Events: Top Kid-Friendly Activities For The Week

"The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems" exhibit will open this Friday at the New-York Historical Society! Photo by Marty Umans.
“The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems” exhibit will open this Friday at the New-York Historical Society! Photo by Marty Umans.

This week is gearing up to be an epic one for families! Can’t decide what to do? We’ve done all your homework for you in our compilation of kid-friendly events. Start off by visiting the New-York Historical Society for the opening of a new Mo Willems exhibit, then head over to the Met Breuer for opening weekend festivities. Saturday brings a pirate production and a light-wire spectacular for the younger crowd. Finally, finish off your Sunday at one of the best flower shows in the city. Enjoy!

Beginning Friday, March 18

“The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems” Exhibit
New-York Historical Society
Various times
The New-York Historical Society presents “The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems,” a celebration of the work of acclaimed writer, animator, and children’s book author. Willems is best known for his Don’t Let the Pigeon… series as well as Leonardo the Terrible Monster and That is NOT a Good Idea! The exhibition showcases Willems’ impressive journey, including original art, sketches, and inspirational drawings. Join the New-York Historical Society on the exhibit’s opening weekend for readings by Mo, book signings, and interactive activities. Parents and children alike will glean wisdom, life lessons, and humor from Willems’ vast body of work. Runs through Sunday, September 25. Free with museum admission.

Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20

The Met Breuer Opening Weekend
The Met Breuer
Various times
Join the Met Breuer museum for its opening weekend! Located on the corner of Madison Avenue and 75th Street, the museum will house the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art. This weekend, all ages can enjoy performances by the David Dorfman Dancers, listen to 9-minute gallery talks, and create their own artwork in the Drawing Space. Plus, on Sunday, March 20 (12pm-4pm) families are welcome for Family Day. The afternoon will feature kid-friendly gallery tours, arts and crafts activities, and a photo booth. Free with museum admission.

Beginning Saturday, March 19

“The Pirate La Dee Da”
The Linda Gross Theater
What happens when a princess runs away from home to become a pirate? Find out during the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of “The Pirate La Dee Da.” The show, loosely based on a true story, is a modern-day fairytale that tips traditional gender roles on their heads while engaging family audiences through musical theater. Recommended for ages 5 to 10. Runs weekends through Sunday, April 10. Tickets start at $15.

Saturday, March 19

Lightwire Theater: “Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey”
Symphony Space
11am & 2pm
Get your space suit on and prepare for the “final frontier” adventure of a lifetime! Lightwire Theater’s new glow-in-the-dark show, “Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey,” tells the story of Marvin the Mouse, a lovable but bullied rodent who escapes his troubles by building a rocket and flying to the moon. This interactive, fun-for-all-ages show follows Marvin’s journey of self-acceptance and self-confidence, set to the musical score of classics like Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Video elements, special light effects, and heartfelt storytelling are just some elements of this innovative theatrical experience. Kids will be over-the-moon excited watching the glow-in-the-dark puppets and learning that “cool” is really about being yourself. Recommended for ages 5 to 10. Tickets are $18.

Jazz Girls Day at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Female jazz musicians ages 10-19 are invited to participate in a free day of workshops, a jam session, and discussions with accomplished female jazz artists at Jazz at Lincoln Center! Immediately after the workshops, there will be a special screening of the film Girls in the Band! The event application deadline is Friday, March 18.

Beginning Sunday, March 20

Macy’s Flower Show: “America the Beautiful”
Macy’s Herald Square
Explore America’s diverse landscapes and view stunning, varied flora from across the country at the annual Macy’s Flower Show. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” For additional fun check out Family Fun Day this Sunday, March 20 (1pm) in the Kids’ Department! The afternoon will include a visit from Sinclair Oil mascot Dino in Dino’s Discovery Garden, a create-your-own-nature-journal activity with the Girl Scouts of the USA, face painting, balloon twisting, and more. See Macy’s website for additional information on special programming, including live music and children’s activities. Runs through Sunday, April 3. This event is free.