Put on your party pants because boy oh boy do we have a lineup for you this weekend. Get groovy at a historical disco, create a one of kind blue jean wearable masterpiece, wear some green to kick off Saint Patrick’s Day festivities a few weeks early or boogie down at this brunch with an all-star musical line up. We’ve got a jam-packed weekend of fun, all your family has to do is get out there and enjoy!
Photo: Brooklyn Boogie Brunch
Get Groovy at Alexander Hamilton’s Disco
This fundraising benefit will be an exciting evening of fun and history! You and your kiddos can groove to music from the hit Broadway show Hamilton and other pop dance masterpieces spun by the house at the Alexander Hamilton’s Disco. At the same time, you can also go on a scavenger hunt through New York City history in the Museum’s new permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core, and enjoy other family friendly activities. Fri. Event details.
The Velveteen Rabbit
Your little New Yorkers will love this show that combines dance, shadow play, and puppetry to tell the much-loved story of the Velveteen Rabbit. In the show, the title character is tossed aside for more high-tech toys. Once the Velveteen Rabbit is picked up by its companion, the Boy, they go on many imaginary adventures together. From the Velveteen Rabbit and the Boy traveling to a magical garden to deep-sea diving, the audience witnesses how using one’s imagination has no limits. Sat. Event details.
Guggenheim Robotics Workshop and Tour
Art meets science at this unique design-build workshop inspired by the exhibition Tales of Our Time. Using wires, motors, and microcontrollers, you and your little innovators can learn basic circuitry and programming skills in order to create your own robotic sculptures. Sun. Event details.
Pajama Glow-In-the-Dark Yoga
Your kids are New Yorkers, so they have most likely tried a yoga class at this point, but how about a glow-in-the-dark pajama class? Throw on your best pj’s, make sure to pick a set that has white and/or neon for extra glowability, and hit this evening yoga class filled with fun moves and games. Wrap up the evening with milk and cookies. Pre-registration is required, call (646) 638-1444. Sat. Event details.
Doll Festival: Hinamatsuri
Bring your little ones to see the intricately decorated Hinamatsuri dolls and learn about the songs, traditions and history that surrounds Japan’s Doll Festival, which celebrates the health and happiness of young girls. Then enjoy a live koto (Japanese harp) performance and create your very own doll. Your tiny musicians can even take a practice lesson on the koto. Sun. Event details.
Have a fashionista on your hands? Let them design their very own jeans! Your little ones can distress, paint, bead, rip, or embroider, whatever “look” they’re going for. The program starts off with a lively reading of Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea to get the scoop on the history of jeans. Then get inspired by the fashions of the 1960s and ’70s while exploring the exhibition Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture before getting to work to create a one of kind denim everyone will be asking where you bought. MAD will have a limited supply of denim and recommends you BYO denim to work with. Sun. Event details.
Dr. Seuss’ Truffula Trees
Using coffee filters, liquid watercolor and pipe cleaners young artists will build Truffula Trees to pay homage to Dr. Seuss on his birthday. Your kiddos can revisit the story of The Lorax, learning about forestation and environmental conservation. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Tilt Festival: Nacho Flores
Nacho Flores takes his balancing act off of the tight rope to create a whole new kind of circus. Watch with bated breath as he climbs impossible stacks of teetering wooden blocks that rise like mountains and topple like dominoes. Follow him on a surreal adventure through a poetic, shape-shifting landscape where he must battle gravity, befriend ordinary objects and uncover dreams. This exciting show is part of the Tilt Festival, running from March 4th through April 16th. Kids and adults alike are invited to discover, play, imagine, think, and create at this festival designed to redefine art for the little one. Sun. Event details.
Brooklyn Boogie Brunch
This benefit concert is as hip as the borough it’s in. Now in its fourth year, the afternoon family event will feature music for all ages with performances by Capt’n Kirk Douglas of The Roots, singer/songwriter Adrien Reju with Andy Stack, Latin percussionist Gilmar Gomes, Superette, and kids rock band Rock Rage. And while you’re rocking out make some bids at the silent auction, grab a tasty drink at the bar and indulge in some delicious brunch food from local favorites. All proceeds go to PS 295’s music and arts programs. Sun. Event details.
42nd Annual Queens County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Get out your green and celebrate your Irish heritage at this annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (a few weeks early). Your little leprechauns can enjoy music (lots of bag pipes) and dancing. The parade will travel down Newport Ave., across Beach 116th St., down Rockaway Beach Blvd. to the parade end by the St. Camillus parking lot on Beach 100th Street. Before the parade, you can start your day off with a mass for peace and justice in Ireland at St. Francis De Sales Church. Sat. Event details.
How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.