Put on some green and get ready to chase the rainbow because it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend in NYC! Brave the crowds for the city’s annual parade, hunt for shamrocks at the Children’s Museum’s Irish Festival or dance and sing to live Irish music at a family friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. And if you’re all Irished out, take in a rockin’ Alice and Wonderland show, paint a masterpiece with Eloise or bring your superheroes to BPL Comic Con. We’ve got even more ways to party as a fam this weekend, read on for all of our picks!

Photo: Park Slope St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Irish Festival at the Children’s Museum
Put on your green and celebrate Irish culture with a weekend full of scavenger hunts, stories and design workshops. Create a leprechaun hat, design a colorful stained-glass artwork, and learn about the tradition of Irish Step Dance. Join a search for shamrocks scattered throughout the Museum for a chance to win a Golden Shamrock Ticket and a free Museum membership! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Meet Bears at the Zoo
Take a walk on the wild side and go on an exploration to investigate some of the largest animals in the zoo: bears! You and your kiddies will work closely with the zoo keepers to prepare enrichment for these grizzlies and understand how they care for them each day. You’ll even see some animals up close! Sat. Event details

Sun-Earth Day
Got a budding astronomer in your home? Take your little star gazers to the museum to explore the special relationship between Earth and the Sun and learn about the delicate balance that makes our planet the perfect place to call home. Meet scientists, look through telescopes, and enjoy hands-on activities. Sat. Event details


NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
If you’re willing to brave the crowds, kids will enjoy watching the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan with loads of Irish music and dancing. It starts at 44th St. and goes up 5th Ave. past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th St. all the way to 79th St. Head north of 66th St. to avoid some of the more rowdy crowds and for a slightly more kid friendly atmosphere. Fri. Event details.

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure
It’s your kiddo’s favorite story about Alice with a rockin’ twist. The story is brought to life with an eclectic, live rock soundtrack as Alice journeys through Wonderland in search of her own inner voice. Along the way, she faces many challenges and fears, but in learning to believe in the impossible Alice learns to believe in herself. This rock concert meets live theater adventure is sure to captivate your little theater goers. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Frozen Yoga Adventure
Do you want to build a snowman? Join Ana, Elsa, Olaf, and your favorite Frozen friends on a magical yoga adventure to Arendelle! Your little yogis will meet all kinds of animals as they journey through the wintry woods and monstrous mountains in search of Elsa’s magical castle, where they’ll have a sing along dance party to your favorite Frozen songs. Costumes are highly encouraged for this Frozen adventure! Sun. Event details.

A Rawther Fancy Eloise Painting Party
Bring your little artists to the Plaza to connect with their inner Van Gogh and create a masterpiece of their very own using watercolors. Each kiddie will receive a canvas, smock and painting supplies. Artists can enjoy some rawther fancy pink lemonade and delicious sweets in the tea room after all their hard work. Each child will receive a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store. Sun. Event details


Sober St. Patrick’s Day Party
You’ve got kids, so most likely you’re not going to be part of the bar hopping scene, but we’ve got a fun party the whole family can celebrate at. You and your little leprechuans can enjoy live Irish music, dancing, singing and tasty treats. Fri. Event details


Calling All Superheroes! BPL Comic Con is Here
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Brooklyn’s very own comic con! Meet incredible local comic creators and other comic fans, participate in panels, workshops, demo tech and games, win prizes and more. And we’re sure if you’ve got some superheroes in your house, you’ve also got some super disguises, so make to sure to dress up for a day of fun. Sat. Event details.

The Peter Pan Experience
Everyone knows you never grow up in Neverland—but what happens if you’re grown up already? Plucked from their busy jobs, five adult strangers find themselves in a world of nightstands and night lights, a world where your favorite forgotten toys appear out of nowhere, your favorite music thrills you to dance, and all the joys of childhood come flooding back thanks to the invisible magic of Peter Pan. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Put on your green and march over to Park Slope for this annual family friendly parade. The fun starts at Prospect Park West at 15th Street with a rededication ceremony to the heroes and victims of 9/11. Then the parade goes down 15th Street and along 7th Avenue to Garfield Place and along Prospect Park West back to 15th Street. Expect lots of live music, bagpipes and dancing. Sun. Event details.


Tree House Shakers’ Olive & Pearl
Olive & Pearl is the story of a young girl, Olive, being lovingly raised by her granny, Pearl. Intimately staged, audiences sit within Olive & Pearl’s home, which is made out of a dome of soft felts, crocheted squares, and colorful fabrics. Magical, visual, stimulating, and oftentimes funny, Olive & Pearl is a supportive first performance for the very young. Sat. Event details.

Creative Spectrum Art Social
Engage in a creative project where families can enjoy making hands-on art projects together. This program, designed for families affected by autism, provides a creative space for children with disabilities, where they can explore a variety of creative outlets of expression. Creating projects with a multi-modal approach helps to build visualization skills, creativity and thinking within a social context. To register for workshops or to request more information, please contact Jacquie Moore at jax@jaxbydesign.comSun. Event details

How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling