Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: April 29th – May 1st
Spring break is almost done and it is hard to believe May 1st is this Sunday!
This weekend take the kids and enjoy the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 5th Avenue Family Festival with Puppetry Arts at the Old Stone House, Independent Bookstore Day! at Greenlight Bookstore, LC Kids: Meet Me at the Fountain at the Samuel B. and David Rose Building, Hatched at BAM Fisher, Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre, the 15th Annual Irish Dance Festival in Riverside Park South and Elephant and Piggie Meet-and-Greet at DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
Also happening this weekend Play Date! at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library, Up To You at Tada! Youth Theater, Bello Mania at The New Victory Theater, Intrude at Brookfield Place, Private Picassos’ 10th Anniversary Party!, Kids Week Brooklyn: Birding Bonanza in Marine Park, Arty Facts at the Brooklyn Museum and Movies Under the Stars: A Tribute to Prince & Purple Rain Screening in Fort Greene Park.
Have a great weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday April 29th
Play Date! at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library
Friday April 29th 11a-12n. Free. Join husband and wife duo Greg Attonito and Shanti Wintergate of the kindie music group, Play Date. Their music inspires children to use their imaginations—and their dance moves—to explore the world around them. Play Date’s aptly named album, Imagination, won NAPPA’s 2015 Silver Award, 2014 Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award and Creative Child’s 2014 Seal of Excellence Award. “There’s always been a strong sense of self-discovery and independence in good kids’ music,” said NPR’s Stefan Shepherd, “and…Imagination has it all.” Play Date’s song “XYZ” was recently featured in a Nordstrom “The A-to-Z Life” back-to-school video.
Intrude at Brookfield Place (Battery Park City)
Friday April 29th-Saturday April 30th 12n-9p. Free. Bunnies invade Brookfield Place! Who wants to pet them? Intrude, a highly acclaimed public art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer. Intrude features seven monumental sculptural rabbits, each sewn in white nylon, inflated and internally lit. Location: Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street). See website for more information on the bunnies.
Kids Week Brooklyn: Birding Bonanza in Marine Park
Friday April 29th 1-230p. Free. School is out! Get outside and get excited. Take the kids to the park to enjoy a guided bird walk, perfect for young birdwatchers, with the Urban Park Rangers. Bring your own binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. You never know what you may observe on these nature exploration hikes. See the website for the Kids Week events in NYC.
Movies Under the Stars: A Tribute to Prince & Purple Rain Screening in Fort Greene Park
Friday April 29th 5-10p. Free. Party like it’s 1999 with NYC Parks as we celebrate the artistry of Prince! The party features guest speakers, DJs and “little red corvettes” and begins at 5p. The film starts at 8p. Celebrate musical icon, Prince, at this festive party sponsored by Borough President Eric Adams & NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo. The party will be followed by a screening of “Purple Rain”. The film tells the story of a young musician tormented by an abusive home, a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his disgruntled band, as his star begins to rise. “Purple Rain” was Prince’s acting debut and features contains extended concert sequences. Know Before You Go: This film features explicit content and is rated R . You should come before 730p to get your spot for the movie. Location: The Lawn at Myrtle Avenue and North Portland Avenue
Saturday April 30th
LC Kids: Meet Me at the Fountain at the Samuel B. and David Rose Building (UWS)
Saturday April 30th 10a, 1030a, 11a, 1130a, 1p, 130p, 2p, 230p, 4p, 430p. Run time 30 minutes. Ages 7 and up. Also happening Saturday-Sunday May 21st-22nd at various times. See website for details. Tickets: $25. In this site-specific, interactive adventure set across the sprawling Lincoln Center campus, audiences young and old help a secret crime-fighting team to stop a diabolical plot to sabotage an opera diva on her big night.
Private Picassos’ 10th Anniversary Party! (Park Slope)
Saturday April 30th 10a-6p. Free. We’re celebrating our 10 birthday at the Studio all day long! Come by for special art projects, light refreshments and much more!
