RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Saturday, February 25
The floating museum hosts children for a week-long itinerary filled with science and art-based activities, interactive workshops, lives shows, and demonstrations. Kids will get a taste of how much fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) can be and hopefully get them excited to explore these themes. They’ll create their own digital games and learn investigative science skills while they play; participate in the Rube Goldberg Speed Building Challenge; learn about the solar system; build a rocket; play a larger-than-life chess match; check out vintage toys; see live animal demonstrations (featuring a kangaroo!); catch a performance by the Gazillion Bubble Show and so much more. They’ll also get to interact with scientists, game developers, zoologists, and authors during these activities. All ages.
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.
Heading to the museum Feb 18–25? Kids ages 12 and under go free when accompanied by an adult (one adult ticket purchase required). Every adult ticketholder who has purchased tickets under the promotion and visits during the above dates can be accompanied by up to two children ages 12 and under. Kids recieve the same package that the adult purchases. All ages.
Brooklyn-based Spellbound Theatre presents a show exclusively for the littlest set. In their latest original act, shadow puppetry, animated, and projected media tells the tale of Dog, an adventurous character who isn’t sure if he wants to be a dog anymore. Audiences will follow along as Dog and his environment morph into whatever his imagination desires. Ages 5 and under.
Fresh maple syrup is the quintessential taste of winter fun. So gather the family and head to Clay Pit Ponds, on Staten Island, where the local team will teach you about the wonders of harvesting the syrupy sweet goodness. You’ll hike about a mile through the preserve, learning about maple trees as you go, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes and to dress for the weather. Ages 7 and up.
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.
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.
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.