RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Saturday, February 18
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.
Gustafer Yellowgold, the curious creature that traveled to Earth from the sun, returns for its annual Just Kidding performance. Morgan Taylor, a 2016 Grammy Award nominee, mixes lives music, onscreen animations, and storytelling to take families on a multimedia exploration through the woods. 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.
You’ve never seen juggling like this! This Guinness World Record-breaking troupe has been polishing their juggling act for 15 years and whipped up a joyous mix of skill and humor that’ll keep audiences at the edge of their seat. The 55-minute show offers up acrobatics, flying rings, balls, and clubs. But why stop there? The trio adds unexpected objects, including bags of candy and rolls of toilet paper to their airborne bag of tricks. If that isn’t enough to wow - though it totally will be - watch as they do it all in sync to an energetic electo-pop soundtrack. 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.
Celebrate President's Day for kids with the New-York Historical Society's President-themed events. Get in on the Presidential Scavenger Hunt daily, where you'll search for both objects and images relating to presidential history inside the museum. There are also presidential crafts to try (1–3pm), during which kids will make portraits and a parade bunting to take home. Don't forget to check out "We the People," NYHS's ongoing exhibit! All ages.
Starting on weekend days in February, children will be able to participate in hands-on Wilderness Skills Workshops as part of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Wilderness Camp exhibit. Learn all about tying things together as a “camp ranger” shows attendees how to tie five different kinds of knots (February 4 and 5); a tie-dying workshop shows children how to play with natural dyes made from foods and plants (February 11 and 12); artist Tattfoo Tan offers up a taste of dehydrated treats from the museum’s new mobile kitchen Charlie Cart (February 18 and 19); and you’ll never lose your way again after checking out the DIY compass workshop (February 25 and 26). Workshops are open-ended and no registration is required. At the end of each workshop, a Brooklyn Children’s Museum educator will guide attendees through a tour of Wilderness Camp. All ages.
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.