Independent Bookstore Day! at Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene)
Saturday April 30th 10a-10p. Author Photo Booth, Guest DJs, Drawing Workshops, Prizes, and more! Hundreds of bookstores. Exclusive book and art pieces. One day only. Join the party! Greenlight joins bookstores across the city and across the nation in celebrating the second annual Independent Bookstore Day. With special items for sale, activities throughout the day, and a party to cap things off, the bookstore is where you’ll want to be all day long! Exclusive merchandise: From vinyl records to plush toys, wooden stencils to tea towels, a bookstore cat pencil case to a perfect burger diagram, this year’s literary-themed items offer something for every book lover, from kids to adults. Items cannot be reserved or preordered, and are ONLY available from participating independent bookstores on April 30! Check out the full list of IBD merchandise and see what other IBD events are happening at their website, and shop early before we sell out! (Limit one of each item per customer before noon; after noon no limits on purchases.) Our friends at Doughnut Plant are providing their mini cake doughnuts to start the party first thing in the morning! Free with purchase – get them while they last! See website for the full schedule of events.
5th Avenue Family Festival with Puppetry Arts at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday April 30th 11a-3p. Free admission and giveaways. Rain or shine. First 200 kids get a free gift bag filled with goodies! Performances & character meet n’ greets! $2-5 crafts, games and activities. Spin Art! Bouncy castle! Puppetmaking! Join Tuffy Tiger and friends for this great event on 4th St just off 5th Avenue, next to the Old Stone House.
Elephant and Piggie Meet-and-Greet at DiMenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Saturday April 30th 1230–330p. For all ages. Free with Museum Admission. Be on the lookout for Elephant and Piggie! These spirited Mo Willems characters will be roaming the N-YHS galleries all afternoon long and happy to pose for a photo with their biggest little fans.
Sunday May 1st
Hatched at BAM Fisher (Fort Greene)
Sunday May 1st 11a. Run time: 45 mins (No intermission). Tickets: $20 general mission and $30 premium (Enjoy First Class Treatment by Treehouse Shakers. Reserved Seating, Best Available. Priority Photos with Cast. Special Gift) Hatched, written and directed by Mara McEwin, is the original performance of a newborn chick emerging from her shell at sunrise to a strange and busy world. Told to the youngest of audience members 0-6, it is a first introduction into the theatre, while incorporating both the museum and farm. Performed through movement, handcrafted puppets, and very little human dialogue, the story is set amidst an American family farm. The chick is met by a feisty old rooster, a wobbly calf learning to walk, a gaggle of dancing chicks, a lamb, and a noisy nest of baby birds. Intimately staged, young audience members are encouraged to interact with the newborn animals as they explore their worlds. Through movement and music, the calf learns to walk, the baby birds attempt to fly, and the lamb makes a new friend with the curious hatched chick. Audience members interact and play with the characters on stage; they give the chicks their feed, milk bottles to the lamb, are licked by the cow, and feed worms to the baby birds. Also happening on Tuesday-Wednesday May 3rd-4th. See website for details.
Arty Facts at the Brooklyn Museum (Crown Heights)
Sundays 11a & 130p until May 22nd. $10 materials fee for up to four participants. For ages 4-7y. (Please don’t bring siblings older than seven or younger than four). Meet in the Rubin Lobby. In the thirtieth anniversary year of this art program for children ages four to seven, you and your family will explore the galleries through fun activities and engaging conversations, then head to the studio to create an artwork of your own. May theme: “Art Any Wear” Discover the world of wearable and usable art. Explore the galleries and look at how artists construct artworks that can be worn and used in unexpected ways, and then design your own wearable art.
Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday May 1st. Show starts at 11a. Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults (includes a free Bloody Mary or Mimosa), $25 Family. Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. Join us for an afternoon full of Little Laffs! Little Laffs – Big Fun for Little Ones! Music: KB Whirly, YoYo: Justin Weber, Magic: Xanadu
15th Annual Irish Dance Festival in Riverside Park South (UWS)
Sunday May 1st 1p-7. Free. Location: Riverside Park South Pier I at W 68th Street. A start-of-summer tradition for the whole family to enjoy! The Irish Arts Center annual outdoor celebration of Irish dance kicks off the Summer-on-the Hudson series with traditional dance from notable professional and student talent from around the region. Audiences can immerse themselves in Irish arts and culture with participatory workshops, music sessions, language lessons, and dance classes for all ages, among many other offerings. The evening ends with a lively céilí set to live music for all. Book tickets here.
