Can you believe it’s May? Neither can we, but we’re so glad it’s here and there’s lots of fun to be had this weekend. Start the weekend off by celebrating yourself, yeah, you deserve it! The Upper East Side Kidville is hosting a Mother’s Day party Friday afternoon. Be sure to check out our full list of NYC Mother’s Day events to keep the celebration going right on through May 12. For vehicle-loving kids, we strongly suggest you attend Touch a Truck in Park Slope. Artsy kids can show off their skills at a sidewalk chalk contest. And for kids that love music, hit the Super Sonic Kindie Music Festival. Also cool this weekend: The IDEAS CITY Festival with a few fun things just for families and a kids clothing, book and toy swap that’ll help you clean out (and refill) those closets.
Big City Moms Mother’s Day Celebration
Rock, shop, lunch and play at Kidville with Big City Moms to celebrate Mother’s Day. There will be musical entertainment, gift bags, play time in the gym and more at this bring-your-kid Friday afternoon affair. Fri., 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Upper East Side. $50 Mom/Baby, $75 with Grandma. All ages. Event details.
Little Swappies Kids Clothing, Book and Toy Swap
Have kids books, clothing or toys to clean out? Bring at least 5 new or gently used items (maternity clothes, children’s clothing sizes 0-6T, books or toys) and take home as many new items as you need at this swap event. All remaining items will be donated to charity partner, Covenant House. Clementine Consignment will also stock the event with their selection of 2T – 6T clothing. Beyond swapping, you’ll find free babysitting, arts and crafts, music, food, drinks, free massages, raffles and gift bags so bring the whole family. Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Chelsea. $15-20. Ages 0-8. Event details.
Torly Kid Sidewalk Chalk Contest
Revive the Renaissance right here in NYC with a sidewalk chalk contest at Torly Kid. Each child will get a 2 foot chalk frame area plus chalk (natch!) to create a work of art. They can try to replicate a piece of art (Torly Kid will have a stack for inspiration) or create their own original idea. Prizes will be awarded based on creativity, originality, skill and use of color. Sat., 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Tribeca. Free. All ages. Event details.
IDEAS CITY Festival
The outdoor IDEAS CITY StreetFest is coming to the Lower East Side. The winning structures of the IDEAS CITY StreetFest Tenting Design Competition will premiere. Scores of inventors, small business owners, artists, ecologists, and activists will share their products and concepts demonstrating the value of Untapped Creative Capital. Valet your bike, paint with bacteria, construct a solar-powered radio using recycled materials, preserve an endangered language, get life coaching from teens, learn about neighborhood issues, and try a dish by a local food vendor and more. Especially for families – get into the New Museum free from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, see a sustainable performance by Bash the Trash and help paint a mural. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Lower East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Super Sonic Kindie Music Festival
The second annual Super Sonic Kindie Music Festival is coming to Littlefield. This year’s music lineup is headlined by the Grammy Nominated band The Pop-Ups and also includesKaren K & The Jitterbugs and a Cinco de Mayo celebration with Moona Luna. But the fun doesn’t stop at the great music you’ll hear, kids can make music too. Interactive music workshops will be hosted by The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (12:00 pm) and Timbalooloo (2:30 pm). Plus, face painting, yoga, raffles, goodie bags, food from Butter Beans and a free ArtsCetera CD for the first 50 families. Sun., 11:30 am – 4:00 pm. Park Slope. $12/kids, $15/adults. All ages. Event details.
Touch a Truck
Got a kid that loves all things that go? Give them a chance to see more than 25 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. Drivers and operators will be on hand to explain what they do and why they’re important to the community. New this year – mini cars, construction trucks, a puppet show from the NYC Parks Department Performance Truck and the Ft. Hamilton Army Reserve Humvee. But that’s not all – you can have a snack from a food truck, jump in the bouncy house and make a craft! Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Park Slope. $5, babies under 6 months free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Alexis Buatti-Ramos, The New Victory Theater & Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players