Look no further for some first-class entertainment for your little ones this weekend! First, everyone’s favorite Eric Carle books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?) are coming to life in glow-in-the-dark! Or, giggle and groove with your kiddos at a performance of the Funkey Monkeys. If your little ones have an ear (and hand) for rhythm, the Percussion People’s pre-show workshop and performance is the place to be. Head to BAM to watch the hilarious Father Goose retell Mother Goose’s famous stories or to the Secret Theater in Long Island City for a showing of Dotty Dot! Start your Thanksgiving celebrations with Let’s Talk Turkey, a holiday scavenger hunt or board a Thanksgiving Pirate and Princess Cruise at Pier 40. And finally, the Chocolate Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion includes activities such as Chocolate-dipped Spoons, Cupcake Decorating, Chocolate Art & Drawing, Fresh Chocolate Pasta and chocolate story-time.


Eric Carle in Glow in the Dark

Mesmerize the kids with this gorgeous glow-in-the-dark production from the award-winning Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. This epic production brings Eric Carle’s gorgeous images and stories to life, featuring the classic tales The Very Hungry CaterpillarBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Sat., 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. Upper West Side. Adults $25, Members $21; Kids $15, Members $13. All ages. Event details.

The Funkey Monkeys

Get out your balloon tails and dancing shoes for the hilarious antics and truly unique pop-funk sounds of the Funkey Monkeys. Groove and giggle together with songs from their albums Moustache and Sing, Dance and Underpants. Sun., 11:30 – 12:30 pm. Upper East Side. JM Family Members: $15 Adults / $11 Children General Public: $18 Adults / $13 Children. Ages 2 – 6. Event details.


Chocolate Show

Celebrating its 15th anniversary here in NYC, the show has continued to grow by leaps and bounds culminating in this year’s affair, which will have event favorites that attendees have grown to love over the years, and some new surprises and additions. Friday – Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Chelsea. $35 in advance for adults (ages 13 and older) and $40 at the door for Friday and Sunday, Two children ages 5 through 12 may accompany each adult to The Chocolate Show for free; additional children are $8 each. Children 4 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Percussion People

If your kids have been using your expensive pots and pans as stand ins for that drum set they’ve been dreaming about, they’re bound to enjoy the workshop and performance of the Percussion People. Kids can join in the fun using their own creations, which they’re free to take home after the show. Sun., 10:30 am. West Village. $35. All ages. Event details.

Let’s Talk Turkey

What’s a turkey doing in the Museum at Eldridge Street? Hiding, of course! But this turkey is no match for our Preservation Detectives. Join us for a madcap investigation and an original Thanksgiving tale about celebrating freedom up, down, and all around the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Sun., 11:00 am. Lower East Side. $15 per family. Ages 4 – 12. Event details.


Thanksgiving Pirate Cruise

Hop aboard the Kiddie Cruise for a nautical adventure around the Statue of Liberty! Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, live music, puppet shows and a magician! The theme will be all about Fall and Thanksgiving Fun! Also enjoy the bag lunch to keep your kids’ energy high. Boarding is from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm and the boat will sail from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. Sun., 12:00 – 2:00. West Village. Adults $40, children $35. All ages. Event details.


Father Goose’s Tales

November 10th is Mother Goose’s day off and Father Goose must do all her chores, including storytelling! Try as he might, Father Goose just can’t get the stories right. Father Goose’s Tales is a funny, modern retelling of nursery rhymes, stories, and children’s songs using the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Sat., 10:30 am & 2:30 pm. Brooklyn. $12. All ages. Event details.


Dotty Dot!

“Dotty Dot!” shows us a day in the life of one VERY bossy twelve-year-old and her gang of quirky friends as they venture to put on a play. But when Dotty gets so power-mad that her mother forces her to come inside, will the neighborhood kids be able to team together to save the show? Sat., 2:00 pm. Long Island City. Adults $15.00; Children $10.00; Family pack 4 tics $40.00. All ages. Event details.

What are you planning on doing with your kids this weekend?

— Aya Takemoto

Photo courtesy of BAM