Hi everyone!  So the last weekend of the winter is here and it is hard to believe Spring is next week with all the snow.  There are still lots of fun things to do here in NYC to chase away the Winter blahs!


Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day and you can celebrate with the kids at the 42nd Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an Irish Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and at The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  This weekend you can also take the kids and enjoy Comic Con at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, The Peter Pan Experience at BAM, Food is Culture: Japanese Quick Pickles with Hiroko Shimbo at the MOFAD Lab, “Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King” at National Sawdust, The Lightning Thief at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Living History: Yes, Women Fought in the Civil War! at DiMenna Children’s History Museum, Free Family Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse, Movies @ the Library: Trolls at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, The Paper Bag Players: Trip to the Moon at The Jewish Museum, A Family Concert feat. the Music of Prince with Blue Lightning at Brooklyn Bowl, Meet the Author and Children’s Book Signing at the Queens Botanical Garden, Metro Measure at the New York Transit Museum and Boro-Linc Brooklyn: Kotchegna Dance Company at Center for Family Life at PS 503/506.

Also make sure to check out the longer running events like ARTech: Adventures In Art + Techchnology, Puss in Boots at Puppetworks, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Linda Gross Theater, Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at Blessed Sacrament, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, Puss in Boots at Puppetworks and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Those are just some of the events for this weekend so check the calendar to see everything that is going on.  Also remember to like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Happy St Patrick’s Day and have a fabulous weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday March 17th

Irish Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Friday March 17th-Sunday March 19th 10a-5p (and CMOM is open until 7p on Saturdays).  Free with Museum admission.  Celebrate Irish cultural expression at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with a weekend full of scavenger hunts, stories and design workshops. Create a leprechaun hat, design a colorful stained-glass artwork, and learn about the tradition of Irish Step Dance. From March 17-19 join us on a search for shamrocks scattered throughout the Museum for a chance to win a Golden Shamrock Ticket and a FREE Museum membership!   See website for full schedule of events.

The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday March 17th 11a-5p.  Free.  The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is our country’s oldest and proudest Irish tradition, marching for the first time more than 250 years ago, on March 17, 1762 – fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence.  Parade route runs along Fifth Ave from 44th Street to 79th Street.

Movies @ the Library: Trolls at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Friday March 17th 330-5p.  Free.  After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.  Rated: PG.  Runtime: 1hr 32min.

Boro-Linc Brooklyn: Kotchegna Dance Company at Center for Family Life at PS 503/506
Friday March 17th 6:30-7:30 pm Community Artist Workshop, 7:30-8:30 pm Performance. Free.  Lincoln Center Education presents Kotchegna Dance Company. Performing in elaborate masks to the explosive percussion of a corps of brilliant drummers, Kotchegna Dance Company brings to life the ancient stories and legends of Africa’s Ivory Coast. Known for its masked and stilt dances, intricate footwork, and explosive energy, Kotchegna Dance Company has been embraced by audiences at an array of venues, from New York’s Prospect Park Bandshell and the American Museum of Natural History to the New York Stock Exchange and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival.  All events are free and open to the public. Boro-Linc events are recommended for all ages and their family members. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Families are encouraged to arrive early in advance of the program to secure their seats.

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Saturday March 18th

Food is Culture: Japanese Quick Pickles with Hiroko Shimbo at the MOFAD Lab (Williamsburg)
Saturday March 18th 10-11a. Tickets: $15/child.  Adults are free but limit 2 adults per child.  Purchase tickets here.  Note: ticket sales end 10a March 17th.  This is a hands-on culinary workshop for children ages 8 to 12. Each child’s ticket includes admission for up to two adult companions. Please RSVP for adults when you purchase a child ticket.  What makes a pickle a pickle? Fermentation is work done by billions of friendly bacteria that change ordinary vegetables into delicious pickles. At this hands-on children’s workshop led by world-renowned chef-instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo, you will learn how to make instant Japanese pickles and pair them with your own handmade rice ball. Taste fermentation at work with Hiroko and learn that food is culture.  No walk ins accepted for this program.

