From snow globes to skyscrapers your kids can make their own fun this weekend at our top event picks for families. Start the weekend off with a free evening at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Then the rest of the weekend is filled with crafting and performances. Celebrate Japan’s Doll Festival, by (what else?) making dolls, see the beloved storybook Guess How Much I Love You come to life or catch an amazing hour of African storytelling. Kids can also learn how to make pizza and cupcakes that look like snow globes or build their own skyscraper in hands-on programs.
CMOM Free First Friday
Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for the March Target Free First Friday. Admission is free this evening. Take advantage and see the EatSleepPlay, PlayWorks, City Splash and Monkey King exhibits and so much more. Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. UWS. Free. All ages. Event details.
Pizza & Snow Globe Party
Here’s a fun wintery workshop for kids that love to cook: First children will make and enjoy pizza, then the Baking Coach will teach your pint-sized baker how to make cupcakes that look like snow globes with a sweet supply of cookies, chocolates, sprinkles, candy and icing for decorating. Sat., 3:00 pm. Chelsea. $60. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
Hinamatsuri: Doll Festival
Hinamatsuri, or the Doll Festival, is a time to wish young girls a future of happiness and health in Japan. Celebrate at the Japan Society with songs, festival-related drinks and snacks and the opportunity to decorate ceremonial dolls (hina-ningyo). You’ll get to create a variety of hina dolls to take home. Even though they call this Girls’ Day, boys are also welcome to participate. Sun., 2:00 pm. Midtown. $12, children under 2 free. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Guess How Much I Love You
Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic storybook by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram comes to life in this unique adaptation from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. As part of the Big Red Chair Family Series, this impressive puppet show has been called “a magical, meditative experience.” Sat., 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. East Village. $28. Ages 3 and older. Event details.
Stack ’em High Woolworth
Budding architects can learn about and construct models of history’s tallest buildings. They’ll start by re-enacting the construction of the Woolworth Building which just happens to be the subject of the Museum’s current exhibition. After your child creates his own version of the building, he can get his picture taken with it. Sat., 10:30 am. Battery Park. Free with museum admission. Ages 4-10. Event details.
African Stories and Songs
Charlotte Blake Alston, an internationally renowned master storyteller, is performing at BAM. She brings a wide repertoire of stories and songs from African and African-American oral traditions. Her storytelling is accompanied by traditional African music and her show is sure to mesmerize and educate the whole family. There will also be a post-show Q&A as well. Sun., 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Fort Greene. $12. Ages 4-7. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of the Japan Society