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
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
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
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.