You know summer is coming once every weekend has several festivals to choose from. This weekend we picked three we think are tops: the Tribeca Family Film Festival Street Fair complete with filmmaking experiences, amazing eats and life-size bubble popping; Brooklyn BabyFEST a product and info bonanza in Williamsburg for expectant parents and those with kids under age 3; and the New York City 19th Century Extravaganza in Park Slope which will take you and your family back in time. Also worthy of your precious weekend minutes: the world premiere of The Little Orchestra Society’s Disney Fantasia Live in Concert, a MoMath family Friday night talking about curvy objects and a trash to treasure workshop in Central Park.
Disney Fantasia Live in Concert
The Little Orchestra Society is doing it again – bringing the magic of classical music to children in just the right way. This weekend they are presenting the New York City Premiere of Disney Fantasia Live in Concert. The classic animation from the 1940 and 2000 feature films will come alive on a giant screen as you listen to the iconic music played live by the Orchestra like Rhapsody in Blue and Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Sat., 11:00 am and 1:15 pm. Lincoln Square. $15. All ages. Event details.
Crackers, Oranges and Pringles
What do crackers, oranges and Pringles have in common? Dr. Daina Taimina, a mathematical artist, author and mother of two will show you in this special Family Friday workshop at MoMath. She’ll lead a creative, hands-on exploration of surfaces with different curvatures. Fri., 7:00 pm. Midtown. $10. Ages 7 and older. Event details.
Tribeca Family Film Festival Street Fair
This street fair is like no other. Step onto the Tribeca Studios backlot for a filmmaking experience, see live music, create life-size bubbles in the Bubble Garden, see live chef demos from local restaurants, indulge in the Tribeca Food Feast of local fare, do arts & crafts, shop the neighborhood’s stores and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Tribeca. Free. All ages. Event details.
New York City 19th Century Extravaganza
Visit Park Slope’s Old Stone House this weekend of a 3-day, all-ages expo that will take you back in time. The lineup includes historically-focused classes, performances, hands-on experiences and more, all giving you a glimpse at what 19th Century living was like in NYC. Sat., 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
Expecting or have a child age 3 or younger? Then BabyFEST, a 1-day festival put on by Town Square and Motherburg, is a must-attend event. You’ll get to check out more than 80 exhibitors, hear 20 panel discussions, see expert demos and keynote speak Abby Epstein (director of The Business of Being Born). What else? Free childcare, live music performances, an IKEA sponsored breastfeeding and diaper changing area, food and drinks from The Brooklyn Hero Company, ice cream from LIC’s Malu and the 1st ever Diaper Derby. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Williamsburg. $15-$70. All ages. Event details.
A Clearing in the Forest: Trash to Treasure
Did you know the Central Park Conservancy collects more than 5 million pounds of trash from the Park each year? You can create musical instruments from trash with Bash the Trash at this Earth Day-themed Trash to Treasure workshop. Also, be sure to bring granola bar wrappers so you can turn that trash into treasure with TerraCycle – they’ll be weaving the wrappers into a picnic blanket that one lucky participant will get to take home. Sun., 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival