• Weekend Planner: March 8-10

    “Matilda” on Broadway, Carnival for a Cure, tech for tweens, and much more family fun.

    By New York Family

    Muppet Madness at Symphony Space

    It must almost be spring, because fun for families is starting to blow up all over the city. This week, we’re psyched for “Matilda the Musical,” a kid-friendly Carnival for a Cure fundraiser, two tech events for teens and tweens, and much more. See the rest of our highlights below, and don’t forget to check out our two camp fairs this weekend as well as these upcoming St. Patrick’s Day happenings!

     

    STARTING FRIDAY

    Get your tech on at New York City FIRST’s Technology Competition, encompassing tournaments for 200+ high school robotics teams plus a career and college fair for the public at the Javits Center. Nice! (Friday & Saturday).

    Dr. Stuart Ablon, one of the most inspiring
    and insightful leaders in managing behavior challenges in children, is speaking at Bankstreet College’s two-day lecture. Get the scoop here. (Friday & Saturday)

    Roald Dahl’s magical heroine, Matilda, comes to Broadway in a fantastical tale about using supernatural powers for good and standing up to bullies. Heartwarming! (Friday-Sunday)

     

    STARTING SATURDAY

    The American Museum of Natural History is hosting a workshop on how to design your own video games and how to submit your ideas for competitions. Who’s got their game on?
    (Saturday)

    Love the Muppets? Don’t miss Symphony Space’s double screening of “The Muppet Movie” followed by “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” Ready for an adventure? (Saturday)

    Celebrate music at VH1′s Save The Music Family Day, with performances, games, shopping, and street food bites. With participants like DJ Fulano and Disney, what’s not to love? (Saturday)

    Who says R&B can’t be family-friendly? Shine and the Moonbeams will perform groovy tunes and sweet messages for both tots and parents at Carnegie Hall. Rock on! (Saturday)

    Say “hello” to early St. Patrick’s Day fun at the Irish Arts Center’s Kids Film Fleadh, which includes themed story telling, screenings, step dancing, and snacks. Party: on. (Saturday)

    Returning after a sold-out run last year, “Shadow Play” invites kids 2-5 to be a part of a playful multimedia show at University Settlement. Jump in! (Saturday)

    Immerse yourself in the world of birds with celebrated folktales, as told by master storyteller Bird Gordh at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. We’re all ears. (Saturday & Sunday)

    Peridance Contemporary Dance Company’s new season is here! For two weekends only, your family can see breathtaking performances from a mainstay that has inspired audiences around the world. Right here. (Saturday & Sunday)

     

    SUNDAY ONLY

    It’s time for Carnival for a Cure, the Diabetes Research Institute’s fundraiser for all ages. Full of games, prizes, balloons art, crafts, food and more, giving back has never been this fun. (Sunday)

    Another charitable adventure: Rafi’s Run is a local family’s efforts to raise funds for Epidermolysis Bullosa at Riverside Park. It’s a great excuse to get fit as a family–get those sneakers out! (Sunday)

    Discover hidden matzo, make your own chocolate plague-like snack, and add a yummy touch to your family seder at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Yay for Passover fun. (Sunday)

    Hip Tot Music Fest is back in Brooklyn, this time with the funky, jazzy tunes of Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band! Ready to groove? (Sunday)

    Shake your groove thing at Baby Loves Disco, the ever-popular dance party for tots at Le Poisson Rouge. Bubbles, lights, egg-shakers, and more–oh my! (Sunday)

     

    BONUS TIP

    Our friends over at Divalysscious Moms are hosting a book launch next Thursday for Sticks and Stones, a new book about bullying and what parents, schools, and the community can do to prevent it. The tome has been highly praised, even snagging a highlight on the New York Times homepage last week. RSVP to see what the fuss is all about!

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