Sunday, Feb 17
Didn't realize math can inspire some LOL moments? Think again. MoMath will host the first cartoon math exhibit, featuring artists such as Bob Mankoff (aka New Yorker cartoon editor), Charlie Hankin, Sidney Harris and more. For those who are inspired by the funnies, there will be a cool caption contest looking for entrees. Learn more about the exhibit here. All ages.
It's cold in NYC, but your kids can feel like they've been transported to a warmer climate. During Wave Hill's family art project, they'll visit Cactus and Succulent House to get a gander at its inhabitants. Once the little artists have been inspired, they'll be able to sketch and paint exotic desert dwellers. Admission to the grounds is free until noon! Ages 3 and up.
Elmo loves tricks, illusions and hijinks, but he can’t quite master the art of magic himself...until he elicits the help of his friends. When Sesame Street Live! Hits 34th Street, the fluffy, red Muppet discovers his own capabilities in the inspiring story, Make Your Magic. For an additional fee, families can enjoy a character meet-and-greet where they will pose for photos, test their scavenger hunt skills and enjoy magic tricks before the show. All ages.
Cold weather might be swooping in, but there's no reason to fret. New Yorkers are about to embark on one of the best (and most delicious) events of the year—one that will surely provide the warm and fuzzies. That's right, friends: City Bakery's Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is back. Throughout February, the venue offers a tasty, distinct hot chocolate flavor each day, and you're not going to want to miss out. Mom and Dad, you'll be pleased to know that there are also 21+ options that'll add a little kick to your cocoa. Flavors will alcohol will be served beginning at noon, and all flavors are subject to change. If you want to make your delicious treat Instagrammable, be sure to use the hashtag #2019hcf when you post! Here are the list of can't-miss flavors: Feb 1: Happy Hot Chocolate Feb 2: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Feb 3: Super Bowl Hot Chocolate Feb 4: Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate Feb 5: Coconut Chai Hot Chocolate Feb 6: Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate Feb 7: Lemon Hot Chocolate Feb 8: Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate Feb 9: Hot Chocolate for Babe Ruth Feb 10: Ginger Hot Chocolate Feb 11: Espresso Hot Chocolate Feb 12: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Feb 13: Pear-Skin Infused White Chocolate Feb 14: Love Potion Hot Chocolate Feb 15: White Chocolate and Cherry Bitters Feb 16: "Happy" Hot Chocolate Feb 17: S-Morey Hot Chocolate Feb 18: Chilipepper Hot Chocolate Feb 19: Darkest Dark Chocolate #2 Feb 20: French Follies Hot Chocolate Feb 21: White Cho
Each Saturday and Sunday, this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a story time. Authors read from their dazzling picture books, that can be incredibly funny, heart-warming, educational or all of the above. Be sure to check out all of the store's unique special events for children and young adult readers, too. Check out the lineup here. All ages.
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.
Calling all junior magicians! Illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from all over the world will descend on the Coney Island Museum for a full afternoon of mind-blowing tricks and feats. Expect to see plenty of card tricks, levitating objects and perhaps some stuff disappearing right before your eyes. Who knows—maybe someone from your family will have the chance to become to be part of the magic if they’re picked as an assistant for a particular trick. All ages.
Start taking notes, New Yorkers. No matter where you're located in the five boroughs, no matter how old you are, the Great Backyard Bird Count is something you can join. Now in its 21st year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society's online data survey invites interested participants to take watch during its annual event (Feb 15–18) to tally the number and types of birds seen throughout a 15-minute or more timeframe. Join bird watchers around the world in this celebration. Even local parks get in on the fun. To learn how to participate in the online survey, click here. All ages.
No need for scuba gear. The Milstein Science Series: "The Layers of the Ocean" allows us to explore the depths of the sea without the plunge. Get a sense of the five zones that incorporate the ocean and the wide array of species that live there and how they survive. All ages.
The museum opens up its doors every Sunday for themed family-friendly activities revolving around various themes. Not only do little ones get to explore their creativity and learn a bit more about particular topics, but they also can revel in the fact that they can take home their work after a day of working on a masterpiece. In order to ring in the Earth Pig celebration during the month of Losar, kids can explore "Radiant Rocks," which will show them how gorgeous colors come to life. This will take place every Sunday in February. Ages 3 and up.
