Spring has sprung and the Big Apple has a weekend filled with ways to celebrate. Hunt for eggs in Carl Schurz Park, ride a pony at the Grand Purim Carnival, stop and smell the roses at Macy’s Flower Show Family Fun Day, or hit the streets in green for one last St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We’ve got even more ways your family can enjoy this first Spring weekend, so read on!
Opening Weekend: The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems
Round up your personal Knuffle Bunnies and head to this exhibit celebrating the work of children’s book author Mo Willems, creator of quirky, memorable, and sometimes a bit irascible characters like the Pigeon, Duckling, Pig, Elephant and more. The exhibition will be setting up shop through the end of September, but if you want to meet Mo in person make sure to reserve a spot on opening night, where he will actually read and sign! Fri. at 4:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with admission ($20/adult; $6/children 5-13; children 4 and under are free). All ages. Event details.
Carl Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt
Your kiddos can hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at this UES egg hunt. Each little one will get a special bag to collect eggs and a glitter cheek or hand stamp. The hunts are divided by age so all your little bunnies are sure to fill their bags. There will even be live music to keep your kiddies entertained and dancing while you wait your turn. Sat. 1-3 p.m. Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
2016 Grand Purim Carnival at Park East Day School
Pony rides, ice skating (with skates provided), bounce houses, face painting, remote-controlled car racing, magicians, bubble show, circus acrobats and free popcorn! Plus: learn to beatbox at an interactive workshop with champion beatboxer The Orthobox and play in a hall of giant games! Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Upper East Side. $20/person in advance; $25/person at the door; children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a superhero in a warrior pose! It’s important for superheroes to be strong, so bring your little yoga masters to this action-packed class to strengthen their bodies and explore their super powers through fun games and activities. Sun. 10-11 a.m. Flatiron District. $40/child. Ages 4-6. Event details.
Macy’s Flower Show Family Fun Day
What better way to celebrate the first day of Spring than by hitting a flower show? Your kiddies can get into the Spring spirit and create nature journals and explore the Dino’s Discovery garden. There will be face painting, arts and crafts, balloon twisting and more. Then stop and smell the roses, and hundreds of other beautiful flowers, at the annual flower show. Sun. 1 p.m. Herald Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
Whip Up Some Rainbow Cupcakes
Make some rainbows, Rainbow Cupcakes that is. Plain old vanilla? Bore-ring! Bring on the pizzazz, the color, the fireworks! Your tiny chefs will learn how to make an oh-so-delicious cupcake with rainbow colors in the cake. Then of course, every good baker knows, you’ve got to sample the goods, so taste the rainbow. Sat. 9-10 a.m. Chelsea. $40/parent, caregiver pair. Ages 2-5. Event details.
Get Your Hands Dirty at the Museum
Hooray, Spring is here! To celebrate, let your kiddos get their hands dirty and pot some beautiful flowers, sculpt gardens and bugs, and create animations of flowers blooming and animals waking from hibernation, at these special workshops. As always, the museum is full of things to keep tiny hands occupied so make sure to explore everything else there is to offer too. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Soho. Free with museum admission ($12/person; children under 1 are free). Ages 6 and up. Event details.
Annual Bayridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Expect lots of bagpipes, step dancers and local celebs, including Seamus Butler, the parade’s mascot, an adorable labradoodle, at this parade in one of Brooklyn’s Irish neighborhoods. The Parade marches down Third Avenue after Mass at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church. Get there for the start of the parade and your kiddies can get a shamrock painted on their face too. Sun. Mass at 9:30 a.m.; Parade at 1 p.m. Bayridge. Free. All ages. Event details.
Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Put on your green and march over to Park Slope for this annual family-friendly parade. The fun starts at Prospect Park West at 15th Street with a rededication ceremony to the heroes and victims of 9/11. Then the parade goes down 15th Street and along 7th Avenue to Garfield Place and along Prospect Park West back to 15th Street. Expect lots of live music, bagpipes and dancing. Sun. 1 p.m. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kick Back and Watch a Kid’s Flick
The Museum of Moving Images is all about the tiny film critics this weekend as they welcome flicks from the New York International Children’s Film Festival to their theater. Your kiddos can enjoy special showings of shorts from around the globe or watch the digitally remastered classic, The Iron Giant. Check out the museum’s official site for specific show times. Sat. & Sun. Various times. Astoria. $13/person. Ages 3-10. Event details.
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