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Weekend Family Events - February 22 and February 23

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Julie G
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This weekend help celebrate some classics, favorites and legends.  Honor the Muppets at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. See the incomparable Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Legends show at the Barclays Center. Watch fun family flicks at the 16th anniversary of the BAMkids Film Festival in Brooklyn. There's a show about the history and legacy of Harriet Tubman. And you can also help honor the 7th annual World Sword Swallowers Day at Ripley's Believe It or Not!.  In case you were wondering, Sword Swallowers were a big part of the Chicago's World Fair in 1933 and mesmerized huge crowds.  So go mesmerize your family with fun all weekend. Here are this weekend's picks.
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Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman
The show Steal Away uses puppets and live actors to tell the story of one of America’s greatest heroines from her youth as a slave to her service on the Underground Railroad and her continuing efforts to help others in need throughout her lifetime. After the 30-minute performance, children will get to meet Harriet and learn about how Negro spirituals were actually used as coded messages for slaves escaping to freedom. They also get to learn two of the songs, and sing along with Harriet. The presentation concludes with an introduction to the puppets, who join the actors in the audience and interact directly with the kids. Taking place at the New Perspectives Theatre on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30AM. It is a pay what you can afford show, with a minimum of $5.
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BAMkids Film Festival 2014: Cutting Hedge Animation
Part of BAMkids series BAMkids Film Festival 2014 Wild, weird and wonderful animation from five continents will keep you guessing and tickle your funny bones. Watch out when newspaper headlines come alive in Inspector Street and giggle when a group of garbage bins try to teach an old dumpster some new tricks (Eco Binz). Then celebrate when Alfred’s new music student goes for the gold trophy (Alfred & Anna). Run time: 75 minutes, appropriate for ages 7-10. Taking place at BAM Rose Cinemas on Saturday and Sunday at 10:15AM. The cost is $13 for adults, $9 for children 13 and under. $7 for BAM Cinema Club members, Free for BAM Cinema Club Movie Moguls.
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Momma Junk
This full-size puppet play is the story of two kids from the junkyard who go on a journey full of peril to save their home. “Momma Junk” has unique characters, a thrilling story and a style that will entertain adults and children alike. All the shows are completely free and family-friendly snacks are provided. The show takes place at the Abingdon Theatre Company on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. The show is free but reservations are required.
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Family Saturdays: NYCB - More Than Meets the Eye
What does a day in the life of a New York City Ballet dancer look life? How do Ballerinas dance on their toes? How do dancers spin in place without getting dizzy?  These questions and more can be answered when you find out about dancers' training, daily preparation, company roles, and performances. The family event will be hosted by Soloist Lauren Lovette and Corps de Ballet Member Allen Peiffer. The event takes place on Saturday at the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center from 11:00AM to 12:00PM. The event is $20 per person.
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Family Day at the Center: I Love NY: Make a Tunnel Book
Create your own 3-D “tunnel book” celebrating NYC using a variety of art materials and architectural images. Using a simple accordion-folding process, participants will create a 3-D perspective view by layering images across the pages. Visitors will also consider how windows and doors frame views in architecture, and use these architectural elements to present their own views of New York City. A great keepsake or holiday gift item. Pre-registration is required.  Taking place at the Center for Architecture Foundation on Saturday from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. The cost is $20 per family of 4, $10 for CFAF family members.
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The Little Mermaid The Musical
Come to The Players Theatre to see the class mermaid tale. Once upon a time there was a little mermaid who dreamed of the day when she would finally be old enough to explore the wonders of the world above the sea. When her turn comes, she is not disappointed. In fact she saves a young prince from drowning in a shipwreck and falls deeply in love with him. Now her longing increases, as she desires to become a mortal so she can marry her young prince; but as with all dreams, there are sacrifices. The little mermaid soon learns that getting her wish means making hard choices. She also learns how much she is willing to give up for someone she loves. Ticket includes a free family workshop one hour prior to every show. The show takes place on Saturday at 11:00AM and 3:00PM and on Sunday at 11:00AM. Tickets cost between $25 - $45.
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"Dealing with Feelings" Puppet Show with Deborah Miller
Author Deborah Miller lets kids know that dealing with feelings is easier than it seems at this very special Yippee Skippy puppet show. Deborah chats with the puppets and leads kids in an energetic, fun-filled reading of her books, Juggling the Jitters and Grappling with the Grumblies. Juggling the Jitters and Grappling with the Grumblies are part of a “Dealing with Feelings” children’s picture book series about anxiety for children K – 3. The reading and puppet show takes place at the Bank Street Bookstore on Saturday at 1:00PM.This event is free to attend.
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Live Event: The Muppets Character Encyclopedia
Craig Shemin, author of the lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched new book The Muppets Character Encyclopedia (2014, DK Publishing), will present a program featuring memorable moments from the biggest Muppet stars, as well as rare highlights of some lesser known characters featured in his book. The program features video clips and Muppet trivia contests and prizes, followed by a book signing (copies of the book are available for purchase in the Museum store). Among the featured games will be "Man or Muppet," "Piggy, Babs, or Both". While some video clips will be used in game play, other clips include a compilation of memorable moments from some of the characters featured in The Muppets Character Encyclopedia. The Muppet fun takes place at the Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday at 1:00PM. Tickets are included with Museum admission.
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Celebrates World Sword Swallowers Day
The real men and women of steel are back again to celebrate the ancient art of sword swallowing on World Sword Swallowing Day. The show will start at 1:30PM with an official “swallow” at 2:22:14PM to coincide with the 2/22/14 date. More than 20 sword swallowers will risk their lives when they “drop swords” at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! In all, more than 125 feet of solid steel will go down the hatch, hopefully without a scratch. Taking place on Saturday from 1:30PM to 2:30PM. The event is free with museum admission.
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Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
It’s not easy being a bug, especially on the first day of school. But luckily for Worrying Worm, Fearless Fly, and Sassy Spider, every creature finds its special talent in Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. Spider waits anxiously to shed his skin; Worm feels self-conscious and embarrassed for having no legs, and Fly’s 327 brothers and sisters drive her so crazy that she can hardly focus on schoolwork. Based on the bestselling books, this hysterical musical coming-of-age will have the whole family cheering on the quirky crawlers as they face problems and milestones common to us all. The show takes place at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 1:30PM. The cost is $25.
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Front/Row Stage - Bubble Do The Beatles
Head to the South Street Seaport (Pier 17) for a fun family concert. Bubble Do The Beatles is a family friendly Beatles cover band featuring hits from Revolver to Abbey Road. Front/Row is a brand new pop-up venue located on Fulton Street between Water and South Street, next to the Ice Skating Rink.  The venue is fully enclosed heated cube with a bar and hot food available at the venue. Taking place on Saturday at 2:00PM and 4:00PM. Tickets are free but an RSVP is required.
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Tiny Pants Kids & Industry Kids Present “Super Fun Saturday”
Taking place at the Children's Aid Society is "Super Fun Saturday".  A fun-filled, family oriented event for children in New York City, that combines components of learning, entrepreneurship and the power of decision-making via custom work. This one day, ticketed event is a call to action for parents and children to experience a three part workshop that will expose youth to sustainable living through jewelry making, custom art design, candle making, gaming station (ps4 and xbox) and physical activities and a bounce house! This event will be a life learning experience for parents who will indulge in pampering including complimentary manicures, champagne and refreshments, health and nutrition lessons. Taking place on Saturday from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Adult admission costs $35, children $15.
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Carla Hall's Culinary Kids Week
As part of the Garden's Edible Academy initiative, join in for a family-friendly food festival celebrating the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite foods. Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden staff and the culinary team, Growing Chefs, will be on hand offering cooking demonstrations, recipes, and hands-on activities, with plenty of music and tastings to add to the fun. Bring your Festival passport along as you tinker with the science of kitchen chemistry and get to the root of foods from pickles to cheese at a variety of activity stations. The daily 1:00PM cooking demonstration will feature kid-friendly recipes and tasty samples, while local chefs will share tips and recipes. Taking place At the New York Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The  festival is free with Garden admission. Adult admission costs $20, students/seniors $18, children 2-12 are $10 and children under 2 are free. Members are free.
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Taking place at the Barclays Center on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM, 3:00PM and 7:00PM. Tickets from $15 - $100.
Check out lots more great family events this weekend in NYC!
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