• Weekend Planner: May 11-13

    Our Highlight Reel For What To Do This Weekend


    Contributor: Meghan Gearino

    This weekend’s
    edition of fun around town is all about the mamas. From a two-day garden party
    (Mr. Sun, please stay!) to workshops for all ages and stages—
    New York Family wishes you and yours a very delightful Mother’s
    Day. —

    FRIDAY

    Aspiring dancers ages 6-10 should head to Chinatown’s PS 124 to
    audition for the prestigious School of American Ballet. Boys and girls are
    welcome even without prior training.

    FRIDAY-SUNDAY

    A Year with Children 2012, the Guggenheim’s newest exhibit,
    kicks off this weekend. Bring kids ages seven and up for a special showcase spotlighting
    art from their peers. (Friday-Sunday)

    SATURDAY-SUNDAY

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : The New York
    Botanical Garden is hosting a weekend-long
    Mother’s Day Garden Party filled
    with croquet, kite-flying, cupcakes and live music for the entire family.

    Acquaint your children with the art form
    of arias
    through an
    hour-long
    Introduction to Italian Opera workshop at the Dicapo Opera Theatre.

    SATURDAY

    For
    local kid-friendly fun, Amtrak is hosting
    National
    Train Day
    at Grand Central. The event will include train tours, arts &
    crafts and musical performances. To get on board early, check out our
    Q&A
    about family train travel
    , which covers everything from where to go to what
    to bring.

    Enjoy the earth with 15-foot river puppets and
    costumes at the
    Earth Celebrations Hudson River Pageant and Parade. Kids of all
    ages can enjoy live music and participate in oyster planting.

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : French
    storytelling, performances and Mother’s Day crafts fill the
    French Institute’s
    Family Saturday
    , perfect for kids of all ages and their families.

    It’s part two of the High Line Kids’
    Museum Mornings series
    , and
    this Saturday’s creative partner is El Museo del Barrio. Ages four and up will
    dig the bilingual singing, dancing and storytelling.

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : Create a
    Mother’s Day card that will touch the sky! The Skyscraper Museum’s
    greeting
    card workshop
    is perfect for children looking to DIY this year.

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : We didn’t forget
    about the younger ones! Head to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab for two
    Mother’s
    Day Workshops specializing in homemade gifts
    : scented bath products and personalized,
    take-home gardens.

    Climb Mt. Everest (on a slightly
    smaller scale!)
    at
    the Rubin Museum of Art’s
    Peak Experience VII Sleepover. Children ages 9-12 are
    invited to learn mountain-climbing safety tips, leadership skills, and of
    course, scale a mock Mt. Everest.

    Pirate School! Is a hilarious, interactive
    performance in all-things buccaneer. Head to the Waterfront Museum where
    Professor Billy Bones is sure to school you on how to be a good pirate through
    magic, comedy and theater.

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : For moms who
    love to garden, kids ages five and up should head to the Mount Vernon Hotel
    Museum & Garden for their
    Terrarium Workshop. Every mama deserves a
    mini-indoor garden surrounded by vintage glass, right?

    If
    your child loves
     hands-on
    science, stop by the
    SciTech
    Kids Open House
    on the Upper East Side for a taste of their imaginative camps
    and afterschool programs.

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : socialsklz:-) is
    hosting their
    Manners for Mother’s Day workshop at Whole Foods Upper West Side
    where kids ages four and up will learn table-setting and meal-time etiquette
    just in time for Sunday brunch.

    SUNDAY

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : Speaking of
    brunch
    Dean Street in
    Prospect Heights
    is offering a great deal for foodie families from
    11am-3pm. Kids under 10 eat free!

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : Have a rockin’
    Mother’s Day with 92YTribeca’s
    Mil’s Trills Collective Moms Celebration. The
    band will perform interactive songs with their signature ukuleles for ages 0-5.

    CELEBRATE
    MOM
    : Surprise Ma with
    a sweet and creepy-crawly treat from Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
    Mother’s Day
    Cupcake Decorating workshop
    . With toppings like Pop Rocks, chocolate-covered
    insects and bacon bits, kids can let their imagination run wild.


    NYC Wildflower Week
    kicks
    off this weekend, and there’s a slew of great family events to look forward to
    in the coming days. Be sure to check out the Family Flora Walk in Prospect Park
    or discover the colorful salamanders in the Bronx’s Urban Forest.

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

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    which features our favorite events to enjoy every weekend in the city and
    beyond.