This weekend your little New Yorkers can learn exactly why their city is so great. Lend a helping hand at Good Deed Day, take in some theatre starring a little piggy named Peppa Pig, or sample some tasty pulled chicken and more at the BBQ festival. No matter what you’re in the mood to eat, do or see, we’ve got your weekend planned out, so read on for more great ideas on how to enjoy the Big Apple.
Photo: Good Deed Day
We know your little ones love to dig in the dirt, so here’s a chance to play in the sand AND help the park. Volunteer to help move new sand into your favorite playground’s sandbox. SandSational begins with a family bucket brigade, followed by parents and adults completing the job. Pails and shovels for kids will be provided by Riverside Park Conservancy. Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Peppa Pig Live!: Peppa’s Big Splash
What’s that sound? It’s UK sensation Peppa Pig coming stateside for the first time with Peppa Pig Live!: Peppa’s Big Splash! Life-size puppets hit the stage for lots of singing, dancing, games and jumping in puddles, of course. Got a Peppa superfan? Party packages are available for birthday boys and girls. Sat. at 5 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Upper West Side. $40-$60/person. All ages. Event details.
18th 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, Nessie, a big hit for the little ones. Sat. 2 p.m. Midtown West. Free. All ages. Event details.
Good Deed Day
Teach your little do gooders the power of giving back and spend the day lending a helping hand. Your family can join thousands of other people eager to help others. Sit in on the Scholastic reading circle, help sort donations, write letters to elderly people in senior care centers, share words of goodness on the giant Good Deeds Day board, bring canned goods for the donation drive, plant a tulip bulb in a local park, and more. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Herald Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kidville Drop Off Pajama Party
It’s a pajama pizza party filled with arts and crafts, dancing, stories and movie time! And the best part? It’s a drop off, so you can plan a little party of your own. Your kiddos will run and play, eat dinner and wind down with a movie, so all you have to do is scoop them up and put them to bed. Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Financial District. $60/first child; $40/sibling. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Get Creative with the Story Pirates
When the Story Pirates take the stage, you’ll be amazed at what happens next … and so will the Story Pirates! That’s because the show they’re performing has not been written. These pirates can’t sail and they won’t make you walk the plank, but they will steal your kids’ ideas and incorporate them on the spot into an interactive show. Join the Story Pirates as they create a show before your eyes that’s as crazy, hilarious and unexpected as kids themselves. Sun. 2-3 p.m. West Village. $25-$29/person. Recommended ages 4-10. Event details.
Here’s a chance to take your little New Yorkers to some live theatre in a relaxed setting at the library. Your kiddos will love this story, based on the popular book, Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast! But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. Sat. 1-2 p.m. Prospect Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Party at the Children’s Carnival
The Queens County Farm Museum is hosting their spring carnival for kids in the apple orchard. Rides, midway games, prizes, hayrides, pony rides and a petting zoo are all on tap at this fun-for-the-whole-family fest. Fingers crossed for beautiful spring like weather! Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Floral Park. $12/person. All ages. Event details.
Story Time and Crafts in the Garden
You may not have a backyard, but you do have a gigantic garden. Get outdoors and bring your little nature lovers to the botanical garden for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. Sun. 3:30 p.m. Flushing. Free with admission ($4/adult; $2/child). All ages. Event details.
NYC BBQ Cookoff 2016
Sample, stroll, quench and enjoy fun activities with the kids at this delicious cookoff. The best BBQ in the city, and you know there are plenty of restaurants serving up these tasty dishes, compete for the title and you and the kiddos get to get in on the action. We’re talking chicken, ribs and LOTS of sauce. While you’re strolling, enjoy live music and an adult beverage or two. Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Historic Richmond Town. $12.75/adult online; $6/child online; $15/adult at door; $8/child at door. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family enjoy the Big Apple this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.