Weekend Fun: Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Winter Carnival

It's a three-day weekend for NYC public school kids as the city's schools shutter for Lunar New Year on Monday, February 8. This first weekend of February brings a merry mash-up of family activities, including Lunar New Year celebrations and Black History Month commemorations, along with a couple of our top picks for kids of the month thrown in for good measure. Catch tap dance spectacle Untapped during its opening weekend at the New Victory Theater, take in the music and art filled Open House at the Apollo Theater and gape at the incredible pre-lunch pyrotechnics bursting over the Hudson River to usher in the Year of the Monkey. Other family fun includes Bryant Park's cool winter carnival, complete with an ice castle, and Lasker Rink's ice skating party.

These are just a few of the great things going on this long weekend for New York City kids. All of our best bets are below. As always, you can find more options in our Event Calendar, Winter Fun Guide and our hot-off-the-presses February GoList.

8 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Kids in Boston

Sweethearts of all kinds are celebrated on Valentine's Day, and there are plenty of ways for families to celebrate together in and around Boston. From libraries to bookstores, craft shops to bakeries, kids can make cute Valentines, hear stories about love and friendship, and enjoy a sweet treat or two. 

If you're looking for an at-home activity, we also have 10 DIY Valentines ideas for kids to make (with a little help).

Review: Very Hungry Caterpillar Children's Show Soars in NYC

It’s never easy to successfully adapt a popular book for stage or film (the expectations!), nor to keep a theater full of toddlers and preschoolers engaged and seated for an hour. Yet the latest stage adaptation of Eric Carle’s beloved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, playing in NYC this winter, does all that and more.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, which opened January 30, retells four iconic Carle tales with 75 handcrafted large-scale puppets, four actors who double as puppeteers and narrators and subtle but lyrical music that readies the audience for the animal magic about to appear on stage. It’s earnest, colorful, artsy and will hold your kid in awe for 60 solid minutes.

Valentine's Day Activities & Crafts for Long Island Kids

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, love is definitely in the air. If your kids are anything like mine, they get a kick out of making special gifts and decorations to celebrate the holiday. And fortunately for Long Islanders, there are plenty of events to give your family a chance to get creative. From making a house plant to give to that special someone and cookie decorating to designing a heart flower pot and creating a mailbox, there is something for every child in your home. And for more fun events happening in the area--for Valentine's Day and beyond--be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Chinese New Year, Chocolate Festival, February 6-7

Congratulations. You’ve made it through another cold, wintery week, and there’s lots of reason to celebrate (aside from it being the weekend). First up, ring in the Chinese New Year at Year of the Monkey: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and Chinese New Year at Bergen County Zoo. Then, jump start the Valentine’s Day festivities at Me & My Little Man: Valentine’s Day Party. Finally celebrate all the fun winter has to offer at Madison Library’s Winterfest and Winter’s Day on the Farm. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For additional activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Fairfield County

February is a busy month with President's Day, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month, but one sometimes overlooked holiday is the Lunar New Year. There are, of course, world famous events in NYC including the Chinatown Parade and Festival on February 14th (a great excuse to trek into the city), but there are many celebrations all over Connecticut continuing throughout the month as we welcome the Year of the Monkey!

Westchester News: New Places for Kids to Play, Paint and Eat

The short, dark days of winter are over but long, sunny days are still ahead of us. February seems like a wedge between winter and spring: stores are already tempting us with swimsuits and garden gear yet the weather still beckons us to either bundle up or head indoors. Luckily, Westchester families have some new options to get them in a warm weather mindset. 

10 Summer Music Day Camps for NYC Kids

Whether your child is drawn to Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift or Mozart, is an accomplished musician or just getting started, summer camp is a great way to explore the craft while having loads of fun and making new friends. We've lined up 10 of our favorite music day camps for New York City kids with an eye toward striking a good balance between theory, practice, musical styles and ability levels. A few of our picks offer multiple programs divided by age, others split things up by experience level and one even takes campers on a daily visit to a popular indoor climbing facility—sometimes even accomplished musicians need to work out the wiggles.

Don't forget to browse our Summer Camp Guide for additional options or use our Camp Directory to search for programs by interest, age and location. It's also worth noting that many camps offer financial aid, as well as discounts if you sign up early and for multiple weeks. 

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