Sunday is Mother’s Day and we’re sure you’re ready to celebrate and you can start with a Mom and Me evening at American Girl Place on Friday night. But there’s much more than Mom-centric activities on tap this weekend. You won’t want to miss the free kite-making and flying day in Queens or the Brooklyn Public Library’s Bike the Branches ride. You can also learn about green architecture, write a song and hear an orchestra in the New York Botanical Garden. Still looking for Mother’s Day events? Check out our top 10 choices here.
Jack & the Beanstalk Concert
Visit the New York Botanical Garden and take in a Bronx Arts Ensemble Family Concert. The new production of Jack & the Beanstalk includes music from the oboe, clarinet and bassoon and kids will be introduced to each instrument by the players. It’s a new twist on the old tale about a boy and his magic beans and kids will be invited to join along on the adventure. Sun., 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Bronx. Free with garden admission. All ages. Event details.
American Girl Just Mom and Me
Every trip to American Girl Place is special for kids, but this one will be even more special for Mom. In honor of Mother’s Day, moms and daughters can spend an extra special evening together having dinner at the store and making a paper family tree. You’ll also receive an American Girl book, a commemorative photo and frame and keepsakes to take home. Fri., 7:30 pm. Midtown. $47. Ages 8 and older. Event details.
Do your kids like singing songs? How would they like to compose one? The whole family can join in on the songwriting fun in this hands-on workshop inspired by The Firework Maker’s Daughter. You’ll learn about techniques composers use to create storytelling songs and then try them out. Sat., 4:30 pm. Midtown. $17 each. Ages 8 and older. Event details.
Green Architecture Workshop
Join in the fun at the New York Center for Architecture’s Family Day. Kids will get inspired by nature at this green architecture workshop. They’ll learn how architects build sustainable buildings that use less energy, produce less pollution and are made from eco-friendly materials. Then, they’ll get to create a 3D model of a building or city block using their newfound knowledge. Pre-registration is required. Sat., 11:00 am. West Village. $20/family of 4. Ages 5+. Event details.
Bike the Branches
Get the family together to go on a Brooklyn bike ride to benefit the library – don’t forget you can tow the little ones in a trailer. The Brooklyn Public Library offers nine suggested routes (stopping at various library branches natch!) including one that points out famous movie locales and a family-friendly route that goes through Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Windsor Terrace. You can also choose your own route and try to hit as many of the 60 branches as you can, getting a “passport” stamped along the way. End your ride at the Central Library’s Plaza to enjoy music, entertainment and prizes between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Prospect Heights. $20/adults, $10/child, $40/family. All ages. Event details.
Kite Flight: DIY & Fly
The Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park are teaming up for the 11th Annual Kite Making Workshop. You can work with your kids to build and decorate a kite using recycled materials. Then you can take them for a test flight in the park, enjoying the fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline. This season includes a workshop centered on Caribbean kite traditions – making paper kites and personalizing them with graphics, poems and text that explore flying, freedom and community. This is a free event and supplies will be provided. Sat., 11:00 am. Long Island City. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park