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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & Beyond: March 31st-April 2nd

March 30, 2017

Hi everyone!  April is almost here and there are so many fun family events this weekend

This weekend head out and enjoy the Opening Day Parade & 150th Anniversary in Prospect Park, Family Program: Matzapalooza! at at Museum of Jewish Heritage  Free Admission for Kids at Prospect Park Zoo, Get Up, Stand Up! at BAM, Wild Rumpus: A Celebration of “Where the Wild Things Are” at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Spellbound Theatre: Grow at Old Stone House, Harlem Globetrotters at Barclays Center, Creativity Lab at Brooklyn Museum, LEGO® Club at the Hudson Park New York Public Library, Le Carrousel Kids Carnaval in Bryant Park, Matzah Factory at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Aviator Sports and Events Center, Family Days at Carnegie Hall, Yoga for Tots at Prospect Heights Yoga and Spring Sprouts at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park.

Also check out longer running events like the Children’s Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum, ARTech: Adventures In Art + Technology, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Something at The New Victory Theater, 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.

Happy almost April!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday March 31st

Yoga for Tots at Prospect Heights Yoga
Fridays 10a.  Sliding Scale runs from $9 to $21.  Yoga for children ages 2 to 5. Fun and engaging class teaches the basic yoga poses and breathing using easy to relate to descriptive language and demonstration.

Sing-Along with Louie at the Clinton Hill Brooklyn Public Library
Friday March 31st 1115a-1215p.  Free.  Instead of your regularly scheduled story time this week, come enjoy a FREE kid’s concert at the library. No tickets needed.  Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents, & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original, and loved by an ever growing population across the country! He has played with numerous ensembles performing music in a wide variety of styles.

LEGO® Club at the Hudson Park New York Public Library
Fridays 330p.  Free.  Calling all builders! Can you build a castle, a house, or a spaceship? Bring your imagination and join us for fun with LEGOs® every Friday afternoon!

Something at The New Victory Theater
Friday March 31st 7p, Saturday April 1st 2p & 7p & Sunday April 2nd 12n and ongoing at various times until Sunday April 16th.  See website for details.  Performance 60 minutes with no intermission.  Tickets start at $16.  For ages 6+.  From Liberi Di… Physical Theatre.  Something aerial. Something funny. Something beautiful. A troupe of seven skilled acrobats fuses circus, dance, physical theater and clowning into a singular, captivating performance that appears comically effortless. From reading a book to playing a game of poker, these inventive performers create silly, surreal scenes out of everyday ordinary acts. This show has SOMETHING for everyone!

See all Friday events.

Saturday April 1st

Opening Day Parade & 150th Anniversary in Prospect Park
Saturday April 1st 10a.  Free.  7th Avenue + 2nd Street to Long Meadow Ballfields.  Join the Alliance and the Prospect Park Baseball Association for a baseball youth league parade to Prospect Park, where a ceremonial first pitch will be thrown to start the season.  There will be lots of events happening this weekend in Prospect Park such as Grill Out at Greenmarket at the Grand Army Plaza 10a-1p, Brooklyn Atlantics Exhibition Game in Long Meadow Ballfields at 11a and opening weekend of the Carousel.  See the website for all the events in the park.

Spellbound Theatre: Grow at Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday April 1st 10a & 1115a.  Tickets: $15, Season Pass holders: $12.  See website for pass information.  Follow the life cycle of an apple seed through four seasons in this lovely, interactive performance for very young children.  Young audiences and the storyteller plant a seed together and help it grow, while learning gentle and charming songs and ASL signs to help tell a story of seasonal growth.

Wild Rumpus: A Celebration of “Where the Wild Things Are” at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday April 1st 1-3p.  Free.  Location: Dweck Center.  Join us for a celebration of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. There will be crafts, a wild rumpus dance party, photo booth props, and a screening of classic Sendak animated films in the auditorium.  This event is in honor of the release of the limited-edition Wild Things library card.  Trade in your current card for the new card today!  If you never had a library card, this is a great time to get one and start borrowing books, DVDs, and other materials.  See the website for additional “Where the Wild Things Are” events.

Le Carrousel Kids Carnaval in Bryant Park (Midtown)
Saturday April 1st 1-3p.  Free.  Register here.  Rain date Sunday April 2nd.  Shake off winter and jump into spring at a special Caribbean/Mardi Gras-style Carnaval for kids of all ages, at Le Carrousel in Bryant Park! Play mas, do crafts, get your face painted, hear a story or two, or just jump around to the percussive island beats spun by DJ Flip Bundlez.  The lineup: Face painting from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Music and dancing from 1pm – 1:30pm, StoryTime with Calico cat from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and free crafts from 1pm until supplies run out.

