Hi everyone!  The last weekend of March is here and it looks like it might be damp but rain showers won’t stop us from having a fun weekend!

This weekend take the kids  and enjoy the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Camp Expo at Williamsburg Northside Lower School, Family Fun with Suzi Shelton + Little Miss Ann at the Jalopy Theatre, Dr. Seuss Celebration – Read to Succeed at the Epiphany New York Public Library, Baboon Breakfast at the Prospect Park Zoo, Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Just Kidding: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at Symphony Space,  Rolie Polie Guacamole at ShapeShifter Lab, Just Water Family Day at St. Paul’s Chapel, Special Workshop: Silkscreen Notes and Totes at SPARK, Fantasy Forest Opening Weekend at the Flushing Meadows Carousel, Ensemble Connect presented by Carnegie Hall at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, The Peter Pan Experience at BAM, Hello from Japan! at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Aprender y Jugar (Learn and Play) Spanish Class at Tot Town and Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Louie Miranda at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library.

Also make sure to check out the longer running events like ARTech: Adventures In Art + Technology, 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 and Puss in Boots at Puppetworks.

There are more events on the calendar so check it out and start planning the weekend.  Also remember to like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a fabulous weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday March 24th

Dr. Seuss Celebration – Read to Succeed at Epiphany New York Public Library (Kips Bay)
Friday March 24th 11a.  Free.  Best for children of all ages.  Presley and Melody’s interactive “read and sing” music productions unleach the “power of Music” as they integrate a live music program with reading, singing, and audience participations. This creative interactive musical experience transform fans from spectators to participators, as children become stars on stage.

Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Louie Miranda at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Friday March 24th 1130a-1230p.  Free.  Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! Louie is a veteran musician and educator with extensive knowledge as a soloist and freelance artist. He has played with numerous ensembles performing music in a wide variety of styles.

Aprender y Jugar (Learn and Play) Spanish Class at Tot Town (Crown Heights)
Fridays 415-515p.  For ages 2.5 – 5.  $27 drop in.  A play-based Spanish immersion class, that introduces the fundamentals of the language through storytelling, arts & crafts and guided open play.

X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation at The New Victory Theater
Friday March 24th 7p, Saturda For ages 13+.  Tickets start at $16.  Performance facts: 2 hour, 15 minutes including one intermission.  In times of political unrest, must a man die for the greater good of the nation? The assassinations of Rome’s great ruler of the Republic and the revolutionary leader Malcolm X share the stage when New York’s acclaimed The Acting Company pairs Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR with X: OR, BETTY SHABAZZ V. THE NATION, a compelling new play by lauded playwright Marcus Gardley (The House that Will Not Stand, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Every Tongue Confess, On The Levee). Presented in repertory, each featuring the same outstanding cast, these two gripping dramas examine two charismatic leaders who rise only to fall victim to rivalry, resentment and retribution.  Exploring the tumultuous landscape of religious ideology and activism in the 1960s, X: OR, BETTY SHABAZZ V. THE NATION dramatizes various events in the life of Malcolm X including his relationships with his family, friends and the leaders of the Nation of Islam and his untimely death by assassination. Directed by Ian Belknap, Artistic Director of The Acting Company.

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Saturday March 25th

Baboon Breakfast at the Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday March 25th 830-1030a.  Suggested ages: 3y/o and older.  Fee: $40 non-members; $55 members.  Ticket price covers one adult and one child, and includes admission to the zoo. You may add up to three extra participants for $10 per person when you Add to Cart. Pre-registration is required, and Registration closes 24 hours prior to start time. For more information or to register, please visit our website, call us at 1-800-433-4149 or email edu@wcs.org.  Bring the whole family to have breakfast at the Zoo alongside of our troop of baboons. Watch these playful critters get a special breakfast, too. Learn about what animals eat, take a tour of the animal kitchen, & meet a special animal up close.

Just Water Family Day at St. Paul’s Chapel (Financial District)
Saturday March 25th 10a-4p.  Free and open to all.  Trinity Institute is hosting Just Water Family Day, an activity-filled exploration of water and climate change issues for kids of all ages. This day-long event includes science shows from Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, music, and storytelling, and features a presentation by Salva Dut, a “Lost Boy of Sudan” who founded Water for South Sudan, Inc. and is featured in Linda Sue Park’s award-winning book A Long Walk to Water.  Guests from New York City’s renowned Symphony Space Global Arts program will bring us water stories and music from around the world. Throughout the day, we’ll also be learning about water justice through hands-on activities, film clips, and presentations.  See the website for the schedule of events.

