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The Week Ahead: February 17 - February 23

Monday, February 17, 2014 by Bags H
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Winter recess is here. After last week’s snowstorms, it’s time to get outside and take in some NYC’s many family friendly activities (most of which are still indoors!). While there are several activities going on just for the winter break, there are also a few new theater and museum openings to check out as well as a few favorite activities that will be coming to a close.
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Winter Recess Picks:
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Carla Hall's Culinary Kids Week
Head up to the NYBG for a week of food tasting and cooking fun. Between February 17 and 23, the NYBG will host several activities all centered on the culinary arts. Your kids will learn the science behind food preservation through pickles, witness the art of cheese and bread making, explore different spices from around the world and pick seeds for their own home garden. Activities take place daily from 10AM to 5PM, with a kid friendly cooking demonstration at 1PM. There will also be a puppet show at 11AM February 21 through 23.
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Kids Week: Broadway on Intrepid
Kids Week at the Intrepid runs through February 23. There will be tons of science, sports, music and safari themed activities throughout the week. Children ages 3-6 are $10. Tickets for ages 7-17 are $17. Read our full rundown of activities to check out throughout the week.
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BAMkids Film Festival 2014: Beauty and the Beast
It’s the 16th anniversary of the BAMKids Film Festival. The festival runs between February 22 and 23. There are several animated shorts that are great for all age groups as well as live musical performances. Tickets are $9 for children ages 13 and under. General Admission is $13. You can buy tickets in advance for feature films (over 60 minutes) or for the animated shorts film block. The animated shorts time blocks are at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.
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Opening This Week:
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Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
The Guggenheim will open up its Italian Futurism exhibit on February 21. The exhibit features over 300 works, ranging from painting and sculpture to free-form poetry and fashion. This is a truly expansive exhibit covering 35 years of artistic expression across several disciplines. The exhibit runs from Friday, February 21 through Monday September 1.
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Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
On February 19, the Asia Society of New York will open its Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. The exhibit collects relics from the Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Densatil that were scattered around the world after the monastery’s destruction during China’s Cultural Revolution. Photographs of the monetary will also be on display. This exhibit runs through May 18.

The Asia Society will also host a special Create a Sand Mandala event in conjunction with the exhibition. Monks will construct a new sand mandala (Sanskrit for circle) over the course of five days. The colorful, mandala sand painting represents harmony. This special event runs between February 19 and February 23, between 11am and 6pm.
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Ivan Navarro: This Land is Your Land
On February 20, Madison Square Park will unveil its new art installation, This Land is Your Land designed by Chilean artist Ivan Navarro. The installation features three water towers with neon lights that repeat infinitely. Inside each water tower are mirrors that will reflect words like “me,” “we” and “bed” as well as a ladder designed with neon lights. This experience should definitely leave your kids eyes’ wide with wonder. The installation will be open for viewing through April 13.
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The Wind Rises
When it comes to telling emotional, character driven stories with exceptional artistry, no one does it better than Hayao Miyazaki. While most of Miyazaki’s films are purely fantastical stories, The Wind Rises is actually biographical fantasy. The story focuses on Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese aircraft designer. Miyazaki creates a fantastical world about a young boy who dreams about flying. The story follows Jiro’s life through the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression and Japan’s plunge into the war. Amidst these major events, Jiro finds love and friendship. The film is rated PG-13 and opens on February 21.
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Closing This Week:
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Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison
The George Morrison art exhibit at The National Museum of the American Indian will come to a close on February 23. As one of the key figures in the Native American modernist movement, Morrison’s vibrant work is definitely one to check out. The exhibit features 80 pieces from his collection. Morrison’s art blends landscape with abstraction as well as spiritual reflection. The collection includes drawings, sculptures, prints and paintings.
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Tropical Paradise
So, you say that you’ve had enough of the NYC cold and wish you could be sitting on a warm beach in the tropics? The NYBG’s Tropical Paradise is set in its Victorian-style glasshouse, the same location of the Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show. If you’re looking for a break from the cold, you can enjoy the warm rain forests mists through February 23. This is a great chance for kids to take photos of various tropical plants like orange-yellow crotons and fuchsia bromeliads.
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Bob Marley's Three Little Birds
The new musical by Bob Marley’s eldest daughter Cedella will be coming to a close on February 23. The story is about a young Ziggy Marley who is too afraid to leave his house. Well, that is until Dr. Bird and his feathered friends sing a few songs to let Ziggy know that “every little thing is gonna be all right.” This musical is filled with vibrant colors and toe-tapping reggae music that’s sure to get your kids singing along. Weekday shows are at 2pm for winter recess (except for Tuesday). Weekend shows are at 12pm and 5pm.
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This [Baby] Life
This dance show has been receiving praise from parents from Melbourne to NYC. Soft melodies and simple dance numbers get babies as young as four months waving their hands to the beat. The 40-minute interactive show is performed in a cozy space with floor seating. They encourage a ratio of one caregiver to child (ages 4 to 18 months).
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Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
February 23 will be your last chance to check out the winners of the 2013 annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. This is a great chance to introduce your children to the broader range of science as well as advances in photography. The first prize features a marine diatom (group of algae) that was comprised of more than 90 images. The New York Hall of Science is open from 8am to 5pm.
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The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution
The Armory Show at the New York Historical Society will close out its 100th anniversary on February 23. The exhibit celebrates the introduction of European avant-garde painting and sculpture to the American public. It features the works of Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Children under four are free. Tickets for children ages 5-13 cost $6. Admission for high school students is $12 and adult tickets cost $18.
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Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music"
Elmo will be ending his short run at the Madison Square Garden on February 23. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster. Seating prices range from $15-$76. This is a great chance to take your kids to see Elmo live. The musical show features performances by Elmo, The Count, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and other Sesame Street friends.
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