RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Saturday, February 25
Head to Brookfield Place's Hudson Eats with your little ones for a Saturday morning interactive program of educational activities, live music, and games. Bilingual Birdies will have kids learning foreign languages through song, Handsome Harry and Gary the Great dazzle with magic and juggling acts, and Nicola McEldowney will bring her cast of fabric characters for the whole family to enjoy together. After the show, be sure to stroll around the venue for delicious nibbles, shopping, and other cultural activities. Ages 1-5.
Go on a space exploration through this 20-minute 3D movie narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Viewers will learn about the International Space Station, what research projects NASA is currently working on, and the challenges that come with their mission to send astronauts to Mars. All ages.
The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre will present a collection of Czech, Slovak, and Italian fairy tales for young theater-goers. Four performers/puppeteers and four dozen marionettes play out the fables with Czech folk tunes sung a capella. On each Saturday during the show’s run at 3pm, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre founder Vít Horejš will perform The Winter Tales, a one-man show with antique wooden puppets that speak in a dozen voices, sing, dance, and play the violin. ($12, children $8; ages 4 and up). Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom for ages 5 and up.
Join China Institute for their special Saturday art programs for children. Experienced language teachers will first give a tour of the institute’s exhibition “Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd to 6th Centuries” before guiding kids through various creative projects. The group will have fun while learning about ancient Chinese art and history through hands-on projects, including sculpting, brush painting, and making rubbings. Ages 5 and up.
Met Max Darwin, otherwise known as The Amazing Max! This inspiring magician enchants your little ones with an interactive, high-energy magic and comedy act that even adults will love. At just 65 minutes long, it's great for fidgety kids—plus, the whole family will be able to meet Max in the lobby after the show! Ages 3 and up.
The sooner kids learn about making healthy choices the more likely they are to stick with it as they grow up - so why not make it a fun journey? Healthyville is a mini version of the Museum of Chinese in America’s touring exhibit of the same name. More than 15 hands-on health and wellness activities will offer children play-based lessons in nutrition, safety, fitness, and hygiene. See how exercise affects the heart with an pulse meter; learn about food groups while shopping for food at the Good Foods Market; take part in physical activities while using an interactive scale; and brush and floss a giant mouth to learn about the importance of taking care of those pearly whites. Fun workshops and bilingual learning programs will complement the exhibit. Ages 5-10.
Your kids may never tire of watching Frozen, but they'll be exposed to plenty of family-friendly classics as well, thanks to this weekly film series. On Sundays, the downtown theater hosts a matinee screening of a bona fide family favorites. This season kicks off with a viewing of An American Tail, a musical about a Jewish immigrant mouse Fievel (Dec 18), Gene Kelly’s classic Singing’ in the Rain (Dec 25) shown in 4K restoration, and silent comedy masterpiece Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Jan 1). Other top-notch picks include Jailhouse Rock (Jan 8), Cover Girl (Jan 15), The Invisible Man (Jan 22), Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man (Jan 29), Time Bandits (Feb 5), It Happened One Night (Feb 12), Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (Feb 19), Lassie Come Home (Feb 26), Planet of the Apes (Mar 5), Lili (Mar 12), and The Witches (Mar 19). All ages.
Rock and Roll Playhouse' Rock & Roll for Kids series offers sweet children's music workshops on Sundays at Brooklyn Bowl! Littles will sing, play and dance with their parents. Highlights include Kids Gone Phishing: The Music of Phish with Uncle Ebenezer (Jan 8), All Things Petty: The Music of Tom Petty with The Mighty Fergusons (Jan 29), The Music of Billy Joel featuring Craig Greenberg (Feb 19) and The Music of Motown with Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band (Mar 5). Ages 10 and under.
Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. Ages 5 and up.
It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.