Presidents Day Weekend in NYC: Balloons, Lunar Parades, Lego Live

New York City kids are kicking off their February school break with a jam-packed Presidents Day weekend. Chinese Lunar New Year events rev up this weekend with festivals and parades in ManhattanBrooklyn, and Queens, but there's also the lesser-known (but just as festive) Japanese Snow Festival and the Himalayan New Year celebration at the Rubin Museum just for families.

The city marks Presidents Day with family events, such as an oppportunity to meet "President" George Washingtion and First Lady Martha and more historical figures at the New-York Historical Society, as well as the uptown Washington's Birthday Ball. Black history events run throughout the month, and we've flagged this weekend's The Langston Hughes Project concert as a must-see. 

But this weekend also boasts the first NYC Lego Live, and some more unusual events to check out like a citywide, FREE Sword Dance Festival and the balloon-filled New York City Ballet atrium at Lincoln Center, an art installation from Jihan Zencirli Geronimo. Plus, The Gruffalo Live opens for little theatergoers, and there are more great shows playing.

Don't miss the kickoff to February break week activities, including Kids Week at the Intrepid and Engineering Week at NYSCI.

We've also got you covered for the rest of the cold-weather season with our Museum and Indoor Play Space Guides. If you'd rather escape the city for a day, check out our picks for the Best Winter Day Trips. As always, the Event CalendarFebruary GoList, and Free February Fun list have even more ideas for family-friendly activities in the Big Apple.

Dave & Buster's Opens Its Second NJ Location in Wayne

Parents looking for a way to beat the mid-winter blues have a new alternative: Dave & Buster's, the family-friendly arcade and sports bar-style restaurant, is celebrating the opening of its second New Jersey location today, February 14! (Family Valentine's Day outing, anyone?) 

Providing a fun-filled experience for all ages, this gamer's paradise is located in Wayne's Willowbrook Mall, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar facelift. 

Presidents' Day Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Circuses, Curling

If you’re staying in town for the three-day weekend, get ready for lots of local fun for families right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

As we reported in our February GoList, the circus is in town! With the recent closing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the performance by The Royal Hanneford Circus is that much more special. If clowns aren’t enough ha-ha for you, grab some more giggles at Mr. Pennygaf's Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle. Or, for less comedic entertainment, the kid-adventure film Swallows and Amazons looks promising.

If the Olympics has your family asking, “What’s curling and where do people do that?” then take advantage of the local Curling Open House and skip the flight to Pyeongchang. And since Presidents’ Day is intended to honor our presidents, celebrate accordingly at Washington’s Birthday Celebration.

Read on for more of our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for an even bigger selection of activities this weekend and beyond. Kids off from school next week? Check out 40 Things to Do with Kids on a Westchester Winter Staycation to avoid cabin fever.

Presidents Day Weekend Events for Long Island Kids

Cheer on the Winter Olympics by participating in events all weekend long at the Children's Museum of the East End. Or engineer a bobsled run at the Maritime Explorium.

Interact with nature on Long Island over Presidents Day weekend. Head to Jones Beach for a winter seal walk, enjoy a winter celebration at Connetquot River State Park, engage in a winter search party at Garvies Point Museum.

Planning ahead for February school vacation week? Check out our guide to camps and workshops, or try these 30 fun things happening on February break.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of free family activities in February.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Long Island City, Queens

Long Island City is a bustling, young, up-and-coming NYC neighborhood, with plenty of growing families and loads of kid-friendly restaurants. Whether you're hitting a destination playground, having a culturally rich excursion, or going heavy in the arts-and-crafts department, finding a spot to eat is easier than you think. You'll find everything from Thai to Italian, diners to fancy artisanal food, plus great dessert spots.

Since the area is quite spread out, we've also added a pair of restaurants near two of LIC's more out-of-the-way attractions: the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park.

10 Chinese Lunar New Year Festivals for Families around Los Angeles

Time to say Gung Ha Fat Choy to our kids, wish them a happy Year of the Dog, and bring them to a Chinese New Year festival! LA families have several opportunities to greet the Lunar New Year, from low-key neighborhood events to Chinatown's century old grand scale festival. One thing they all have in common is beautiful imagery, so bring a camera and get ready for the Year of the Dog at one of the family-friendly events below.

13 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Garden City, New York

Tranquil, tree-lined streets, a vibrant downtown, highly rated schools, and plenty of green space make Garden City one of Nassau County's most desirable communities. Take a stroll down historic Seventh Street that plays host to family-friendly events all year round; spend the day learning on Museum Row; or shop till you drop at the area’s largest shopping mall, Roosevelt Field. It’s no wonder so many families enjoy living and visiting this village.

11 Rock Climbing Walls for Kids in New York City

Indoor rock climbing is a great way for kids to get some needed activity in the dead of winter or year-round. Why not let them bounce off someone else’s walls for a change, right? Plus, it takes concentration, discipline, and strength, all qualities we're happy to expose them to.

New York City boasts more than half a dozen indoor boulders, at least one in almost every borough, and more are due to open in 2018. A couple of these are only open during the summer months, but most are open year round. The best part? Kids tend to love the activity and it isn't too pricey. Try out a drop-in program, or sign up for one of the many after-school classes or break camps offered at the rock climbing facilities profiled below.

Find more active fun in our Kids' Sports Centers Guide.

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