• Weekend Planner: April 13-15

    Our Highlight Reel For What To Do This Weekend


    Contributor: Meghan Gearino

    You actually thought Spring Break was winding
    down
    ? This weekend alone lets you “go overboard” for Titanic events that were made
    for elementary schoolers or celebrate National Poetry Month with some
    well-versed wordsmithing. Not to mention, musical fun a la the Muppets and a
    bubble bonanza for the entire family. —

    FRIDAY

    Ages five and up can join the Children’s Museum of Manhattan at their Play’s The
    Thing: Jump & Thump workshop
    for some physical theater lessons from New Victory
    Theater pros.

    Head to the Alley Pond
    Environmental Center
    for fun with bi-continental beasts. The
    World of Animals
    exhibit features furry friends from Australia, North & South
    America and Africa—best for ages 2-10.

    FRIDAY-SUNDAY

    Make a bubble sculpture or try on some foam
    jewelry at Bubblemania with Casey Carle at the New York Hall of Science.

    SATURDAY-SUNDAY

    April marks the 100th
    Anniversary
    of Titanic’s sinking fate. To commemorate the event, The Scholastic
    Store
    is hosting a reading and arts & crafts session inspired by the book I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic,
    best for ages seven and up. (Saturday) On
    Sunday, ages eight and up can hear a letter from a Titanic survivor at the Titanic Sinks! book event at the New York Historical Society. (Sunday)

    Celebrate National
    Poetry Month
    like a true wordsmith. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum looks to Earth
    Day as well, for various events geared towards ages 5-18. (Saturday) At the
    Poets House
    , join Douglas Florian for baseball-themed poetry and a writing workshop.
    (Sunday)

    Rides, food and cotton candy abound
    at the Queens County Farm’s Children’s Carnival, delighting families both this
    weekend and next.

    Forbidden friendships rise
    above

    in Making Books Sing’s revival production, The
    Butterfly
    . Ages seven and up will find out how two very different girls
    living in WWII Nazi-occupied France help each other during
    a tragic but compelling time.

    SATURDAY

    The Intrepid’s Boy Scout
    Day

    lets aviation enthusiasts participate in activities involving all-things
    airplanes and spaceships.

    The New York Pops show mad Muppet love when they present Jim Henson’s Musical World at Carnegie
    Hall. Both afternoon shows will be joined by special guest puppeteer John
    Tartaglia.

    Spend your Saturday
    afternoon
    with folk music’s Elizabeth Mitchell at the Brooklyn Public Library.
    This interactive concert is for all ages.

    It’s Family Day at the
    Center for Architecture
    —and in celebration of the current exhibit Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, ages 5-13 will
    design a Middle Eastern building.

    Permission granted: play
    with your food!
    Authors Bill and Claire Wurtzel will teach recipes from their new book,
    Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly,
    Creative Breakfasts
    at Henry’s Restaurant, followed by a book signing.

    Blow out the candles—all 40 of ‘em—for
    Grandpa the Spider Monkey! The Staten Island Zoo is holding a birthday
    celebration for
    America‘s oldest spider monkey and
    everyone is invited for cake.

    Inventive kids ages five
    and up
    can
    create their own toys and superheroes to take home at The Rubin Museum of Art’s
    Himalayan Games & Toys Art Lab. While you’re there, check out their current
    exhibit, Hero Villain Yeti: Tibet in
    Comics
    .

    Take your “Spring Break
    vaca”

    at The Japan Society for their all-ages J-CATION 2012. In celebration of the
    cherry blossoms, the festival includes concerts, arts & crafts, DJ dance
    parties and more.

    Take your Little Leaguer to Prospect Park for their Opening Day
    Parade
    . Afterward, join the volunteer clean-up, arts & crafts and
    traditional outdoor games.

    SUNDAY

    The powerhouse duo of Little Miss Ann and
    Suzi Shelton
    promise a great performance at 92YTribeca for ages 0-5. Join them
    for retro, 60s-style music with originals and folk covers.

    Find out if Zorro, the man with cape and sword
    in tow, is a friend or foe. The masked man arrives at The Tribeca Performing
    Arts Center for one performance only, perfect for theatergoers ages 8-13.

    For even more events and
    activities this weekend and beyond, check out our
    Family Calendar.

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    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JIM HENSON LEGACY