Get Up, Stand Up! at BAM (Fort Greene)
Saturday April 1st 2-3p.  For ages 8+.  All tickets $10.  Voices will rise in this family-friendly concert celebrating the power of spoken-word poetry. Featuring Brooklyn-based musicians Soul Science Lab alongside local performers, DJs, and student poets.

See all Saturday events.

Sunday April 2nd

Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Aviator Sports and Events Center
Sunday April 2nd 9-11a & 12n-2p.  PLEASE NOTE: The 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. seating has sold out.  *Aviator Members: Please call us at 800-656-4976 or log in to your DASH account to register with your discount. Member Pricing Adults: $22, Kids (3-12): $20, Babies 2 and under: Free.  Non-Member Pricing Adults: $24, Kids (3-12): $22, Babies 2 and under: Free.  Enjoy a full brunch buffet, photo with the Easter Bunny, cupcake decorating, crafts & a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa for adults. This is one of our most popular events and it does sell out! Purchase your tickets today to guarantee your spot!

Family Program: Matzapalooza! at at Museum of Jewish Heritage (Battery Park)
Sunday April 2nd 10a-1p.  $10, Free for Children & Grandchildren of Members.  For families with children ages 12 and under. Get ready for Passover with interactive workshops and performances. Enjoy arts-and-crafts activities, including a make-your-own Haggadah and Elijah and Miriam cups; an afikomen (hidden matza) search party; and, a photo booth in which participants can dress up and pose as Passover plagues. Join in a sing-along concert of Passover songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. Plus, visit a marketplace of artisan purveyors of Passover foods.

Harlem Globetrotters at Barclays Center (Prospect Heights)
Sunday April 2nd 12n.  Tickets start at $26.  The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed 2016-2017 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

Matzah Factory at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday April 2nd 1p, 145p & 230p.  Free with Museum admission.  18…17…16… Can you bake that matzah before the dough rises? Our annual Model Matzah Factory is back! Join us as we cut, thresh, and grind wheat into flour. Race against the clock as you mix, punch, roll and bake your very own matzahs to take home.

Creativity Lab at Brooklyn Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday April 2nd 4-530p.  Free with Museum admission.  Visitors of all ages are invited to drop by our studios and explore their creative side. In this drop-in workshop, take inspiration from our galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay for as long as you’d like!

See all Sunday events.

All Weekend

Free Admission for Kids at Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday-Sunday 11 am–4 pm Free admission for children with paid adult admission Prospect Park Zoo is sharing in the Park’s celebration with free admission for children, and special Park-centric fun.

Family Days at Carnegie Hall (Midtown West)
Saturday-Sunday 12n-4p.  Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Join Carnegie Hall this April for Spring Family Days in the Resnick Education Wing. During this two-day event, families can explore the exciting world of classical music. Musical activities include the opportunity to conduct a chamber ensemble, learn to sing opera, make instruments, create digital music, and learn period dances with the New York Baroque Dance Company. In addition, there will be live performances by Ensemble Connect and Bash the Trash. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop in any time or come for the whole day!

Nature Exploration in Prospect Park
Saturday-Sunday April 1st-2nd 10a-1p.  Location: Audubon Center.  Join Prospect Park Alliance for fun nature activities to welcome the start of spring, and also participate in our 150th anniversary species count for special prizes.

Children’s Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum
Saturday and Sunday 11a-6p until April 9th.  ADMISSION:* $15.00 all ages (children & adults);  FREE for Farm Members.  Join us for a kids’ carnival in the apple orchard! Enjoy the spring weather at the farm with assorted carnival rides and children’s entertainment. Midway games, hayrides, pony rides, and a seasonal petting zoo will also be available for an additional fee. Food vendors will be at the farm all day. Additional fees apply for hayrides ($3), petting zoo ($4), pony rides ($4), and midway games (prices vary).  Children under age 2 may enter carnival area for free unless riding on any rides.  *Admission includes carnival rides

Spring Sprouts at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturday-Sunday April 1st-2nd 2-4p.  $3 suggested donation.  It’s time for spring planting! Join Prospect Park Alliance to help plant our crop of flax and make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil and plant vegetable seeds to take home.

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.

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.

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!