February 2019: Tri-State Area Family Friendly Activities | Nanny Authority

February 6th, 2019 by

Nanny Authority Family Friendly Activities and Events February 2019

Bryant Park Frost Festival: January 25th Repeats daily through Saturday, February 3

 Join Bryant Park for ten days of frosty fun including igloos with seasonal food and drinks, puppet shows, bumper cars on ice, entertainment at The Lodge (think karaoke and live music), ice carving, silent disco, and much more. Ice rink bumper cars needs to be reserved online.

Website: www.bryantpark.org/

Free puppet show of “The Little Red Hen” Saturday 2/2 hosted by WonderSpark, and of course Bryant Parks classic merry-go-round. Check out their website for more information.

Groundhog Day at Staten Island Zoo: Saturday, February 2, 2018

Join in on NYC’s official Groundhog Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo. Watch as Chuck peeps out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. Cross your cold little fingers and toes we don’t get the extra six weeks of winter.

6am | Gates Open
7am – 7:30am | Ceremony
Chuck makes his famous prediction! Featuring musical performances by the PS 29 Chorus, and Patrick Raferty.
7:40am – 8am | Birds of Prey
Keeper talks and feedings in the aviary and fox areas. Featured animals include: Kubo, American Kestrel, and Snowy Owl.

More information can be located at: http://www.statenislandzoo.org/groundhog-day/

Storytime: Meet Author Karina Wolf: Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10AM

Ages 2-5

Location: Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore at 2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Join Author Karina Wolf as she reads her beautifully illustrated picture book “I am not a Fox” about a curious creature that looks like a fox but acts like a dog.

For more information please visit: http://www.shakeandco.com/shake_trade/events_broadway.php

Mandarin Seeds Lunar New Year Storytime: Mon Feb 4, 2019


Age: 0-5

Price: Free

Location: Barnes & Noble TriBeCa – 97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

On the day of Lunar New Year’s Eve, stop by for a story time celebrating the upcoming Year of the PIG. Crafts are included as well.

Register in advance at https://www.mandarinseeds.com/rsvp2

Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival: Tue Feb 5, 2019

Firecracker kick-off at 12pm.

Age: All

Price: Free

The Better Chinatown Society’s annual New Year’s celebration is hosted in Sara D. Roosevelt Park with firecrackers, cultural performances, and much more.

For more information about this event please visit: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/chinese-new-year-firecracker-ceremony-and-cultural-festival

Free Admission Day and Lunar New Year Celebration: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10am

 Join Staten Island Children’s museum for a fun filled day celebrating the Lunar New Year Holiday Events from special art workshop to a dentist visit from Dr. Marcia Greene. Please be sure to visit their website for more information.


FREE German Story Time: Fri Feb 8, 2019 at 4:30pm

Age: 2-5

Price: Free

German native speaker Beatrice Beckmann reads funny and smart, classic and new, picture books in German and sings a song or two. All ages are welcome.

LITTLE MAKERS: CORNSTARCH CHEMISTRY: Every Saturday and Sunday for the month of February

Drop in times: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Recommended for children ages 18 months to 7 years old.

$6 per child, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $5 per child)

Participate in hands-on experiments to squish, mush and sculpt cornstarch. Explore the chemistry of cornstarch and join us each week to create new radical reactions with this amazing ingredient!

Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink, and oobleck.

Reserve your ticket here: https://nysci.org/

Farmhouse Family Day: Haitian Tea Party: Sat Feb 16, 2019

11:00am to 3:00pm

Age: 4-10

Price: Free


Wyckoff House Museum – 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203

Explore the oldest house in New York City at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum for our monthly free Family Day.

Drop-in between 11am and 3pm for outdoor colonial games, seasonal activities, scavenger hunts and more. Join us this month as we learn about Haitian culture through the preparation of four traditional teas that are part of the Haitian Tea Party. Observe the brewing method of each loose-leaf tea, taste the unique differences and learn more about the healing properties of each.

Open to all ages, Haitian Tea Party Activity begins at 1pm. Farmhouse Family Days are open to visitors of all ages and free to the public.

For more information please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farmhouse-family-day-haitian-tea-party-tickets-55027209866

19th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival: Sun Feb 17, 2019 

Age: All

Price: Free

About a half-million spectators line the streets of Chinatown for this colorful pan-Asian procession, which includes Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, and even Hispanic floats and cultural performances.

Expect massive crowds and lots of fun performances, colors, and eats. The Lunar New Year parade kicks off at Canal and Mott Streets, heads to Chatham Square, turns onto East Broadway toward the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

 Presidents day in Prospect Park: Monday, February 18 (repeats every day through February 22)

 Join Prospect Park Alliance during Presidents Week for family-friendly programs at Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Audubon Center. For more information please visit: https://www.prospectpark.org/news-events/events/?filter_by=tag&tags=Kids,

  • Wild in Winter, 12–4 pm, Bundle up and find out what your favorite Prospect Park animals are doing this winter. Join Alliance naturalists for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a nation-wide conservation effort established in 1900 and much more.
  • Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm, Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our Discovery Packs, ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
  • Winter Habitat Building, 12-3 pm, Have you wondered what our park animals do in the winter? Come learn about what our local animals do in winter and help build a life-sized structure inside the Boathouse.
  • Suet Making, 1 pm, Suet is a great food for birds in the winter when they need more calories to maintain their body heat and energy levels. We will be making suet that you can take home and hang in your backyard.
  • Great Backyard Bird Count, 2 pm, Join Alliance Naturalists in this fun, nation-wide Citizen Science project.  Each checklist submitted helps researchers learn more about the health of birds and how to best protect them.
  • Animal Encounter, 3 pm, Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 3 pm.
  • Coming in from the Cold, 1–3 pm, Lefferts Historic House, $3 suggested donation, Join Prospect Park Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House and have fun with traditional toys and games. Make your own “Nine Man Morris” board game to take home.

Storytime Read-to-Skate Program at ice rink in Bryant Park: Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Various times

Ages: 2-9

Read books with Cali Co Cat and earn a free skate rental! Free books at every event, while supply lasts.

Saturdays, January 12 – February 23, noon-1pm

Wednesday, February 20, 12:30pm-1:30pm as part of Kids Week

How to earn a Free Kids Skate Rental:

  • Attend 2 Storytime programs at Bryant Park
  • Attend 1 program at New York Public Library Children’s Center at 42nd Street and/or Read and enjoy 1 library book

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House.

Prospect Park Presidents Week Tennis Program: Monday, February 18, 1 pm – 4 pm $80/day

Prospect Park Alliance offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience. Our accomplished staff of tennis professionals gives players personal attention while they acquire game fundamentals and increase their skill level. Advance registration required

Click here to register: https://www.prospectpark.org/media/filer_public/3e/58/3e582992-4098-4a2b-8b14-37ed753088d2/presidents_week_tennis.pdf

Saturday, February 23, 20129: Experience the Natural History Museum like never before! Join your favorite museum as they host a sleepover on February 23, 2019. The night includes evening and morning snacks, cots to sleep on, a flashlight fossil fact-finding mission, live animals, and private museum tours and more. Open to 6-13-year-old from 6pm to 9am. Tickets are limited so head on over to https://www.amnh.org/ for more information.

Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located in Hell’s Kitchen: Feb 17- 23, 2019

Join the Intrepid’s annual event; Kids Week, where kids get the chance to participate in fun programs and hands-on workshops while they’re off from school. This year’s focus is STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts and math—and each day of the week features activities with different themes. Attendees can also look forward to guest appearances and live shows! All ages.