This weekend marks the opening of the brand new Whitney Museum of American Art and you can get a sneak peek! Animal lovers will enjoy two awesome events where they’ll learn about different creatures. Plus, you can support a couple of good causes while you play at a Touch-a-Truck event and a playground festival your kids will be talking about for weeks.
Photo: Central Park Conservancy
Meet Birds, Butterflies and Bats in Central Park
Meet at Belvedere Castle to learn about butterflies, birds, bats, winged insects and more. There will be special presentations, sing alongs, a guided bird walk, demo stations, photos with a European Eagle Owl and more. The afternoon will end with the grand finale of releasing live butterflies into the park! Sat. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Mid-Central Park. Free, but please RSVP. All ages. Event details.
Play at Hippo Playground’s Spring Fair
Hippo Playground will be transformed into a wonderland of fun activities including an Animal Kingdom Inflatable, a Gaga Ball Pit, ponies, a petting zoo, cupcake decorating, face painting, and dozens of activities and crafts. On the menu? Hamburgers, hot dogs and lots of other delicious treats. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Learn to Make Pop-Ups From a Master
Best-selling pop-up book creator Robert Sabuda will school you and your kids in creating 3D books at MoMath. You’ll get to try your hand at simple techniques to add a special pop to cards, invitations or your own book. Fri. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Flatiron. Free with Museum admission. Ages 6 and older. Event details.
Celebrate Central American Animals
Learn about the animal life of Central America at the National Museum of the American Indian’s children’s festival. Activities include print making, learning about wind instruments, playing animal bingo and crafting a pendent. Sat. & Sun., 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial District. Free. All ages. Event details.
Be One of the First to See the New Whitney
Celebrate the grand opening of the new Whitney Museum of American Art with free admission and a block party on Gansevoort Street. Hands-on activities and live performances including puppetry, music, poetry and dance will entertain the whole family. Sat. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Meatpacking. Free. All ages. Event details.
Dance at a Free Astrograss Concert
Head to the library for a free Astrograss concert featuring sing-alongs, instrument demonstrations and even a dance contest (with prizes!). You’ll go home with a copy of the new Astrograss Coloring Book too. Sat. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
Touch a Truck (or 2, or 10!)
Got kids who loves all things that go? Give them a chance to see more than 20 cool vehicles first hand at PS 295. They’ll get to sit in, climb on, marval at and yes, touch all kinds of automobiles from including a tow truck, a FDNY fire engine, the Green-Wood Cemetery Trolly, a concrete mixer, an ambulance, a DSNY garbage truck and more. Plus, eat at food trucks and make crafts. Sat., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. South Slope. $8. All ages. Event details.
Check out the Cherry Blossoms
Here’s a beautiful reason to visit Randall’s Island – a cherry blossom festival featuring free workshops. Craft a kite and fly it, see a Japanese drumming performance, watch a butterfly release, get your face painted, then, of course, take a walk through the cherry trees. Sat., 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. Randall’s Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.
— Julie Seguss