Can you feel spring in the air? We’ve got lots of ideas for you to enjoy this weekend with your kids. If you’re over-the-moon about the changing seasons why not enjoy the gardens at Wave Hill and participate in their Daffy for Daffodils craft program this weekend? Or participate in a spring family photo workshop at the Central Park Zoo. You can also get creative at The Magic Pot, a super special theater performance with a crafty element. Want to see a show? Introduce your kids to dance with the Khmer Arts Ensemble performance, help raise money for the Hopes & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund at a City Stomp concert or celebrate the CD release of Karen K and the Jitterbugs.
Daffy for Daffodils
Visit the gardens at Wave Hill and drop in to create an art project that’ll turn your kid into a daffodil for a day. She’ll make a fringed trumpet hat with a circle of petals and then join in a parade of spring blossoms. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Bronx. Free with grounds admission. Ages 6-18. Event details.
Zoo Photo Workshop – Images in Spring
Spring weather is finally here so take the opportunity to visit the zoo and practice your photography skills. The Central Park Zoo’s resident wildlife photographer will take you on a journey to capture photos of the zoo in spring from adorable animals to beautiful blooms. Don’t forget to bring your digital camera. Bonus: bring one just for your kid to use. Sun., 9:00 am & 10:30 am. Midtown. $50. All ages. Event details.
Khmer Arts Ensemble
Introduce your kids to the art of dance with this family-oriented performance followed by a special opportunity to meet the artists. Led by acclaimed choreographer and dancer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, whose cutting-edge classicism makes you feel as if you’ve crossed over to another world, Khmer Arts Ensemble will perform the New York premiere of A Bend in the River, a contemporary telling of a traditional tale of love, heartbreak, magic, vengeance, consequence and redemption. The stunning production includes a live performance of a richly percussive score and playful, life-sized puppets. Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Chelsea. $10. Ages 6-14. Event details.
The Magic Pot Theater Workshop
La Mama Kids offers a series of creative theater workshops for kids and this one hosted by Juila Martin explores what happens when a magical pot doubles everything that is discovered. The Magic Pot is a magical, mathematical fairy tale from ancient China that’s retold with music, puppets and much more. Besides hearing this fantastical tale, kids will make crafts. Seating is limited so register in advance here. Sat., 11:00 am. Lower East Side. $10 per family. All ages. Event details.
City Stomp Benefit Concert
If you haven’t seen City Stomp in concert yet, know that their playlist includes songs that celebrate NYC’s vibrant culture, sights and sounds, including some in Spanish, along with upbeat versions of kid’s classics. This concert will benefit the Hopes & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, which funds the Herbert Irving Child & Adolescent Oncology Center at Columbia University Medical Center. Besides the concert, a cash bar will be open and face-painting and other activities will be happening as well. Note: If you bring your stroller, you’ll have to check it at the door. Sat., 2:30 pm. Park Slope. $12 each, $40 family of 4, $15 each at door. All ages. Event details.
Karen K & the Jitterbugs
Join the CD release party and jam at the DUMBO Playroom at Egg. Expect a foot-stompin’ good time as the newBig Ol’ Truck CD is packed with upbeat, retro-rock tunes for kids. Fri., 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Dumbo. Free. Ages 0-7. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Wave Hill & gokubi