Wondering what to do this weekend? Start with a just-for-kids show that you’ll also enjoy (at least a little). You have two options: The Tale of Jamie Freel a fairy and magic-filled play that’s part of The New York Children’s Theater Festival and Goose!, a ballet featuring your favorite Mother Goose characters. Got a baby or toddler? Go see Rock-a-Baby at City Treehouse. Or, sign up your older kids for Butter Lane’s Camp Cupcake baking class. There’s also two festivals worth stopping by on Saturday – the Prospect Park Fair and the Randall’s Island Cherry Blossom Festival (who knew they had cherry trees there?). Read on for all the details. And if you’re feeling green, check out our full list of Earth Day events for kids in New York City here.
The Tale of Jamie Freel
As part of The New York Children’s Theater Festival, see this play based on Jamie Freel and the Young Lady , a Donegal Tale by Miss Letitia Maclintock. You’ll watch a young man’s search for adventure, and of course, he’ll uncover some strange events along the way including wild creatures and frightening faerie magic. Fri., 5:30 pm, Sat., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm, Sun., 2:00 pm. 10:00am. The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater. $18-25. Ages 7+. Event details.
Goose Ballet for Kids
Nursery rhymes come to life in Keith Michael’s Goose! This New York Theatre Ballet production will be fun for both you and the kids. Set to Vladimir Shinov’s original score, you’ll see the antics of Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep and more. Sat., 1:00 pm, Sun., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Florence Gould Hall. $49.60/adults, $42.95/kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
See an interactive music program designed just for babies and toddlers. Rock-a-Baby’s show features classical, jazz, rock ‘n roll and traditional children’s songs. Sun., 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. City Treehouse. Free. Ages 0-3. Event details.
Kids can join in on the cupcake baking fun at Butter Lane’s Camp Cupcake. First, they’ll bake 3 different cake flavors, next they’ll make frosting, and finally they’ll decorate 6 cupcakes to take home using sprinkles, writing tips and more. All kids must be accompanied by a guardian, at least 1 adult per 3 kids. Don’t worry, there’s a cupcake in it for you too! Sun., 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Butter Lane Cupcakes. $60. Ages 5-12. Event details.
Prospect Park Fair
All the fun of a NYC street fair is coming to Prospect Park. You’ll find music, food trucks, retail and entertainment. You can also learn about park programs like the new Pop-Up Audubon, Lefferts Historic House and tennis. The event will support the Prospect Park Alliance. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Here’s a beautiful reason to visit Randall’s Island – the Randall’s Island Urban Farm is having a cherry blossom festival featuring a variety of free workshops. Make cherry blossom salt, taste cherry blossom tea and do family-friendly cherry blossom crafts. Then, of course, take a walk through the cherry trees. RSVP on Facebook here. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Randall’s Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
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