Winter can be rough, but our February events calendar for kids will help you get through one of the coldest months with ease. (Prepare for plenty of visits to the best indoor playgrounds for kids and pick-me-ups at our go-to hot chocolate spots.)
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Although temperatures are low and days are short, there's a lot to look forward to before spring arrives. Once you're done perusing our February events calendar for kids, be sure to book a fun weekend adventure!
Prepare for an afternoon like none other—you'll be among dinosaurs, after all. Paleontologists will feel as though they've stepped straight into a scene of the beloved Jurassic Park films thanks to this awesome family experience. The performance features over 20 life-sized animatronic dinos—some of which are 40 feet in length—a thrilling score and a captivating tale that'll engage everyone in the audience. All ages.
The 42nd season of the Big Apple Circus is officially underway! Brooklyn-born singer and Ringmaster Storm Marrero will lead the way as the show celebrates all-things NYC. There are plenty of acts that'll make your jaw drop, including the Dupla Mão na Roda hand-balancing duo, performances from International Juggling Association Gold Medalist Kyle Driggs, aerial acrobatics with Aliev Troupe and so much more. All ages.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating the holiday with a day full of performances, activities and storytelling—and the Sesame Street Puppeteers! Lunar New Year Parade in the Great Hall (11-11:30am) Sesame Street Puppeteers (11:10-11:40am, 12-12:30pm) Performances by the Long Island Lion Troupe, dancers from the New York Chinese Cultural Center and drummers from New York Korean Performing Arts Center (1:30-4:45pm) Artist Vincent Chong writes in gold calligraphy while soaring in high heels. (12-4:15 pm) Animal Trainer Lydia DesRoche introduces her furry pals the Hero Rats (11:30am-5pm) Looking for art activities? Go to the Zodiac Zones to discover more about your birth sign, make Fierce Dragon Creations, join in the communal paper feast with artist Emily Mock, make a paper lantern, enjoy freshly-made bubble tea from Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Co. at the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony & Bubble Tea Gatherings, watch a hand-pulled noodle demonstration, sketch zodiacal animals at the Celestial Drawing Station, learn from master calligrapher Zhou Bin, transform yourself into a cunning rat by making a costume at Daring Disguise, create a drum at Den-den Daiko Drum Making and emboss a plaque at Metal Mouse Masterpieces. All ages.
Prepare for a lively celebration! Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Rink will welcome the holiday season with its beloved roller disco events at City Point, and kids can get in the action! Lace up and enjoy. The schedule, which will run until Feb 15, 2020, is as follows: Learn to Skate for Kids: Thursdays 5–5:45pm (7+) Holiday Themed Dress-up Skate Party for Families: Fridays 3–5pm (7+) Toddler Skate: Saturdays 10–11am (6 and under) Learn to Skate for Kids: Saturdays 11–11:45am (7+) Santa Skate: Holiday Themed Dress-up Skate Party for Families: Saturdays noon–2pm (7+) Dazzle Disco Dress-up Skate Party for Families: Saturdays 2:30–5:30pm
Who can resist a snow day? Looks like Widget and Twig found someone who would rather take a pass. In Yeti, Set, Snow!, an original play from City Parks Foundation, a dynamic duo stumbles upon a yeti, Pascetti, who would rather not deal with flurries and the cold. Time will tell if Pascetti’s new friends will have him singing “Let It Snow.” Ages 3–8. Note: There are no performances on: Nov 28, Dec 24, Dec 25, Jan 1, Jan 2 and Jan 3. Note that showtimes on Nov 29 are: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Here's a chance to try out MathPlay, a play-and-learn program for preschoolers from MoMath. MathPlay lets kids participate in songs, stories, and activities that help improve math skills and problem-solving while letting them socialize with other children. The 30-minute trial class is free for children who haven't participated in MathPlay before; preregistration is required. There is a session for 3-year-olds on February 4 at 9:30am, and a session for 4-5-year-olds on February 4 at 3:15 pm. Free. Ages 3-5.
