Go fly a kite, rave with your baby, cheer on your tween in hula hooping, take a free boat ride and more at one of our top event picks this weekend. Want to make special plans on Sunday? Don’t forget to check Red Tricycle’s master list of NYC’s Mother’s Day events.
Celebrate National Train Day at Penn Station
Choo-choo on over to Penn Station for Amtrak’s 7th annual National Train Day celebration. Check out train equipment, see local exhibitors, enjoy model train displays, participate in kid-friendly activities from Chuggington and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Belfast brains of Young at Art bring Baby Rave to the New Victory Theater. This awesome party for peewees includes a DJ spinning tunes, a backdrop of video projects, funky lights, parachutes and a team of dance leaders to keep the party going. Fri., 10:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Midtown. $15. Ages 4 months to 4 years. Event details.
Hula Hoop Contest & Tween Party
Got a tween? Don’t miss the 6th Annual Tween Party at Torly Kid clothing store. Festivities will include a hula hoop contest (of course!), hair braiding stations, temporary tattoo earrings and tumbling from the Little Gym. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tribeca. Free. Ages 7-14. Event details.
Patchwork Day at the Children’s Museum of the Arts
Everyone loves Patchwork, the little stuffed bear who is at the heart of a new picture book series, Patchwork’s Adventures, by designer Jacqueline Schmidt. Get ready for a fun-filled day of art making, including: quilting, animation workshops, puppet making, clay projects, wish stations and more, all celebrating this new story. Plus, there will be book readings and signing by the author/illustrator along with a special appearance by Patchwork himself. Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tribeca. $11. All ages. Event details.
Brooklyn Boat Builders Bash
Celebrate locally-made boats and NYC’s nautical heritage at this day of family-fun. Learn all about boats and the city’s history as America’s premier naval shipyard through tours, demos, boat displays and workshops. Try your hand at paddle carving, take a free boat ride, make a paper sailboat, have lunch at the on-site cafe and more. Sat., 12 p.m. Brooklyn Navy Yard. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kite Flight: DIY & Flying
The Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park are teaming up for the 12th 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 a.m. – 3 p.m. 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