Who’s ready for the weekend? We sure are. Need some inspiration for family fun? Take flight at this super cute show, get cooking at this seasonal class, go on the hunt for eggs at this annual celebration, or revel in the “inventgenuity” of local kids at this festival. Still looking for more? Scroll on for the rest of our top weekend event picks!
Photo: Beam Center
Seasonal Spring Cooking Class
What’s the best way to welcome spring? For Sprouts, it’s hanging with Chef Christian Grindrod while learning to cook with the season’s freshest produce! Take over the kitchen at Villanelle to make dishes inspired by this restaurant’s farm-to-table menu. Kids will cook and eat local ingredients that come from the Farmers’ Market just down the street — with Chef Christian’s help, they’ll soon master the cooking techniques behind making spring produce taste its sweetest. Sat. Event Details.
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Through ground-breaking technology, audiences will go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea at this one-of-a-kind immersive entertainment experience. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.
TNF’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Fun in Riverside Park
Join Think ‘N’ Fun for an Easter–themed celebration in scenic Riverside Park. There will be egg hunts during five separate time slots so everyone can get in on the fun. Kids will be provided with a basket for egg collecting. The Easter Bunny will also be bouncing around to pose for pictures. Sat. Event Details.
Fiber Arts Workshops: Warp Painted Wall Hangings
This spring Bard Graduate Center is partnering with Textile Arts Center to run monthly hands-on workshops for adults and kids that respond to their two exhibitions, Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles and The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity. Kids will learn about backstrap weaving, embroidery, bookbinding, and beading. Sat. Event Details.
Spellbound Theatre Presents “Wink”
This imaginative and multi-disciplinary performance explores dreams from the perspective of a young child and her bear. Blending shadow puppetry, physical the atre, and animation, this unique show is a captivating journey designed to engage and inspire the very youngest audience members. Sat. Event Details.
The Evergreens Cemetery Eggstravaganza 2018
Enjoy an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, a magic show, a petting zoo and refreshments on the beautiful grounds of the Evergreens Cemetery. BYOBaskets. Sat. Event Details.
Vital Theatre Company’s “Flight School the Musical”
From Vital Theatre Company comes “Flight School The Musical,” a charming musical which starts on the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. However, he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. But penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. Eventually Penguin finds his wings with the help of his friends, and is able to flip, flap, fly away! Stick around to meet the cast after the show! Sat. Event Details.
Beam Center’s Inventgenuity Festival
Beam Center will put kids’ hands on tools of all sorts at its ninth annual Inventgenuity Festival. To explore this year’s theme, NOSE/KNOWS, Beam Center’s artists and makers will lead kids in workshops and demonstrations in mold-making, electronics, building, printmaking and more all to raise money to support its Summer Day Camp scholarship fund. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
Easter Eggstavaganza at City Owlets
Grab your baskets, bonnets, and kiddos for the 2nd annual eggstravaganza at City Owlets! Children will be able to hunt for eggs in groups of 10 starting every hour. Then they can make spring crafts and enjoy open play. Sat. Event Details.
Family Art Project: Palisades in Plaster
Take a look at the rock formations that make up the magnificent cliffs of the Palisades facing Wave Hill. Learn about the minerals that make up the soil, then use plaster made from the mineral gypsum to create your own sculptural rock formation, or tint or color it to make a gem. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.
Are you crafty? Tell us about your favorite DIY kid-friendly project in the comments!
— Jesseca Stenson