• Weekend Planner: March 30-April 1

    Our Highlight Reel For What To This Weekend


    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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