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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: April 28th-30th

April 27, 2017

Hi everyone!  The last weekend of April is a very busy one here in NYC!


This weekend take the family and enjoy three events at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.  Check out the Tenth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration at the Great Artist Plaza and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale and The Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Walt Whitman Theatre.  Also happening this weekend is Sakura Matsuri 2017 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The 9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, Puppetry Arts 5th Avenue Family Festival, Events for Youth & Families: Biscuit at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, In a Pickle at BAM, The Queens Jazz OverGround at the Flushing Town Hall, RRPH Presents: The Music of the Broadway Show Hamilton for Kids at Brooklyn Bowl, Arbor Day 2017 in Prospect Park, Wild Kratts – Live! at the Beacon Theatre, The South Street Seaport Museum Free Community Celebration, Arbor Fest at the Queens Botanical Garden, From Seed to Plate at the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library and El Puente Arts Presents: Very Young Composers Showcase at National Sawdust.

Also check out some long running events like New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater, Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Nivelli’s War at The New Victory Theater, 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,

That is just some of the events for this weekend so check the calendar and have a great weekend with the family. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a blast with the family!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday April 28th

From Seed to Plate at the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library
Fridays 1030-1130a until May 19th.  Free.  Space is limited to 15 participants. first come first served.  For Children 3 to 5 years and their parents or caregivers. Reading with preschoolers is fun and educational! You and your child will enjoy picture books, sing favorite songs, and join in some gardening fun! We will plant lettuce seeds.

In a Pickle at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday April 28 1030a, Saturday-Sunday April 29th-30th 1030a & 330p.  All tickets $15.  Run time 55 minutes.  Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, this innovative theater piece takes children on a voyage of discovery through landscapes of Shakespeare’s imagination and the music of his language. When a shepherdess and her flock of little sheep discover a lost baby, the audience must join in the search for the child’s family, a journey that will take them through the forest and across the sea. Full of scents, textures, colors, and songs, this immersive sensory experience is sure to delight and inform younger audiences about the power of their own imaginations.  Part of BAMkids.  Note: 1030a & Saturday April 29th at 1030a is a Relaxed Performances.  See website for all the details.

Arbor Day 2017 in Prospect Park
Friday April 28th 12n-4p.  Free.  Join Prospect Park Alliance this Arbor day for games, crafts and an exhibit on Brooklyn’s last remaining forest, Prospect Park!  Discovery Pack, 12pm–3 pm: Get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.  Bird Nerd Game Hour 1 –2 pm: Learn about birds and nature in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more!  Nature’s Helpers 2 pm–3 pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around trees.  Nature on the Go: ID a Tree, 3–4 pm: Take an in-depth look at the largest organism within Prospect Park (trees) and discover the important role forests play in providing different habitats for the Park’s wildlife.

Nivelli’s War at The New Victory Theater
Friday April 28th 7p and Saturdays 2p & 7p and Sundays 12n & 5p until May 7th.  For ages 8+.  Tickets start at $16.  Performance Facts: 65 minutes with no intermission.  From Cahoots NI in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.  At the end of WWII, Ernst, a young evacuee from Frankfurt, finds himself alone and far away from home when he meets the mysterious Mr. H, a stranger with a trick or two up his sleeve. Fast friends, they set off down a road fraught with danger, hunger and uncertainty to return the young boy to his family. Original music and dreamlike stage effects help tell this dramatic story of two survivors who become each other’s ally, protector and confidant. Inspired by a true story, NIVELLI’S WAR is a vivid and moving theatrical account of an incredible journey and magical friendship.

See all Friday events.


Saturday April 29th

Puppetry Arts 5th Avenue Family Festival (Park Slope)
Saturday April 29th 11a-3p rain or shine.  Free admission & giveaways! $2-$5 for crafts, gamies & activities.  Meet the Minions & Star Wars characters.  Hosted along 4th & 5th Ave of Park Slope.  First 200 kids get a free gift bag filled with goodies!

The South Street Seaport Museum Turns 50!
Saturday, April 29, 11am – 5pm.  Bell-ringing Ceremony at 1pm.  FREE Community Celebration.  The South Street Seaport Museum invites you to join the kick-off of its fiftieth year with a FREE public celebration on Saturday, April 29th!  This family-friendly event will include free admission throughout the day to all of the Museum’s offerings within the historic Seaport District, including tours of current exhibitions, tours of our historic ships, letterpress printing demonstrations by Bowne Printers, family educational activities, and live music on Pier 16.

El Puente Arts Presents: Very Young Composers Showcase at National Sawdust (Williamsburg)
Saturday April 29th at 1230p.  Free.  RSVP here.  Performed by Face the Music.  Supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the D’Addario Foundation.  Presented with the New York Philharmonic.  Very Young Composers aims to unlock and empower the natural artistry, musicianship, and creativity inherent in virtually all children, regardless of economic circumstance, race, gender, or nationality. Goals are to build personal confidence and leadership; to cultivate deep understanding of music; and to inspire tomorrow’s composers to bring the music of the future into the concert hall. Founded by Jon Deak, a former member of the Philharmonic, Very Young Composers began as an after-school program aimed primarily at children aged 9-11. The essential requirement for participation is not extensive musical accomplishment, but rather a love for music. The Composer’s Bridge follows through with students up to age 13, giving them incomparable access to professional musicians and public performances of their works. Programs inspired by Very Young Composers across the United States and around the world connect young people through creative projects.  All compositions will be performed by Face the Music.

