March 29, 2012

Weekend Planner: March 30-April 1


Our Highlight Reel For What To This Weekend

By Kat Harrison


Contributor: Meghan Gearino

As
March winds down and April springs up, we’re certain that New York families have a lot to
look forward to. Both Easter and Passover events dot the coming weekends and
our camp fair tour ends with final stops on the Upper East and West Sides.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Simpsons and Shakespeare? D’oh! See the hilarious new show MacHomer at NYU’s Skirball Center, great for ages 8 and
up.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

NEW EXHIBIT ALERT: Animation buffs should check out Ice
Age
to the Digital Age
at the Museum of American Illustration—learn tricks of the
trade (like storyboarding) from the studio that brought us Robots and Rio.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

NEW EXHIBIT ALERT: The New York Hall of
Science is debuting Animation this weekend, an exhibit exploring the
art of cartoons from start to finish.

NEW EXHIBIT ALERT: For all ages, the American Museum of Natural History’s
new Creatures of Light: Nature’s
Bioluminescence
exhibit features glowing animals and organisms like
fireflies and fungi.

SATURDAY

April Fools’ Day will be celebrated one
day early at the Scholastic Store’s event where kids four and up can learn and
practice new jokes and tricks.

Silly readers five and
up
will
love Artie Bennett, who is presenting his latest picture book, Poopendous!, at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Pedal on over to Bike New York‘s Bike Bonanza in
Cobble Hill. This family-focused day promises safety demos, Bike Driver’s Ed and
a Recycle-a-Bicycle Bike Swap. Plus, if you get there early, free helmets for
all.

Head to The Skyscraper
Museum

for their Columns and Stories Workshop, which hones in on newspaper headquarter
buildings. Kids will get to produce their own paper—extra, extra!

The Young People’s
Chorus

of New York City will showcase a diverse collection of
music from China, the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic at Carnegie Hall.

Do a little jig at the Children’s Museum
of the Arts’ Irish Arts Festival where storytelling, mythical animations and
knitting workshops abound. For ages 5-12.

Celebrate the “new day” at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center with their NYC KidsFEST
Norooz
. Marking the Spring Equinox, this celebration features dancing, cooking,
egg painting, and a photo booth.

Take your first spin of
the season
on the Prospect Park Carousel—turning 100 this year—which opens this
weekend.

The Pop-Ups bring their newest musical, PASTA!, to Symphony Space. Join their
high-energy trek through Brooklyn (aided by puppets, animals and mermaids)
to find the best ingredients for pasta sauce.

SUNDAY

All ages will fall for the wonderful folk stylings of Dan Zanes & Friends. The
old-fashioned style band will blend the sounds of a mandolin, trumpet and
fiddle at the Met.

Experience an entire
year
in
just one day at Gustafer Yellowgold’s “Year in the Day” release party at 92YTribeca.

The Museum of Chinese in
America

is hosting their annual Qing Ming Festival Family Day filled with kite-making,
arts and crafts, food and dancing.

Everyone’s favorite troublemaker, Ramona Quimby, is back—but this time it’s for an adventurous on-stage performance at the
Queens Theatre.

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

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