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Events Feb 17-24
New York Historical Society Vacation Week Celebrate Presidents Day
Going somewhere sunny for vacation week? Check out our travel tips (we just got more non-rolling crayons for in-flight art). Staying in the cold? Get some city culture. Lots of break week activities for families at NYC museums. Honor presidents of the past with scavenger hunts, founding father appearances and Colonial balls. Learn about the science & art of games at the Intrepid, boogie down at CMOM, cook and eat at the Botanical Garden, explore Central Park with Urban Park Rangers, celebrate design at Cooper Hewitt and many more options. Also enjoy a variety of concerts and puppet shows in Central Park and on the LES. Check out family friendly exhibits and public art.

All events are free unless noted otherwise. See our Instagram and Pinterest for visuals.


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Sunday

Design Diorama: Vacation Week Art Workshop

12:00 am
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Envision an imaginative room inspired by the innovative furniture and interiors found in Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design. Use colorful papers, boards, and found materials to design your own diorama.

Daily through Feb 24.

Filipino Cultural Festival

10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
Free with museum admission ($5.50 at this link, free/ages under 1 & 65+)

Celebrate Filipino culture with performances and workshops inspired by the artistic traditions of the Philippines. The performance will be led by Potri Ranka Manis, the Founder, Tradition-Bearer and Artistic Director of Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage Theater. Workshops include sculpting tiny islands at the Clay Bar, learning about the biodiverse Sulu Sea in the Media Lab, creating soundscapes inspired by the Luzon Rainforest in the Sound Booth, making Kut-Kut Inspired Printsand creating shadow action figures.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am–11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. After the tour, stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Meet President John Adams

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)

Meet our nation’s second president, John Adams. Mr. Adams will certainly tell you about how he came to the presidency from a background in law and founded the navy when US ships were attacked by the French. Don’t forget to ask about his relationship with Thomas Jefferson and Abigail Adams and discover the amazing feats that he accomplished during the American Revolution.


Presidents’ Day

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Travel back in time with a New York-inspired presidential scavenger hunt throughout the Museum. Then create your own colorful mini magazine—or ‘zine’—to illustrate U.S. presidential candidates from New York City throughout time.


Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Music of Billy Joel featuring Craig Greenberg

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$10, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the Music of Billy Joel featuring Craig Greenberg.


Winnie the Pooh Screening & Moving Image Studio

11:30 am–3:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See a screening of the sweet-as-honey 2011 adaptation of A.A. Milne’s timeless children’s book (12:30 pm). Before or after, families can create media and other projects ranging from making flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys) to stop-motion animations and video games.

Daily through Feb 25.

Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year

12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)

Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, and the the year of the Fire Bird with a day of art, crafts, food, and music. Learn about traditional celebrations, go on a family tour of the galleries, create your own prayer flags, bring home a mini bouquet of metok (Tibetan for flowers), make a doughy divination inspired by the playful Tibetan noodle soup dish, make a feather-ful fire bird mask, eat traditional Losar treats like khapse pastries and butter tea and listen to musicians performs sounds from the Himalayas,


Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create works of art together in a studio using an array of artists’ materials and techniques inspired by the museum’s exhibitions.


Washington's Birthday Ball

1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (421 East 61st Street)
$15, $10/ages 11 & under

Celebrate our first president’s birthday 19th-century style with live music and dance performed and taught by costumed period dancers. Festivities include toasts to George Washington, historic refreshments, museum tours and a presidential-themed scavenger hunt.


Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom

3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)
$15, $10/kids

See a compendium of Czech, Slovak and Italian fairy tales performed by four performers, four dozen marionettes of various sizes and a mounted deer’s head.


Monday

NORY Presidents' Week Camps - Science & Robots and Soccer & STEM

9:00 am–3:00 pm
Pine Street School (25 Pine Street )
$140/full day, $100/half day

Spend vacation week innovating and learning in a fun creative environment. Choose from multiple locations throughout the city including the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Financial District and Williamsburg. Sign up for our Robots & Science STEM Camp where kids will spend the day conducting experiments, coding robots and more or add in a physical element with combination STEM + Soccer Camp. Ages 3 – 8 years.

Daily through Feb 24.

