RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Sunday, February 26
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.
Toddlers that dig a great story time will be entranced by LC Kids' Storytime at the Atrium programming, which features fun readings every month. On February 18, hear tales that revolve around the African American Experience, then catch Chee Kee: A Panda in Bearland (March 18) to learn about fitting in. Then, visit for You Don't Want a Unicorn (a cautionary tale for those who dream of owning their own...) (April 15) and If You Want to Bring A Circus to the Library, Don't! on May 6. Ages 3–5.
The fanciful tale comes to life in this Puppetworks production complete with marionettes, an original song score, and elegant 18th century French-style costumes. Watch as Puss the cat springs to life after his master buys him magical boots and draws up a plan to trick an ogre for his riches and win the princess’ heart for his owner. Ages 3 and up.
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.
Families can celebrate the diversity of Muslim cultures in America and around the world in this interactive exhibit. Explore gorgeous mosques and design your own buildings inspired by Muslim architecture, learn to say "My name is..." in 15 languages and create original artwork. Kids can exchange ideas and goods along trade routes, make music in the courtyard and even barter at an international souk! Live performances and demonstrations will supplement the exhibition. All ages.
The museum's star permanent exhibit consists of a maze of kid-sized shops, each containing a fun activity. The boutiques—a Chinese stationery store, a Mexican bakery and a West African import store, to name a few—are modeled after real Brooklyn businesses. The miniaturized community also houses an international grocery store equipped with conveyer belt–propelled wares that tykes can use to restock the shelves, and a theater where children watch recorded performances by Brooklyn dance troupes, then step onstage themselves to replicate the steps.
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.
Learn about the Caribbean island’s diverse ecosystem through this bilingual exhibit that introduces its forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs. Live animals, specimens, artifacts, and models of animal species found only in Cuba will be on display in a variety of recreated habitats. And because Cuba is about so much more than fascinating wildlife, the exhibit also dives into the life and culture of the country. Stroll along an open boulevard that’ll plop you right in the middle of a vibrant Cuban street that’s come alive with music, dance, and performances. Learn about the spiritual teachings of Santeria and how to grow Cuba’s most important cash crop tobacco. If you were ever curious about what the island is about, then grab the family for an interactive lesson. You might just be booking a plane ticket right as soon as you arrive home. All ages.
The exhibit showcases the works of renowned artist LeRoy Neiman and “The Greatest” boxer Muhammad Ali. The program will feature Neiman’s watercolors and sketches of Ali in and out of the ring, including Ali’s important matches “Fight of the Century” and “Thrilla in Manila” Not only did both figures enjoy the art of boxing, but Neiman taught Ali how to do draw and Ali’s own creations will be on display as well. All ages.
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.