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Four more Chinese New Year events coming your way--make a grass animal at Children's Museum of the Arts or watch the acrobats in the Chinatown Parade. (Saturday-Sunday)

The Lolli-Pops Concert Series gets super sweet
with this weekend's performance of Carnival of the Animals by The Little Orchestra Society. Come see Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator of the Judy Moody book series, create art to classical compositions. (Saturday-Sunday)


Come get your Pow Wow on at the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Concert & Pow Wow at the Theater for the New City. Dancers from across the country will perform traditional Native American numbers. (Saturday-Sunday)


Country music's finest teams up with The Muppets! The Museum of the Moving Image presents A Little Bit Country...Loretta Lynn/Johnny Cash, which showcases two of The Muppet Show's most classic episodes. (Saturday-Sunday)

Learn mind-blowing facts about space and then create your own spaceship at The Scholastic Store's Discover More: Planets event. (Saturday)


Your kid can unleash their inner cowboy or cowgirl at The JCC in Manhattan's Kids Night Out: Wild West Carnival. Who's ready to square dance? (Saturday)

Catskill Puppet Theatre is performing Hiawatha at the New York Public Library. This lesson-driven show follows a young boy as he ventures through a mysterious forest. (Saturday)


Rock your socks off at the Mils Trills 2nd Annual Winter Bash at the Littlefield Performance & Art Space in Brooklyn. Amelia Robinson and her electric ukulele will be keeping the groove alive. (Saturday)


Sure to be the cat's meow, come check out Puppetworks, Inc.'s performance of Puss in Boots in Park Slope. Based on the Oscar-nominated film, it features original music and marionettes. (Saturday)


Get an early start on planning for summer camp when the Resources for Children with Special Needs present The Special Camp Fair 2012. Representatives from more than 60 camps will be on-site to answer all your Qs! (Saturday)


Two children's classics combine when the Sony Wonder Technology Lab presents Sesame Street: Abby in Wonderland. (Saturday)


Get movin' and groovin' with The New Victory Theater's Shake, Wiggle & Roll Workshop! Children ages 3-5 can learn all about dance and movement. (Saturday)


Get down with your fedora self when The Brooklyn Central Library presents The Wiyos in concert. This vintage-style jam band will put on a 45-minute show featuring a guitar, banjo, kazoo, harmonica and a washboard. (Saturday)


Check out award-winning songwriter Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band at 92Y Tribeca. (Sunday)


Jump around with Jumping Jenny! Head out to the Children's Museum of Manhattan for a meet-and-greet with author Ellen Bari and take the 1,000-jump challenge. (Sunday)


Award-winning band Hot Peas 'N Butter are performing at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Jam out to the band's eclectic jazz, rock and Afro-Caribbean-infused sounds. (Sunday)


Déjà vu from last weekend? Head out to the DiMenna Children's History Museum for a reading of City Under Snow. Attendees will learn exactly how each person in the city deals with a huge snowstorm. (Sunday)


The WinterGreen Festival at the Museum at Eldridge Street combines environmental heritage and culture, and will feature tree-planting, challah-making and genealogy workshops. (Sunday)

For even more events this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar.    

New York Family Events

Now is the time to start thinking about summer camp. Come research the possibilities at New York Family's Camp Fairs--produced in collaboration with the American Camp Association NY & NJ--on Saturday, January 28 at Grace Church School Downtown  and Sunday, January 29 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more information on day and sleepaway camps and to register, click here.


Speaking of Camp fairs, New York Family just launched a virtual camp tour at To help families and camps connect, we recently launched the site as a one-stop resource to find the ideal summer experience for children.

Contests & Giveaways

The Green Toys Dump Truck is not only bright and fun, but it exceeds marks in being safe and eco-friendly, too. One New York Family reader can win a dump truck of their own by posting on our Facebook page telling us why you'd like to win. Then, email us putting "Green Toys" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, February 1.

Bonus Tip

If you have an artsy child between grades K-12, you may want to check out the 5th Annual Doodle 4 Google Contest by the popular search engine, the New York Public Library and Crayola. One young artist has the chance to have his or her artwork seen by billions of Google browsers! To up the fun factor, pop sensations Katy Perry and Jordin Sparks, plus quirky children's author Mo Willems, are guest judges for the competition. For more information, click here!

New York City is the theater capital of the world--and that goes for children's theater, too--with more than ten well-established companies producing Broadway-like entertainment for kids of all ages. "Plays For The Pint-Sized" outlines on-stage specialties ranging from modern adaptations of fairytales to cutting-edge fun. Shows that are now playing include Rumple Who? at the 13th Street Repertory, Aladdin at the Galli Theater, and The Bully at Vital Theatre Company. 

Jan 26-Feb 1, 2012




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