Monday is Martin Luther King Day, which means your family is looking at a three-day weekend. Whether you choose to celebrate the civil rights leader’s life, take a quick trip or spend quality time with your kids right here in NYC, we’ve got plenty of ideas about how to enjoy the holiday weekend.
Bessie’s Big Shot – Upper West Side
Catch the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s new puppet show about a cow who dreams of making it big in the circus. Perfect for first-time theatergoers! Saturday and Sunday only. $10 for adults, $7 for children under age 13
Martin Luther King Weekend at the New-York Historical Society – Upper West Side
Celebrate MLK’s legacy at the museum. On all three days you can go on an African-American Leaders Scavenger Hunt. And on Sunday, you can also listen to a civil rights-themed storytime and hear David Grover croon songs of freedom. All activities are free with admission: $18 for adults, $12 for students, $6 for children ages 5-13
Still Awake Still! – Midtown West
Head to the New Victory Theater for a special matinee of this kiddie cabaret sponsored by Mommy Poppins. The show is based on the 2009 children’s bedtime book/album I’m Still Awake, Still! about the Queen of Sleep who can magically send little ones off to dreamland with a few notes of her soothing songs. However, on this particular night, surprise visitors pop out of her piano and cause mischief and mayhem with hilarious, non-restful results. Join the Mommy Poppins gang at Saturday’s 3pm performance for exclusive pre- and post-show activities, plus a 20% discount on tickets. Read our in-depth post for additional details. $14-$38
Family Films: Magical Mysteries and Make Believe – Midtown West
Catch a series of kid-friendly shorts at MoMA that explore the theme of make believe. The lineup includes the original animated adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved Where the Wild Things Are from 1973, plus Strega Nona and Shipwrecked. Afterward, stay and enjoy the museum at no additional cost. FREE but tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10am.
Film Forum Jr: Babe – Greenwich Village
Introduce the brood to the awesome 1995 movie about an adorable sheep-herding pig. $7.50
There are many ways for families to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. today including peace marches, enriching museum programs and even a few kid-friendly volunteer opportunities. Read our in-depth MLK Day post for details.
Find out what else is going on this weekend at Mommy Poppins.
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