Just in time for Presidents Day, a day to reflect on the leaders who served our country, Brooklyn Children's Museum will host "Holding History," a program where little ones explore why certain artifacts are considered historic. They'll be able to understand why the museum's objects are considered are significant, and plus, they'll be able to put the pieces in their hands, which is typically a big no-no when visiting museums. Ages 4 and up.
The Staten Island Children's Museum will kick off Black History Month with a variety of hands-on programs and workshops celebrating culture. Junior chefs can experiment with Caribbean cooking on Fridays in February (3 and 4pm), an art workshop celebrating André Leon Talley and model Duckie Thot (Feb 19–21 from 11am–4pm), an exploration of the Underground Railroad, followed by a project (Feb 20 1, 2, 3 and 4pm) and a variety of other activities. Head online to see the full lineup for the the month. All ages.
It's the Year of the Pig and Prospect Park Zoo is celebrating. Those who visit on Sundays in February will pay homage to the new moon and animals of the Chinese Zodiac thanks to scavenger hunts, seasonal activities and other fun things to do. Don't forget to meet the Zoo's three little pigs! All ages.
From mid-December through March, spend chilly weekend mornings at Film Forum's popular family-friendly movie series. Watch time-tested faves like It's a Wonderful Life (Dec 15 and 16), Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (Dec 22 and 23), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Jan 19 and 20), The Muppet Movie (Feb 2 and 3), and more. Visit filmforum.org to view the complete schedule and grab your tickets. All ages.
A sea of toilet paper, neon paint splashes and three blue men have kept audiences laughing and amazed in this long-running Off-Broadway hit. Stand by as these other-worldly fellows learn about the environment around them...and make a bit of noise in the process (largely thanks to the large tubs of paint). You'll laugh, you'll catch one of the group members in the audience and you'll love the wonky happenings throughout the performance. If you catch a show in the first row, wear the poncho—chances are you're going to get splattered with something! Ages 5 and up.
Who can resist a snow day? Looks like Widget and Twig found someone who would rather take a pass. In Yeti, Set, Snow!, an original play from City Parks Foundation, a dynamic duo stumbles upon a yeti, Pascetti, who would rather not deal with flurries and the cold. Time will tell if Pascetti’s new friends will have him singing “Let It Snow.” Ages 3–10.
A classic fairy tale we all know and love is getting the marionette treatment at PuppetWorks. Watch Cinderella lose her glass slipper in artistic director Nicolas Coppola's adaptation of the Disney tale. The wooden puppets will bring the scenery from 18th-century France to life as Jules Massenet's music echoes in the background. Reservations are recommended. Ages 3 and up.
You can catch this family musical about friendship and kindness on Sundays until the end of March. Addy & Uno, a heartwarming puppet-centric production, follows five child characters with disabilities as they discover all of their strengths and ultimately use them for good. All ages.
Husband and wife duo Fan and Ana Yang have traveled world-wide to dazzle their audiences with their self-titled masterpiece, "bubble artistry." As lights flicker and music plays, prepare to catch some of the wonkiest looking bubbles you've ever encountered. Kids and parents alike will love how these soapy spectacles create a can't-miss experience. Ages 5 and up.
It isn't always smooth sailing in high school, but what if you had the power to change those cringe-worthy moments? Jeremy takes the chance in Be More Chill...with some less-than-satisfying results. Ned Vizzini’s YA bestseller (which had a previous Off-Broadway run) will graduate to the Great White Way and dazzle audiences with upbeat music, neon-colored sets and feel-good moments. Get ready for a coming-of-age tale with an epic sci-fi flair. Ages 12 and up.
Stomp takes percussion to a whole new level. A small cast of characters makes use of atypical objects—wooden polls, push brooms—to create a unique musical experience. A catchy rhythm, impressive dance moves and laugh-out-loud moments prove why this Off-Broadway show is such a crowd pleaser, even if there isn't any dialogue. Your kiddos might be inspired to take household items and start a jam session of their own! Ages 4 and up.
