Earth Day is next week and you have a few chances to celebrate and learn about our natural world with your kids this weekend. Plus, there are some fantastic shows coming to the stage including a larger-than-life twist on Cinderella, an interactive just-for-toddlers journey and a Sesame Street-themed fundraiser. Read on for details on all the fun.
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Explore CMOM’s Muslim Arts Festival
Join CMOM for an exploration of Muslim artists who are inspired by their journeys. In this special festival, kids can learn how these artists have overcome obstacles through their art. Then, kids will create their own art inspired by challenges they face. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. Upper West Side. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Take the Stage With Broadway Stars
Come learn the music and dance moves for favorite hits from Grease, The Sound of Music, Rent, Les Misérables, Hairspray, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with an amazing cast of Broadway all-stars led by Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller. You and your family may even get a chance to join the artists on the Carnegie Hall stage. Sat. 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Midtown. $10-$22. Ages 7-12. Event details.
Cinderella & the Prince Who Slays the Magic Dragon
You’ve gotta see this larger-than-life production of Cinderella to believe it. Featuring dancers and puppets, this special performance of the fairy tale classic boasts a 15-foot tall Fairy Godmother and a 20-foot long Magic Dragon. Sat. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Lincoln Square. $18-$65. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Earth Day in Union Square
Get your Earth Day on outside at Union Square’s celebration. The day has a full lineup of fun including exhibits, live performances just for kids, a clothing swap, a green-vehicle runway show, kids activities and more. Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Union Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
Learn About Coral Reefs
This art and science workshop will help kids understand the relationship between human activity and coral reef health. Kids will role play the different elements of the coral reef ecosystem and set up an experiment to test the effects of marine life photosynthesis on ocean acidification. Sat. 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. East Village. $5. Ages 4-9. Event details.
Celebrate Poetry Month
Listen to performances of poetry and music, try interactive poetry-making activities, and enjoy the gorgeous views of Lower Manhattan and the Hudson River from inside the glass atrium at Brookfield Place. Sun. 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Battery Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Go On a Sensory Tour of the Seasons with Your Tot
See Egg and Spoon with your toddler or preschooler at BAM. They’ll get to participate in this just-for-younger-audiences show by running through rain and falling leaves, watching stars glow above, sleeping on a blanket of snow and chasing butterflies while they wait for spring. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. Fort Greene. $12. Ages 2-4. Event details.
See Bob McGrath of Sesame Street
Bob from Sesame Street is coming to Brooklyn for a special concert to benefit PS K280. He’ll perform hits like People in Your Neighborhood and Rainbow Connection and will be joined by Pete Sinjin & Friends from Hootenanny Arts House and kids from Park Slope Performing Arts. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Windsor Terrace. $10/adults, $5/kids. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.
— Julie Seguss