Mommy Poppins Picks for the January 4th Weekend (Manhattan)

To help you plan your busy weekend, we have partnered with Mommy Poppins, the NO COST online resource curating the best things to do for kids and families in NYC. Each week they will provide us with their top weekend picks for events and activities in New York City.

Happy New Year and welcome to the first weekend of 2014! The first days of January are always a little bittersweet as we watch all of the holiday sights come down, recycle our Christmas trees, and return to our busy school and work routines. But there’s never a dull day in NYC. Monday marks Three Kings Day (a.k.a. the 12th day of Christmas) and this weekend brings early celebrations like Brooklyn’s Three Kings Day Parade and a holiday family workshop at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

All Weekend:

Asian American Festival – Hudson Square
Celebrate Chinese New Year a little early at the Children’s Museum of the Arts with holiday-themed art projects, a traditional Lion Dance, a hula dancing workshop, a multicultural jazz concert by Project Hansori and an interactive session with Feed Me A Story. Free with admission: $11

Saturday:

First Saturdays for Families: Architecture and Chris Burden – Lower East Side
Head to the New Museum for a kid-friendly tour of the awesome Chris Burden: Extreme Measures retrospective, and then learn about the building’s architectural idiosyncrasies and how they relate to the exhibit. Arrive early: Tickets are given out first come, first served. FREE

La Piccola Opera: Little Red Riding Hood – Upper West Side
Catch this kid-friendly operatic adaptation of the classic fairy tale at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The familiar story, English lyrics and short running time make this production the perfect intro to opera for young kids. FREE

Lunch Money and Belle et Bête Present: Planet Hopping – Upper West Side
Head to Symphony Space to catch this unique collaboration between kiddie rockers Lunch Money and puppetry duo Belle et Bête. This one-of-a-kind show uses authentic NASA footage, hand puppets and marionettes, and rock and roll to recount the space adventures of a young female pilot and her robot pal. $20 for adults, $15 for children

Sunday:

The Gold Rush – Greenwich Village
Catch one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest silent comedies about searching for gold in turn-of-the-last-century Alaska. These special Sunday morning family screenings at the Film Forum are usually preceded by fun contests and trivia. Want more Little Tramp? The theater is currently hosting a festival of his work. $7.50

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