Living History: Yes, Women Fought in the Civil War! at DiMenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Saturday March 18th 11a-4p.  Free with Museum admission. Recommended for all ages.  Did you know that as many as 1,000 women fought in the American Civil War? You might not be able to tell if you took a look at a historical reenactment today.In celebration of Women’s History Month, meet living historians who recreate and share the underrepresented and contested contributions to war efforts in the North and South by women who openly served in combat roles and women who disguised themselves as men to enlist, as well as individuals who may not have identified as one gender.  Families can enlist in the company of living historians to learn a military drill or the steps to firing a cannon. After all, Sarah Rosetta Wakeman—a New Yorker who disguised her gender to fight—wrote, “I can drill just as well as any man!” Or, learn how women disguised their appearance and how reenactors accomplish the same masquerade today, discover how easy it was to pass the medical exams that permitted so many disguised women to join the ranks, and read letters from women describing their experiences.

Events for Youth & Families: Comic Con at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday March 18th 12n-4p.  Free.  Third Annual Celebration of Comics and Pop Culture.  BPL Comic Con is an event for kids and teens that brings comics fans and creators together for an afternoon of panels, workshops, and activities including: Costumes Encouraged!  Meet the Creators: Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Yuko Ota & Ananth Hirsh (Lucky Penny), Misako Rocks (Rock and Roll Love), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Jeremy Sorese (Curveball), and Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) will be signing copies of their books between panels & workshops.  Panels & Workshops: Attend a panel or workshop led by our comics creators.  The Draw-off: Watch artists compete, be a judge, and maybe compete yourself.  DIY: Add to our Comics Mural, make some crafts.  Games & Tech: Play games, watch cartoons, and demo some cool tech.  Plus vote for your favorite character, win prizes, and take selfies in our Photo booth.

Meet the Author and Children’s Book Signing at the Queens Botanical Garden
Saturday March 18th 1-230p.  Free.  Join us as we welcome Queens-native Demetra Tsavaris-Lecourezos as she reads her book Young World Travelers and the Magical Crystal Globe. The Young World Travelers are in Queens, New York, where they visit famous sites, such as the Queens County Farm, Fort Totten, and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs! Books will be available for sale.

Free Family Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse
Saturday March 18th 1-4p.  Free.  This event repeats on the 3rd Saturday of every month between until 8/20/2017.  Visit the Wyckoff Farmhouse this winter for a free family day!  While our public tours on Fridays and Saturdays are normally geared for an adult audience, we’ve planned engaging, kid-friendly tours, hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and more on select Saturdays. If the weather’s nice, bring a picnic and enjoy our grounds before or after your visit to the house.  If you plan to visit with children under 10, we recommend visiting before 2 p.m. to take advantage of specially planned activities for younger children.

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Sunday March 19th

Family Program: “Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King”, at National Sawdust (Williamsburg)
Sunday March 19th 10a & 12n.  10am tickets here.  12n tickets here.  For all ages.  A Persian folk tale brought to life through live music, narration and shadow puppetry by Hamid Rahmanian, the creator of the critically acclaimed “Feathers of Fire“. Taken from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh or Book of Kings, this shadow play tells the story of a misguided prince who becomes the villainous Serpent King. Performance will be followed by a shadow puppet-making workshop.

RRPH: A Family Concert feat. the Music of Prince with Blue Lightning at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Sunday March 19th doors at 11a & show 1130a.  Admission: $10 per person. Children under one are free.  The Rock and Roll Playhouse Family Concerts are unique, interactive, and educational live music experience for children set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue. 60-minute concerts focus on specific eras, artists, and genres of music. During each fun-filled show, children will explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity. Young talents will gain knowledge and develop their musical skills through laughter and imagination. We invite the whole family to join us and play as we aim to build creativity in children ages 10-years-old and younger.

42nd Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Park Slope)
Sunday March 19th 1p.  Free.  1245p “Re-Dedication Ceremony” to the Heroes & Victims of 9/11 – WTC at Prospect Park West & 15th Street, before Parade “step-off” Reviewing Stand: Bartel Pritchard Circle/PPW/14th Street.  Parade Route:  From 15th Street & Prospect Park West, Down 15th Street to 7th Avenue, Along 7th Avenue, To Garfield Place, Up Garfield Place To Prospect Park West and Along Prospect Park West To 15th Street.

