Are you ready to paint the town green? It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Find a pot o’gold at this party, or check out the Funikijam’s shenanigans. Looking for something different? Have a play date at Sugar Hill, see a dino-riffic light show, or get crafty with this family art project. Scroll down for more of our top picks!

Photo: Giuseppe Milo via flickr

Downtown

Pause/Play Spring Carnival
The PAUSE/PLAY season wraps up with a fantastic Spring Carnival! There will be balloons, face-painting, tasty treats, and all your favorite activities, including Israeli dance, family swim and yoga. In[HEIR]itance Project joins again for grown-up drinks and discussion. All afternoon, attendees will craft and create to celebrate the coming of spring! Sat. Event Details.

Tinker Lab: Storytelling Shadow Puppets
Artist Stephen Foster’s artwork brings to life the Haida story of the Raven who carried daylight to his dark world by evoking hand shadows during a camping trip. Explore the tradition of storytelling through the world of shadow puppets by creating your own 2-D or 3-D printed character. Sat. Event Details.

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Kidding Around Flower Power Festival
Get groovy with the help of your little farm hands at this spring celebration with a flower power twist! Get your spring planting on, make peace sign petal pictures, create watercolor cups and decorate headbands and visors to get your kids ready for the season. Sat. Event Details.

Citibabes Pot o’Gold St. Patty’s Celebration
The pot o’ gold is at Citibabes. They’ll have a Leprechaun Hunt, Shamrock Arts & Crafts, and a festive parade as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Sat. Event Details

Midtown

Black Beauty Retold
Saddle up and jump headlong into this hilarious retelling of Black Beauty. Andy McCuddy and his brother, Andy McCuddy (it’s a family thing), have fallen on hard times. When they discover their beloved copy of Black Beauty in the cozy horse trailer they call home, they take the bit firmly between their teeth and reenact portions of the page-turning adventure! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Funikijam’s Shenanigans: Irish Celebration for Kids!
When the Agents of Jam embark on a special mission to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, they discover a lively mix of songs & stories that put a fun spin on leprechauns, banshees, rainbows, and lucky pots of gold. Even grown-ups will be laughing, clapping, and playing along with FunikiJam’s cast of international artists as they dance and sing to the Shamrock Beat. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Lightwire Theater Presents “Dino-Light”
Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in this glow-in-the-dark tale of a lovable dinosaur, his scientist creator and a journey thruogh a world full of dazzling, odd and beautiful creatures. Starting 30 minutes before each show, young audience members will be able to enjoy various dinosaur themed crafts. Sat. Event Details

Playdate! Free Third Sundays at Sugar Hill
Enjoy a fun filled day of art and storytelling, featuring an open studio with 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence Leslie Jimenez, and a special Japanese calligraphy workshop. Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Kids Rock the 80’s!
Seven amazing young bands pay tribute to the gnarliest decade in music at this all ages rock show. Sat. Event Details.

2018 Brooklyn Camp Expo
This is a FREE family-friendly event for parents looking for summer camps, holiday camps and after-school programs for their children. Over 30 camp and after-school program directors will be onsite to talk to parents about all the wonderful things their programs have to offer local families. Sun. Event Details.

Queens

Storytime with Dana Wulfekotte
Join children’s author and illustrator Dana Wulfekotte as she leads a children’s storytime with her newest book, Rabbit & Possum! Best friends Rabbit and Possum are always looking for fun—even if it lands one, or both, of them in a jam! Like Frog and Toad or Toot and Puddle, debut author-illustrator Dana Wulfekotte’s dynamic duo will charm every young reader. Sat. Event Details.

Family Cooking Class: 15-Minute Meals
Learn how to prep 15-minute meals, big batches of vegetables and pantry staples once a week to use in a number of different nutritious and easily adaptable weeknight courses. Sun. Event Details. 

Bronx

Family Art Project: Suminagashi and Orizomegami Papers
Learn the Japanese art of paper marbling and dying in this easy workshop presented by Winter Workspace artist Austin Thomas. Lightly touch the surface of water with a brush for a floating-ink effect, or fold ink-absorbent paper to create fantastic geometric designs. You will marvel at these two ancient techniques. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

 

What do you look forward to doing most in the springtime? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson