Spring is finally starting to become a reality. Get out there and enjoy the warmer weather this weekend by volunteering in Central Park. There’s lot of other fun events on tap too from a craft workshop and book launch to a free family festival. Holiday events are happening too – celebrate Passover and Easter with events below and don’t forget to check Red Tricycle’s master list of NYC’s best Easter egg hunts.
Help Keep Central Park Green
This volunteer event is just for families. Central Park Conservancy environmental educators will show you how to mulch and rake leaves throughout the park to keep it green. Closed-toe shoes are required. Register in advance here. Sun., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Upper East Side. Free. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
Paint a Seder Plate
In honor of Passover, kids can paint pictures of traditional Passover foods on a ceramic Seder Plate at this Children’s Museum of Manhattan art workshop. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with Museum admission. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
A Family Decorating Eggstravaganza
Don’t want to embark on the messy endeavor of Easter egg decorating at home? Boil two hard-boiled eggs and take them to this egg-cellent crafty workshop. Kids will use tissue paper, glitter, glue, paint and more to decorate their eggs. Plus, they’ll make an nest for them to sit in using twigs, feathers and clay. Note: This is one of the Cathedral’s most popular programs so reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 212-932-7314. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Upper West Side. $8. Ages 4 and older. Event details.
Mini Egg Hunt & Jewelry-Making Workshop
St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but you can still celebrate the Irish at this Children’s Museum of the Arts festival. It will feature live dance performances, music performances, and hands-on workshops that highlight Irish cultures, including Irish dance and fiddle performances and boat-making workshops, among many others. There will also be a temporary exhibition of children’s artwork selected by the Consulate General of Ireland. Fri., 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tribeca. Free, bracelet making $10. Ages 4 and older. Event details.
Paper Flower Craft Workshop & Book Launch
Join Greenlight Books for a “crafternoon” with Amanda Kingloff, former lifestyle director of Parents Magazine and author of Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun. Amanda will lead kids and parents in a project to create colorful carnations out of cupcake liners and decorative straws, followed by a book signing. This fun craft event is just in time for spring (and great for Mother’s Day). Sat., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fort Greene. Free. Ages 3-8. Event details.
BRIC House Party Family Festival
Tonight BRIC Arts Media hosts an adults-only dance party, but during the day it’s all about free family fun! The all-ages afternoon party includes a keyboard you can try playing, an Art Into Music exhibition plus scavenger hunt, boardgames including Candyland and Twister, a robot puppet craft workshop in which you’ll get to send it on an adventure in the TV Studio, a family dance class and more. Sat., 2 p.m., Fort Greene. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Central Park Conservancy