SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16
Create favorite childhood memories revolving around popular morning cartoons.
Join in with a day filled with fun, laughter, and art at MAD’s Family Fun Day. Inspired by their exhibition, The Art of Scent, join MAD in an engaging, interactive, hands-on education experience designed to illuminate on the science of olfaction, the complexity of scents, and the art of perfumery as you create your own personal fragrance.
Gutai artists Matsutani Takesada and Horio Sadaharu engage families in creating Gutai-inspired art. Visit the galleries and participate in an art-making workshop that embraces Gutai’s participatory and experimental spirit. Ages 4-12.
Join art educators from Pratt Institute for the spring season of Saturday afternoon art workshops inspired by Scandinavia House’s newest exhibition New Wave Finland: Contemporary Photography from the Helsinki School. Ages 6-10.
Kids! Come and join the drum circle! babyNOIR now carries a line of hand drums for kids, and they will show you how to have fun with them. Appropriate for kids of all ages (pre-registration required).
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17
19th-century New Yorkers celebrated Washington’s birthday with live music and dance. All ages will enjoy this reenactment as costumed dancers perform and teach traditional country dances with everyone encouraged to join in. Family-friendly museum tours and light refreshments are included in the festivities.
When Mrs. Madoff’s class decides to hold an assembly about President’s Day, everyone in class helps set up and perform a grand play. Discover why we celebrate the holiday and then act as George Washington in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum – you can even practice the oath of office! Ages 4-7.
Get into the Purim spirit! Join in with storytelling with Queen Esther, a search for King Achashverosh’s missing signet ring, and a chance to design your own Purim mask or crown. Also featuring The Friendship Basket: Make a Purim bag for a friend while learning tips and techniques on how to gift wrap using ordinary household items.
The Jews of Shushan are in danger, but Queen Esther is around to save the day! Our lighthearted look at the Biblical story of Esther combines catchy songs, comic characters and plenty of audience participation – plus a cookie! Kids can boo the villain Haman and cheer on Queen Esther, who convinces her husband King Ahasuerus to spare the Jews.
Families explore, learn, and compete together in these presidential family programs. They will search for presidential clues on the whole-museum scavenger hunt; create an election slogan to print onto their own election button; and take part in the family Presidents’ quiz, with questions for children, teens, and adults. Prizes for participation and for winning.
In their latest interactive space, visitors of all ages can discover the ways in which artists represent the human form. Investigate body language through art-making activities, digital play, and other creative explorations. Stop by before or after visiting MoMA’s galleries.
Fancy Nancy and her friends are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive that she and her friend Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree.
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Monday, Feb 18
Explore 3-D filmmaking and create an avatar at Liberty Science Center. Also on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday.
Watch colonial-style hot chocolate being made, then taste the cocoa drink at the DiMenna Museum.
Build gumdrop domes, Jenga towers, aluminum-foil boats and bridges at NYSCI.
See the DR2 production about an orphaned pet that may be a vampire. Also on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday.
My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life
Chuckle at Emma's embarrassing mother in this musical based on the picture book. Also on Saturday, Sunday.
Tuesday, Feb 19
Sizzle at the Zoo
Make crafts and meet the animals of the Staten Island Zoo's rain forest exhibit.
"Living in Sequence"
Visit the birthplace of Batman while checking out the comic art exhibit in Poe Park. Also on Saturday.
2013 Animation Celebration! Looking North
Catch animated flicks inspired by the Canadian Arctic at NMAI. Also on Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
Presidents in Residence!
Enjoy presidential crafts and scavenger hunts at the DiMenna Museum. Also on Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
Colors & Rhythm Remix
Help tots cut and collage bright fabrics into wearable art at the Jewish Museum. Also on Monday.