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Weekend Family Events - February 8 and February 9

Friday, February 07, 2014 by Julie G
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February is a short month, which only means one thing, more fun to pack into a short amount of time!  This weekend has celebrations for Black History month, the Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day or you can just celebrate winter with some ice skating fun or by enjoying donuts.  After all what are big sweaters good for?  Hiding the hibernation pounds! Here are this weekend's picks.
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Donut Story Time
Join the Reliquary for a family-friendly morning of stories, songs, craft and donuts! In hopes of cultivating a new generation of donut lovers, they're hosting a special event for kids that focuses on their “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” exhibit. Bring your young ones to listen to some delicious donut stories, work on a donut-related craft project, hear a few donut songs and learn a little about New York City’s rich donut history, too. Donuts, milk, and coffee will be provided. Taking place at The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization on Saturday at 10:30AM. There is a suggested donation of $5.
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Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film classic The Red Balloon. Afterward, children will make their own floating valentines in the form of hot-air balloon mobiles. Taking place on Saturday at 11:00AM at Poets House. The cost is $5, children under 4 are free.
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Pura Belpre Celebration: Family Day!
Celebrate Pura Belpre through what she was known best for, storytelling. Pura Belpre advocated for bilingual literacy as well as created diverse programming centered around the Latino culture, and was the first Puerto Rican librarian to work for the New York Public Library. Join in as La Casa Azul Bookstore shares in story time as well as children's activities such as puppet-making and book-making. Through these activities you can pay homage to Pura Belpre's legacy and pass the torch to the next generation. This free event is taking place on Saturday from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
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Lunar New Year Parade
At the Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing Queens you'll see dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. About 4,000 people march in the parade each year. Viewing stands are typically at Flushing Library (Main St. and Kissena Blvd.) and at the parade's ending location, or just on Main St. The parade takes place on Saturday at 11:00AM and is free for all to enjoy.
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Lunar New Year Celebration
After watching the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade, come to Queens Botanical Garden for additional festivities. Beginning at 1:00PM, the Children's Activity Table will offer botanical crafts and visitors can learn about and mix their own bags in their Herbal Tea Workshop. And don't miss two performances of the New York Chinese Chorus (2:00PM and again at 3:00PM). Activities are first come, first served and supplies are limited. Taking place on Saturday at 1:00PM to 4:00PM. The event is free with garden admission, there are additional fees for selected craft activities while supplies last.
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Kidrockers Featuring Caveman and the Pizza Underground
NYU Skirball is teaming up with Kidrockers for their Big Red Chair series. This Saturday head to see one of New York’s fastest rising bands, Caveman, with the recently formed pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band, The Pizza Underground (Macaulay Culkin + friends) will kick off the series. Comedians Seth Herzog (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) and Craig Baldo (Last Comic Standing) host the event. Taking place on Saturday at 11:30AM. The cost is $28.
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Barbie: The Pearl Princess
Check out the latest Barbie movie on the big screen. Barbie stars as Lumina, a mermaid who dreams of being a princess. As long as she can remember, she’s had a magical power that makes pearls dance and glow. Lumina, and her best friend Kuda, a pink seahorse, embark on an adventure to a majestic mer-kingdom. There, she uses her powers to help her friends prepare for the Royal Ball. Lumina then discovers that her magical pearls are the key to unlocking her true destiny and ultimately saving the kingdom. Taking place at AMC Loews 34th Street 14 Theater and various other locations in NYC - check event listings. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 12:00PM. The cost is $8.
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An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of Black History Month and Apollo’s 80th Anniversary, the Theater will open its doors for a free weekend to give visitors a glimpse into their rich history with a sneak preview of their future activities. Open House Weekend will feature live performances and a family workshop. Hosted by the Apollo’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell, the afternoon will showcase Amateur Night’s Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Apollo Live’s “Petawane” Burris, a preview of their Tribute to La Guarachera de Cuba: The Queen Celia Cruz with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and much more.  The afternoon will be capped by a lively discussion about the future of the Apollo with Apollo President Jonelle Procope and Executive Producer Mikki Shepard. This free event takes place at the Apollo Theater on Saturday from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.
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Victorian Valentine Workshop
Show that you care not with a boring, store-bought card, but with a handmade, full-of-charm, sure-to-woo original creation. Learn about the history of valentines and the use of printed “scraps” used to make them in the 19th century while you craft your own memorable card. The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum offers this fun workshop for the whole family! Registration is required. Taking place on Saturday from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and members.
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17th Annual Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party
The Gwendolyn Simmons' Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party and Fundraiser is an annual community event where skaters, their families, friends and community members enjoy a wonderful day of skating. The Winter Skating Party is an afternoon of fun including food, music, raffle prizes and ice skating demonstrations by their girls. Admission includes free skate rental, free healthy treats and hot cocoa from Whole Foods. The skating fun takes place at Lasker Skating Rink in Central Park from 1:30PM to 3:30PM. The cost is $15 which includes admission and skate rental.
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FIAF Family Saturdays: Valentine Cooking Workshop with Sylvie Berger
In French and English celebrate le jour de la Saint-Valentin with your little sweethearts! Your budding bakers will prepare and decorate a heart-shaped cookies. Led by master pastry chef Sylvie Berger, this hands-on workshop will introduce children to the art of French baking. Children will learn cooking techniques and get inspired to decorate delicious homemade cookies. At the end, they will get to savor their delicious creations. Taking place at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) on Saturday at 3:15PM.  The cost is $10 for adults and $15 for children.
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Bob Marley's Three Little Birds
The New Victory Theater presents a jammin' musical featuring the timeless music and lyrics of Bob Marley and based on the children's book by his daughter Cedella. Bob Marley's Three Little Birds shares the legendary reggae artist's message of peace and love with a new generation of songbirds. Mama says "breathe easy," but Ziggy's afraid to leave the house. He's too busy worrying about tropical storms, evil spirits and steering clear of that sneaky, hair-snatching Duppy! But with the help of Dr. Bird and his feathered friends, Ziggy's reminded in soothing six-part harmony that "every little thing gonna be all right."  Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 12:00PM and 5:00PM. Tickets cost $25, $18, $12 and $9 for members based on seat locations, full price tickets start at $14.
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David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band: Two Shows
Groove to the original rockin' sound of The Music for Aardvarks Band. Cool, catchy favorites like Modern Art and Taxi celebrate being a New York City kid. The concert takes place at The Jewish Museum on Sunday at 11:30AM. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $13 for children. JM family members cost $15 for adults and $11 for children.
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Hip Tot Music Fest with Audra Rox
Hip Tot Music Fest's Valentine’s concert is happening at the Shapeshifter Lab with Kindie sensation Audra Rox. Concert goers will get two chances to rock out to Audra Rox, one at 11:00AM and one at 1:00PM. Hip Tot’s resident storyteller, Melanie Hope Greenberg will read her classic story “Down in the Subway”. As always, snacks and crafts will be featured at this fun family show. Taking place on Sunday form 11:00AM to 2:00PM. The cost is $10 per person in advance, $15 per person at the door. Non-walkers are free.
Check out lots more great family events this weekend in NYC!
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