It’s FINALLY the weekend! Celebrate International Women’s Day at this event in Queens or this one on Staten Island, experience a story time unlike any other in Brooklyn, or gather your Lord of The Rings fans for this must-see Tolkien exhibit. A St. Patrick’s Day celebration, concerts, a one-day popup experience, and more round out our top picks. Scroll down for more of our faves this week.


Barbie 60th Anniversary Pop-Up Experience
Equal parts inspiring tribute and art installation, take a journey through the past, present and future of Barbie breaking plastic ceilings. Discover an immersive, hands-on space designed for families and fans to explore the history of Barbie firsts and sneak a peek at her future, with powerful messages and fun photo opportunities. Sat. Event Details.

Ranky Tanky Quintet
Specializing in fusing traditional Gullah music with jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B, this quintet will perform playful children’s game songs and ecstatic shouts to heartbreaking spirituals and delicate lullabies. Sun. Event Details.


Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
Drawn from the collections of the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University Libraries (Milwaukee), the Morgan, and private lenders, this exhibition will include family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Ajijaak on Turtle Island
Visionary puppetry artist Heather Henson and Grammy Award winner Ty Defoe bring together an ensemble of North American First Nations Peoples to tell the tale of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane who must face her first migration south. Indigenous songs, languages and dance weave together in a spectacle of artistry to create this affecting fable about the dangerous effects of climate change on animals and Mother Earth. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Beauty and the Beast National Marionette
This classic tale of the ferocious looking Beast with a kind heart is a perennial favorite with audiences worldwide, and is brought to vivid life through stunning marionettes. Sat. Event Details.

Living History: Meet Harriet Tubman
Learn more about Tubman’s accomplishments before, during, and after the American Civil War and Reconstruction, ask questions about how she and her associates used the Underground Railroad to free themselves, and discover the tales, tools, and techniques of how Tubman and many emancipated people evaded capture and found their way north. Sat. Event Details.


Drag Queen Story Hour
DQSH is just what it sounds like — drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores – or in this case, Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Sat. Event Details.


International Women’s Day Celebration
In celebration of International Women’s Day, families will be creating handmade flowers at this workshop. Families are invited to create together bouquets of these beautiful crafts. Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project
Be inspired by nature’s ability to heal. To spark your creative juices, look to the forest that heals itself, starfish that regenerate limbs and trees that pump sugar to their sick tree-neighbors. Create patches by making stamps from upcycled styrofoam, then pin them on your favorite jacket or iron them onto clothes that need some love. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

International Women’s Day
Learn about the work of oceanographer Sylvia Earle and join a simulated oil clean-up project as you celebrate International Women’s Day. Fri. Event Details.

St Patrick’s Day Musical Celebration
Celebrate the history of Ireland through music with the young performers of Staten Island’s Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums band. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson