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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: April 7th-9th

April 6, 2017

Hi everyone!  Just one more day of school until Spring Break for New York City public schools so there are even more fun events for this weekend.


This week head out with the kids and enjoy a Spring Egg Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Events for Youth & Families: Junie B. Jones at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Opening Day of Luna Park, FamJam: Family Tales at BRIC House Stoop, Brick Fest Live at New York Hall of Science, Rooftop Films: Finding Dory with Sunset Park Cinema Club for Kids at Industry City Factory Floor, Matzo Madness at Museum at Eldridge Street, On The Shoulders of Giants Family Matinee at BRIC House Ballroom, Roller Rink Opening Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2, Canarsie Park Easter Egg Hunt, BAMkids Movie Matinees: Babe at BAM, Freedom Art Jam at The Jewish Museum, Boro-Linc Brooklyn: Community Film Viewing and Making at Center for Family Life at PS 503/506, Worm Compost Program at the Ottendorfer NYPL and the Children’s Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum.

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Gruff! at The People’s Improv Theatre, UniverSoul Circus at Aviator Sports and Events Center, ARTech: Adventures In Art + TechnologyRedbird Reef Painting at New York Transit Museum, Powers in Motion: Action-packed Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 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 the last weekend of Puss in Boots at Puppetworks.

That is just some of the events so check the calendar and starting planning your weekend. Also remember to like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday April 7th

Roller Rink Opening Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
Friday April early bird public skate 10a-12n.  Admission $3. Roller Skates $6 (if needed), Skate Mate $6 (if needed).  Top 40 hits.  Regular hours are 12n-6p with $6 admission.

UniverSoul Circus at Aviator Sports and Events Center
Friday April 7th 1030a & 7p, Saturday April 8th 12n, 4p & 730 and Sunday April 9th 1230p, 330p & 630p.  Various tickets prices.  See website for information. UniverSoul Circus is ongoing at various times until Sunday April 16th.  See website for details. UniverSoul Circus is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music. Under the single ring big top circus arts, theater and music come together as one. UniverSoul Circus embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of urban pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers that reflect the cultural diversity of the world in which we live. The show adds different and thrilling acts each year! Don’t miss all that’s new!

Worm Compost Program at the Ottendorfer NYPL (East Village)
Friday April 7th 11a.  Free.  For ages 5 and older. Registration Required.  Taking waste reduction to the next generation! By using red wiggler worms, you can compost indoors and help nature to recycle its nutrients, while reducing the amount of waste that you produce. Explore the stages of decomposition, as well as how the worms help the process along. Each participant will have the chance to make and bring home their own mini worm-bin allowing them to follow this process through its different stages. Presented by Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Boro-Linc Brooklyn: Community Film Viewing and Making at Center for Family Life at PS 503/506
Friday April 7 630-730p Community Artist Workshop, 730-830p Performance. Free.  In the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Community Film Viewing and Making program, children, families, and community members screen a series of award winning short films by kids and professionals from around the world and then make an animation of their very own.  Films will include stop motion animation by teen filmmaker Georgia Cross; My School Project, a short film by students in the Film Society Kids program; and the award-winning animation Ernesto by Corinne Landiende. Then, Film Society of Lincoln Center filmmakers and educators will guide audience members in creating their own animation about the meaning of community.  Note: 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.

See all Friday events.


Saturday April 8th

Opening Day of Luna Park (Coney Island)
Saturday April 8th.  The fun starts at 10am, rides begin at Noon! Prices vary.  Come out and enjoy games, giveaways, FREE RIDES & a few NEW surprises, as we kick off the 90th Birthday of the Coney Island Cyclone!  Arrive early and #JoinThe100 to be one of the first to take a ride on the iconic Cyclone, FREE! Use the hashtag for a chance to win a VIP Experience during our Opening Day Ceremony!  Try a traditional Brooklyn Egg Cream, courtesy of Brooklyn Seltzer Boys.  Meet & Greet Mr. Met.  Check out the BBuddieez tent!  Enjoy Live Entertainment & more!

Rooftop Films: Finding Dory with Sunset Park Cinema Club for Kids at Industry City Factory Floor (Sunset Park)
Saturday April 8th 10a doors open, 11a free screening.  Free with RSVP.  RSVP here.  RSVP is not required, and does not guarantee entry. This event is free and open to the public, and seating is first come, first served for all.  Rooftop Films and the Sunset Park Cinema Club for Kids invite you to a free screening of Finding Dory at Industry City.  Food options available from Industry City tenants. Family-friendly activities available!

FamJam: Family Tales at BRIC House Stoop (Fort Greene)
Saturday April 8th 11a-2p.  Free with RSVP.  RSVP here.  PLEASE NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; ADMISSION IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE, AS ROOM IS AVAILABLE (whether you RSVP or not).  Hands-on workshops for families to complete a creative art project together. Come as a motley crew, leave as a unified team with a cool product to show for it! For families with school aged children (ages 7+).  Every family has a story to tell! For the April 8 FamJam event, Family Tales, participants will capture a family story through video storytelling. Come and let BRIC media makers help you capture your family tales on video!  Create a digital memento of your family antics, adventures, and/or memories.  Bring your children, siblings, spouses, parents, grandparents together for a day of narrative collaboration and video production.

