Events


Japanese Snow Festival

Saturday, February 24, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

CMOM hosts its own Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri), one of Japan’s most popular winter festivals. Take part in ice and snow inspired programs, and experience performances and workshops by dancers, musicians, chefs and artists who will share the art forms and traditions of Japan. Activities include ice experiments and ice cream making, Kamishibai Storytelling, snow call sculptures, Taiko, Rice Snowmen with Chef Misako Sassa, Origami, Sachiyo Ito Dance and Ice Sculptures with Okamoto Studio.


Shababa Saturday Mornings

Saturday, February 24, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)

Sing, dance and celebrate Shabbat as a community. Families with babies, toddlers and older children enjoy traditional and non-traditional music, creative prayer, art, movement and more in a relaxed and playful environment. No prior experience celebrating Shabbat necessary.


Celebrate Pinkster, a Historic African American Holiday

Saturday, February 24, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Join Culinary and Living Historian Lavada Nahon for a special, hands-on exploration of a holiday used to celebrate the changing of the seasons in New York before it was New York. Pinkster, originally a Dutch religious observance of Pentecost, was primarily celebrated with various African cultural expressions over three to five days during the beginning of spring in the Dutch colony of New Netherland in the 17th century and later New York until the mid-19th century. Explore the ways early American food was used to celebrate this holiday in the past, take a close look at Lavada’s historical clothing designed for cooking over an open hearth, and discover some of the cooking utensils from long ago. Also check out the Holiday Toys & Trains before they’re gone for the season.


Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Dog

Saturday, February 24, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Dog, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, live music, bilingual storytimes, Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony & Bubble Tea Gatherings, Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration, a scent-focused tour, traditional dancing, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.


Saturday Art Workshops at Scandinavia House

Saturday, February 24, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)
$10

Each Saturday morning, Scandinavia House presents arts and storytelling for children. Work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library, including exhibition-related workshops for The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography in January.


The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

Saturday, February 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

Four of Ezra Jack Keats’ best stories are brought to life, including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and Letter to Amy. Singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets create a warm and joyful experience that celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure.


Black History Month: Family Screenings

Saturday, February 24, 12:15 pm–4:15 pm
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52 Street )

See screenings that celebrate the African American experience with historical figures, characters, and inspiring performers. Program include TV shows in genres such as Superheroes, Music, Comedy, Drama, and News/Non-Fiction.


R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC: Purim Day

Saturday, February 24, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Stop by the JCC for Purim-themed art workshops, live music, storytelling and other activities for all ages plus access to indoor playspaces.


Indian Dance Workshop

Saturday, February 24, 3:15 pm–4:15 pm
Morningside Heights Library ( 2900 Broadway at 113th Street)

Travel to India in an interactive, dance- and music-filled performance/workshop extravaganza. After watching some Mohiniyattam-style dance, and listening to Carnatic singing and the music of the tablas, you will have a chance to try out the moves yourself. Also learn about the origins of these beautiful Indian art forms.


Japanese Snow Festival

Sunday, February 25, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

CMOM hosts its own Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri), one of Japan’s most popular winter festivals. Take part in ice and snow inspired programs, and experience performances and workshops by dancers, musicians, chefs and artists who will share the art forms and traditions of Japan. Activities include ice experiments and ice cream making, Kamishibai Storytelling, snow call sculptures, Taiko, Rice Snowmen with Chef Misako Sassa, Origami, Sachiyo Ito Dance and Ice Sculptures with Okamoto Studio.


Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog

Sunday, February 25, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Enjoy food, red envelopes, and festivities celebrating Lunar New Year. Many New Yorkers say Gong Hey Fat Choy each new year, but have you also heard Chuc Mung Nam Moi, sur s’dey chh’nam t’mey? Learn about all the ways Lunar New Year is celebrated through food and culture in Southeast Asia.


Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade And Festival

Sunday, February 25, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Street)

This annual spectacle features lion and dragon dancers, floats, marching bands, several hundred schoolchildren from Beijing, magicians, acrobats and more. Parade participants gather around noon at Sara Roosevelt Park, then move to Hester and Mott street where the parade starts at 1 pm, winding though the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth & Grand St.) and ending back at Sara Roosevelt Park, where the celebration continues until 4 pm at an outdoor cultural festival with food, booths and performances by musicians, dancers, and martial artists.


Rubin Family Sundays: Earth Painting

Sunday, February 25, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

Celebrating Losar, the Himalayan New Year, and 2018’s lunar sign, the Earth Dog, by painting with the most basic element: earth. Get down and dirty painting with mud and soil. Playing with dirt serves as a nostalgic exploration of the environment. Tibetans have used mud for art-making in the past, and we are reviving this element for the future. Also plant a Losar metok, Tibet’s winter flower. See how the metok grows over time.


Taíno Culture and Identity

Monday, February 26, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian – New York (One Bowling Green)

Learn more about the history, culture and worldviews of Taíno Indians, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Through cultural materials and live demonstrations in the galleries, examine the persistence and depth of Taíno lifeways and living traditions.


MOCAKIDS Storytime

Thursday, March 1, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ($10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under)

Interactive songs, finger-plays, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts accompany a bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. Everyone from native speakers to those seeking their first exposure to a new language are invited.


Shababa Saturday Mornings

Saturday, March 3, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)

Sing, dance and celebrate Shabbat as a community. Families with babies, toddlers and older children enjoy traditional and non-traditional music, creative prayer, art, movement and more in a relaxed and playful environment. No prior experience celebrating Shabbat necessary.


Saturday Art Workshops at Scandinavia House

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)
$10

Each Saturday morning, Scandinavia House presents arts and storytelling for children. Work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library, including exhibition-related workshops for The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography in January.


The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

Four of Ezra Jack Keats’ best stories are brought to life, including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and Letter to Amy. Singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets create a warm and joyful experience that celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure.


Taíno Culture and Identity

Monday, March 5, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian – New York (One Bowling Green)

Learn more about the history, culture and worldviews of Taíno Indians, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Through cultural materials and live demonstrations in the galleries, examine the persistence and depth of Taíno lifeways and living traditions.


Coquí Club: Coqui Birthday

Wednesday, March 7, 9:30 am–10:30 am
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

On the first Wednesday of each month, learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for ages 1-4. Discover new ways of interacting with art and each other with play time, storytelling, museum walks, and art making. No reservations required, first come first served.


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