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It’s February! That means school break, Valentine’s Day, maybe some snow and the last days of winter. NYC is still staying safe with Covid-19 precautions, but there are still fun things to do with the kids in the city, both inside and out. (Some are even free!) Read on for our picks of this month’s best family-friendly events and activities in NYC! (And if you are headed outdoors, read this guide to NYC winter fun with kids!)

photo: Tom G. via Yelp

Visit NYC's Newest Train Station

It opened January 1, but it's understandable if you haven't gotten to it yet. Dubbed Moynihan Train Hall (after the senator who initially proposed its creation more than two decades ago) the 255,000-square-foot station cost $1.6 billion. It expands Penn station's footprint across Eighth Avenue to the James A. Farley Post Office Building, designed by famed architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White. (The same people behind the original Penn station, tragically torn-down.) Its glass ceiling helps create an impressive, light-filled atrium, and you'll also find eye-catching, large scale site-specific public art commissioned for the hall. 

421 Eighth Ave. 
Eighth Avenue at 31st St. 
Online: moynihantrainhall.nyc

photo: Angelito Jusay

Get Curling at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Good news! The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is sticking around an extra three weeks this year, offering outdoor fun through March 28. In addition to enjoying NYC's only free ice skating rink (you do need to rent skates), you can shop minority-owned businesses, grab some food and drink at The Lodge and "chill" in your own rented private igloo. 

New for February is "Curl per person" at the on-site curling lanes, played on synthetic ice. It's just $20 per person per hour for up to eight people, and you get your own "bubble tent" to hang in. You do need to order two menu items per person, and it's available on Wednesdays and Thursdays only.  You can also Guests can rent curling lanes and accompanying tent packages for either 1-4 or 5-8 guests Fridays, 3:30-9 p.m., or weekends 11:30 a.m.-7pm. 

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
40th Street and Fifth Avenue
Online: wintervillage.org

photo: Flushing Town Hall

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Flushing Town Hall

It's the Year of the Ox! Ring it in with Flushing Town Hall, which will hold its free celebration virtually for the first time, streaming it via YouTube. The Chinese Temple Bazaar will include numerous activities and performances including dance, puppetry, art tutorials and cooking demonstrations.

February 14, 2 p.m.

Click here for more info! 

photo: cottonbro from Pexels

See Aerialists & Acrobats at City Point

Yes, you can see high-flying performers for free  at City Point, where New York City Professional Circus Performers will be showcasing training and creative process as well as rehearsals of works-in-progress and show-ready acts. (Performers will be in BKLYN STUDIOS and audience will be in City Point main passageway.) 

Tickets: free
Through Feb. 28, Mon.- Fri. , 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
City Point 
445 Albee Square West
Online: citypointbrooklyn.com

photo: New York City's Children's Theater

Celebrate Black History Month with New York City Children's Theater's Creative Clubhouse Stories

Join New York City Children's Theater all month long for live story times and theater games highlighting Black historical and notable figures, past and present. Books and subjects include Mae Among the Stars (about astronaut Mae Jemison, Feb. 11); Song in a Rainstorm (about Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Feb. 16), and The Roots of Rap (about the influence of Black music featuring James Brown, Queen Latifah, Langston Hughes, Biggie Smalls, etc., Feb. 18). 

On Thursday, February 25th, a free class specifically for Black/Brown children will be dedicated to Hey Black Child by Useni eugene Perkins.

Tickets: $10 per family, per class; classes are 45 minutes duration.

All classes take place at 3pm EST and take place live on Zoom.

Click here for more info!

photo: City Harvest

Party Hard & Help Others with City Harvest's Winter Family Carnival 2021: Neon Dance Party

City Harvest, New York City’s first and largest food rescue organization, will premiere this multi-faceted and interactive at-home event to support the non-profit's work feeding the 1 in 3 children and their families facing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted by kids—City Harvest Board Member, Chair of City Harvest’s Food Council and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s daughters, Madeline and Anna—this unique benefit features hands-on activities for children and families to enjoy together. 