Canarsie Park Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8th 12p–2p  Free.  Head to Canarsie Park to hunt for Easter eggs and celebrate spring! Enjoy free refreshments and giveaways, and an appearance from the Easter Bunny!  This event is presented by New York State Senator Roxanne Persaud and New York’s 19th Senate District.  Location East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue in Canarsie Park.

Events for Youth & Families: Junie B. Jones at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday April 8th 1-2p.  Free.  It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions.

See all Saturday events.


Sunday April 9th

Matzo Madness at Museum at Eldridge Street (Lower East Side)
Sunday April 9th 11a-1p.  One $20 ticket for the whole family. For families with children ages 4-11. Moses, mystery, and matzo, now that’s Dayenu!  Make edible plagues, paper bag puppets, and holiday art – pretty enough for your own seder table. Enjoy a Passover scavenger hunt, story time and much, much more! Join us for a fun filled family favorite and make Matzo Madness part of your Passover preparation.

Freedom Art Jam at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday April 9th 12n-4p.  For ages 3 & up.  Free with Museum admission.  Join us for our Passover extravaganza with art, music, and dancing! Set yourself free to the soulful sounds of Vered and the Babes, create a musical instrument, craft a unique storybook, add to a giant sculptural Seder plate installation.  Freedom Art Jam Schedule:  Noon and 1:15 pm: Vered and The Babes, Noon – 4pm: Drop-in Art Workshops: Funky Instruments for Freedom, Painted Passover Storybooks, Giant Seder Plate Sculpture and Free Thought Table.  See the website for all the details.

BAMkids Movie Matinees:  Babe at BAM (Fort Greene)
Sunday April 9th 2p.  Tickets: $10 general admission, $7 for children 12 and under.  Rated G.  Run time: 91 minutes.  A plucky piglet defies expectations to become a farmer’s prize sheepherder in this delightfully imaginative barnyard tale, one of the most enchanting and innovative family films of the 1990s. With marvelous visual effects and a surplus of heart, Babe brings to life a fantastical storybook world—complete with a memorable trio of singing mice—that captivates young viewers without condescending.

On The Shoulders of Giants Family Matinee at BRIC House Ballroom (Fort Greene)
Sunday April 9th 2p.  $10 Adv / $12 Door. The Knights once again return for a family-family edition of their April concert with a full orchestral program honoring classical treasures alongside Brooklyn composers. Featuring music by Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Stravinsky, Philip Glass, and one of the leading exponents of American song – Brooklyn’s Gabriel Kahane.

Gruff! at The People’s Improv Theatre (Flatiron)
Sunday April 9th 5p and every Sunday at 2p until May 28th.  Tickets: $20.  Gruff! is an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff that calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change.  Gruff! takes place in a world that goats have transformed into a toxic junkyard. A young goat named Gruf discovers the magically hidden Troll Valley – the only surviving oasis of natural plant and animal life left on Earth. Gruf eagerly tries to convince her fellow goats to join her on a quest to make the world green again, but her elders are bent on drilling for fuel in Troll Valley. The fate of the world hangs in the balance! The NYC premiere of Gruff! employs puppetry, physical comedy, captivating projections, magical laser effects and unforgettable songs.

See all Sunday events.


All Weekend

Brick Fest Live at New York Hall of Science
Saturday-Sunday April 8th-9th 10a-6p.  Tickets: $13 child, $16 adult.  VIP $29 child, $32 adult.  Children 2 and under are free.  Purchase tickets here. Join us for the ultimate LEGO fan experience. Get inspired, educated and entertained with LEGO bricks when Brick Fest Live comes to NYSCI to kick off Spring Schools Out Week: April 8 and 9, 2017! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.  Brick Fest Live activities and stations include:  Collaborative Building, Architecture Annex, Glow Zone, Big Brick Pit, Mosaics and DIY Race Car Derby.  See the website for all the details.

Spring Egg Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Sunday April 8th-9th.  Free with Museum admission.  Eggs rule the day at Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Spring Egg Party. Kick off spring break with two packed days of fun as we explore cultural traditions around eggs and springtime.  See website for full schedule of events.

Something at The New Victory Theater
Saturday April 8th  2p & 7p & Sunday April 9th 12n & 5p.  Performance 60 minutes with no intermission.  There are additional performances during Spring Break.  See website for the information.  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!

Redbird Reef Painting at New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays & Sundays 130-215p until April 16th.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 4+.  Learn about recycling, subway-style! Years ago, retired “Redbird” subway cars took a dive into the Atlantic Ocean to form a new home for fish. Plunge into this fun program and paint your own vibrant scene of an underwater world of recycled cars.

School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Saturday April 8th-Tuesday April 18th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages. April School Vacation Week this year is all about celebrating our latest special exhibition, Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man, from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society!  Check out an all day Museum-Wide Scavenger Hunt and Drop-in Crafts daily 1-3 pm.  See the website for all the details.

Powers in Motion: Action-packed Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday April 8th-Tuesday April 18th various times.  Free with Museum admission.  The Children’s’ Museum invites you to an action-packed spring break. All week long explore different forms of power like super powers, energy, creativity and strength. Train to be a superhero, help us construct an imaginary machine, create new playground games and design tap shoes that really stomp. Enjoy powerful performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center and their lion dance, explore quantum physics with SYREN Modern Dance, and fuse martial arts and music when you learn capoeira from Silva Dance Company.  See the website for schedule of events.

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

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!