We’re so excited about this weekend, we don’t know what to tell you about first! Run Wild with the animals at the zoo, beat some drums at Brooklyn’s annual cherry blossom festival, turn yourself into a rainbow at the Festival of Colors or ride a pony at the Hippo Spring Fair. This weekend literally has it all–your family’s biggest challenge is going to be deciding what to do first. Happy planning!
Photo: Festival of Colors by Allen Xie
9th 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. And Street Games is more than just games. Local radio stations will be spinning music all day along with other live entertainment, including performances by street game professionals, like a yo-yo master and hip-hop breakdancers. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harlem. Free. All ages. Event details.
Just Kidding: The Big Family Quiz Thing
Put on your smarty pants for this live, family-friendly multimedia quiz show spectacular. The Big Quiz Thing brings a ridiculous amount of fun to Symphony Space for an afternoon of fast and funny team trivia with quizmaster extraordinaire Noah Tarnow. Over the course of six lightning rounds, children and their parents team up to show off their knowledge of topics ranging from history, sports, art, animals, geography, pop culture, and more. Loads of great prizes await as an added bonus! Sun. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Upper West Side. $12/person in advance; $15/person at door; $40/family four pack. Ages 7 and up. Event details.
33rd Annual Hippo Spring Fair
An Upper West Side institution, The Hippo Playground Spring Fair features pony rides, bouncy castles, a petting zoo, games, prizes, crafts, food, entertainment and more. So head to the park and celebrate the season! Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Riverside Park. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Festival of Colors
Arrive in some bright white clothing and head home looking like a rainbow at this fun event. Holi Hai, also known as the Festival of Colors, celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. All nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate! Sat. 11 a.m. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Children’s Festival Featuring Great Plains Games & Activities
Experience the fun and games developed for Native children living on the Great Plains of North America. These games and projects helped teach children the skills needed to survive. Activities include participating in the ring and pin game and hoop throw, decorating a parfleche, creating a T-dress doll, hearing stories of the Plains, exploring the Museum’s handling collection and joining in an interactive dance experience. Sat. & Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Financial District. Free. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Bareburger Brunch with Project Playdate
Project Playdate wants you to enjoy a juicy burger without worrying about your little ones. Bring the whole fam out to this delicious burger joint, your kiddos will head upstairs for music, crafts and a “build your own burger” lunch and you can hang downstairs and enjoy a meal in peace. There is a prix fix menu for adults, with an option for wine, it is the weekend after all. Sun. Noon-2 p.m. East Village. $40/first child; $35/sibling. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Sakura Mastsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture at the 35th annual Brooklyn Botanic Garden Festival. Watch top taiko drummers and 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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Crown Heights. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Songs for Unusual Creatures
Join Michael Hearst and his band as they use a variety of quirky instruments to provide a fun, interactive investigation through the kingdom of weird animals. At this wild show, odd animals like blobfish, elephant shrews, Chinese giant salamanders and other bizarre beasts slither, hop, swim and jump in projected images and videos while being portrayed in music. Fri. 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Corona. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Run for the Wild
Not only will your family get to enjoy some fun exercise together, you’ll also get VIP access to the zoo before it’s even open. 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. And this is all before the zoo even opens! Spend the day and hang out with as many animals as you’d like! Sat. 7-10 a.m. Bronx. $45/adult; $35/child age 3-15. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family explore this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.