From robots to leprechauns to enchanted cupcakes to a talking cat, this weekend is shaping up to be something magical! Go green for the Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade, watch robots battle it out,  whip up some Snow White cupcakes or get into some mischief with the Cat in the Hat. Read on for even more ways to create some magic with your family this weekend.


Photo: Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat 



Lucky Leprechaun Rainbow Windsock
Chase the rainbow and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by creating a green windsock in the shape of a leprechaun hat. While you’re there, let your little leprechauns check out all the other fun exhibits the museum has for lucky little ones. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with admission ($12/person; children under 1 are free). 5 and under. Event details


Do the Robot at the NYC FIrst Competition
Have a budding engineer on your hands? Your kiddos will geek out at this battle of robots where New York City FIRST and 200 robotic teams from New York tri-state area, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will compete for the regional title and to move on to the global competition. Your little ones just may look at their Legos a little differently when they get home. Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Whip Up Some Snow White Cupcakes
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s cupcake making we go! With a bit of sugar and a dash of flour your tiny chefs will whip up some special red velvet cupcakes from scratch and enjoy making them into delicious red apples. Tastebuds has partnered with Walt Disney Studios to bring you this special Snow White Cupcake class to celebrate the re-release of a classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Sat. 9-10 a.m. Chelsea. $40/child, caregiver pair. Ages 2-5. Event details

Doll, Brunch and the Easter Bunny
Hop over to American Girl Place for a special meal with your best kiddos, their fav dolls and the Easter Bunny. Enjoy a delicious brunch, complete with a tiny place setting just for your little one’s doll. Make sure to bring your camera and wear your Sunday best because the Easter Bunny will be making the rounds and snapping pics with all the little guests. To make a reservation call (877) 247-5223. Sun. 9-10 a.m. Midtown East. $28/person. Ages 3 and up. Event details

Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day
Where is a more fitting place to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday than at the Irish Arts Center? You and your little ones can put on your green and enjoy a free day filled with Irish arts and culture, from learning how to play the tin whistle to live music to practicing your football skills. Erin go bragh! Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Midtown West. Free. All ages. Event details


Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat Live
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done! Sat. 1:30 p.m. Tribeca. $25/person. 3 and up. Event details


2016 Inventgenuity Festival
Bring your creative little ones out to Beam Center’s festival for hands on fun with art, science and most importantly imagination. At this year’s festival project, the Mechanical Marsh, your smarty pants will construct real and imagined mechanical birds that will appear to take flight in a large-scale kinetic sculpture-scape. As if that’s not exciting enough, your kiddos can also sign up for workshops that include balancing sculptures and color wheels to name a few. After this day, your kids really will believe learning is fun! Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Carroll Gardens. Free. Ages 7 and up. Event details. 

Hop Over to this Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast
Decorate Easter eggs, go on a search for said eggs and dine with the Easter Bunny himself all in one weekend. Saturday, your little bunnies can get creative making some special eggs to take home, run around on an egg hunt and even take a picture with the guest of honor, the Easter Bunny. Sunday, your kiddos will not only have the chance to snap some pics with their furry friend, but actually have a delicious breakfast with the Easter Bunny too. Sat. at 1-3 p.m. & Sun. at 9-10 a.m. Gravesend. $5/child for egg hunt; $5/child for photo with Easter Bunny; $10/person for breakfast. All ages. Event details


Get Dirty at the QBG Children’s Garden
Let your little nature lovers get dirty at this annual free event at the Botanical Garden. Your kiddos will get to dig in the dirt, learn how to plant and garden, get crafty and more at the Children’s Garden, all while enjoying some fresh air. Sat. 1-4 p.m. Flushing Meadow Park. Free. All ages. Event details


18th Annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Go green for this annual parade that winds through the streets of the Bronx filled with music and dancing. Bring your little leprechaun to Mass at St Benedict’s Church and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Then hit the streets to continue the festivities. Sun. Mass begins at 9 a.m. Parade begins at noon. Bronx. Free. All ages. Event details.  

Where will your family explore this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling