Newsletter 2/2/12: Weekend Highlights from NYMetroParents
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Super Bowl Weekend: Camp Fair, Kids Film Fest, LEGO Freebies, & Tying the Knot at Sea
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Whether you're a Giants or Jets fan, you're sure to have at least one thing in common with each other: You don't want the Patriots to win. Before you dive in to nachos, burgers, hot dogs, and settle in for Sunday's big game, head to the free Westchester Camp and Summer Activity Fair (12pm-3pm) to meet one-on-one with camp directors (and us!).
More than 100 kids from the tri-state area perform in "Oliver," a kid-friendly version of Dickens's classic tale, while lions roar when the library puts on a free musical of a traditional Ethiopian folktale, "The Lion's Whiskers." (Feeling courageous? Go on a night owl prowl to spot these birds of prey in the woods.)
Libraries elsewhere celebrate reading on Take Your Kid to the Library Day. Attend the book launch of "Maggie Brooklyn: Vanishing Act" (free), a young Nancy Drew who, with her twin brother, solve mysteries in Park Slope. In a different type of hunt, solve "I Spy" riddles with your family.
Also try the best of best soups and vote for your favorite at Chowdafest or SOUPer Bowl. In continuing celebrations for the Year of the Dragon, the Met puts on a parade with Sesame Street puppets while the zoo hosts a children's parade.
Black History Month & Valentine's Day: Think your kids are too young to "tie the knot"? Head to the aquarium where kids will learn how to tie fishing and boating knots, and then discover how sea animals find love at the whaling museum. Then, see a love story unfold during the opening weekend of Princess & the Pea. Madame Tussauds kicks off Black History Month with the unveiling of a new wax figure.
As always, scroll down for more family-friendly events, including various free events right in your community's library, or visit our online calendar to search thousands of events by neighborhood, age group, cost, and category.
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'Cinderella: A New Version of The Oldest Story Ever Told' - Circle in the Square Theatre, Midtown
Hear tales of Cinderella from all over the world, including China, India, and...
Community Sing: Take 6 - Apollo Theater, Harlem
Hear 10-time Grammy Award-winning acapella group...
Story Pirates: My Museum Story - American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
Written by kids, this sketch comedy features live music, puppets, actors, and highlights positive messages about science...
Chinese Lantern Installation - Children's Museum of the Arts, SoHo
Create collages and drawings that will be used to create a lantern...
Family Saturdays: Valentines en Francais - French Institute Alliance Francaise, Midtown
Learn French, enjoy an open house at the library with a free storytelling and snacks...
Opening Weekend: February 4-5
'Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models' - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, Clinton
Examine the process of building model ships and view dozens of artifacts...
Lunar New Year Workshops - Flushing Town Hall, Flushing
Welcome the year of the Dragon with a puppet-making workshop, learn how to make a lucky money bag, and write down your wishes for the year...
NYC Compost Project - Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing
Create compost "cookies" to take give to your plants...
Astronomy - Wolfe's Pond Park, Staten Island
Discuss science, history, and folklore of the universe...
Climate & Weather - Blue Heron Park, Staten Island
Urban park rangers introduce you to important scientific factors that play into climate...