Just Kidding: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday March 25th 11a-12n.  Tickets: $17, members $14.  A hip-shaking, head-bopping morning of music for the cool family crowd from Latin GRAMMY winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. With an audience base growing by the second (and not just in height!), Lucky and crew are known for inspiring dance parties all around the country!

Rock Bands For Kids presents ‘Kids Rock Michael Jackson! A Tribute to the King of Pop’ at Littlefield (Gowanus)
Saturday March 25th Doors 1145a, show 12n.  Tickets $7.  FREE admission for kids 5 years and under!  Rock Bands For Kids presents ‘Kids Rock Michael Jackson! A Tribute to the King of Pop’. Rock Bands For Kids presents ‘Kids Rock Michael Jackson! A Tribute to the King of Pop’ 10 amazing young bands!

Events for Youth & Families: Ensemble Connect presented by Carnegie Hall at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday March 25th 1-2p.  Free.  Location:  Dweck Center.  Members of Ensemble Connect introduce families to the joys of classical music in a free concert. This interactive performance invites kids and their families to participate in an exciting fun-filled hour of musical exploration.

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Sunday March 26th

Rolie Polie Guacamole at ShapeShifter Lab (Gowanus)
Sunday March 26th 10a.  Tickets: $12 + fee in advance or $15 at the door.  Purchase tickets here.  Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being the one of the hardest working bands in kids music, and that just might be true. Theyve released four albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago. (It must be in the genes, for founding band member Frank Gallos dad is none other than veteran kids musician Lou Gallo.)

Special Workshop: Silkscreen Notes and Totes at SPARK (DUMBO)
Sunday March 26th 10-1130a.  ee: $45 per family for the first child, $15 per every additional child. Advanced registration required. Register here.  For ages 4+.  Work together with your tot to design and create a set of silkscreened notes and a tote bag.

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton + Little Miss Ann at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday March 26th 11a.  Tickets: $5 kids, $10 adults, $25 family of four. Join award-winning NYC family performer Suzi Shelton along with her good friend Chicago, Little Miss Ann as they showcase songs from Ann’s newest album “Keep On.” NYC CD Release show!

2nd Annual Brooklyn Camp Expo at Williamsburg Northside Lower School
Sunday March 26th 12n-3p.  Free.  Please join the A Child Grows in Brooklyn community for the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Camp Expo presented by A Child Grows in Brooklyn.  This is a FREE family-friendly event for parents looking for summer camps, holiday camps and after school programs for their children. Over 30 camp and after school program directors will be onsite to talk to parents about all the wonderful things their programs have to offer local families.  Capacity is limited, so please be sure to register!  NOTE: Complimentary 45-minute interactive robot building workshops for children ages 5+ provided by Brooklyn Robot Foundry at 12:15, 1:00 & 1:45. To sign up your child for one of these workshops click here.

Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday March 26th 1p.  Free.  The parade will run along 3rd Avenue.  Parade kicks off at 1pm at Marine & 3rd Ave. Ends at 3 Jolly Pigeons.  Wear your green shamrocks and come out for a beautiful afternoon honoring St Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland and all of her people spread far and wide across the world!

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All Weekend

ARTech: Adventures In Art + Technology (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.

Fantasy Forest Opening Weekend at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
Saturday-Sunday March 25th-26th 11a-6p.  Each Ride and Game costs 1 Ticket.  1 ticket: $3.50  3 tickets: $10.00  10 tickets: $30.00  20 tickets: $55.00  40 tickets: $100.00   Anchored by the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel, our park features an incredible mix of rides and attractions for kids of all ages.  We invite you to come for a fantasy-filled day. Our park has no entrance fee. Guests only pay for the attractions they ride and the games they play.

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.

Hello from Japan! at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday-Sunday March 25th-26th various times.  Free with Museum admission.  The Children’s Museum continues its celebration of equality and empowerment during this year’s Women’s History Month. Join us all weekend long with friends from our exhibit Hello From Japan! Create your own kawaii (too cute) friend and learn about character design with the Society of Illustrator’s award winning artist, Aya Kakeda and meet Chef Hideyo Yamada to explore healthy Japanese recipes.  See website for full schedule of events.

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.

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 two 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!