RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Sunday, Feb 18
Keep your kids busy during midwinter break with daily matinees of My Neighbor Totoro, plus drop-in art-making and animation projects inspired by the film. If you're a purist, you'll also enjoy Feb 24's screening, which will be in Japanese with English subtitles. All ages.
The floating museum hosts children for a week-long itinerary filled with science and art-based activities, interactive workshops, live shows and demonstrations. Kids will create their own digital games and learn investigative science skills while they play, learn about the solar system, see live animal demonstrations, catch great performances and so much more. They’ll also have the opportunity to interact with scientists, game developers, zoologists and authors during these activities. All ages.
School might not be in session, but there's plenty of activity happening at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. The week-long Midwinter Recess will celebrate Lunar New Year, the Olympics and Black History Month with offerings such as performances, art activities and more. Head online to see what's scheduled for each day. All ages.
All your favorite Cinderella characters — including the singing mice and fairy godmother — are brought to life in this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The one hour performance includes music by Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell, and is the perfect length of time for keeping young audiences engaged. Arrive one hour early to the Saturday matinees or Sunday morning showtimes for a performing arts workshop for the kiddies. Ages 4 and up.
Delve into the fascinating world of computer-generated art in "Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age" at MoMa. Featuring art from 1959-1989 this show, suitable for all ages, explores the various ways we've harnessed technology to create computer animation, kinetic sculptures and more. All ages.
Mindfulness teacher Ayman Househam instructs this class at the Rubin Museum, which focuses on creating the foundation for a peaceful life. Learn exercises and gain the tools you need to make your family more mindful! The sessions build upon the previous classes, so it’s best to take them all! Ages 3-7.
TADA! Youth Theater is putting on this entirely original musical production about a young scientist named Sybil whose experiment gets out of hand. Sybil just wants to create a "perfect friend" in her basement lab, but what she ends up concocting is a room full of mischievous monsters!
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.
Taught by professional coaches who follow the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, Chelsea Piers coaches are former national and international champions or former Olympic competitors. Students are evaluated and divided into group classes based on their abilities right from the start. The Learn to Skate philosophy follows the tenet that skating is a “timeless activity that anyone can enjoy,” which encourages classes for those at all ages and levels. There is an additional skate-rental fee for students without their own skates, though helmets for the tots are included in the lesson cost. All ages.