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The Week Ahead: January 26 - February 1

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Bags H
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Do you want to build a snowman? If you thought you left snowmaggedon back in 2014, think again. The snow season is upon us. We’ve been seeing snow nearly every week this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t go outside and enjoy those first, beautiful moments of snow, before it turns to slush and ice. This week is filled with songs, do-it-yourself toys, new spider powers, Big Bird, a park opening, a carnival, and lots more. Here is the week ahead.
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Limited Engagements This Week:
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Ben Rudnick and Friends
On Saturday, January 31, Symphony Space is hosting a concert for kids. Ben Rudnick and Friends, winner of seven Parent’s Choice Awards, will be sharing their upbeat, acoustic sounds with families. Like many family friendly bands, this group combines several genres of music. So get ready for an eclectic mix of country bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz and rock. The event costs $21 for adults and $14 for kids. The show begins at 11 am.
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Toy Hacks: Custom Minifig Heads + Pencil Pets
In the age of battery powered, rechargeable gizmos, it’s great to have toys that really bring out a child’s creative sensibilities. Personally, building toys out of random scraps and materials was one of the most rewarding activities as a child. It’s why Lego’s simple building-blocks concept is so great. This weekend, kids will get to build toy heads for their Legos out wood. This weekend on January 31 and February 1, the New York Hall of Science will host two workshops entitled, “Toy Hacks: Custom Minifig Heads + Pencil Pets.” Kids, ages six and up, will get an introduction to woodwork with simple hand tools. Plus, they will leave with custom woodenheads for their Lego figures or Pencil Pets. The workshops run from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. The cost is $3 per adult/child pair with museum admission.
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The Spider Ring Launch Event
Spiders may be gross, but for some reason they come up in kids’ fiction a lot. From Charlotte's Web to Spider-Man, these creepy crawlers have found their way into the hearts of kids all over the world. Now there’s a new kind of spider coming to town, thanks to author Andrew Harwell. On Tuesday, January 27, Books of Wonder will be celebrating the launch of Harwell’s book, “The Spider Ring.” This middle school book centers on Maria, who inherits a strange, spider-shaped ring from her grandmother. But what she doesn’t realize is that this mysterious ring also gives her the power to control spiders. Eat your heart out Spider-Man. There’s a new champion in town. The event runs from 6 pm to 8 pm.
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Saturday Story Time
On January 31, Greenlight Bookstore will welcome Lily Roscoe to its store. Roscoe will be reading from her debut picture book, “The Night Parade.” This book is all about capturing a child’s imagination before he or she goes to sleep. It reminds me a little bit of the “Rugrats” cartoon on Nickelodeon. If your four-year-old has ever wondered about what happens when mommy or daddy goes to sleep, then this is the story for them. In this book, kids wait until their parents go to sleep so that they can get up, crawl, walk and run to the Night Parade. The book reading will begin at 11 am. Roscoe will also lead a crafts session after the reading. Kids will create a moon to take home.
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Winter Carnival
Since we’re starting off the week with a blizzard, why not close it out with a Winter Carnival? Bryant Park will host its first annual Winter Carnival at the Bank of America Winter Village on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31. There will be silent disco parties, summer-themed ice-skating at night, ice golf contests and curling lessons, among other activities. The fun lasts all day. The carnival will open up at 12 pm and run until 10 pm. There will also be food and drinks at the Outdoor Winter Brew House.
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Asser Levy Playground Ribbon Cutting
Asser Levy is back in business. The new Asser Levy Playground will officially open up on Friday, January 30 at 11 am. After the ribbon cutting, you can take a look at some of the playground’s new recreational activities. Neighborhood residents can play badminton, volleyball, chess, soccer, football, t-ball, ping-pong, jog and even practice yoga. The park has been fully overhauled. It features a synthetic turf field and exercise track for jogging. There’s definitely something for kids of all ages to enjoy.
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Voyage to the Virtual
This past weekend, Scandinavia House opened its Voyage to the Virtual exhibit. The exhibit is based on the digital, moving image and light-based Nordic art. Kids will enter a surreal world of video, light, animation, sculpture and interactive media that challenge the definition of the human experience and takes them on a journey through time and space. College bound students should stop by tonight, January 26, for a special discussion on Digital Art, co-presented with Eyebeam and the Streaming Museum. This is a great chance to for intellectual and artistically minded teens to hear from experts on the intersection of arts and technology. The evening session runs from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The exhibit is open through April 4.
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Closing This Week:
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“Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder
By now, hopefully, you’ve had a chance to check out the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts exhibition on Sesame Street. This exhibition helps fans and families come together and experience what it is like to create an episode of Sesame Street. The exhibition comes to a close on Saturday, January 31, so brave the weather sunny-day lovers and sweep the snow clouds away on your way to this family-must exhibition.
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