The first weekend in February is action-packed. Saturday is Groundhog Day, and while Punxsutawney Phil (accuracy rate 38%) is poised to prognosticate once again, NYC's local groundhog Chuck (accuracy rate 80%!) is the one to watch. Early risers at the Staten Island Zoo get a Spring proximity forecast, plus musical performances and animal encounters. In the Bronx, Wave Hill hosts a Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast as part of the Hibernator's Weekend festivities.
Lunar New Year celebrations for the Year of the Pig get started at the Prospect Park Zoo, Beyond at Liberty View, and the Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn and at the Queens Botanical Garden and the Queens Museum. February is also Black History Month, and our calendar is packed with kid-friendly tributes to the African American experience. Get in the swing with a special tour at Fraunces Tavern, or learn about Harlem's storied history at the New-York Historical Society.
Meanwhile, the BAMkids film festival in Brooklyn is back for its 21st year, with cool Dancewave Workshops on the side. Gustafer Yellowgold returns to Symphony Space, The Stinky Cheese Man offends noses young and old in Tribeca, and at Bryant Park, you can catch The Little Red Hen. This weekend's FrostFest in Bryant Park is also your last chance to try out the ice rink bumper cars. Oh, and Henry Winkler is talking about his new kids' book on Sunday: Stop by and say "Heeeeeyyyyy."
Don't sleep on our February GoList, our Winter Fun Guide, or our list of 40 FREE things to do in February with NYC kids. Our Event Calendar is on point through the coming Spring (or endless Winter, depending on Phil and Chuck).