From Purim to St. Patricks Day, there’s a lot to celebrate this weekend. And holidays aside, the lineup of kid-friendly fun is jam-packed. Get schooled in Jackson Pollock and Beethoven, or take the opportunity to meet picture book author Kevin Henkes. Looking for something more unique? Learn to beat box or check out an extreme dance troupe.



92Y Purim Carnival
Dress up in costumes and celebrate Purim in both English and Hebrew at this fun for all ages carnival. You’ll find everything from a petting zoo and bounce house to a Purim play and magic show. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Upper East Side. $12/adults, $17/kids. All ages. Event details.

An Afternoon With Author Kevin Henkes
The Caldecott Award-winning author of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse will discuss his creative process. Henkes’ latest unforgettable character, second-grader Billy Miller, is the star of his new novel – a fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. Sat., 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Upper West Side. $15. Ages 7-10Event details.


Meet the Music of Beethoven
In this orchestra meets musical performance, “Beethoven” himself will appear in the concert hall to help a young pianist play his music as he meant it to be played. Arrive early to explore the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo in the lobby from 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Midtown. $10-$35. All ages. Event details.


Beat Box Workshop
Hailing from NYC the ‘beat rhyming’ duo of Kid Lucky and Kaila Mullady combine beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, scatting, and vocal sound effects into an awesome display of vocal abilities that translates into amazing songs and a good time! They explore all realms of American music: from hip hop and electronic music (like trap and techno), to funk, jazz, rock, and soul. Sat., 11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. East Village. $5. Ages 4 and olderEvent details.


See Extreme Dancers Rehearse for Free
See STREB Extreme Action rehearse for their upcoming show before they hit the road. They’re open and free to the public. This one-of-a-kind dance troupe is “a mixture of slam dancing, exquisite and amazing human flight and a wild action sport which captures kids, older people and the general public’s hearts and minds and bodies,” according to company founder Elizabeth Streb. Fri., 11:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. Williamsburg. Free. All ages. Event details.

Imagine Jackson Pollock Art Workshop
Explore fire and water while learning about the energetic and fluid movements of Jackson Pollock in this workshop for toddlers. Practice dripping, splattering and pouring to create a collaborative painting that will be hung in the Museum. Sat., 11:30 a.m. Crown Heights. Free with museum admission. Ages 2.5-5Event details.

In the mood to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early? Find all of the weekend’s wear-green festive events here.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

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