Weekend Planner: Fun Family Activities in NYC (April 11-13)

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“The Cat Who Went To Heaven” At BAM Fisher
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*As the kids gear up for some time off, check out our guide to spring break happenings at places like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. There’s plenty to keep little ones occupied! CLICK HERE!

*Also, Easter is just around the corner. Here’s our roundup of the best egg hunts, bunny pictures, and pre-parade fanfare taking place throughout the five boroughs. CLICK HERE!

WEEKEND PLANNER

STARTING FRIDAY

*Kids ages 4 to 8 are invited to a special class at Karma Kids Yoga. Poses are followed by storytelling, foot rubs, and milk and cookies. Wear your pajamas! (Friday)

*Enjoy a free live performance by students from the Bronx’s Hyde Leadership Charter School band in the Sony Plaza Atrium. Listen to the beat! (Friday)

*Join a mini Easter egg hunt and participate in a spring-inspired craft-making class at Tribeca’s Torly Kid shop.  Happy holidays! (Friday)

STARTING SATURDAY

*Adapted from the award-winning children’s book by Elizabeth Coatsworth, “The Cat Who Went To Heaven” is a beautiful play at BAM Fisher featuring bunraku, shadow puppetry, and jazz music. Enjoy the show! (Saturday and Sunday)

*At the 11-day Makers’ Festival at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, kids can meet scientists, engineers, and artists in a series of workshops celebrating STEM education. Learn lots! (Saturday through April 22)

*Stop by the New York Transit Museum for an original musical called “Sharin’ a Ride,” which tells the tale of public transportation. Sing along! (Saturday and Sunday)

*It’s Boy Scout Day at the Intrepid Museum—educators will lead little ones through a slew of cool aviation and space-related activities. Go Boy Scouts! (Saturday)

*Proceeds from the Prospect Heights Craft Fair fund arts programs at the neighborhood’s public elementary school, P.S. 9. Browse an array of handcrafted treasures and munch on delectable treats from local eateries. Have a blast! (Saturday)

*Help the Alliance at Lefferts Historic House prep a potato plant plot at Prospect Park and then plant a seed of your own to take home. Get planting! (Saturday)

*The Wave Hill Garden has scheduled a nature walk for the whole family. See blooming flowers, birds, and garden animals as you stroll. Head outdoors! (Saturday)

STARTING SUNDAY

*Come to the American Museum of Natural History to learn about aquatic poisons and the medicinal benefits that the ocean can provide in a unique program. Explore the ocean! (Sunday)

*Check out Baby Loves Disco, an innovative dance party perfect for children at the kid-proofed nightclub Le Poisson Rouge. Boogie down! (Sunday)

*The annual Easter egg hunt takes place at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Search for eggs, do arts and crafts, enjoy light refreshments, and snap photos with the Easter bunny. Strike a pose! (Sunday)

*Shira Kline and friends tell the story of the Exodus through song for Passover at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Honor traditions! (Sunday)

*It’s a picture book bonanza at Books of Wonder, where young readers can meet and greet beloved children’s book authors, including Marc Brown and Sharon Robinson. Say hello! (Sunday)

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Chickenshed NYC

<p style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1.3em; margin-top: 0px; caret-color: #515151; color: #515151; font-family: nimbus-sans, sans-serif;">Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company that began in the UK in 1974. Chickenshed NYC is a young organization bringing that same ethos and unique methodology to the USA. Chickenshed’s mission is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1.3em; margin-top: 0px; caret-color: #515151; color: #515151; font-family: nimbus-sans, sans-serif;">Chickenshed's model of Inclusive Theatre is based in the belief that everyone can flourish when everyone is included. At Chickenshed everyone is welcome, everyone is valued, and together we produce remarkable theatre. We want to break down barriers between people to create a world without labels and where differences no longer divide. At Chickenshed, support is given to those who need it, and given by those who can . We believe that creative activities, self-expression and performance should be available to anyone who has the desire, no matter their background or circumstances. We know that when everyone has the opportunity to shine, amazing things happen.</p> <p style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1.3em; margin-top: 0px; caret-color: #515151; color: #515151; font-family: nimbus-sans, sans-serif;">Chickenshed NYC provides programming for little ones, children and youth through semester-long activities and performances.</p>

TADA! Youth Theater

<div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>TADA! Youth Theater Summer Camps (July 10-August 25, 2023)</strong> Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! TADA! is excited to be back in person with our popular Week-long Musical Theater Summer Camps!  Every week your child will:</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <ul> <li>ENGAGE IN MUSICAL THEATER TRAINING</li> <li>CREATE, REHEARSE & PERFORM AN ORIGINAL MINI- MUSICAL</li> <li>EXPLORE THEIR INTERESTS AND IDENTITY</li> <li>SHARE THEIR VOICE AND BE HEARD</li> <li>RECEIVE INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION AND SOLO OPPORTUNITIES</li> <li>EXPERIENCE ENSEMBLE-BASED INSTRUCTION BY TWO PROFESSIONAL NYC TEACHING ARTISTS</li> <li>MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH NEW FRIENDS</li> </ul> On the last day of camp, we invite friends and family to attend the debut of your child’s original mini-musical!<br /> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">Limited spots available! All of our classes take place in-person at 15 W. 28th Street (between Broadway & 5th) and culminate in a final sharing for an invited audience.  </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>For more info or to register for our Summer Camps, visit our website <a href="https://tadatheater.com/summercamps/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/summercamps/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw1jPPuT0S0YVPJg0I1oXofv">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Looking for a sample class before registering?</strong> Join us Saturday, June 3rd for an in-person sample class, Q&A, and the best discount of the summer!  Registration required to attend! </p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more info. or to register for our Summer Open house, click <a href="https://tadatheater.com/open-house/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/open-house/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw2CheiFLQooj66wqzmTeKCc">HERE!</a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>No child should be turned away because of their inability to pay. </strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://tadatheater.com/financial-assistance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tadatheater.com/financial-assistance/&source=gmail&ust=1682524227382000&usg=AOvVaw1-oTxJlL31iv2yEG3kUDrj">Financial Assistance available. </a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Questions?</strong></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Email us at <a href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[email protected]</a></strong></div> </div> <div> <div dir="ltr" data-smartmail="gmail_signature"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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