• Free Family Events This Weekend! (March 22 & 23)

    The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, Birding for Families, Scrapbook and Sand Art, Spring Awakening, and “Who’s Up First?”

    By New York Family
    Flowers at For Tryon Park. Photo from uptowncollective.com

    Spring flowers at For Tryon Park. Photo from uptowncollective.com

    Have all the fun without spending a dime! Check out this list of free, family-friendly events this weekend.

    Saturday, March 22

    90-Second Newbery Film Festival
    New York Public Library
    3pm-5pm
    Founded by children’s author James Kennedy, the Newbery Film Festival allows young filmmakers to create compressed 90-second video versions of Newbery Award-winning books.  The screening is hosted by Kennedy and author Libba Bray. The festival has been crowded in the past so be sure to reserve a seat!

    Scrapbooking and Sand Art
    Poe Park
    10am
    Princess for a Lifetime is offering a special program at Poe Park. Kids will be able to make a sand art bottle project, as well create scrapbooks filled with photos and memories. This event is great for both boys and girls.

    Spring Awakening
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    10am-12pm
    Join educators for a special two hour hike around central Greenbelt. Enjoy nature and a visit to the LaTourette house with the whole family.

    Sunday, March 23

    Birding for Families
    Central Park
    10am-11am
    Central Park becomes a hot spot for birds migrating back home in the spring. Go on a walk with experts from the NYC Audubon Society and Conservancy Discovery Guides to learn about which birds are here to stay and which are just stopping for a rest before continuing on with their migration. Space is limited so register online or arrive early for check-in. Binoculars are available. 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues,  Ages 5 and up.

    “Who’s Up First?”
    Fort Tyron Park
    1pm-1:45pm
    Welcome the first days of spring with the first flowers of spring. Children’s educator Julia Attaway will conduct a workshop for children ages 4-7 that will teach them how to identify the first plants to emerge this spring. Attaway’s Children’s Naturalist Programs are supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tyron Park Trust.