April 12, 2012

Weekend Planner: April 13-15

Our Highlight Reel For What To Do This Weekend

By Kat Harrison

Contributor: Meghan Gearino

You actually thought Spring Break was winding
? 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. —


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.


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


April marks the 100th
of Titanic’s sinking fate. To commemorate the event, The Scholastic
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.

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

in Making Books Sing’s revival production, The
. 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.


The Intrepid’s Boy Scout

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

Spend your Saturday
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
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

Take your “Spring Break

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
. Afterward, join the volunteer clean-up, arts & crafts and
traditional outdoor games.


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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