Kids Week At The Intrepid: The Science & Art of Games

10:00 am–5:00 pm
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum (Pier 86, West 46th Street & Twelfth Avenue)
Free with general admission ($24, $19/ages 7-17, $12/ages 3-6, free/under 3)

Play cutting-edge digital games, design your own games, and explore interactive displays at this weeklong festival for families. Learn about the logic and imagination that goes into game design as you build, tinker and play. Mad Science, Games for Change, Institute of Play, FIRST and other special guests will offer activities, performances and demonstrations all week long.

Daily through Saturday.


Civil Engineering Day

11:00 am–4:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
Free with museum admission ($15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors)

Learn about civil engineering through interactive games, construction challenges and hands-on activities presented by the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and NYSCI Explainers. Activities include building domes using gumdrops and toothpicks, design and testing boats made out of aluminum foil, building bridges using paper, wooden blocks and paper clips. See how much weight it can hold before it collapses and using West Point Bridge Designer software, design the least expensive truss bridge that will pass a simulated load test.

Daily through Feb 24.

Cooper Hewitt Family Day

11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Enjoy free design activities, storytelling, gallery bingo and free admission to a very kid-friendly museum – magic pens included. Join master storyteller Jonathan Kruk in galleries to hear stories inspired by the exhibitions at 11:30 am, 1 pm & 1:30 pm.

Daily through Feb 24.

The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, the latest production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage retells Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — with new marionettes and hand painted scenery.

Through Sep 17
Monday - Friday 11 am & 1 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology

2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a look into how geology influenced the landscape and design of New York City’s Central Park.


Presidents’ Day Family Trivia Spectacular

2:00 pm–3:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$25, includes museum admission

Kids and their adults tackle unique “figureoutable” trivia questions and video and audio puzzles about past, present, and future U.S. presidents, culminating in the stupendous Buzzertastic Finale. Compete for fantastic prizes from the New-York Historical Society. Presented by the Big Quiz Thing.

Also at 3:30 pm.

Archaeology Mondays

3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Explore, sketch and hunt a featured artifact and other replicas from ancient to modern times. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure.


Tuesday

Please Bring Balloons

10:00 am–10:30 am
Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street)
$25

Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons, this interactive, multi-sensory theater experience is a fun and dynamic introduction to theater designed for ages 2-5 years old.

Tuesday-Friday 10 am
Saturday 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 10 am & 1 pm
Though March 5

Framing the City

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore the exhibition Art & the Young Imagination: Art from Studio in a School to find paintings by students who were inspired by life in the city. Then design a frame to showcase your favorite places or memories in New York City.


School Break Program

1:00 pm–4:00 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)

Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 pm and create works of art at the Met. For families with children ages 3–11.

Daily through Feb 23.

Kids Week Manhattan: Reptiles and Amphibians

2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Inwood Hill Park (218th Street and Indian Road)

Join the Urban Park Rangers to learn about the unique characteristics of reptiles and amphibians.


Wednesday

Little Guggs

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
$30 (includes museum admission, materials and snacks)

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio.


Winter Scene Painting

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore images from the Museum’s Collections Portal to discover how painters and photographers have depicted New York City winter scenes throughout time. Then use paint and imagination to create your a winter artwork.


Kids Week Manhattan: Trees and Winter Wildlife Walk

2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a winter walk looking for wildlife clues while identifying winter trees.


Thursday

Kids Week Manhattan: Eagles and Winter Birds

2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Inwood Hill Park (218th Street and Indian Road)

Winter is a spectacular season for observing Bald Eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure with the Urban Park Rangers.


Friday

Wearable Art

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects in the exhibition Gilded New York that were created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. Then use beads and gems to create a unique jewelry piece to wear home.


Kids Week Manhattan: Owl Pellets and Animal Tracking

2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk while looking for signs of owls and other winter animals.


Saturday

Whitney Stroller Tour - Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s

9:30 am–10:30 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
$25/adult, plus museum admission ($22/adult, $18/senior, free/ages 18 & under)

Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, lead an engaging tour that highlights works in the exhibition Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. Tours are for new moms and dads when the Museum is closed to the public. Crying babies welcome.


Saturday Morning Show: Llyod H. Miller & Flor Bromley

10:00 am–12:00 pm
Brookfield Place (Winter Garden & Waterfront Plaza)

Enjoy family-friendly concerts by Llyod H. Miller of The Deedle Dees (10 am) and bilingual singer and puppeteer Flor Bromley (11 am). Part of a weekly series.


Whitney Family Programs

10:00 am–11:00 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
$5/child+ museum admission ($22/adult, $18/senior, free/kid under 18)

Discover the fabulous Whitney with weekly interactive family programs for ages 4 to 10 years old. Explore brush strokes, blots, and dots to learn how artists make their mark in different ways in the exhibitions Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. Advance online ticket purchase required.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am–11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. After the tour, stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


New York's Tallest Through History

10:30 am–11:45 am
The Skyscaper Museum (39 Battery Place)
$5

A scavenger hunt in the Museum’s galleries will track the tallest buildings in New York City and in the world from 1870 to 1979 to 2017. Then kids will compare the scale of buildings that have held the title of tallest by constructing paper models of the World Building, the Empire State Building, and One World Trade Center. Ages 6+. RSVP required; email education@skyscraper.org or call 212.945.6324.


Just Kidding: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Strange and catchy original songs performed by GRAMMY Award nominee Morgan Taylor and a live band accompany beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of the bizarre adventures of a sun creature and his earthly friends.


Living History: Meet President James and First Lady Dolley Madison

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)

Meet the architect of the Constitution, James Madison, and his wife Dolley Madison, who protected important objects in the White House when Washington, D.C., was attacked during the War of 1812. Ask our fourth commander-in-chief, about this controversial conflict that came to bear his name, and sit down with the first lady to learn what actions she took to improve the function of the White House before ‘Mr. Madison’s War.’


R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC

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

Stop by the JCC every Saturday afternoon through March 18th for free art workshops, live music, storytelling and other activities for all ages plus access to indoor playspaces.


Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's The Winter Tales

3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)
$12, $8/kids

See three Czech fairy tales (performed in English) replete with mountain wizards, clever village maidens and spirits in a one-man show performed by Vít Ho?ejš and a troupe of antique wooden puppets that speak in dozen voices, dance, play violin, swim and fly.


Sunday

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am–11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. After the tour, stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Living History: Meet President James Monroe

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)

Meet the fifth president, James Monroe. After the War of 1812, Monroe was determined to strengthen the U.S. and defend it. Ask our fourth commander-in-chief about his presidency’s most crucial events, like the Monroe Doctrine or the Missouri Compromise of 1820. You’ll also meet citizens from Monroe’s time period, portrayed by living historians from the W.S. Hancock Society, and learn about everyday life during the ‘era of good feelings’ that Monroe helped create. Plus, try out life during the 1820s: use chalkboard slates and other school house utensils, weigh currency with a scale, or examine common household items like lamps and foot warmers.


Paint like Pollock

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore the exhibition New York at Its Coreto be inspired by some of New York City’s most iconic artists, such as Jackson Pollock. Work with unique materials, including water pipettes, to create a painting using various pouring and dripping techniques.


Rock And Roll Playhouse: STEVENSTEVEN

11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$10, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring STEVENSTEVEN with Steven Drozd from The Flaming Lips and Steve Burns the original host of Blues Clues


Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create works of art together in a studio using an array of artists’ materials and techniques inspired by the museum’s exhibitions.


Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom

3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)
$15, $10/kids

See a compendium of Czech, Slovak and Italian fairy tales performed by four performers, four dozen marionettes of various sizes and a mounted deer’s head.



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Beautiful Oops!
This entrancing interactive book reminds kids and parents alike that every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing — not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. An accidental tear can become the mouth of an alligator. Pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope” demonstrate the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.
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Get 30% off your first month of Kiwi Crate subscriptions, a service that delivers materials and inspiration for kids to build, make, and create projects based on changing themes. Different kits available for various ages and interests, from play and learn for 3-4 year-olds to science and engineering for ages 9+. High quality materials and engaging ideas make this one of the best kids subscription services out there. $13.95 for the first month, $19.95 for the subsequent months (you can cancel at any time).


50% Off Childrens Museum of The Arts Admission

Get two tickets for $11 (usually $22) or four tickets for $22 (usually $44) for the very cool, hands-on Children’s Museum of the Arts. Explore exhibits, art-making workshops, a media lab, and more creative fun.


Discount Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend

Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Watch them explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies in “Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend.” Tickets available for $23-$69 (usually $31-$51) morning, afternoon and evenings February 16th – 20th at Madison Square Garden.



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