Ready for some weekend fun? We’ve got a great lineup of kids activities for you. If you’re beyond ready for spring, make seasonal crafts at The Scholastic Store. Crafty kids will also enjoy a workshop in Medieval Art (think gargoyles and weaving). Smarty pants can spend Friday night at the Museum of Mathmatics learning a new type of puzzle that rivals Sudoku. Plus, we found two interactive performances — watch and try Hawaiian and Tahitian dances or listen to the New York Philharmonic’s brass ensemble and try a string instrument. And don’t forget, this Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. May we suggest you dress the family in green and see an Irish Step Dancing performance at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan? If you’re still feeling Irish, check out our full list of St. Patrick’s Day events for kids in New York City here.
Medieval Arts Workshop
What kind of art is medieval? From designing gargoyles and medieval illuminated letters to weaving and carving blocks of limestone, kids can find out in this creative workshop at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Sat., 10:00am. UWS. $6. Ages 4+. Event details.
Irish Step Dancing Performance
It’s St. Patty’s Day so put on your green and head to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a festive Irish step dancing performance. Darrah Carr Dance is putting on two shows that just may make you get up and dance yourself! Sun., 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. UWS. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Philharmonic Families: Brass
The New York Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concerts this month introduces kiddos to the brass instruments. This concert is the perfect way to show your kids the magic of the symphony. The program explores music through singing, movement and humor, including stories of Philippe the Penguin. Musical games will begin a half hour before concert time throughout the hall and afterwards kids can try a string instrument. Choose from two shows at 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm. Sun., 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm. UWS. $21-26. Ages 3-6. Event details.
Can You KenKen?
The Museum of Mathematics (yes there is a museum for everything!) is presenting a Family Friday workshop featuring John Chaneski, on-air puzzle guru for NPR’s newest game show “Ask Me Another.” He will introduce you and your kids to KenKen a new additive type of puzzle – think the new Sudoku. All you need are math skills and a pencil. Space is limited so pre-registration is suggested. Fri., 7:00 pm. Midtown. $10. Ages 8 and older. Event details.
Can’t wait for spring’s flowers to bloom? The season is coming early to The Scholastic Store! Join in the flowery fun in honor of the new Klutz book Clay Charms. Budding crafters will create spring-ey charms and paper flowers in this fun, free, Saturday afternoon workshop. Sat., 3:00 pm. Soho. Free. Ages 5+. Event details.
Dances from Hawaii and Tahiti
Say aloha to the sound of Hawaiian music and Tahitian drums and get ready to participate in an interactive, educational and entertaining program at the Brooklyn Public Library. Dancers are going to do a demonstration and share their dance moves in this made-for-families show. Seating is limited and first come, first served, so get there early. Sat., 12:00 pm. Prospect Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of The Children’s Museum of Manhattan