Hi everyone!  Mother’s Day weekend is almost here and there are lots of fun events for the family.

This weekend head out and enjoy Mother’s Day Breakfast at Prospect Park Zoo, Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at New York Botanical Garden, PS 295 Touch-a-Truck 2017, Morgan’s Journey at Kingsborough Community College, The New York Bike Jumble at the Old Stone House, Celebrate Spring on Governors Island, Mother’s Day Picture Frames at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Central Park Conservancy Family Discovery Day, The Rock and Roll Playhouse: A Mother’s Day Special featuring the Music of Madonna at Brooklyn Bowl, Family Sundays: Mottled & Marbled at Rubin Museum Of Art, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Forest Park, Film Forum Jr. Sunday Matinee Series: Little Women at the Film Forum, 11th Annual Japan Day at Central Park and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert at David Geffen Hall.

Also check out some long running events like the Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Rebel Playhouse: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater, Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks,  NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

There are more events on the calendar so check it out and have a wonderful weekend. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Happy Mother’s Day!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday May 12th

Mother’s Day Picture Frames at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SOHO)
Friday May 12th 12n-545p, Saturday-Sunday May 13th-14th 10a-445p.  Free with Museum admission.  Help CMA celebrate Mother’s Day this year by making a handmade picture frame for your Mom! Using recycled materials and art supplies, young artists will craft a special gift for their Mothers and other loved ones in the Fine Arts studio.

Little Bits at the Macon Brooklyn Public Library
Fridays 4-530p in May.  Free.  Kids will learn the basics of circuitry and electronics with Little Bits. In this free workshop, kids ages 6-18 will get to make basic robotics and more!

Celebrate Spring on Governors Island
Friday May 12th 530-9p.  Free.  Stay late with the Trust for Governors Island the evening of Friday, May 12 for a special FREE celebration of spring and the 2017 season. The Island will remain open to the public until 9PM and visitors will have the rare opportunity to wander the Island’s park spaces after hours and savor the sunset and colors of the season from the Hills. Free live music in Liggett Terrace will be provided by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Little Eva’s Beer Garden and Grill will have food and drinks available for purchase at Liggett Terrace. Sunset revelers of all ages are welcome. You don’t want to miss this!  See the website for the special ferry schedule for evening hours on May 12th.

New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Friday May 12th 7p & Saturday May 13th 2p & 4p and at various times until May 21st.  See website for the schedule.  Tickets start at $10.  Tess isn’t in Missouri anymore. Will she find her place in NYC?

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Saturday May 13th

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday May 13th 830-1030a.  Fee: $40.00 members; $50.00 non-members.  Treat mom to something special this year – a celebration of animal moms at the zoo! Participants will meet in the zoo before it opens, enjoy a light breakfast, meet an animal close up, and help prepare special treats for the some of our special animal moms. The price stated above covers one adult and one child. You may add up to three extra participants for $10 per person when you Add to Cart.

The New York Bike Jumble at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday May 13th 10a-4p.  Free admission.  The New York Bike Jumble returns to Washington/JJ Byrne Park around the Old Stone House at Fifth Avenue and 4th street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. for the seventh year in a row. Fulfill all your cycling needs for the summer! Get yourself a new or used bike, new and used accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork, overstocks, and bargains galore.

PS 295 Touch-a-Truck 2017 (Park Slope)
Saturday May 13th 12n–5p (rain or shine).  Where: 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, next to PS 295.  Single ticket: $8 per person in advance ($10 per person at the door) 4 pack of tickets: $30 in advance ($35 at the door).  Unlimited bouncy house pass: $15 (Regular bounce rate is $3/bounce). No charge for infants worn or carried by their parent. Tickets are required for both kids and adults. Buy online in advance here.  Calling all truck lovers! PS 295 presents the 7th Annual PS 295 Touch-a-Truck street fair! Kids can get up-close and personal with all their favorite cool vehicles at this day-long street fair for the whole family. Live entertainment includes arts and crafts, a DJ, food trucks, bouncy houses, and face painting to round out the day.

Central Park Conservancy Family Discovery Day
Saturday May 13th 12n-3p.  Free.  Location: Arthur Ross Pinetum (Mid-Park between 84th and 86th Streets). Join us for a day of discovery and learn first-hand about the people, plants, and wildlife that make Central Park thrive! Parents and children of all ages are invited to explore the Park from an insider’s perspective. Families can make their way through a series of stations, each with an interactive activity designed to teach you more about the ecology and management of Central Park. Complete all the activities to receive a free Discovery Journal!  See the website for information on all the activities.

Morgan’s Journey at Kingsborough Community College
Saturday May 13th 2p.  Tickets: $12.  Join us for “Morgan’s Journey,” winner of Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award for Outstanding Play, as part of On Stage at Kingsborough’s 2017 spring season. From the moment of his birth, we follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery. We delight in the birthday presents he receives, especially a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion. In a captivating exploration of the joys and challenges of childhood, with active audience participation, Morgan learns a valuable and moving lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.  Morgan’s Journey, originally created by Robert Morgan and director David Craig in 1980 is now the longest-running touring play in Canadian history, delighting children and their families around the world for nearly three decades. Meet Morgan after the show!