Every year, Bryant Park transforms into a winter village complete with an outdoor ice skating rink right at the center. Shop from local vendors selling food and drinks and get an early start on those holiday wish lists. Wonderful pop-up shops for kids and families abound, as well as eateries with sweet and savory cusines from around the globe. Holiday festivities are scheduled from the opening day, as Oct 31 will welcome kiddos for Tricks and Treats from 4–6:30pm. Later in the season, little ones can visit Santa from Dec 14–22, so tell your crew to start brainstorming! All ages.
Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could will bring kids to their feet, dancing to his bouncy, folksy, accordion-laced rock music. He's performing his greatest hits, as well as songs inspired by nature in celebration of Tu B’Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day. Ages 3 and up.
The holiday model-train show at the New-York Historical Society is always a stunner, and this year celebrates Richard Scarry’s Busytown to honor the 100th anniversary of the author and illustrator’s birth. You’ll see Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and other favorite characters, plus trains, trains and more trains. All ages.
Who knew going to the laundromat could be so much fun! SUDS, an immersive, multisensory theatrical event Bluelaces Theater Company created for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and it transforms doing the laundry into a playful, soapy, bubbly adventure. Adventure Guides are paired with theatergoers to attend to their particular interests and needs. Ages 5-8.
The NYC theater scene is gearing up for a kid-friendly lineup. During the 2019-2020 season at the New Victory Theater, families will be able to hang with their favorite picture-book fishes, listen to Aesop's fables and much more. The schedule, which is available on the theater's website, is as follows: The Pout-Pout Fish: Oct 12–20 for ages 4–7 Aesop's Fables: Nov 1–3 for ages 7 and up RE:PLAY: Nov 15–Dec 1 for ages 6 and up 42 FT–A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels: Dec 6–Jan 5 for ages 5 and up CARTOGRAPHY: Jan 10–19 for ages 10 and up Riddle of the Trilobites: Feb 7–23 for ages 6 and up Drumfolk: Feb 28–Mar 15 for ages 7 and up Treasure Island: Mar 20–29 for ages 8 and up Magic Shadows: Apr 3–19 for ages 5 and up Snow White: Apr 24–May 3 for ages 7 and up Jabberbabble: May 9–17 for ages 4–7 Fierce 5: May 30–June 14 for ages 9 and up
Welcome the Year of the Rat at Flushing Town Hall. Join Puppetry in Practice to make your own puppets, then go on a Dragon Walk. (Jan 18, 2pm.) Visit the Lunar New Year Temple Chiese Bazaar to watch live performances, snack on delicious food and take part in fun arts and crafts. (Feb 1, 11am and 1pm.) All ages.
Mini musicologists can join host Becky Young and members of the New York Philharmonic for a playdate with classical music—the three-concert season begins with an introduction to stringed instruments. The performance is silly and fun, and suited to the attention spans of children. Be sure to go early to meet the musicians, and stay after for the instrument "petting zoo." (Note: This concert will also be held on Feb 8 at 12:30pm at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in Queens.) Ages 3-6.
Mini musicologists can join host Becky Young and members of the New York Philharmonic for a playdate with classical music—the three-concert season begins with an introduction to stringed instruments. The performance is silly and fun, and suited to the attention spans of children. Be sure to go early to meet the musicians, and stay after for the instrument "petting zoo." Ages 3-6.
It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites other species as they emerge from their chrysalises. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can watch a short film and read displays on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.
Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.
NYC's most popular Instagram landmark underwent a renovation that is practically as breathtaking as its views of Manhattan. The $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience at the Empire State Building allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the iconic building: from the moment it was built to its place in pop culture today. Galleries focus on the construction, opening day and everything in between. Catch 70+ screens depicting the building's place in the NYC skyline, see if your favorite celebrity has made a visit and, of course, get a taste of King Kong! Giant ape fingers pierce the wall of a 1930s-themed office. Yikes! All ages.
The amazing life-saving dogs in this immersive 3D movie are like real-life PAW Patrol pups. Find out the remarkable stories of canines and their human companions who work hard everyday to rescue people in snowy avalanches and off the coasts of warm beaches. There's even a pair of Bloodhound brothers who are helping save endangered species in Africa. 45 minutes. All ages
On the third Sunday of every month, the Queen Zoo will host the FREE Nature Play Club, which brings kids back in touch with the environment around them. Youngsters can enjoy free play and "unstructured" exploration. Ages 0–8.