April 30, 2012

Picks Of The Week: April 30 – May 6

Our Favorite Family Event For Each Day

By Briehn Trumbauer

Mayday! Mayday! We can’t believe the month of May is already here (tomorrow). Celebrate this new beginning with plenty of fairs, festivals and workshops designed to get you into the “spring” of things. — 

Monday, April 30
Parade of Illuminations on The High Line

Beginning at West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues

The Parade of Illuminations kicks off the 8th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. During the procession, participants of all ages can capture pieces of text out of the air to represent the fleeting sense of literature in our technology-centric world. Kids will love the huge, animated puppets! 

Tuesday, May 1
Terracotta Warriors At Discovery Times Square

226 West 44th Street 

All ages can peruse life-size warriors and ancient Chinese artifacts at Discovery’s newest exhibit.

Wednesday, May 2
Mommybites Summit 2012: The Ultimate Moms’ Night Out at the New Yorker Hotel

481 8th Avenue

Treat yourself to a Moms’ Night Out (dads are welcome, too)! The Mommybites Summit 2012 is chock-full of learning, socializing and shopping. The first 150 people to sign up will even receive a Britax stroller organizer! Guest speaker Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, will share her advice at the Speakers Corner.

Thursday, May 3
Campsklz :-) Workshop at the New York Junior League

130 East 80th Street

It’s almost summer camp season! This workshop will help kids with making new friends at camp, conversation skills, first impressions, trying new activities, handling homesickness, grooming basics and more. Parents will acquire new communication skills to help kids feel more confident at camp. Workshop also takes place May 5, 9 and 17.

Friday, May 4
Misaki Kawai-inspired Handmade Books at CMA

103 Charlton Street

As part of the current Misaki Kawai exhibit at CMA, stop in to the Fine Arts Studio to create a Misaki Kawai Handmade Book. Reflective of the exhibit, ages five and up will focus on bright colors and use paper, fabric and ribbon to create sketchbooks. Embellishing decorations, such as charms and bookmarks, will be provided. Then, don’t miss the Imagined Worlds Spring Benefit on Sunday, a festival inspired by the Misaki Kawai exhibit.  

Saturday, May 5
Learn to Cook Mother’s Day Dinner at Caribou Baby

272 Driggs Avenue, Brookyln

Who needs flowers when you can get a delicious home-cooked meal? Debbie Koenig, author of Parents Need To Eat Too will walk students through a mouthwatering three-course meal that includes gazpacho with honeydew and peppadew, linguine with pecorino, lemon and mint and chocolate Amazon cake. Not only does the ticket price include admission, but you’ll also get to sample the food and take home step-by-step recipes and a signed copy of Koenig’s new cookbook! 

Shop Lucky Finds Children’s Consignment Sale & Trunk Show
401 East 81st Street

Get your shop on with this two-day event featuring gently used and brand new children’s clothing, gear and toys. Don’t miss out on great deals from luxe brands! 

Sunday, May 6
It’s Up 2U Forum At TADA! Youth Theater

15 West 28th Street, Third Floor

Join TADA! and anti-bullying moderator Miss New York Kaitlin Monte for a free parent-and-child forum on the heels of their new musical, Up To You. Leadership and bullying will be discussed, please be sure to RSVP. 

Spring Family Fair at the Morgan
225 Madison Avenue

In celebration of The Morgan’s In The Company of Animals exhibit, the Spring Family Fair will incorporate singing, dancing, art and animals! Composer and conductor Adam Glaser will present his “The Composer’s Paint Brush: Painting The Animal Kingdom,” which teaches kids how to use music to explore the animal kingdom. Actors will roam the grounds as animals, and there will be a costume photo shoot and mask-making event.

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