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The Week Ahead: February 24 - March 2

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Bags H
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Now that winter recess is over, it is time to wave goodbye to February and say hello to March. While the weather forecast still predicts snow and cold weather, warmer outdoor activities are just around the corner. For now, we’ve got some great picks to check out during this last week of February. Super Bowl and circus activities come to a close, while several new shows and exhibits open their doors. Plus, Disney’s Aladdin enters previews on Broadway! Here are our picks of exhibits and activities to check out before they come to a close and new exhibits that are opening up before the end of winter. We’ve also selected a few limited engagement activities that you can enjoy during the week.
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Astronomy Live: Things That Go Bang in the Universe
On February 25, astrophysicist Jackie Faherty will take your children on a 3D tour of the universe, complete with explosive supernovas. This will surely be an eye-opening experience for all as kids explore the vast emptiness of space and a simulation of the Big Bang Theory. The event starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children.
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Kids Food Festival
Bryant Park will host a Kids Food Festival on March 1 and 2. The festival is designed around combating obesity through healthy eating and habits. There will be several free food demonstrations and tasting opportunities as well as yoga and other fitness activities. Several vendors will also provide cooking classes. The event takes place in the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. General admission is free. Tickets to participate in the hands-on cooking classes cost $25.
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The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary
With the Tropical Paradise exhibit closing, a new floral show begins at the New York Botanical Gardens. Starting March 21, families can check out the Orchid Show. The exhibit features a variety of plant life arranged into a modernist Key West garden. The exhibit will feature music and poetry. There will also be classes on how to grow, replant and care for your own orchids. The Orchid Show runs between March 1 and April 21.
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The Exosuit
If your kids are fans of science fiction, anime, robotics or comic books, they probably know the word “exosuit” all too well. Starting on February 27, AMNH will have a new aquatic Exosuit on display. This 600 lb hard-metal suit will give divers the opportunity to travel deeper underwater (as far as 1,000 feet) to film marine life. This is the first exosuit of this type and will go into full testing as a scientific tool this summer. The Exosuit will be on display through March 5. The exhibit is free with museum admission.
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I Pagliacci
Starting on March 1, the Regina Opera Company will be performing I Pagliacci for two weekends at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help auditorium in Brooklyn. This is a great opportunity to introduce your children to the opera for a modest price. General Admission is $25. Tickets for teens are $5 and children get in for free.
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Aladdin
Disney’s Aladdin begins previews on February 26 at New Amsterdam Theatre. While you may have missed your chance to get your hands on this limited opportunity, now is a great time to schedule a family outing to see this musical. Tickets to a show like this will go fast during the first few months, especially weekend tickets, so be sure to plan your trip well in advance. Ticket prices range between $76 for rear balcony seating and $270 for premium seats.
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The Craic Festival at the Irish Arts Center
St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin early with the 16th Annual Craic festival at the Irish Arts Center. Kids Fleadh begins the Craic fest on March 1 with several kids’ shorts produced over the past 15 years. There will also be step dancing, tea, scones and a screening of Eoin Duffy’s animated short, The Missing Scarf. The Craic Festival continues March 6 through 8.
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Cinderella
While you’re waiting to get tickets to Aladdin, consider checking out Cinderella off-off Broadway. During the month of March, the Galli Theater will be performing Cinderella on Saturdays and Sundays. The show follows the traditional story of Cinderella, her stepmother and stepsisters, the prince’s ball and Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Ticket prices for adults are $20 and tickets for kids are $15. Cinderella will run through March 30.
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Irish Arts Festival
The Children’s Museum of the Arts continues its “Around the World” adventure with an Irish Arts Festival starting on March 1. The museum will feature several activities including: storytelling, live painting, fiddle workshops, folk songs, dancing, and paper-boat building workshops. The Irish Arts Festival takes place March 1, 2, 29 and 30. General admission to the museum is $11 and the festival is included in the price.
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Building Connections 2013 Exhibition
If you want to check out some of the amazing K-12 design pieces at the Center for Architecture Foundation, this is your last chance to do so. March 1 will be the last day to see the Building Connections exhibit. This is a great opportunity for your kids to see architectural design projects created by other kids. Perhaps it will even inspire a new passion within your children.
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends
March 2 will be the last day to catch Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Legends show adds a slightly new spectacle to the traditional circus act. Kids will catch a glimpse of a Pegasus, a unicorn and a woolly mammoth.
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Hot Chocolate Festival
If there was ever a season for hot chocolate, it was definitely this winter. Throughout February, City Bakery celebrated winter and kept our tummies warm with its hot chocolate festivities. Sadly, the plethora of hot chocolate flavors comes to a close on February 28. Be sure to stop in this week to try some of the unique flavors before the Festival Finale on Friday.
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Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games
This is the last week to take your kids to see the Indie video game exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibit features 25-award winning games, including Flower and Minecraft, from around the world. These are the unsung games that push the boundaries of creativity, physics, art direction and puzzle solving in the industry. The exhibit closes on March 2.
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Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
So the Super Bowl was a big let down this year. Oh well. If you step out of NYC to Jersey City, your kids can still get one more taste of football fun at the Liberty Science Center. The exhibit features football memorabilia and interactive activities. You can even try on vintage football uniforms with your kids for a fun photo opportunity. The exhibit closes on March 2.
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You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official
The You Make the Call football-referee exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan was originally scheduled to close at the end of February, bu,t the exhibit has been extended until March 23. That means you’ve got another month of football fun that will take you right into the spring baseball season.
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