It’s time to celebrate Spring in NYC! From the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to the Arbor Fest at the Queens Botanical Garden, you have some great opportunities to get outside and enjoy the season. Plus, be wowed by a pyrotechnic artist in Prospect Park, step into a green screen scene at the Tribeca Family Film Festival Street Fair and more.



Rescue Rue Musical Fairytale
Showing Off Broadway as part of the New York Children’s Theater Festival, this musical fairytale tells the story of a dog’s journey from shelter to adoption. The original show was inspired by a true story. Your kids will love the puppets that bring the tale to life as Rue finds her NYC fur-ever home. Fri., 5:30 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Midtown. Free. Ages 3 to 8. Event details.

Spring Family Fair at the Morgan Library
The Morgan Library is pulling out all the stops to pay honor to the Little Prince at its annual Spring Family Fair. Kids can watch an animated short film of The Little Prince, compose a large mural made of planets, and try on fun costumes. The Ben Jam troupe will perform and bring to life the Little Prince and his magical journey. Stop by the Morgan Café for some sweets and Little Prince coloring sheets for the kiddos as well. Sun., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Midtown. $8/adults, $2/kids. Ages 6-12. Event details.


Tribeca Family Film Festival Street Fair
This street fair is like no other. Step into the Tribeca Studios backlot green screen scene for a filmmaking experience, play in the city-block-long Game for Change Public Arcade featuring digital and physical fun for all ages, see live music, create arts and crafts, see live chef demos from local restaurants, indulge in the Tribeca Food Feast of local fare, shop the neighborhoods stores and more. Sat., 10 a.m. Tribeca. Free. All ages. Event details.


Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture at this Brooklyn Botanic Garden Festival. Watch top taiko drummers and taiko drummers and participate in a family workshop to learn a few skills of your own. Watch bonsai artists work their magic. Kids can learn the art of manga drawing. You can also see musical, dance and magic performances and more all while checking out the Garden’s blooming cherry blossoms. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Prospect Heights. $25/adults, free/kids. All ages. Event details.

A Butterfly for Brooklyn Pyrotechnic Performance
Get ready for a dazzling pyrotechnic performance by artist Judy Chicago, which will celebrate her seventy-fifth birthday. The work will be about 200 feet wide by 180 feet high – it will look like it’s swirling, moving and levitating thanks to firework magic. This 20-minute show of colorful visual effects is happening on Prospect Park’s Long Meadow. Consider starting the evening with a picnic dinner before dusk. Sat., 7:30 p.m., Park Slope. Free. All agesEvent details.


Queens Botanical Garden Arbor Fest
The QBG’s 4th Annual Arbor Festival is sure to be a fun-filled day for all. Enjoy a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, food and craft vendors, tree and compost experts, tours and even a beer tent for the parents. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Flushing. Free with Garden admission. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Brooklyn Botanic Garden