Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free


Winter Jam NYC 2010. The Parks Department spent the week filling Central Park up with artificial snow, and today from 11 to 4 you get to use it (and the real snow that’s falling on top of it). Snowboarding, skiing, snowboarding and skiing lessons, slap shot practice, a farmer’s market and (why not, just this once you can be pretty sure it’s clean) snow angels.

New High School Fair. A lot of high schools disappeared last month, and the Board of Ed is hosting a school fair all weekend to introduce the new schools replacing them. Your kid only has until February 23 to get an application in.


LES all star benefit to save Ray’s Candy Store at Sidewalk Cafe

Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum celebrating black history month

Last day to register for free swimming lessons in city pools

Make victorian valentines cards at the Bartow Pell mansion

Symphony 101 at the Flushing Library

Lunar New Year Celebration: Welcome the Year of the Tiger a week early at the New York Chinese Cultural Center ($10) or the Asia Society.

The Harlem Gospel Choir in the atrium at Lincoln Center

Dr. Adeventure’s Super Formal Benefit & Adventure Spectacular Proceeds fund research into affordable artificial limbs ($30, or $20 if you come dressed as a superhero)

Learn to knit or crochet at the Queens Library in Douglaston

Stargaze in the snow in Inwood Park


Seal watching in the Bronx

Fix Your Bike Workshop in Brooklyn. Tools and advice provided.

The Queens Historical Society observes black history month wiht family quilting lessons and a discussion of the Underground Railroad and abolitionists in Brooklyn

Lunar New Year lion dancing at the China Institute.

All Weekend

This Is It Michael Jackson at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Tickets are free, but you have to call ahead for them.

18th Annual Outsider Art Fair at the Javitz ($20 daily, $30 weekend pass)

The last weekend of Restaurant Week

Nature crafts for the kids in Prospect Park

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Benefit for native american students ($10, $1 under 12)


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