New York is in full spring swing and that means festivals! Celebrate Mom at the Mamapalooza Extravaganza, pig out at a delicious street food fair, island hop to Randall’s Island for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival or get up close and personal with some cool city rigs at touch-a-truck. We’ve got a full list of ways your family can enjoy the Big Apple this weekend so read on!
Photo: Touch a Truck Brooklyn
Kidville UES Drop Off PJ Party
Put on your little one’s favorite pj’s, but they don’t need to worry, it’s not even close to bedtime! The party is just getting started at Kidville. Drop off your party animals for a fun evening filled with arts and crafts, dancing, stories and movies, and of course pizza! While your kiddos are having a blast, you actually get a night out too, so plan something fun! Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Upper East Side. $60/first child; $40/sibling. Ages 2-6. Event details.
LC Kids Spring Fling
Welcome the sunshine and longer days with a fun-filled day just for the kiddies at Lincoln Center. Enjoy live musical performances, storytime, crafts, a scavenger hunt and more. Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lincoln Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
15th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza
Mother’s Day might have been last weekend, but hey, you work all year round, so why not celebrate one more day. Bring the whole fam to this annual festival featuring music, family-focused vendors, wellness activities, art, & activism. 2016’s theme inspires all to find their voice and bring a message of peace, tolerance, and equality. Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
9th Ave. Annual International Food Festival
Bring your kiddies and big appetites out for two full days of food and fun at NYC’s oldest and largest continuing food festival. Enjoy an array of delicious eats from popular Hell’s Kitchen restaurants, along with live entertainment, bouncy fun and more for the little ones. Not to mention, a chance to roam a carless 9th Ave on, fingers crossed, a beautiful spring day. Either way, this party will go off rain or shine! Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hell’s Kitchen. Free. All ages. Event details.
New York Baby Show 2016
Don’t miss this family-friendly mega-event for expectant and new parents (and their babies and toddlers) from New York City, the Tri-State area and beyond. Explore a mix of top products and services for maternity, baby and toddler. Sample an inspiring menu of speakers and demonstrations from highly regarded and beloved figures in the world of parenting and pregnancy. Make discoveries, get your questions answered, feel supported and informed, win great raffles, and best of all enjoy yourself! Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Midtown West. $30/family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children); $20/individual ticket. All ages. Event details.
Get Crafty with CMA at the Seaport
As part of the Downtown Design Festival, CMA is holding a special architecture workshop for the whole fam. Taking inspiration from the South Street Seaport neighborhood, families will brainstorm and design their own unique buildings. Using recycled materials, you and your kiddos will work with teaching artists to create your own unique buildings to add to a collaborative neighborhood or to take home. Sun. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. South Street Seaport. $15/person. Ages 5 and up. Event details.
Your kiddos will go crazy for this family street fair where they can get up close and personal with a wide variety of emergency vehicles, construction equipment, vintage vehicles, and other cool rigs. Food trucks, bouncy houses, music, crafts, free activities, and more round out this super fun day. Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Park Slope. $8/person (infants worn or carried by parents are free). All ages. Event details.
Pajama Time at the Zoo
Sure it’s evening, but don’t go to sleep yet! Put on your PJs and visit the zoo after hours and meet some of the animals up close. You and your little zoo keepers will do a night-time trek through the zoo and then have some milk and cookies during storytime. Sat. 6-8 p.m. Corona. $35/person; $25/member. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Catch the Cool: Punk Rock Edition
The Queens Museum and Cool Culture are holding their annual Catch the Cool Family Festival. Enjoy art workshops, musical performances, storytime, games, outdoor activities and more. Your little ones will have a blast with everything from musical instrument making, to yoga to a fun family photo booth. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cherry Blossoms Festival
Spring is here and with the season comes this annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Jump from the busy island of Manhattan to Randall’s Island for a relaxing day filled with live music, performances, games, exhibitions, face painting and more. Not to mention beautiful cherry blossom trees, a perfect photo-op! This year, in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival, RIPA is also hosting its annual FLOW Grand Opening, which features five new site-specific installations by artists, in partnership with the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program (AIM). Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Randall’s Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family explore this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.