Since it’s finally starting to feel like spring has sprung around here, take a cue from Mother Nature and get outside this weekend. We’ve gathered our top weekend picks, and there’s something for every activity level. More of a passive nature lover? Head out to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Brooklyn, or the Arbor Fest in Queens. Want more of a challenge? Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo, or test your skills at the annual street games.


Whip Up Some Rainbow Cupcakes
Your kiddos will be making rainbows, Rainbow Cupcakes that is. Plain old vanilla? Bore-ring! Bring on the pizzazz, the color, the fireworks! Bring your budding chefs to learn how to make an oh-so-delicious cupcake with rainbow colors in the cake. Sat. Event Details.


Have a Rawther Fancy Tea at The Plaza
Bring your little ones to the Plaza and enjoy a rawther fancy tea at Eloise. Enjoy hot tea, pink lemonade, tea sandwiches, fruit kabobs and delicious pastries. Your kiddies can write a letter to Eloise herself and enjoy a story about one of her many adventures. Everyone goes home with a favor bag and $10 gift card to use at the store. Fri. Event Details.

Morgan Spring Family Fair
Inspire your family’s love of books with a visit to Mr. Morgan’s historic library, dress-up for a 19th century photo-shoot, write your own poetry on the family poetry wall, create crafts inspired by hand-cut silhouettes, and explore the spring exhibitions. Sun. Event Details.


10th Annual Street Games
Can you hula, yo-yo, or bounce on a pogo stick? Whether you answered yes, no, or have absolutely no idea what we’re even talking about, your family is bound to have fun at this annual event that introduces classic, low-tech games played in the city in the 60s and 70s to a new generation of kids. Sat. Event Details.

Annual Big Swim Big Kick
Experience the thrill of a swim meet in an Olympic-size pool, play soccer-based games on an outdoor turf field, and meet two-time Olympic swimming gold-medalist Maya DiRado at Asphalt Green’s annual Big Swim Big Kick event. Sat. Event Details.


Musical Brunch: Anastasia
If you’re looking for a way to brunch with the kiddies where everyone is entertained, look no further! Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema is hosting family friendly musical brunches and they’re just as fun as they sound. While you dine on brunch favs and sip on a Bloody Mary, your little ones can watch Anastasia the big screen. Sat. Event Details.

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Watch top taiko drummers and participate in a family workshop to learn a few skills of your own. Watch bonsai artists work their magic. Kids can learn the art of manga drawing. You can also see musical, dance and magic performances and more all while checking out the Garden’s blooming cherry blossoms. Sat. – Sun. Event Details.


Love trees? Celebrate them at arbor fest!
Your little tree huggers will love the petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, and face painting. Hang out for lunch and enjoy some tasty food from a local vendor, enjoy a cold brew in the beer tent and buy some unique crafts. Sun. Event Details.


Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo
Run/walk as a family at this annual 5K event, you can even pick which animal you want to run for. And it’s not all just about running, you’ll also get to enjoy face painting, a silent disco, costumed characters, a sea lion feeding and more. As if that weren’t enough – runners get VIP access to the zoo before it’s even open. Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Peppa Pig Live!: Peppa’s Big Splash
Put on your fav rain boots and get ready for some puddle jumping because UK sensation Peppa Pig coming stateside with Peppa Pig Live!: Peppa’s Big Splash! Watch life size puppets of Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! Sat. Event Details.

How does your family shake off the winter blues? Tell us in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson