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Weekend Family Events - President's Day Weekend

Friday, February 14, 2014 by Julie G
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This weekend kicks off with lots of love from Valentine's day and starts President's Day celebrations and vacation. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is once again having the popular IndieCade East for gaming aficionados. You can shake it and party over at El Museo del Barrio for Carnaval.  Kids Week is back again at the Intrepid with science fiction fun all week long. And don't forget to celebrate our FORE-fathers with a special kids golf class at the Turtle Cove Golf Center. Even though school is on a break, the fun is most definitely not on a break! Here are this weekend's picks.
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Kids Week: Science Meets Science Fiction

Kid's Week at The Intrepid is back! Each day has different themes, activities and partners filled with entertainment, education and excitement. Learn about 3D printing or robotics in hands-on workshops during their Science Meets Science Fiction Weekend. Also visit the Museum during the entire week to watch performances from Broadway's best, or to see demonstrations with live animals from around the world. This Saturday and Sunday features activities and displays from 3D Systems, Museum of Math's Math Midway to Go, RoboFun, Strolling Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion, Sony Wonder Technology Labs, Tynker, United States Coast Guard, Time Warner Cable, Tinkersphere and Hopscotch. Hangar 3, and Exploreum. Taking place at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum all weekend long from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Tickets for adults cost $24, kids ages 7-17 are $19 and children ages 3-6 are $12.

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IndieCade East 2014

Back by popular demand, IndieCade East will take over Museum of the Moving Image for another lively weekend of games, talks, panels, and workshops celebrating independent games and the people who make and play them. Hear from successful designers, thoughtful academics, and insightful journalists; discover new games and try out platforms still under development; and show off new projects to a community of game lovers.  Taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30AM to 6:00PM. A Full Festival Pass (Friday–Sunday access) is $125, $100 for students, seniors and Museum members. The cost on Saturday including Night Games is $55, $45 for students, seniors and Museum members. On Sunday the cost is $45, $35 for students, seniors and Museum members  Admission for children (ages 3–12) will be $10 per day. Free admission for Silver Screen Museum members and above.

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This [Baby] Life
Enter the welcoming and cozy environment of This [Baby] Life and discover something beautiful and surprising with your littlest ones. Softly and sweetly, this contemporary dance piece invites the very, very young audience to mirror, interact and react to simple choreography. Accompanied by gentle melodies and rhythms, this memorable performance explores each child's capacity to participate in the exciting world around them. Taking place at the New Victory Theater on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00AM 12:00PM and 2:00PM. $15 for non members, $10.50 for members. This show is best for children aged 4 months to 18 months.
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The Gustafer Yellowgold's Valentine Ball Show
Don't miss this insanely creative combination of catchy original songs performed by a live band, accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature and his earthly friends. A perennial Just Kidding favorite at Symphony Space, the annual Gustafer Yellowgold experience is not to be missed! Taking place on Saturday at 11:00AM. Adults tickets cost $25 (members $21) and kids tickets cost $15 (members $13).
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Super Sabado: Carnaval

Grab your mascaras and join in to celebrate the joyful Caribbean and Latin American tradition of Carnaval with music, storytelling, dance workshops, and art-making for all ages. Visit exhibitions such as Here is Where We Jump and Presencia. Presencia focuses on ideas of presence and absence, based on works from El Museo’s permanent collection. Throughout the day kids can create their own colorful vejigante mask to wear during the rest of the celebration. Dance and celebrate Carnaval traditions from Peru. This free event is taking place on Saturday from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at El Museo del Barrio.

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Hands-on History: Tiny Valentine
Celebrate with your loved ones at King Manor Museum in Queens. kids can create a miniature self-portrait inside a locket necklace and other 19th century-inspired Valentines to give to their sweetheart. The Valentine's day crafting fun takes place on Saturday from 12:00PM to 3:00PM. This event is free for all to enjoy.
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Soweto Gospel Choir
Taking place at Lehman Stages at Lehman College Staten island welcomes back Soweto Gospel Choir. The 26 singers of South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir celebrate the unique and inspirational power of South African gospel music with deep emotion and rich harmonies that lift the soul. Taking place on Saturday at 8:00PM. Tickets cost $25, $40 and $45. Tickets for children cost $10 for any seat (12 and under).
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Sing Along Amy
Come sing and dance with Amy. You may have seen Amy on PBS kids Lomax the Hound of Music, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, or Amy's own web series Meow Meow Music. Amy is a working composer and performer for adults and children. From performing with They Might Be Giants, writing music for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and being a full time Momma herself, Amy stays busy. Playing original and well known songs on guitar, ukulele, and percussive things, singing stories with puppets and bubbles, Amy brings her quirky, country rock and casual style to the sing along arena. The sing along takes place at Two Moon Art House & Cafe on Sunday at 10:00AM. The cost is $7.
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Lunar New Year Dance Sampler
Come to this annual favorite at Flushing Town Hall. The event includes a sampler of spectacular dance performances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Egypt, Colombia and America. Free Tickets will be available starting at 11:00AM on Sunday at the Flushing Town Hall Box Office. Tickets will be limited to two per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The event takes place on Sunday from 12:00PM to 2:00PM.
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Washington's Birthday Ball
Bring the family to celebrate the birthday of our Nation’s First President with live music and dance, just as New Yorkers did in the 19th century. Costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional country dances and encourage everyone to join in the fun. Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments. Museum tours featuring a presidential-themed scavenger hunt will be offered at the conclusion of the ball. The fun takes place at The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden. All ages are welcome. Taking place Sunday at 1:00PM. Adults tickets cost $15, tickets for children under 12 cost $10.
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Carnegie Kids: Elena Moon Park and Friends
Take a children’s song from Korea or a Japanese sea shanty, add traditional Asian and western rock instruments, and you’ll have the innovative music of Elena Moon Park and Friends. As heard on their album Rabbit Days and Dumplings, Park and friends perform folk and children’s music from East Asia in a cool contemporary way. Come and enjoy this free concert at the Bronx Library Center this Sunday at 2:00PM.
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Family Happy Hour
All kids love GAGA, an Israeli version of dodge ball that teaches teamwork and sportsmanship. Kids will learn and play under the master GAGA instruction of Kevin Casidsid. Class includes warm up, drills, games and cool down in this fabulously fast paced fun exercise game! There is also a Mini Gaga-thon with Parents Game. Taking place at the 14th Street Y on Sunday from 3:00PM to 4:00PM. Tickets for members cost $5, and non members tickets cost $15. Pre-registration is required.
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Presidents in Residence: February School Vacation Week
Families explore, learn, and compete together in these presidential family programs. Can you find George Washington's camp bed? Search for presidential clues on the whole-museum scavenger hunt. Create an election slogan to print onto your own election button. And take part in the family Abraham Lincoln quiz, with questions for children, teens, and adults. Prizes for participation and for winning. Taking place at the DiMenna Children's history museum (New York Historical Society) Sunday February 15th to Sunday February 23rd from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Tickets for adults cost $18; Seniors/Educators/Active Military are $14; Students admission is $12; Kids (5-13) is $6; Kids (4 and under) are free.
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Sculpt the Globe - Vacation Week Art Workshop
Get creative in the realm of sculpture inspired by large-scale works from around the globe in the exhibition Other Primary Structures. Using paint, cardboard, wire, wood, and string construct a dazzling arrangement of forms and shapes to take home. Taking place at The Jewish Museum Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Free with museum admission.
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Warm & Cozy Camp for 9 - 13 Year Olds
Warm up in the Taste Buds Kitchen with their favorite cold weather recipes and cozy winter themes. We will enjoy savory chex mix, pumpkin mac & cheese, molten lava cakes and cinnamon buns! All the cooking fun takes place with a pajama party, celebrating a snow day, enjoying a camp-out and competing in Winter Olympic Games. Taking place Monday the 17th to Friday the 21st from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. The cost is $100 for a single day plus $15 apron fee. The cost is $430 for the full 5-day option (fee of apron included in full week price.)
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President's Week School Recess Golf Class
The Turtle Cove Golf Center has a school recess junior golf class for kids aged 10-16.  The class is designed to teach your child the fundamentals of golf in a group environment. Taking place on Monday and Tuesday from 12:00PM to 2:00PM. The two day class costs $150.
Check out lots more great family events this weekend in NYC!
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