• Weekend Planner: April 27-29

    Our Highlight Reel For What To Do This Weekend

    By Kat Harrison

    Contributor: Meghan
    Gearino

    I know we say it all the time, but this weekend we mean it with
    yell-it-from-our-walk-ups fervor. IT IS GREAT TO LIVE IN NEW YORK! Need evidence? The
    list below—which sports an eclectic batch of family festivals celebrating
    cherry blossoms, kindie music (that’s kid plus indie) and the Tribeca Film
    Festival—should keep you busy. —

    FRIDAY

    Witness history as the space shuttle Enterprise swoops over NYC for the
    very last time. Look for it tomorrow morning around the Statue of Liberty and
    The Intrepid, where the craft will temporarily reside come summertime.

    FRIDAY-SATURDAY

    Help Princess Dodgeball stop a band of bullies from terrorizing her school when The New York
    Children’s Theater Festival presents Scheme
    of the Super Bullies
    , best for ages six and up.

    FRIDAY-SUNDAY

    A special 35-minute show just for your toddler—the New Victory Theater’s
    interactive Plop! is based on Ursula
    Dubosarsky’s popular picture book about two problem-solving rabbits.

    Discovery Times Square opens their doors for Terracotta Warriors this weekend. Kids
    of all ages can peruse life-size ancient artifacts and Chinese warriors at this
    new exhibit.

    SATURDAY-SUNDAY

    Shining a spotlight on bullies in the midst of a student election, TADA! Youth
    Theater’s new musical, Up To You, has
    an important message for ages five and up (but is also a lot of fun!). Friday
    sold out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets in advance. Plus, don’t miss the free anti-bullying forum on Sunday, May 6 moderated by Miss New York Kaitlin Monte – a great dialogue for parents and children to attend together.

    With the cherry blossom
    trees in full bloom
    , the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host its
    one-of-a-kind Sakura Matsuri Festival
    full of folk dancing, traditional Taiko
    drumming, a tea ceremony and martial arts show.

    CMOM’s Art of Chinese
    Landscape Painting
    workshop
    lets ages five and up create a nature-inspired
    watercolor wonder.

    Celebrate Arbor Day in
    Prospect Park
    with a two-day festival boasting tree-themed games and arts &
    crafts.

    At Chelsea Piers’ Golf
    Fest and Open House
    , hole-in-one fams can test out the latest and greatest golf equipment,
    learn from the pros and enjoy refreshments in the Kids’ Corner.

    SATURDAY

    Embrace healthy choices at the West Side Y’s Healthy Kids Day. You can attend adult and youth
    CPR classes, play group sports, float in family swim lessons or learn a new
    recipe during snack-making sessions. 

    Meet legendary baby
    photographer Anne Geddes
    at Destination Maternity’s flagship store this Saturday. She’ll be
    showcasing her newest project; a magazine entitled My Pregnancy: A Woman’s Story.

    In honor of Jazz
    Appreciation Month
    , the American Museum of Natural History will
    host their New Orleans: Culture Remixed
    Festival
    for families. Celebrate jazz music and Cajun culture through DIY
    masks, Creole language lessons and plenty of music.

    Looking to party in Brooklyn? The Fifth Avenue Family Festival, sponsored by
    Puppetry Arts, promises puppet-making, face painting, rides, food and a moon
    bounce. Rain or shine.

    Save the animals (and their habitats) by
    participating in the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild at the
    Bronx Zoo. After the race, families should stick around for food, music and
    complimentary zoo admission.

    Harlem’s Thomas
    Jefferson Park
    brings back an annual favorite: Street Games Day. Parents and kids can
    double-dutch, yo-yo and hula hoop.

    The 17th Annual Big Swim
    Meet & Benefit
    at Asphalt Green is your child’s chance to compete in free, age-appropriate
    swim meets among great company—Olympic swimmers! The evening benefit raises
    money for Asphalt Green’s Waterproofing Program.

    The final weekend of the
    Tribeca Film Festival
    is upon us. Celebrate by zig-zagging through the Family Street Fair
    (read: bubble garden!) or taking in the thrills and stunts of BMX riders at the
    ESPN Sports Day.

    SUNDAY

    The Kindiefest Family Music Festival
    at Littlefield in Park Slope is your family’s chance to catch a slew of your
    favorite musical acts under one roof. Just a taste: Bari Koral Family Rock Band
    and Big Bang Boom will perform.

    Have a recess of a
    weekend

    with the popular musical trio Recess Monkey, who will be performing at 92YTribeca
    from their newest circus-themed CD, In
    Tents
    .

    In the latest
    installment
    of the Meet the Music series from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
    Center, don’t miss Claude Debussy Meets
    Sherlock Key
    . Ages six and up will love this mysterious performance set to
    live music.

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

    And if you haven’t
    already, click here to
    register for our free weekly newsletter which features our favorite events to
    enjoy every weekend in the city and beyond.

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