Galli Theater will bring classic childhood stories to life with its performances of Sleeping Beauty (which begins Feb 2 at 2pm) and The Princess and the Pea (which premieres Feb 16 at 2pm). For any little one who can't resist a fairytale, these shows make the perfect outing. Get the full schedule here. Ages 4 and up (The Princess and the Pea), ages 5 and up (Sleeping Beauty).
This musical follows Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam as they assume undercover personas in order to help with disaster relief. The original music will allow audience members to participate and sing along with FunikiJam Family Musical pieces. Learn more about the show here. All ages.
New York City is going to be treated to a dose of color thanks to "DreamWorks Trolls the Experience." When little visitors enter the 90-minute walkthrough exhibit, they'll fall in love with a bunch of exciting features. Poppy's Party Room will include augmented reality and 3D technology in the midst of musical fun. Before getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of Troll Village and playing in the life-size Caterbus, youngsters will want to hit the bright, imaginative Hair-We-Go Salon and Barbershop—which is sure to be an Instagram hit for moms and dads. This will be open until May 12, 2019 All ages.
Play with infared cameras, fly a virtual jetpack, make robots move via gesture interface and so much more at "Bionic Me." The new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science gives visitors a glimpse into medical and industrial advances that have enhanced things for us humans. Learn more here. All ages.
The Museum of the City of New York will pay homage to Corduroy's creator, illustrator Don Freeman, with the new exhibit, “A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York.” Expect a glimpse into the creative process of the 1968 story, as well as other popular work from the creator, including drawings, paintings and original sketches. All ages.
Get those lab coats ready! Little ones can take on the role of scientists in the latest traveling exhibit at Brooklyn Children's Museum. "Science + You" is an interactive opportunity for visitors to explore health and nutrition. In the 1,200 square-foot-space, kids will be able to explore their findings at the Magnification Area, learn about the five food groups in the Test Kitchen and more. All ages.
C'mon, feel the noise! The Long Island Children's Museum will feature a new traveling exhibit, “Sonic Sensation,” which explores sound in our everyday lives. This interactive experience allows young visitors to learn more about pitch, make a movie soundtrack and let it all out in the scream chamber. There will also be a variety of complimentary educational offerings to coincide with the exhibit. Learn more here. All ages.
Zombies seem like all fun and games on The Walking Dead, but the New York Hall of Science is preparing littles for the real-life zombie apocalypse, not what you see in Hollywood. Through mathematical challenges, kiddos are in the front seat during this 20-minute game where they're tasked with helping the Center for Calamity Control take care of the outbreak. The program runs Monday–Thursday from 9:30am–1pm, Friday from 9:30am–4pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11am–5:30pm. All ages.
Travel deep beneath the Ocean's surface to discover what lurks in the dark, cold depths of the sea with this special exhibit. Visitors learn about the new, cutting edge technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, miniaturization, and high-definition imaging that scientists use to explore the ocean's vast realm. They can also see some of the new discoveries, like a new island forming near Hawaii and the behaviors of deep sea animals. The exhibit features mesmerizing displays, like a floor-to-ceiling array of biofluorescent species (animals that absorb and re-emit light) and a virtual ride in a submersible. All ages.
There’s no arguing that books are an artform—especially when visiting the Children Museum of the Arts’ eccentric exhibit. In “A Way with Words,” books are transformed into sculptures, paintings and other works to emphasize their importance and history. Museum staff guide young bibliophiles through a craft inspired by the pieces on display. All ages.
Bookworms will not want to miss The Morgan Library’s tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien. Those who visit this new exhibit will be able to get a first-hand look at the author’s original drawings, manuscripts, family memorabilia and artifacts that depict how his fantasy world came to be. All ages.
Take a look back at Andy Warhol's iconic pieces—portraits, pop and photo silkscreen paintings and other pieces of work—during the Whitney's retrospective that highlights all aspects of his career. During Family Day (Dec 1 from 10:30am–3pm), kids can create their own artistic gems inspired by the late icon. Check the museum's website to see when its Open Studios (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am–3pm in November and December, minus holidays) will dedicate its weekly kids’ project to all-things Warhol. All ages.
