Celebrate the Year of the Rat in Chinatown. Photo by Janet Bloom
Celebrate the Year of the Rat in Chinatown. Photo by Janet Bloom

Things To Do in NYC This Weekend: Lunar New Year, FrostFest, and More

Winter's chill might be unavoidable in January, but that doesn't mean kids lack for things to do in NYC this weekend. There's a Winter Spooktacular in Queens, a Winter Blast Family Day of Native Games, and Bryant Park's FrostFest embraces the season with live ice carving and ice fishing.

The Lunar New Year is in full swing at the Japan Society. The popular Firecracker Ceremony and Culture Fest takes over Roosevelt Park on Saturday, the Queens Botanical Garden hosts holiday crafts and performances, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum celebrates Sunday. In short, if you love Lunar New Year's events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate, even though the big parade isn't until February 9.

Don't miss the spectacular Thunderbird American Indian Dance Concert and Powwow at Theatre for the New City. You can still snag some seats for Elizabeth Mitchell's Symphony Space performance and The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker, which uses shadow puppets, projection, and a marching band to tell the story of a free black man in 1731 and his passion for astronomy. Plus, the Paper Bag Players celebrate 61 years of cardboard costumery.

This unpredictable winter weather is giving us a bit of whiplash, but our Indoor Fun Guide,  Winter Fun Guide, and Event Calendar will keep you busy, no matter the forecast.

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Jacob Javits Convention Center

National Museum of the American Indian

Queens Botanical Garden
upcoming events
(Sun Apr 18, 2021 - Sun May 9, 2021) Flower Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Brooklyn Children's Museum
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Sun Apr 25, 2021) Create a Wearable Collage
(Sat Apr 24, 2021) Celebrate Holi!
Eggcellent Animals
Alley Pond Environmental Center - 9:30 AM Pick
Family Farm Volunteer Day at The Battery Urban Farm
The Battery Urban Farm - 9:00 AM Pick
Green Meadows Farm Easter Egg Hunts
Aviator Sports And Events Center - 10:00 AM Pick
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Blessing of the Rides
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park - 11:00 AM Pick
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