Spring is just a week away – can you believe the snow may finally be over? Start the celebration with a seed planting family day at the Queens Botanical Garden or craft a rainbow at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The weekend’s lineup also includes a puppet making workshop, a dance party, Charlotte’s Web on stage, a Passover party and more.

Arbor Festival Sunday, April 28, 11am to 6pm Fee: Free with Garden Admission It is a fun-filled day at QBG’s annual Arbor Festival.  Come enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, old-fashioned games, live music, Hiccups the Clown and facepainting, workshops, garden tours, bird walks, food and craft vendors, consultations with tree and compost experts, and a beer tasting tent!  

Photo credit: Queens Botanical Garden


Design a Bunraku Puppet & Story
This workshop, in conjunction with the “Hello From Japan” exhibit, teaches kids to design their own mechanical puppet. They’ll work with our visitors to create a story and learn about traditional bunraku puppet performers. Fri. 2:45 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Get Craft at a Free Arts Festival
Explore hands-on crafts and activities, plus participate in dance, music and theater workshops at this free festival. Face painters, button makers and a photo booth will also help make this one great Saturday. Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

See Charlotte’s Web On Stage
Theaterworks USA brings Charlotte and Wilbur to life, with a stage performance of E.B. White’s classic tale. Kids are sure to enjoy the story of friendship, bravery and selfless love. Sun. 11 a.m. Upper East Side. $20-$30. Ages 3 and older. Event details


Party at Mama Doni’s Passover Palooza
To help get into the Passover spirit, Mama Doni and her band will perform special Passover tunes such as “Mission Immatzoble” and “Disco Dayeinu.” You’ll also tour the Streit’s Matzo Factory where you’ll see Passover matzos being made. You can also count on lots of Passover Prize Breaks where you’ll get prizes for answering Passover questions. Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Lower East Side. Free. Ages 2 and older. Event details.

Dance at a Kids EDM Party
Cielo welcomes kids into the club for this daytime party. Enjoy dancing, DJs, live performances including the LED ROBOT, dance and DJ lessons and a nightclub environment safely with your kids at CirKiz. Glow sticks welcome. Water for the kids is free and drinks for the adults are available for purchase. Sun. 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Meatpacking District. $20. Ages 6-12. Event details.


Craft a Rainbow Mobile
Kids ages 2.5 to 5 can learn all about Ireland in this fun Irish-themed workshop at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. They’ll explore Irish traditions and create a rainbow mobile to take home. Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m. Crown Heights. Free with Museum admission. Ages 2.5-5. Event details


Start a Garden at the QBG
Get a taste of the HSBC Children’s Garden program at this special free family day where you can plant seeds while learning about gardening and the environment. Sat. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Get Creative With Just One Block
What can you build with a 3-inch block of wood? Find out at this drop-in NYSCI “Make It” workshop. You’ll get a few simple hand tools to get the job done. Sat. & Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Corona. Free with Museum admission. Ages 4 and older. Event details

What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below. 

— Julie Seguss