New York Family Magazine
Weekend Plans & More

Are you ready to "1-2-3...Imagine!" with Elmo & friends at Sesame Street Live? The high-energy production for families is coming to Madison Square Garden from February 16-26. New York Family readers can save up to 40% using the discount code: NYFAM. Purchase your tickets here.

Black History Month
always has awesome family programming, focused on famous and lesser-known events in our past. Whether you enjoy music, plays, the outdoors or dancing, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.      

Young Jedis,
grab your lightsabers (and sleeping bags) before heading to the Star Wars Extreme Sleepover at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Yoda masks and Wookiee cookies await. (Friday)


In just an hour, The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies by the New York Theatre Ballet will charm fams with its vaudeville airs and quirks. (Friday-Sunday)


Catch the opening weekend of Brazil! Brazil! at The New Victory Theater for some soccer-infused dancing and acrobatics. (Friday-Sunday)


Welcome to the family, J&R Jr.! We bet it will be hard to leave this weekend's "kidstravaganza" with music from Laurie Berkner, Little Maestros and The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. (Saturday-Sunday)


Walk like an Egyptian to the New York Transit Museum for the Sister City: Cairo, Egypt Workshop. Learn all about the city's subway system and create a postcard to send all the way to the Middle East. (Saturday-Sunday) 


Tap into your emotions with Ruby and her new book, A Little Book About Feelings at Books of Wonder. Double the fun with a special musical performance by Elizabeth Mitchell. (Saturday)


Learn all about the greatest show on earth with Calder's Circus at The Whitney Museum of Art. Attendees can build their own wire creations. (Saturday)

The Big Red Dog is back for his 50th anniversary
. See him in-person at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center or at the Scholastic Store's Clifford Heart-Y Party for an afternoon of card-making. (Saturday)   


Some say silence is golden--so check out two silent films fit for the family at the MoMA. Did we mention the live musical accompaniment? (Saturday) 


Symphony Space never disappoints. Enjoy the NYC premiere of Gustafer Yellowgold's Golden Heart Symphony, backed by the Chelsea Symphony. (Saturday-Sunday) Also on Saturday, bookworms big and small can celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time. Popular authors  R. L. Stine and Lois Lowry will be there to discuss the novel. (Saturday) 

Cocoa will keep
your hands warm at The Scene @ Tavern's Ice Festival. Marvel as ice blocks take the shape of Central Park icons. (Saturday)


Calling all jazz cats: join Matt Wilson and Ted Nash at Jazz at Lincoln Center for What is Improvisation?. Youngsters will learn about the importance of creativity when playing music. (Saturday)


The writer of Freckleface Strawberry, actress Julianne Moore, will stick around for a Q&A after a special performance this weekend. (Sunday)


Join the Bari Koral Family Rock Band for a CD release party at Rockefeller University on the Upper East Side. Free cupcakes with every purchase! (Sunday)


Celebrate being a kid in NYC with a performance by Music for Aardvarks at the Jewish Museum. (Sunday)


Folk music for the whole family, Laura Veirs & The Tumble Bees will bring tunes as sweet as honey to Joe's Pub. (Sunday)


Head to the Children's Museum of Manhattan for a meet-and-greet with baseball legend Robert Scott. Be sure to stick around and design your own baseball hat. (Sunday)


Join a young boy on his adventures through time with a screening of Time Bandits at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Will he defeat the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness? (Sunday)


For even more events this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar
Contests & Giveaways

The world's smallest toy building block--nanoblock--is micro-sized to allow kids ages 8 and up to craft designs like a koala bear, giraffe or tree frog. And we're giving away five building sets! To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us why you want to win. Then, email us with "nanoblock" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, February 18.   


Get ready to party Minnie-style with our I ♥ Minnie giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive the latest I ♥ Minnie interactive DVD. Two additional winners will also receive an I ♥ Minnie Party Pack with everything you need to throw your next shindig. A $20 VISA gift card will be included! To get the party started, email us with "Minnie Mouse" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, February 15.

New York Family Events 

The next two Camp Fairs are this weekend! Come research the possibilities at New York Family's Camp Fairs--produced in collaboration with the American Camp Association NY & NJ--on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 in Westchester. For more information and to register, click here.


Speaking of Camp Fairs, New York Family just launched a virtual camp tour at The site is a one-stop resource to help parents find the ideal summer experience for their children.

Bonus Tips  

One of our favorite local children's photographers, Jennifer Lee, has put on a special offer for family portraits to help raise money for cancer research via Cycle for Survival. Here's the scoop on Portraits With Purpose.

Calling all moms interested in conquering the blogosphere and beyond--mark your calendars for the Cultivating Connection panel next Thursday, February 16 at 8pm at the 92nd Street Y. Get tips and advice about finding success on the web from those that already have (like The Pioneer Woman). 

February 9-15, 2012





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