• Weekend Planner: May 4-6

    Our Highlight Reel For What To Do This Weekend

    Contributor: Meghan Gearino

    You may already be
    slicing and dicing the avocado and tomatoes for Cinco de Mayo this Saturday (
    here’s a great
    in case you need one!). In case your calendar reveals itself empty
    (we want your life), the way-more-fun-than-laundry list below will keep you and kids
    plenty busy. — 


    Taikoza Live!, a percussion-based performance, lets families
    march to the beat of their own drum at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center.
    But we bet you’ll love the bamboo flutes and costumes, too.


    Propelled 20 feet in the air, the high-flying dance moves and
    acrobatics of the New Victory Theater’s
    8cho Ariel Tango are sure to
    astound. Recommended for ages eight and up.

    Madison Square Park’s latest interactive installation is the
    quirky work of Charles Long entitled
    . The funky and colorful railings let kids produce various vibrations
    and sounds.

    The classic tale of The Velveteen

    rounds out the New York Children’s Theatre Festival. Bring kiddos four and
    older to this endearing show.


    If Mama needs a brand new (diaper) bag—head to the Shop Lucky Finds’
    Consignment Sale & Trunk Show
    at the Museum of Motherhood. It’s a great way
    to stock up on designer gear for your tot, for less.


    The Mamas Network and The New York Hall of Science
    present the
    Second Annual Mamas Expo. Open to all parents and families with
    children ages 0-5, the get access to some of the best local services,
    specialists and products in Queens and throughout NYC.

    Go green in Greenpoint!
    to McCarren Park for the
    2012 Greenpoint Earth Day Festival for music, health
    tips, arts & crafts and assorted children’s activities.

    Prep your soon-to-be camper by sending them to the campsklz workshop
    hosted by socialsklz:-). Ages 7-12 will learn everything from conversational
    skills to friendship 411, and how to handle homesickness.

    The Imagination Movers excite the Big Apple this weekend with
    a live performance at The Best Buy Theater featuring 22 of their original

    Head to Caribou Baby in Brooklyn for a Learn To Cook Mother’s Day
    demo (three courses!) led by food writer Debbie Koenig.

    For the next three Saturdays, High Line Kids presents Museum Mornings, a collaborative outdoor
    program with a few the city’s coolest museums. Kicking things off is the
    Children’s Museum of the Arts, where kids ages four and up can create collages
    and personalized cityscapes.

    The Rocket Thrower Family Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park lets kids
    of all ages enjoy music, space-themed arts & crafts and of course “rocket-throwing”!

    The Spring Fest at The Battery Urban
    will be
    chock-full of tutorials (like composting), container gardening, arts &
    crafts, scavenger hunts and kids cooking demos.

    From calendars to dollar bills, learn all about paper and its uses at The
    New Museum’s
    First Saturdays for Families Series: All About Paper. Recommended for
    ages 4-15.

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Scholastic Store with children
    ages 2-6. The afternoon promises salsa dancing, bilingual singing and plenty of
    arts & crafts.


    New York Family is sponsoring an important, free forum
    for parents and children ages five and up at TADA! Youth Theater. Stemming from
    their new musical,
    Up To You, join Miss New York for a discussion on
    combating bullying through leadership.

    Led by Disney Teaching Artists, the Dimenna Children’s History Museum’s Newsie-inspired dance workshop will
    teach kids the true story (and moves!) behind the popular Broadway musical.

    Ages 3-10 can attend Japan Children’s
    at the Japan
    Society. Youngsters are encouraged to try traditional Japanese snacks, enjoy
    musical and theater performances and participate in arts & crafts.

    Hippo Playground, nestled inside Riverside Park, is
    hosting their annual
    Spring Fair for families. Join them for pony rides, food,
    games, a petting zoo and prizes.

    Support the Children’s Museum of the
    at their Imagined
    Worlds Spring Benefit
    . Live music by the Raya Brass Band and American Family
    Jamboree, hands-on art, DJ Kai and a special silent auction are sure to please
    every attendee.

    Alongside the exhibit In the Company of Animals, The Morgan’s Spring Family Fair features
    singing, dancing, mask-making and an animal costume photo shoot.

    Ring in spring at the Celebrate Queens Farm Festival.
    Learn how to shear a sheep, receive in-depth tours from farmers and scoop up
    some vegetable and flower seedlings.

    Join the Henry Street Settlement for a 145-year birthday bash
    celebrating its Founder Lillian Wald. The afternoon includes cupcakes, arts
    & crafts, tours and old-school games like stickball.

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

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