April 14, 2014

Picks Of The Week April 17-20

Disney Junior Live presents Pirate and Princess Adventure, the New York International Auto Show, a puppet show at Forest Park, the Free Art Jam at The Jewish Museum, and the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival!

By Emily Murphy

Easter Bonnet Parade. Photo by Harold Neal

Easter Bonnet Parade. Photo by Harold Neal

This holiday weekend, families can enjoy both Easter and Passover celebrations with the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival and a Free Art Jam at The Jewish Museum. A few great performances are also lined up, including a special Disney live show and an environment-themed puppet show at Forest Park. For some techy fun, visit the New York International Auto Show, a multi-day event with featured activities just for children.

Starting Thursday, April 17

Disney Junior Live: Pirate & Princess Adventure
Theater at Madison Square Garden
Various times
For a special night on the town, take the family to Disney’s never-before-seen live show! Based on the hit series Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, the performances will be a happy mix of music, laughs, action, effects, and of course, tons of kid-friendly fun. Don’t miss a special pre-show from Doc McStuffins that takes place ten minutes before curtain! From $30

Starting Friday, April 18

New York International Auto Show
Jacob Javits Center
Various times
Car lovers will get a kick out of the annual New York International Auto Show! The schedule of events features a myriad of activities for guests of all ages, but some great highlights for the youngsters include a Spongebob Squarepants appearance, a group tour for families, and an exhibit from the LeMay Museum. Children $5, Adults $15.

Saturday, April 19

The Squirrel and the Caterpillar: A Puppet Show
Forest Park Visitor Center
It finally feels like spring, so a journey to one of the city’s parks is in order. Luckily, Forest Park is holding a fantastic puppet show, “The Squirrel and the Caterpillar,” which features two unlikely friends growing up in the woods. With a wise old owl for a narrator and an educational emphasis on protecting the environment, this performance is a great way to enjoy nature and have fun with the kids at the same time! This is a free event.

Sunday, April 20

Freedom Art Jam
The Jewish Museum
Celebrate Passover at The Jewish Museum with this extra awesome all-day family festival! Featuring tons of music- and art-based activities, the day’s highlights include a Baby Loves Disco 60s dance party, a Dave Grover & Grover’s Gang concert, a giant word poem, and a self-guided scavenger hunt in the gallery. Free with museum admission.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
Fifth Avenue
It’s Easter Sunday, so naturally, New York’s annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival is a must-see event. A tradition since the 1870s, people from all over flock to see the city’s best bonnets flaunted down Fifth Avenue (and the best spot to take a look is at St. Patrick’s Cathedral). This is a free event.

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