The Lightning Thief at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Sunday March 19th 130p.  Tickets: $30.  Ages 6 – 11 years old.  Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles! Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

The Paper Bag Players: Trip to the Moon at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday March 19th 2-3p.  For ages 3-8y.  $16 General; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members.  Blast off with Trip to the Moon the latest fun-filled production from The Paper Bag Players! Delight in the group’s classic blend of cardboard & paper sets, whimsical stories, lovable characters, and live music that will have you and your family singing and dancing in the aisles.

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All Weekend

ARTech: Adventures In Art + Techchnology (Meatpacking District)
Saturdays-Sundays 10a-5p and also Wednesdays-Thursdays 3-7p until April 29th.  Free and open to the public.  RSVP is required for a timed entry slot. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to invite you to experience ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology!  ARTech is a two-month long pop-up activity center comprised of STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) experiential workshops, installations, and interactive moments for school age children + their accompanying adults.   Note: Each attendee is allowed 1 hour within the space to engage with the various stations. A 15 minute warning announcement will be announced before leaving the space.   See the website for all the details of the activities.

The Peter Pan Experience at BAM (Fort Greene)
Saturdays 2p & 7p until March 25th and Sundays 2p until March 26th.  Tickets: $15.  For ages 7+.  Everyone knows you never grow up in Neverland—but what happens if you’re grown up already? Plucked from their busy jobs, five adult strangers find themselves in a world of nightstands and night lights, a world where your favorite forgotten toys appear out of nowhere, your favorite music thrills you to dance, and all the joys of childhood come flooding back thanks to the invisible magic of Peter Pan. Dutch children’s theater company Het Laagland presents this formally innovative, effortlessly thrilling piece of physical theater about rediscovering the joys of play, shaking off the shackles of adulthood, and flying high with the king of make-believe.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until April 9th various times.  Free.  See the flyer for locations and times.  For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. In this special six session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

Irish Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Friday March 17th-Sunday March 19th 10a-5p (and CMOM is open until 7p on Saturdays).  Free with Museum admission.  Celebrate Irish cultural expression at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with a weekend full of scavenger hunts, stories and design workshops. Create a leprechaun hat, design a colorful stained-glass artwork, and learn about the tradition of Irish Step Dance. From March 17-19 join us on a search for shamrocks scattered throughout the Museum for a chance to win a Golden Shamrock Ticket and a FREE Museum membership!   See website for full schedule of events.

Metro Measure at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday March 18th-19th 130-215p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 4+.  How many people can squeeze into a subway car? Is a subway station as long as a football field? Can a giraffe fit in a subway station? Take to our Platform level with tools and measuring instruments in hand to make numerical discoveries about subway cars and stations.

Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Friday 1230p & 230p and Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until April 9th.  Suggested 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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  Puss in Boots ~ Charles Perrault’s 1697 French Fantasy with an Original Song Score & a “live” Ogre. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Linda Gross Theater
Saturday-Sundays 1030a until March 26th.  Tickets: $15 for kids, $20 for adults.  This rock concert meets live theater adventure is recommended for children ages 8 and up!  Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure received its World Premiere Production at Chicago Children’s Theatre, April 2015, Jacqueline Russell, Artistic Director.  Carroll’s beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization is brought to life with an eclectic, live rock soundtrack as Alice journeys through Wonderland in search of her own inner voice. Along the way, she faces many challenges and fears, but in learning to believe in the impossible Alice learns to believe in herself.

Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Saturdays-Sundays 1p in March.  Tickets: $25-$49.50.  For ages 2 to 7y.  Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p until September 17th.  Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults.  A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales.  Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck retells storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — bringing the Theatre to life with new marionettes and hand painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly into each story with the original tales that teach important life lessons still relevant to children today.

Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p.  Free.  The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!

To see all the events click here for the calendar!