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The Week Ahead: March 2 - March 8

The Week Ahead: March 2 - March 8

Warmer weather is just a hop, skip and jump away. But have no fear. Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss are both here to save the day. This week, we’re putting on our dancing shoes and getting ready for an awesome week of ballet and break dancing. We’re also learning the power of “I can” from a friendly duck, enjoying a world tour of music, engaging in arts and crafts and celebrating some of our favorite children’s story giants. Here are our picks for the week ahead.

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Five Great Kids Films at Film Forum this March

Five Great Kids Films at Film Forum this March

Film Forum Jr. has lined up five superb family friendly flicks for the month of March. The roster involves time travel, Andre the Giant, stop-motion chickens, the Swiss Alps and traveling conman. Also, I just have to say that three of these films are personal favorites, which deserve a big screen viewing. A different film will screen every Sunday at 11AM. So check out the lineup below as you plan out your weekends through the start of spring.

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Weekend Family Events - February 28 and March 1

Weekend Family Events - February 28 and March 1

Ready, Set, Go! It's a race to see how many fun events you can enjoy this weekend. There are holiday events for the Lunar New Year, Purim and St. Patrick's Day. Taking place at Bryant Park is the Kids Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town and there's even a fairytale festival going on! Please also be sure to check our event listings for the New York International Children's Film Festival. Start the race to fun times ahead. Here are this weekend's picks.

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15 Activities to celebrate Women’s History Month in March

15 Activities to celebrate Women’s History Month in March

The first observance of International Women’s Day was held in New York City in 1909 to honor the struggle of women who toiled in horrible working conditions in the garment district. Since then, the celebration of women’s equality and history has grown into not just a one-day event but the entire month of March with a Congressional declaration in 1987 (though New York City had already made that designation in 1981). Here are some activities and sites in the city that celebrate women’s contributions to the arts, sciences, history and entertainment.

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Preschool to Middle School Author Spotlight: Feb 26 – Feb 28

Preschool to Middle School Author Spotlight: Feb 26 – Feb 28

What happens when a pet cabbage, a swing that touches the sky, ancient spell casters and the Olympians join forces? Who knows! But it does make for a great lineup of storytelling to finish off February. This week, we’ve spotted a few author readings for kids in preschool through middle school. This is a great way to close out a month of chilly activities as well as a fun chance to enjoy tales of love, family, mythology and food.

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The New York International Children’s Film Festival is Back

The New York International Children’s Film Festival is Back

Forget Sundance, Slamdance, Cannes and the Tribeca Film Festival. The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) is back. This is definitely one of our favorite festivals of the year. It’s packed with live action, animated and stop motion films from around the world. Most importantly, all of these moves are designed for kids ages 3 to 18. It’s a great way to spend the weekend or encourage the rising filmmaker in your family. The festival also reminds us that you don’t need lots of explosions and violence to create an entertaining story.

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The Week Ahead: February 23 - March 1

The Week Ahead: February 23 - March 1

February is coming to a close. But there is still plenty of time to enjoy National Chocolate Lovers Month. With all the snow and cold weather we've been having in NYC, you owe yourself a couple cups of hot chocolate. Grand Central Terminal and City Bakery are two great places to go to and enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate. If sweets aren't your thing, there are also several theater shows to check out this week as well as other fun activities. Families can enjoy a geometrical circus at BAM, family playtime at the Museum of Mathematics, Elmo and Abby Cadabby at Madison Square Garden, an extremely hungry caterpillar and even a floating princess. There are lots of events to check out this week. Here are our picks.

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Weekend Family Events - February 21 and February 22

Weekend Family Events - February 21 and February 22

This weekend you can celebrate the Year of the Sheep, Goat, Ewe or Ram!  This wooly eighth animal in the Chinese zodiac, yang in Mandarin, doesn't distinguish a difference that's found in English between goats and sheep. Yang can stand for any hoofed animal that eats grass and bleats. But there's no need to stress about what animal to celebrate because you can celebrate all of them at many different events all over NYC! In Flushing Queens there is the Lunar Parade filled with fireworks and dragon dancers. The Prospect Park Zoo has a weekend filled with activities celebrating the holiday as well as performances and activities at the China Institute and Asia Society.  This weekend you can also celebrate Black History month with an Apollo Theater open house and a viewing of the play Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman. Or keep the Valentine's Day party going at Baby Loves Disco after Valentine's Day Ball on Sunday. Here are this weekend's picks.

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