Just Kidding: The Big Family Quiz Thing at Symphony Space (UWS)
Sunday May 1st 130p. For ages 7 and up. Tickets $12 advance, $15 doors. Family 4 pack available for $40, advance only. Put on your smarty pants for this live, family-friendly multimedia quiz show spectacular! The Big Quiz Thing brings a ridiculous amount of fun to Symphony Space for an afternoon of fast and funny team trivia with quizmaster extraordinaire EdP. Over the course of six rounds, children and their parents team up to show off their knowledge of topics ranging from history, sports, art, animals, geography, pop culture, and more. Loads of great prizes await as an added bonus!
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Crown Heights)
Saturday April 30th–Sunday, April 27th 10a–6p. Adults $25, Seniors (65 and over) $20, Students 12+ with valid ID $20, Children under 12 & members Free. Advance tickets to Sakura Matsuri can be purchased here. Members and ticket holders skip the lines. A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture! This year marks the 35th anniversary of Sakura Matsuri, BBG’s annual cherry blossom festival. Known as New York City’s rite of spring, the weekend offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Enjoyu a BBG Parasol Society Fashion Show, Samurai Sword Soul, Thunderous taiko drumming and much more! See website for full schedule.
Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday April 30th – Sunday May 1st 1230p & 230p. For 3y+. Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations).
Robert Southey’s beloved Folk-Tale from 1837, adapted for Hand Puppets by Jack Kaplan.
Up To You at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Ongoing weekends until May 22nd. See website for additional showtimes. For ages 5+. Tickets: $25/adults & $15/children. Who will be elected to the student council? The cheerleader? The Jock? The Geek? It’s Up To You! Special Event: April 17th following the 4pm show: A FREE post-show, interactive workshop will be held that engages audiences in reflection and discussion around themes from Up To You. We will explore identity, cultivating support systems and healthy communication between youth and adults.
Bello Mania at The New Victory Theater
Friday April 29th 2p & 7p, Saturday-Sunday April 30th-May 1st 11a & 4p. Performance 90 minutes with on intermission. Tickets start at $15. Step right up! Step right up! He’s the spectacular stuntman! The gregarious goofball! The agile athlete! It’s the one and only: Bello Nock! After two sold-out runs at The New Victory Theater, BELLO MANIA is back! Atop his signature sway pole, America’s favorite comic daredevil with the foot-high hair performs fan favorites and welcomes new friends to this high-flying circus. Fun and hilarity await—Come one, come all!
Dinosaurs Among Us at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Ongoing daily until January 2nd. Museum hours are 10a-545p. Timed admission only. Tickets: Free Paid General Admission + One. Location: LeFrak Family Gallery Fourth Floor. The evolution of life on Earth is full of amazing episodes. But one story that really captures the imagination is the transition from the familiar, charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for around 170 million years into a new, small, airborne form: birds. The fossil record of this story grows richer by the day. So rich, in fact, that the boundary between the animals we call birds and the animals we traditionally called dinosaurs is now practically obsolete. In this special exhibition, visitors will discover how the dinosaurs’ extraordinary story continues today.
The Art And Whimsy Of Mo Willems at DiMenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Ongoing Tuesday-Sunday until September 25th. Free with Museum admission. For all ages. Mo Willems’ beloved children’s book characters speak with a distinctly New York accent, from Trixie’s very first Brooklyn “Aggle Flaggle Klabble!” utterance to the Nichols and May-esque comedy duo of Elephant and Piggie to a public transportation-obsessed Pigeon. This spring, the New-York Historical Society presents The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, a rollicking journey across a career that started on Sesame Street and led to a laundromat in Park Slope. The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems exhibition brings together original art, sketches, and inspirational drawings from Willem’s most popular series, plus stand-alone classics such as Leonardo the Terrible Monster and That is NOT a Good Idea!. It displays the efforts behind the effortlessness, the seriousness behind the silliness, and the desire, as Willems says, “to think of my audience, not for my audience.” His ability to crisply weave together life lessons and humor creates artful volumes that speak to all, regardless of size.
Little Red’s Hood at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Saturdays & Sundays 1p and various times on weekdays. Schedule varies, refer to the ticket purchasing website for up to date showtimes. Tickets are $7/children and $10/adults. Like many of today’s children, Little Red is a smart, young city slicker who is too focused on her smartphone to notice her surroundings. Wulfric is a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth. When Little Red travels from New York City to the country to deliver some cupcakes to her Grandma, she encounters a colorful cast of characters as Wulfric the Wolf tries to head her off at the pass. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.