April is finally here and we found a fun list of kids events to fill the first weekend. Looking for a free activity? See a unique concert that will teach you a thing or two about growing your own veggies at Lincoln Center, get blown away by poetry at The Poets House or catch a Poopendous Sunday storytime at Powerhouse on 8th. You can also see a family circus performance inspired by the book The Mumblyjunk in Williamsburg, learn about Gothic architecture at the Skyscraper Museum or watch The Magical Musical Pencil from The Little Orchestra Society. Keep reading for all the details.
The Magical Musical Pencil
Featuring music by Handel, Brahms and Bizet, plus children’s book illustrator and author Peter H. Reynolds, this musical tells the story of Peter who wants to write a new book. He needs your help finding a place to begin, so you’ll go on a magical, musical, imagination-sparking tour with Buzz, Toot and David. This creative show from The Little Orchestra Society will help your child discover how music can paint pictures that you hear. Sat., 10:00 am and 11:30 am, Sun., 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Upper East Side. $15. All ages. Event details.
Vlada Tomova: Green Songs
This local songstress will be sharing ancient and new songs from her native village in Bulgaria and other lands near and far in this free “Meet the Artists Saturdays” concert at Lincoln Center. Tomova’s hobby is growing a good crop of fruits and veggies so she’ll teach you how to plant peppers, look for the first signs of growing spinach, how to grow a strawberry by your bedside and more through her stories, songs and pictures. Sat., 11:00 am. Lincoln Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
Blown Away by Poetry
“Help! Wendy Windstorm has terrible sneezes! Grumpy Harry’s poems blew away with her breezes!” Get ready for a fun puppet adventure performed by Liz Parker and Rachel Sullivan at this special Poets House event. Sat., 11:00 am. Tribeca. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Cathedral of Commerce
Why is the Woolworth Building described as “The Cathedral of Commerce”? Find out in this introduction to Gothic-style architecture and tour of the Woolworth Building @ 100 exhibit at the Skyscraper Museum. Kids will also compare and contrast style, ornament and structural methods of Gothic architecture with the Woolworth Building. Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Battery Park. $5. Ages 7-14. Event details.
Need an excuse to visit the Powerhouse Arena’s new Park Slope location for the first time? Go for a poop-themed storytime. What? Yep, you heard us right. This Sunday’s storytime features Poopendous by Artie Bennett, a rhyming story about Professor Poopdeck and the two friends he takes on a poop safari. It’s sure to have your kiddo giggling, and maybe you too. Don’t forget to RSVP. Sun., 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Park Slope. Free. Ages 3-7. Event details.
Mumbly Junk Family Circus
An existential fairy tale for the entire family, Mumblyjunk is both a creature and a feeling and it lives in a world with no windows. This exciting adventure includes a circus spectacle, song, dance and more and is based on the story book The Mumblyjunk written and illustrated by Joanna Wallfisch. You can also enjoy candy from Dans CANDY as you watch. Sat., 5:30 pm. Williamsburg. $20/adults, $15/kids age 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of The Poets House