Big family fun is happening all around the city this weekend. Creative kids can learn theater skills or decorate their own dolls. Animal lovers can go on a wildlife adventure. Princess fanatics can party with Cinderella and Prince Charming. Foodies of all ages can taste free, healthy bites in Bryant Park. And theater mavens can see a humorous show in Brooklyn. Have a great weekend!



Theater & Art Workshop With The Paper Bag Players
This behind-the-scenes workshop hosted by The Paper Bag Players will allow kids to create theater with whatever is around them. A little paper and some big creative ideas will come together as participants explore theater games, design props and costumes and even develop a mini performance. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Upper East Side. $15/adults, $10/children. Ages 6-10. Event details.


Hinamatsuri: Doll Festival
Hinamatsuri, or the Doll Festival, is a time to wish young girls a future of happiness and health in Japan. Celebrate at the Japan Society with songs, festival-related drinks and snacks and the opportunity to decorate ceremonial dolls (hina-ningyo). You’ll get to create a variety of hina dolls to take home. Even though they call this Girls’ Day, boys are also welcome to participate. Sun., 2 p.m. Midtown. $12, under 2 free. Ages 3-10. Event details.

Kids Food Fest at Bryant Park
Presentations, games and other programming at the Kids Food Festival help to establish wholesome lifelong eating habits in kids. Geared toward babies to tweens there’s something for everyone to try at this food festival. The schedule of chef demonstrations and tastings includes breakfast from Whole Foods and everything from salsa to dumplings. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. Midtown. Free. Ages 6 months and olderEvent details.

Attend Cinderella’s Ball
After Sunday’s final performance of Cinderella by the New York Theatre Ballet, you and your little prince and princess can spend the afternoon at a royal celebration. See the wedding of Cinderella and Prince Charming, take photos with the royal couple, decorate a crown, take ballroom dancing lessons, hunt for Cinderella’s glass slipper and more. For tickets, call 212-679 0401 ext#5 or email Sun., 4:30 p.m. Midtown. $50. All ages. Event details.


NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise
Too cold for a cruise? Not if you want to see some of NYC’s most spectacular and surprising winter wildlife. Dress warm and bring your binoculars to see harbor seals on the shores of Governors Island along with ducks, geese, loons and sandpipers, many of which migrate from the Arctic Circle! You’ll also see awesome sites like the Statue of Liberty. Sun., various times. South Street Seaport. $35/adults, $25/kids 3-12 years. All agesEvent details.


A Cow Named Cow Musical
Based on the book by Amber L. Spradlin, this funny new moo-sical teaches kids the importance of friends and family. Hummable songs and catchy lyrics will make this show fun for all. Sat., 3 p.m. & Sun., 12 p.m. Downtown Brooklyn.  $15/adults, $12/kids. All agesEvent details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  The Japan Society