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.


Bryant Park
40th and fifth avenue
New York, 10018

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets
New York, NY

La Mama
66 East 4th Street Between Bowery and 2nd Ave
NY, NY 10003

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Jacob Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
Manhattan, NY 10001

Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Grand Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets
New York, NY

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Queens Museum
New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Queens, NY 11355

Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Harlem School of the Arts
647 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10030

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th
New York, NY 10025

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 E. 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

Juniper Valley Park
Juniper Boulevard South and 80th St
Queens, NY

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
429 11th Ave
New York, NY 10001

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

The Kaye Playhouse
East 68th Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues Hunter College
New York, NY 10065

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Queens Museum
New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354

Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley
700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Mommy Poppins' Back to School Fair 2020
Online - various times Pick
Meet a "Monster" at Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place -- Winter Garden - various times Pick
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
Carnegie Diner Pumpkin Patch
Carnegie Diner - 9:00 AM
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