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Sunday May 14th

11th Annual Japan Day at Central Park
Sunday May 14th 930a-4p.  Free.  Location: Bandshell Area, Central Park.  (Main Entrance on 69th street and 5th Avenue).  Founded in 2007, Japan Day @ Central Park is an annual event designed by the Japanese community of New York to promote a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture and to say “Thank you, New York!” It has received official support by the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Central Park Conservancy, New York Road Runners, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Nippon Club, and many other Japanese and American corporations. The event kicks off with the rousing Japan Run, a 4-mile mini-marathon and Kids’ Races, hosted by New York Road Runners. The event continues with the Japan Day Festival featuring wide range of Japanese traditional and family-friendly activities, free samplings of popular Japanese cuisine, and powerful stage performances throughout the day.  See the website for all the details.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Forest Park (Richmond Hill)
Sunday May 14th 1030-1130a.  Free.  For all ages.  Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.  See the website for future locations of the CityParks PuppetMobile this year.

Film Forum Jr. Sunday Matinee Series: Little Women at the Film Forum (South Village)
Sunday May 14th 11a. Tickets $8. Advance tickets on sale at the box office and online.  May 14th: Little Women ~ (1933, George Cukor) Daddy goes off to fight the Civil War, leaving behind daughters Beth (Jean Parker), Meg (Frances Dee), Amy (Joan Bennett) and Katharine Hepburn’s tomboyish writer Jo. Finest screen version of the Louise May Alcott novel. 35mm. Approx. 115 min.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: A Mother’s Day Special featuring the Music of Madonna at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Sunday May 14th doors 12n & show 1230p.  Admission: $10 per person (child or adult). Children under one are free.  Free admission for moms for Mother’s Day.   The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: A Mother’s Day Special featuring the Music of Madonna with special guest Alyssa Cowit, author of I Did My Homework in My Head signing books and reading!

Family Sundays: Mottled & Marbled at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays in May.  Drop-in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.  Free for children and accompanying adults.  Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities.  Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search.    May Sundays: Mottled & Marbled ~ Many cultures throughout Asia have traditions of paper marbling. Join Family Sundays in May to create unique sheets of marbled paper inspired by the topographical works featured in the Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind Sacred Spaces exhibition.

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All Weekend

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday-Sunday May 13th-14th 10a-5p.  Tickets: $30/adults, $15/children 2-12y, children under 2 free.  Our Biggest Garden Party Ever!  Treat mom to the day out that she deserves! In fact, bring the whole family for live music, games, picnicking, and more—all surrounded by the most spectacular spring landscape New York has to offer.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert at David Geffen Hall (UWS)
Friday May 12th 7p & Saturday May 13th 1p & 7p.  Tickets: $45-125.  Duration: 2 hours & 30 minutes with intermission.  Experience E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as never before when the New York Philharmonic performs John Williams’s exhilarating, soaring score live while the complete film — called one of the greatest, most heart-pounding, and most inspiring movies ever made — is projected on a giant screen.

Rebel Playhouse: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (Garment District)
Fridays at 6p, Saturdays at 230p & 6p and Sundays at 230p until May 21st.  For ages 6+.  Tickets: $27 for child & $37 for adults. Purchase tickets here.  Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of the musical OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Sutliff with musical direction by Dax Dupuy.  In “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the Villagers find only part of it, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow, and a whole slew of animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone. This one act musical explores themes of diversity, understanding, friendship, and love. “Old Turtle…” made its world premiere at The Barter Theatre performed by the Barter Players in 2015, and this production will mark its New York premiere!

play:groundNYC on Governors Island
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-3p until October 1st.  Free.  There is a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to our Junkyard play area. Adult supervision is required.  Please note that the ages for both the Junkyard Play area (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended.  We have 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. Expect your child to get messy! Our junkyard play area is for kids only, with a  recommended age of  6 and up. Parents can enjoy a grassy area with some shade to enjoy some time relaxing. Please note, while we do not allow parents into the older kids area, children are free to come and go. It is up to each family to decide if the parents stay waiting outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. Please note there are  play:groundNYC playworkers in the JunkYard at all times. Note: Shoes: Closed toe and thick soled shoes are required to enter our junkyard play area. In order to reduce risk of injury, rubber shoes (i.e. Crocs) and shoes with cut-outs (i.e. Keen sandals) and soft soled-shoes (i.e. Converse) are NOT permitted.  See the website for all the details.

The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays now until August 20th 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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  The Reluctant Dragon: Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 English Mystery adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach.

Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturdays-Sundays 1030a-1230pn until June 4th except May 27th-28th.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission.  Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. Create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention with Discovery Garden docents.  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until June 25th.  Free with Museum admission.  Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+.  Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!

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!