Batter up! NYC will mark the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with a grand-slam exhibit. The collection of never-before-seen images, Look magazine spreads and personal memorabilia such as home movies will provide a glimpse into the life of the Brooklyn Dodgers MVP, all while exploring the media’s portrayal of the iconic figure. All ages.
Do you have your magnifying glass ready? You'll need it! Liberty Science Center is taking a step back in time with its latest exhibit, “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes," which allows visitors to explore science and technological advances from the late 1800s, decipher the inner workings of forensic specialists today and go through clues to uncover an exclusive mystery! All ages.
NYC can't seem to get enough of Frida Kahlo. After the success of the New York Botanical Garden's 2015 exhibition on the artist, the Brooklyn Museum will explore her life and work in "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving." Patrons will be able to take a glance at paintings, drawings, photographs and other items, including clothing and cosmetics. This will be the first time that Kahlo's personal objects from the Blue House in Mexico City will be on display. All ages.
The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.
Step inside the world of senses in this funhouse-like exhibtion at AMNH. There are eleven unique galleries in all. You’ll be able to explore how real our “reality” is (and what it’s shaped by.) And what our mind tells us through our different senses. Step into a room that tests your balance as the walls will appear to wave and ripple, through your feet tell you otherwise. Fly through a garden seen through the eyes of a bee or butterfly to learn how other animals experience flowers. Take a smell test and learn how what we think is one scent really is a symphony of different smells. There will also be a live presentation on why our senses are necessary for survival, how our senses are different from other animals and why human perception is unique. All ages.
If you have trouble packing your suitcase before a trip, wait until you find out what astronauts have to bring when they head to outer space! During this year’s annual Space & Science Festival, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host an exhibit, "Personal Space," dedicated to all of the personal items that astronauts bring along for the trip. Astronauts who will be featured in this exhibit include Mike Massimino, Dr. Ellen Baker and more. All ages.
If your kids won't cover their mouths when sneezing or refuse tissues, maybe "Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis" will help them change their ways. MCNY's new exhibit will focus on the clash between NYC and disease and how it has shaped us in a variety of ways, from culturally to physically. Pieces include "Blood Mirror," Jordan Eagles' offering that's comprised of human blood, a 20th-century smallpox quarantine poster and New York City Health Department diphtheria pamphlet, among many other others. Don't forget to register for the Community Care Fair, a family event on Nov 18 from 11am–3pm, that will let visitors explore ways we care for one another by taking a look at paraphernalia, stories and more. All ages.
Ready for a few laughs? Well you're in luck. The masterminds behind the popular TV series Impractical Jokers are coming back where it all originated. This exhibit gives fans an up-close and personal look at costumes, props and even secrets behind the show. Make sure you're on your A-game: There will be a few interactive impractical surprises on display throughout the exhibit. All ages.
Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of Mexican history and culture through a new perspective thanks to arist Justin Favela. His piece, "Recuérdame," recreates popular landscapes with a unique touch courtesy of piñata-cut tissue paper. There will be a variety of additional family programming in conjunction with "Recuérdame." To learn more, click here. All ages.
Kiddies will get creative with color during February weekends at the MoMA. They'll be able to learn about the wide spectrum of hues as they explore contemporary and modern pieces. Plus, they'll love chatting with new friends about their thoughts on color. The event is free, but tickets will be distributed at 10am the day of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ages 4 and up.
So what exactly does it take to create a masterpiece? Junior artists will find out during MoMA's "A Closer Look for Kids," a February discussion that focuses on what it takes to bring contemporary works to life. The event is free and registration is not required, but tickets will be distributed at 10am before each event. Ages 5–10.
Do you remember when schools offered penmanship classes and lunches were three cents? Probably not, so head to The Museum at Eldridge Street, which will take a step back in time with "History Hunters." The experimental program will explore what students experienced way back when—over 100 years ago, to be exact. Here's what's on the schedule: "A Kid’s Life at Synagogue," Sunday, Feb10 "A Kid’s Life at Work," Sunday, April 7 "A Kid’s Life at Home," Sunday, June 2 Learn more here. Ages 5–11.