Get your tickets by February 12 to receive a fun-filled party box to use on the big day and access to the online live event! 

Tickets: $250 
February 25
Online: cityharvest.org

photo: Nong Vang via Unsplash

Go On a Nature Scavenger Hunt with Urban Park Rangers

Join the Urban Park Rangers in Queens' Juniper Valley Park for a scavenger hunt specifically designed for young children and families. Connect with nature and get to know the park by hunting for some common and uncommon objects and artifacts. 

Tickets: free
Feb. 20, Noon- 1 p.m.
Online: nycgovparks.org

photo: puffin11k via Flickr

See KAWS: WHAT PARTY at the Brooklyn Museum

The work of Brooklyn's own KAWS (Brian Donnelly) will be center stage at the Brooklyn Museum's KAWS: WHAT PARTY, opening February 12. The show is a sweeping survey that includes more than 100 broad-ranging works, such as rarely seen graffiti drawings and notebooks, paintings and sculptures, smaller collectibles, furniture and monumental installations of his popular COMPANION figures. It also features new pieces made uniquely for the exhibition along with his early-career altered advertisements. Visitors will also be able to interact virtually with his sculptures using their smartphones, thanks to new augmented reality works created in collaboration with digital art platform Acute Art. 

Through Sept. 5, 2021
200 Eastern Pkwy. 
Crown Heights 
Online: brooklynmuseum.org

photo: Lu Zhang

Make a Lunar New Year Craft with the Children's Museum of Art

CMA Associate Director of Museum Programming Raquel Du Toit leads "Club CMA with Raquel" as part of Free Fridays, which provide free access to the most popular CMA Live! classes. 

Inspired by the work of artist Lu Zhang, who recreates experiences, memories, and time with clay sculptures, video projections, and sound installations, Du Toit will guide kids as they create their own sculptural object celebrating a new start to a new year. Recommended for ages five and up. Register here. 

Tickets: free with RSVP
Friday, Feb. 12, 1-1:30 p.m.
Online: cmany.org

Go On a Guided Walk at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is focusing its outdoor public programming on sound in the Garden this season offering visitors site-specific original compositions and audio walks. Choose from guided audio tours with naturalist Brad Klein, or immerse yourself in an audio art piece, "Meander." This site-specific sound walk  created by Joseph White and HERE Arts Residency Program artist Gelsey Bell, guides listeners on a meditative stroll into the natural landscape. Note that tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Tickets: $18/adults; free/kids under 12
150 Eastern Parkway
Crown Heights
Online: bbg.org


photo: The Giant Room

Join The Professions Club from The Giant Room

Sign up in February and play every week through June! With this STEM online class, kids ages three to six can pretend to be all kinds of people in the neighborhood: chef, baker, astronaut, doctor, zookeeper, dentist, artist, paleontologist and more! Kids make and play as they set up their own cafe, bakery, doctor’s office, spaceship, or a field in the search of dinosaur bones, while also exploring early math, science, literacy, and social sciences. Plus: joyful role play in every workshop.

Fee is $15/class plus a $189 materials fee. You'll receive a carefully designed and curated set of arts and crafts materials, wooden models, and tools developmentally appropriate for younger kids.

Online: thegiantroom.com

photo: New York Ninja Academy

Swing In to New York Ninja Academy

February 1 kicks off a new semester at this Midtown West facility, home to ninja warrior obstacles similar to those seen on NBC's American Ninja Warrior. Kids ages five to 14 can take classes here; it's $500 for 10 consecutive weeks. Or try a drop-in class on a Fridays as a sample, for $55.

625 W. 55th St. 
Midtown West
Online: nycninja.com

photo: Snapology

Take Free LEGO Classes with Snapology & Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

Gather your bricks to take part in this online program is meant for children ages four to 10.  All programs require approximately a 1/2 gallon or one Ziploc bag worth of loose bricks. You must register in advance to participate. Class is via Zoom. 

This program is currently scheduled to run Thursdays, 2:30 p.m., starting February 11.

Online: hunterspointparks.org

—Mimi O’Connor


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