There’s nothing like Spring in the Big Apple and this weekend proves it! Go for a spin on some rides at Luna Park’s opening day, hunt for eggs and snap a pic with the Easter Bunny at Gracie Mansion, or indulge in the city’s best brisket and more at the annual NYC BBQ Cookoff.  And if you’d rather hang inside you and the fam can play with thousands of LEGOs, dress up as a goddess or party at Matzo Madness. Read on for even more fun ways to enjoy the weekend!

Photo: Luna Park Coney Island


Do the Robot at the New York City FIRST Competition
Have a budding engineer on your hands? Your kiddos will geek out at this battle of robots where 48 robotic teams from the New York tri-state area, Florida, Australia, China and Turkey will compete in FIRST STEAMWORKS with the winning teams advancing to the global competition. Get ready to cheer on your favorite teams and robots! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Carl Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt
Your kiddos can hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at this UES egg hunt right outside of Gracie Mansion. Each little one will get a special bag to collect eggs and a glitter cheek or hand stamp. The hunts are divided by age so all your little bunnies are sure to fill their bags. There will even be live music to keep your kiddies entertained and dancing while you wait your turn. Sat. Event details

Egg Decorating and Nest Making
Don’t want to embark on the messy endeavor of Easter egg decorating at home? Boil two hard-boiled eggs and take them to this egg-cellent crafty workshop. Kids will use tissue paper, glitter, glue, paint and more to decorate their eggs. Plus, they’ll make a nest for them to sit in using twigs, feathers and clay. Note: This is one of the Cathedral’s most popular programs so reservations are highly recommended. Sat. Event details


Annual Tartan Day Parade
Put on your kilts and hit the streets for this annual parade celebrating Scottish-Americans. Expect pipe bands, dancers, clans, families, and even the Barbour Tartan Dog Pack of Scotties and Westies, a big hit for the little ones. Sat. Event details

Celebrate the Spring Equinox at a Goddess Party
We’re sure all of your little ones have a little inner goddess, so why not celebrate it! At this fun party, guests can get into their full goddess look with face painting, sparkly nail polish and dress up. Once they’ve dressed the part, all goddesses will enjoy natural craft activities, dancing with silk scarves, wishes on crystals and a delicious tea party with cupcakes and lemonade. And best of all? Your little ones will get to take home their very own magic wand and fairy dust so they can transform back into a goddess at home whenever they’d like. Sun. Event details


Matzo Madness
Moses, mystery, music, and matzo, now that’s Dayenu! Enjoy a fun-filled family favorite and make Matzo Madness part of your Passover preparation. Sat. Event details

Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
Don’t feel like doing the standard egg hunt? How about searching a REAL fire station?! Your kiddos will get to search the apparatus floor of Engine 30’s firehouse at this one of a kind hunt. The FDNY’s fire safety mascot, Hot Dog, and EMS’ mascot Siren will be on site for photo opportunities and to meet with families. Sun. Event details

A Brunch for You AND Your Kids
FIDI Families and Project Playdate are teaming up so your fam can have a brunch where EVERYONE is happy. This means, you get to sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty meal and maybe even an adult brunch beverage, all while your kiddies are upstairs enjoying a more child friendly meal (think grilled cheese and pancakes) with fun activities and sitters. Happy weekend! Sun. Event details


Be Amazed at the Universoul Circus
A global circus explosion is coming to town! Unlike any traditional circus you’ve ever seen, UniverSoul Circus is interactive, multicultural, and emphasizes global pop culture. Bend, flip and fly with the Havana Company from Cuba, gasp as the Caribbean Dynasty dancers literally dance with fire, watch in awe as West Africa’s Bone Breakers contort their bodies into unimaginable positions and so much more. This might actually be the greatest show on earth. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Opening Day at Luna Park
Spring is here and Luna Park is open for business! Enjoy games, giveaway, and free rides. Baseball fans can meet Mr.Met, your kiddies can dance to live entertainment, and sample some Egg Cream at the traditional egg cream christening. Sun. Event details


Time to Build! Brick Fest 2017
Get ready for the ultimate LEGO experience. Play in the Big Brick Pit, a sandbox filled with over 100,000 red LEGO bricks, build with light up bricks in the Glow Zone, race LEGO cars at the Nerdy Derby, help build a massive LEGO mosaic and more. There’s also a special Junior Builders section for the younger kiddies. And be sure to check out some super cool giant creations, like a 7-foot-tall model of Toy Story’s Woody built entirely out of LEGO bricks. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Staten Island

NYC BBQ Cookoff
This event is mouth-watering so be sure to bring your appetites! Enjoy delicious BBQ from some of the best chefs around, fun activities and live entertainment. Make a day of it and take the ferry to the island for amazing skyline views of Manhattan. Sat. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling