Happy three-day weekend! Honor our past presidents at birthday balls and colonial cocoa tastings, keep celebrating Lunar New Year, sample so many museum family programs, explore pop-ups & public art, see a live show and so much more.
UPPER WEST SIDE
* Dance and play on black and white lines, shapes and questions during public viewing hours of New York City Ballet’s Art Series: Shantell Martin then head to he Performing Arts Library for more dancing in the Jerome Robbins exhibit. Splurge and see Sleeping Beauty or pick up tickets to next Saturday’s NYCB Family Saturday. Fuel up at Epicerie Boulud across the street.
* The Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosts creative programming all week, including illustration workshops, presidential hats & photo ops, drag queen story hour and a dance workshop with Camille A. Brown. Stop by nearby Orwasher’s Bakery for sweet and savory treats.
* Interact with scientists, discover amazing critters, and celebrate science under the iconic blue whale at the Natural History Museum’s Milstein Science Series: The Layers of the Ocean.
UPPER EAST SIDE
* Celebrate our first president’s birthday 19th-century style with live music and costumed period dancers at Washington’s Birthday Ball.
* Join engaging family gallery tours at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and see stunning exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed before it closes. Walk down to the more modern Met Breuer for cool immersive exhibits with a stop by summery Pizza Beach on the way.
* Explore other great family-friendly exhibits including charming A City for Corduroy at the Museum of the City of New York, rainbowlicious Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color at Cooper Hewitt and stunning Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future at the Guggenheim.
President’s Day/Week: Make dioramas all week and dig for artifacts on Monday at Jewish Museum Vacation Week Art Workshop + Archaeology Mondays. Central Park’s Dana Discovery Center hosts Kids Week Nature Programs on geology and winter wildlife.
* Take advantage of 2-for-1 Off-Broadway Week and see the Gazillion Bubble Show or hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong.
* More onstage options include tot-fave Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic, cheery Pinkalicious The Musical, rockin’ FunikiJam’s City of Hope and acrobatic A Simple Space at the New Victory Theater.
*See on-screen salutes to Jackie Robinson and the Great African-American Athletes and Soul Train (and play video games) at The Paley Center for Media then stop by the MoMA Design Store for skyline chess and pretty bars from Le chocolat des Français Or see on-screen British musical splendor in My Fair Lady.
* Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, and the the year of the Earth Pig, with art, music and more at the Rubin Musuem. Nosh on Asian food in the museum’s casual Cafe Serai and/or get all-american monster cookies at nearby Citycakes Bakery.
* Walk by giant, illuminated Moon & Earth by Oliver Jeffer on the High Line, travel (virtually) to outer space at Samsung 837, see multiples of movie stars in Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again at the Whitney and enter Claudia Comte’s geometric wonderland.
*Immerse yourself in color at the high-tech Dolby Soho Experience, arty (and treat-filled) Color Factory or make-up inspired Winky Lux. Warm up with blossoming marshmallows in hot chocolate at Dominique Ansel Bakery
* Enter a magical forest made of books and make lot of art at the Children’s Museum of the Arts then eat lots of chocolate at the hands-on Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Museum.
President’s Day/Week: All week wee ones can take drop-in art classes at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, enjoy Storytime and Singalong at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and join Tiny Poets Time at Poets House.
* Lunar New Year celebrations continue with lion dances and zodiac themed arts & craft Family Festival at MOCA, lion dances, live performances and DJ sets Year of Abundance: A Lunar New Year Celebration at Abrons Arts Center, lantern and red door decor making at the and lion and dragon dances, floats, and arching bands in the spectacular Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade And Festival.
* See the ancient art of sword dancing at Seward Park Library.
* See animated inspiring stories of African American achievement (first African-American solo dancer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera) on the big screen, plus visit the interactive Jim Henson’s World and play sports video games at Museum of the Moving Image followed by tasty Arepas.
* Practice mindfulness while looking at Japanese art at Noguchi Museum Art for Families.
* Flushing Town Hall hosts a musical storytelling of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday and a traditional Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar on Sunday.
* See faves on the big screen at hip movie theaters: PBS Kids Valentines specials at Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Nitehawk Cinema.
* Party around the world – have a Haitian Tea Party at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, groove with Senegalese Dancer and Griot Lamine Thiam at the Central Library, learn salsa with Mark Morris Dance and hear salsa sounds with Boneita at Brooklyn Bowl
* Meet and create with artist Ebony Bolt at the New York Transit Museum (and ride the subway to Manhattan visit the closing soon Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal).
President’s Day/Week: The retro Game Room in happening Industry City is open all week, plus touch lots of cool art including beach & jungle elevators and cozy Scandi-inspired Hygge Haus) and sample international cuisine like the new Japan Village (plus rock out to Madonna or on roller skates on Saturday). Start your day with The Muppet Take Manhattan screenings at Alamo Drafthouse.