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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30th Annual Westchester
Camp & Summer Activity Fair

Free Camp Fair

What: Meet camp directors from programs across the NY Metro area and attend free seminars

Where: Crowne Plaza White Plains
66 Hale Ave.

When: Sunday,
Feb. 5
from 12pm - 3pm

Cost: Free

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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!).

Pow-Wow Dance Concert, $1On Saturday, head to the 37th Annual Dance Concert & Pow-Wow with Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Then, help LEGO celebrate the launch of their newest product at the Launch N' Build event in Times Square (free) and take home a complimentary LEGO lemonade stand. Explore properties, structures, materials with hands-on activities at the Sony Wonder Tech Lab for free.

BAMkids Film FestNearby, catch cool children's films from 26 countries and puppet performances at the two-day BAMkids Film Festivalit's where wildly popular animated short, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (more than 16 million views on YouTube), won Best Animated Short last year.

Next, get up to sing and dance at Bari Koral's Rock Band Concert, then do arts and crafts and join in on dance and movement workshops at Artopia.


Artopia's Dance & Movement Workshops

More than 100 kids from the tri-state area perform in "Oliver," a kid-friendly version of Dickens's classic tale, while lionsLions Roar In Libraries 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.

The Met's Year of the Dragon
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.

Manhattan   Brooklyn   Queens 

Fairfield   Rockland

Nassau   Suffolk

Happy February!

Lisa Chung
Assistant Editor

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Sponsored Events

February 3
Family Service & Potluck Dinner - Union Temple, Brooklyn

Music-filled, kid-friendly Shabbat service, and a meet-and-greet with families at dinner.

Through February 24
Shabbot for Tots - Union Temple, Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests.

Through May 31, 2012
Toddler Story Time - Westbury Friends School, Westbury
Toddlers enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays among peers. A light snack will be provided. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child.

City Events

February 2-3
'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...

February 3
Community Sing: Take 6 - Apollo Theater, Harlem
Hear 10-time Grammy Award-winning acapella group...

February 4
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...

February 4
Chinese Lantern Installation - Children's Museum of the Arts, SoHo
Create collages and drawings that will be used to create a lantern...

February 4
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...

February 3 - 5
Blooming Babies: Spectacular Snowflakes - Brooklyn Children's Museum, Crown Heights
Discover the magic of snowflakes and create your own to take home...

February 3
Brooklyn Aviators Hockey - Aviator Sports, Marine Park
Brooklyn Aviators return home for another exciting hockey season...

February 4 - 5
Inside-Outside - New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Heights
After reading the book on NYC, create your own "inside-outside" picture books...

February 5
Early Morning Bird Walk: Backyard Birds - Prospect Park Audubon Center, Flatbush
Learn about the birds found in your backyard...

February 5

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...

February 5
NYC Compost Project - Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing
Create compost "cookies" to take give to your plants...
And Beyond...
February 4
Astronomy - Wolfe's Pond Park, Staten Island
Discuss science, history, and folklore of the universe...

February 5
Climate & Weather - Blue Heron Park, Staten Island
Urban park rangers introduce you to important scientific factors that play into climate...

Suburb Events

February 3
Chinese Culture
- Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont
Celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year with a free event of classic stories...

February 4
Free Craft Saturdays
- Straight A's, White Plains
Drop in to make a special card caddy to hold their Valentines...

February 4
Wag Your Tale, Too!
- Scarsdale Public Library, Scarsdale
Designed for children with special needs, this program includes a special, story-loving dog to cuddle up with...

February 5
Heroes Storywalk: 'Giant Steps to Change the World' by Spike Lee
- White Plains Public Library, White Plains
Learn about the heroes of our time...

February 5
Geology Fair
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center, Cornwall
Learn cool facts about funky rocks, gems, and even NY state fossils...

February 5
Bagels & Blox
- Temple Beth Torah, Upper Nyack
Parents and children are invited for music, movement, fun, and socialization...

February 3
Feeding Frenzy: Turtles & Tortoises
- Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Fairfield
Catch feeding time for turtles and tortoises and...

February 3
Outdoor Adventures
- Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Go on a whirl around the world with founder of Animal Embassy as he describes the diverse habitats...

February 3
Winter Constellations
- Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Head to the observatory to view the night through a 22-inch telescope...

February 4 - 5
Family Fun: Arf!
- Crystal Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Ben Franklin Theater, South Norwalk
A fun-filled musical about dogs featuring kindergartners and first-graders...

February 4 - 5
Family Fun: Aesop's Fables
Crystal Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Ben Franklin Theater, South Norwalk
Second- and third-graders perform Aesop's most famous fables...

Long Island Events

February 3
Lots of Love Sun Catchers - Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City
Create a special heart-filled decoration to brighten your windows...

February 3
Music & Movement - Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City
Musical instruments, movements, and catchy sing-alongs...

February 4
Free Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store, New Hyde Park
Create a craft this Saturday...

February 4
Show Us Your LEGOS - Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor
Bring in you constructions for a "show and tell"...

February 3
Free Fridays at Guild Hall - Guild Hall, East Hampton
Check out the student art festival...

February 3
Pizza & Pajama Night - Children's Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton
Visit the museum in PJs, enjoy pizza, and hear a story...

February 3
PJ Storytime - Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach
Drop in for stories and don your PJs...

February 4
Game On! - Westhampton Free Library, Westhampton Beach
Play video games in the library after hours...

February 5
The Tale of the Frog Prince - Arena Players Repertory Theater, Centerport
A comedy with audience participation of a lonely Frog Prince...