Weekend Fun: Lunar New Year, Black History, Valentine's, Westminster Dog Show

Asia Society rings in the Year of the Pig with performances, crafts, and activities.  Photo courtesy of the Asia Society
Things to Do with NYC Kids February 9 and 10: Lunar New Year Parade, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Westminster Dog Show

It's a busy weekend in New York City as we head into two festive February holidays: Valentine's Day and the Chinese Lunar New Year. Kick off the Year of the Pig on the Upper East Side, at the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade, the Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, the Met's Lunar New Year Fest, or at parties at Brookfield Place, the Asia Society and the China Institute.

Valentine's Day paints the town red next Thursday, and there's still time to make a "love bug" craft for your sweetheart(s) at CMOM, or give it the old "collage" try at 6 River Terrace on Sunday. Black History Month events include the BAM Black Comix Expo, living African American history at Fraunces Tavern, and the Paley Center's month-long celebration, including a salute to Motown's 60th anniversary.

On Saturday, watch the dog fur fly at the Westminster Agility Championship and AKC Meet the Breeds. On Sunday, sing with friends at a Mary Poppins Sing-Along, or head to Queens for the Native American Arts Social, complete with drumming, dancing, and story telling. You can even throw beans at ogres, keeping a Japanese tradition.

Two takes on a classic fairy tale play this weekend: Check out the New York Theatre Ballet's Cinderella, or the puppet version at Brooklyn's Puppetworks. Other great kid-friendly shows in town include A Simple Space (glorious acrobatics!) at New Victory, Little Red Riding Hood, the Musical! at the 92nd Street Y, Fly Feather at BAM, and The Doubtful Sprout at Symphony Space.

Still rarin' to go? Options abound in our February Go-List, our dazzling list of 40 FREE things to do with kids in February, and your ever-faithful MommyPoppins NYC Event Calendar. And pssst: If you haven't got your tickets for the International New York Children's Film Festival yet, what are you waiting for?