Dancing flamingos, singing cranes, exotic flowers, and disco roller skating…it’s all in a NYC weekend with kids.
1. Explore the digital and virtual reality wonderland of Teknopolis at BAM. Code, compose music, and create a virtual habitat populated with dancing flamingos (as you do).
2. Stroll down the cobblestone Front Street in South Street Seaport, popping into shops and restaurants along the way.
3. Escape the cold and gray at the humid and colorful Orchid Show, opening this Friday at the New York Botanical Garden.
4. Spend a perfect family day in Harlem.
5. If your kids were enchanted by the visionary and lifelike puppetry in The Lion King, take them to see the puppets (created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop) in Ajijaak on Turtle Island—the song-filled tale of a whooping crane trying to migrate south despite the difficulties of climate change—at the New Victory Theater (ages 7 and up).
6. Singer-songwriter Awa Sangho introduces toddlers to the joyful and hypnotic beats of West African music at Lincoln Center this Saturday at 11 a.m.
7. If your kid is looking to zhoozh up his Instagram feed, head to Arts Brookfield to see Gravitational Collapse, a sculptural light installation that aims to show a giant star changing form into a neutron star or a black hole. Through March 25.
8. Jump in bouncy castles, make crafts, try a robot maze, build Legos, and much more at the Indoor Block Party at Brooklyn’s City Point on Saturday. The only thing missing is an open fire hydrant.
9. Lace up your skates this Saturday for a few family loops around the indoor Dreamland Roller Rink in Industry City (ages 7 and up).
10. Stay in and get crafty.
11. The Hills of Prospect Park will surely come alive after you and your family catch a screening of The Sound of Music at Nitehawk Prospect Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. Order cinnamon buns for the kids and Bloody Marys for yourself.
12. Ring in Women’s History Month on Sunday at the Museum of the City of New York with a bookmaking workshop led by the founder of the Free Black Women’s Library and a Herstory scavenger hunt throughout the museum.
13. Catch one of the excellent flicks at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.