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Blog Archives - February 2015

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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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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20 Fun Activities to Celebrate The Lunar New Year  
For over 4,000 years, eastern cultures have held Lunar New Year celebrations and family gatherings, in anticipation of the on-coming spring season. With each year associated with an animal of the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2015 welcomes the year of the Ram (though other interpretations refer to the animal as either a Goat or Sheep). With New York City being one of the most culturally influenced areas for East Asian Culture, there is no shortage for activities surrounding this celebration. Here is a list of activities you and your family can participate in.
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The Week Ahead: February 16 - February 22  
Happy Presidents’ Day! Winter recess starts this week. It’s a great time to take off from work and spend extra quality time with your children. This week is filled with bridge building, culinary sing-a-long activities, space food, puppies, beat boxing, glass slippers, Elmo and a life-sized maze. There is definitely a lot to choose from. So without further adieu, here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - February 14 and February 15  
Valentine's Day! Presidents Day! It's a double holiday weekend and NYC loves a reason to party. To celebrate, the DiMenna Children's History Museum has events for Presidents Day on Saturday and Sunday. Celebrate L'Amour by heading to an ice festival at the Belvedere Castle in Central Park where an ice sculpture will be made of Romeo and Juliet. And why not celebrate pirates this weekend too? Ok so they're not presidents, but they sure arrrrr in charge. Help the pirates make up the story as you go along in The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told! Lots of hugs, kisses and things presidential this weekend. Here are this weekend's picks.

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Things to Do During the February Break 2015  
The February vacation has a way of sneaking up on parents. Suddenly, in the middle of the year’s worst month for weather you find yourself with the kids for a week and everyone is already stir crazy. Here is a list of things to do in NYC that will provide the perfect remedy for Cabin Fever and will add some much needed enjoyment this February Break.
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Sleeping Beauty Dazzles at Puppetworks Brooklyn  
Keeping in their tradition of presenting old fairy tales, Puppetworks Theater in Brooklyn is currently showcasing their version of Sleeping Beauty. Providing the right mixture of magic, adventure and romance, the performance is a great way to add some color to a dreary winter afternoon.
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The Week Ahead: February 9 - February 15  
Happy Valentine’s Day! This week is one of our periodic reminders to tell family and friends how much they mean to us. Although we’re hoping to dodge a few more snow storms this week, we’re also looking forward to Elmo and Ni Hao, Kai Lin screenings, ducks, live bands, sun creatures, ice festivals and silent discos. There should be lots of opportunities for fun, especially with winter recess right around the corner. Just don’t put away your snow boots and scarves too soon. Here is the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - February 7 and February 8  
Since the Groundhog has decided we all stay in for the next six weeks, lets make it fun with movies, music and museums. The BAMkids Film Festival is happening in Brooklyn this weekend showing some of the best shorts and features from around the world. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is also showing shorts and films as a warm up for The New York International Children's Film Festival happening later this month. And the Irish Arts Center has Saturday morning cartoons from some of the leading Irish animation companies. There are also great concerts happening at Hunter College with the Little Orchestra Society, and Jazz at Lincoln Center honoring the legacy of Billie Holiday.  If you would like to move around but are frozen solid, then watch others! Take in some ballet at Lincoln Center with an introduction to Balanchine or Cinderella at FIAF. Pass the popcorn! Here are this weekend's picks.

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The Week Ahead: February 2 - February 8  
Now that the snow has started, we can expect it to keep on coming. But that doesn’t mean we should stop enjoying all of the activities and cultural programs in the city. This week is filled with dance, music made from recycled glass, Olympians, fun times at Carnegie Hall, graphic novels and 100 books. Who’s up for the challenge of doing it all? Here’s the week ahead.
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