Gather the kids – it’s time to celebrate Earth Day! In addition to helping clean up your local playgrounds and parks, or learning how to incorporate ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle, you can catch this Earth Day themed show, get your hands a little dirty at this workshop, or learn how to create your own flower arrangements. Keep on scrolling for the rest of our top weekend event picks!

Photo: Queens Botanical Gardens

Downtown

Kidding Around in Tiny Town
Big fun is on the horizon at the Kidding Around Tiny Town village. First, grab a metro map to navigate this tiny town, custom-created for kids. Then, pop into the Market Place to play in the donut shop, BBQ food truck and lemonade stand before you head to the farmer’s market. Continue the fun with a visit to the play houses…or build your own dream home, create leaves for the town family tree and make lemon prints! Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

New York City Children’s Theater Presents The Little Red Fish
Puppet Kitchen, the team behind the puppetry in last year’s family hit The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, has created a brand new puppet adventure for you and your family. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Hopalong Andrew at the Jewish Museum
Hopalong Andrew sings energetic and interactive cowboy songs about city life performed in the great tradition of the American West, this time with an Earth Day theme! Sun. Event Details.

Creative Saturdays
Create an original musical out of recycled materials about everything you love about Earth Day. Sat. Event Details.

EarthFest at AMNH
Through concerts, family programs, and scientific and philosophical bird walks, the EarthFest programs presented at the American Museum of Natural History highlight the importance of the creatures that inspired The Birds. Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Silly Jazz with Camille
Dance around and sing along with popular Brooklyn Public Library performer, Camille Harris and the Silly Jazz players: Georgia Weber (bass), Diego Joaquin Ramirez (drums) and Bill Todd (saxophone). Plus a special puppet surprise guest! Sun. Event Details.

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6th Annual Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo
This family-friendly event for expectant, new and seasoned parents (of children up to age 8) will be a day of fun and education, where participants can interact with other parents, exhibitors and experts. Sun. Event Details.

Family Art Workshop Hosted by Art Out of Anything
Art Out of Anything is an arts program designed to engage families in the process of creating art by using non-traditional and found materials. Sat. Event Details.

Queens

Tulip Time!
Participants will learn the beauty of designing with tulips as they create a spring vase arrangement to take home. All flowers and materials provided. Sun. Event Details.

Little Makers: Recycled Robots
Kids tinker with recycled materials to make funky toy robots. Sun. Event Details. 

Bronx

Family Art Project: Earth Day Gratitude Garden
Sculpt a miniature garden using oil clay in bright colors. Then share what you are thankful for on a paper flag, and plant it in the outdoor, communal “gratitude garden.” You’ll see that the more gratitude the garden is given, the more it grows! Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Staten Island

Theaterworks USA: Pete the Cat
Theatreworks USA presents the Off-Broadway premiere of Pete the Cat directed by Tony-nominated Dan Knechtges. This groovy blue cat is on his way to stay with a new family and he’s excited, but Jimmy Biddle is nervous about how their houseguest is going to shake things up. Join Jimmy and Pete on a new adventure of friendship and inspiration! Sat. Event Details.

 

What is your favorite “green” parenting hack? Tell us about it in the comments! 

­–Jesseca Stenson