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Super Bowl Boulevard might be where all the daytrippers are hanging out this week, but if you and the kids don't feel like waiting a couple of hours to ride some plastic toboggan slide, you might want to think about heading uptown tomorrow, where both Carnegie and the NY Phil will be hosting a series of family-friendly activities that promises to be both fun and fulfilling, without all the sponsor signage.

At Avery Fisher, the Phil hosts a Young Person's Concert starting at 2:00 p.m. that includes Britten's classic Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, hosted by the Phil's affable education director, Ted Wiprud. But, the real highlight will be Music for Fukushima: a remarkable collaboration between young composers (ages 10–13) from New York and Japan, written in memory of the nuclear diaster from 2011. More details and ticket info here

Immediately preceding the YPC concert will be the Phil's interactive fair, Kidzone Live!, with activities on all four levels of the lobby, including arts and crafts, a dance demonstration, and premieres of compositions by kids from NYC, London, and Venezuela. And, stick around afterwards for the Phil's free Chinese New Year celebration on the plaza starting at 3:00 p.m., featuring a traditional Dragon Dance accompanied by live percussion, as well as children from the National Dance Institute performing Mongolian folk dances.  

For those who might be a bit more sonically adventurous, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will also be hosting a family concert tomorrow at Carnegie that promises families the opportunity "to share in the fun that new music can be." Hosted by BOAC's down-to-earth co-founder David Lang—who holds Carnegie's Debs Composer Chair this season—the All Stars will explore unusual sounds with everyday instruments, and perform new and unfamiliar works from around the world. Prior to the concert, the folks from Found Sound Nation will be in the lobby starting at 12:00 p.m.; tickets and additional info here