot," learn new moves from Cookie and boogie down to "Shake Your Head One Time" with Ernie! All ages.

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Theater at Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Thursday February 11 2016 - Sunday February 21 2016

Handa's Surprise

Little ones are invited to come along on a journey during this short and sweet performance by London's Little Angel Theatre. The audience will watch as Handa, a young Kenyan girl, fills her basket with beautiful exotic fruits to take with her to the next village, but she'll need help figuring out what happens to her treats along the way. Playful puppet creatures, live music and dance come together to bring Eileen Browne's popular picture book to life. Kids will love singing and stomping along to the Swahili rhythms so much that they'll jump at the chance to dance around with the performers following the show. Ages six months to age 4.

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New 42nd Street Studios , Midtown West Friday February 12 2016 - Sunday February 21 2016

Frozen in Ice

Brrr...it’s cold at Skylands Stadium! Head to North Jersey for this freezing attraction featuring 100 tons of ice-sculpture displays. Kids should wear warm clothes to keep cozy as they slide down the 50-foot-long ice slide. Frigid features include a log cabin, horse-drawn carriage, working lighthouse and carved boat all made out of ice! Don’t miss carnival games and on weekends, ice-carving demonstrations and competitions. Come out on Wednesdays for Kids Go Free day where kids under 12 get in free (two kids per paid adult). All ages.

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Skylands Stadium Until Sunday February 28 2016

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Powwow

Critics' pick

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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Theatre for the New City , East Village Friday February 12 2016 - Sunday February 14 2016

“Vikings Exhibition”

Travel back in time to the Viking Age from the 8th to 11th centuries in this historical exhibition. Featuring more than 500 artifacts—many never seen before outside Scandinavia—it immerses visitors in Viking culture and allows them to learn more about Viking family and community, religion and rituals, travel and trade, aristocracy and slavery and the roles of women. As visitors view artifacts like Viking helmets, wrought brooches, gold and silver pendants, the oldest known Scandinavian crucifix and swords, they’ll gain a broader understanding of Norse craftsmanship and Viking mythology. Highlights of the exhibition include the Gokstad II, a replica of a Scandinavian Viking Boat and interactive experiences like excavation of a virtual boat grave and a Scandinavian board game. All ages.

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Discovery Times Square , Midtown West Until Monday September 5 2016

Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour

Gotham's favorite circus troupe brings its latest production to Jersey, transporting families to the Roaring 20s when ships, planes, trains and automobiles transformed travel as we knew it. Under the direction of Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane, the professional performers will wow young circusgoers with acts inspired by far-flung places like Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Duck under the Big Top to witness fearless aerialists, gravity-defying acrobats, impressive jugglers and silly clowns perform alongside talented ponies and pups, accompanied by live tunes from the seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band. Families can also attend an autism-friendly show on Wednesday March 2. On select days, grab two-for-one tickets for a 75-minute show with no intermission. Ages 3 and up.

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TD Bank Ballpark Friday February 12 2016 - Sunday March 13 2016

“Ionna Vautrin: Le Bestiaire”

The FIAF Gallery becomes a mystical menagerie in this installation created by artist Ionna Vautrin and featuring illustrations from 14 artists. Kids will explore the animal kingdom as they transform themselves into a variety of creatures by creating costume disguises. Ages 3 and up.

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French Institute Alliance Française , Upper East Side Until Saturday April 2 2016
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