Events for Youth & Families: Biscuit at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday April 29th 1-2p.  Free.  Location: Dweck Center. ArtsPower’s newest musical features a frolicking little puppy named Biscuit who loves exploring, making new friends, and even stirring up some mischief. Along the way, Biscuit learns about the joys of having a family. With over 17 million books in print, Biscuit is a modern classic!

Brooklyn Center Presents Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale at Walt Whitman Theatre
Saturday April 29th at 2p.  Tickets: $15.  Running Time: 55 minutes.  Recommended for ages five and up.  Based on the book by John Steptoe, Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott, Music & Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa.  When a great African king desires a wife, only the most worthy maidens are invited to meet him. Both of Mufaro’s daughters are beautiful, but does either have the inner beauty of a potential queen? Told through African dance, drumming, narration, and song, this story celebrates goodness, generosity, and kindness of heart.  Afterwards take the kids outside to the Great Artist Plaza for the free Tenth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration!

See all Saturday events.


Sunday April 30th

RRPH Presents: The Music of the Broadway Show Hamilton for Kids at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Sunday April 30th doors 11a and show 1130a-1230p.  Admission: $10 per person (child or adult). 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. April 30th: The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of the Broadway Show Hamilton for Kids.  Note: Brooklyn Bowl opens for No Cover, All Ages Family Bowl at 11AM as well.

Arbor Fest at the Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday April 30th 11a-5p.  Festival Admission: $10 Adults and Seniors; $8 Children; Free for Members. Food and beverage is not included. $10 event parking is in effect.  t’s a fun-filled day at Queens Botanical Garden’s Arbor Fest!  Enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including live music, tours, puppet and bubble performances, arts and crafts, petting zoo, face painting, food and craft vendors, art exhibits, demonstrations, beer tent, ceremonial tree plantings, and more!

The Queens Jazz OverGround at the Flushing Town Hall
Sunday April 30th 12n-10p.  Free.  The Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective that promotes jazz performance and education, presents their annual Jazz Fest, a free, day-long series of jazz workshops and performances.  The annual event highlights the talents of the many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists & vocalists in the borough of Queens. The day will include performances by student jazz combos, jazz master classes open to all students and aspiring performers, and middle school and high school student bands. The evening will feature an exciting lineup of six professional Queens-based jazz ensembles. Audiences are welcome at all workshops and performances, which are free and open to the public.  See website for full schedule of events.

Wild Kratts – Live! at the Beacon Theatre (UWS)
Sunday April 30th 2p & 6p.  Price Range: $44.75 – $64.75.  WILD KRATTS – LIVE! is an all new theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts.  Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out LIVE ON STAGE to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Starting off by sharing  some ‘wow facts’  about animals , as presented via large screen multimedia format,  the brothers Martin and Chris pull on their Creature Power vest and gloves to begin activating Creature Powers!  Experience the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families!  VIP packages available! VIP packages include one “Best Seat in the House” ticket (located within first 5 rows) and a post-show Meet & Greet with the real life Kratt Brothers.

Brooklyn Center Presents: The Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Walt Whitman Theatre
Sunday April 30th 3-5p.  ickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children (ages 12 and under) and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).  Running Time: Approximately two hours, including one intermission. Recognized internationally as today’s premier Chinese acrobatic touring company, The Golden Dragons combine award-winning acrobatics, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present an unforgettable show of breathtaking skill and beauty, representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty five centuries ago.

See all Sunday events.


All Weekend

Sakura Matsuri 2017 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Sunday April 29th-30th 10a-6p. Adults $30, seniors $25, Students 12+ with ID $25, children under 12 & BBG members Free. Advance ticket purchase required! Purchase tickets here.  Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

The 9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church
Friday April 28th-Sunday April 30th at various times.  3 day pass $85, Saturday & Sunday all day passes $35 each day.  See website for all the ticket information.  Children under 5 free.  Join us for the 9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival presented by The Jalopy Theatre & School of Music.   3 days, 40+ bands, workshops, film screenings, and the world famous banjo toss contest (Banjo Toss Contest is at 1p on Sunday.  Please assemble at the corner of Smith and 9th Street & we will then have a parade to the banjo tossing arena!!) The Brooklyn Folk Festival strives to present the best in American and world folk music.  Located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY our festival is a celebration of down home music, cultural diversity and memory.  Each year we draw talent from New York’s own thriving folk music scene as well as from the national and international world of folk, traditional and vernacular music.  The annual festival provides an opportunity for young and old alike to come together, enjoy music, workshops, film screenings, contests and jam sessions and be part of the vitality of our community.  This is an all ages event.  All seating is General Admission.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Saturday April 29th 7p and Sunday April 30th 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?

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.

In a Pickle at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday April 28 1030a, Saturday-Sunday April 29th-30th 1030a & 330p.  All tickets $15.  Run time 55 minutes.  Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, this innovative theater piece takes children on a voyage of discovery through landscapes of Shakespeare’s imagination and the music of his language. When a shepherdess and her flock of little sheep discover a lost baby, the audience must join in the search for the child’s family, a journey that will take them through the forest and across the sea. Full of scents, textures, colors, and songs, this immersive sensory experience is sure to delight and inform younger audiences about the power of their own imaginations.  Part of BAMkids.  Note: 1030a & Saturday April 29th at 1030a is a Relaxed Performances.  See website for all the details.

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!

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.

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!