written by Jen #supermom
Spring is upon us at last! Warmer days are starting to make an appearance, so we can finally get our children to the playgrounds and let them run and play freely outside. Adios to the days of cabin fever (and non-stop colds and tissues galore) and HELLO to the outdoors!!! Thankfully, as always, there is lots going on here in Brooklyn to keep us busy. Here is a list of local happenings that will help our families celebrate the season of growth, renewal and all things happy!
* Annie’s Blue Ribbon 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ 232 5th Ave: Head to this local shop with your basket in hand to search for treat-filled eggs. March 28th, 10am. Must RSVP. http://www.blueribbongeneralstore.net/Events.html
* Egg-citing Eggs! @ The Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Explore the egg-citing world of eggs and discover how families around the world celebrate the holiday known as Easter. Learn about animals that come from eggs, and examine a bird’s nest from the museum’s collection. Make your own nest to take home. April 4th and April 5th, 11:30am and 2:30pm. Ages 2 1/2 – 5. http://www.brooklynkids.org/index.php/visit/calendarofevents
* Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Puppetworks: Based on Robert Southey’s folk tale and adapted for hand puppets! April 4th, 11th and 12th, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Ages 3+. http://www.puppetworks.org/Coming%20Up/Coming%20Up.htm
* Metlife Early Learners Performance Series: Wildlife Theater – Butterfly Boogie @ The Brooklyn Children’s Museum: A giant cockroach puppet will teach children why insects are the coolest creatures around. Then take off on a 3,000-mile adventure with a butterfly-themed show, “The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle.” This musical, interactive performance introduces children to the interdependence among plants and animals. April 11th, 2pm. All ages. http://www.brooklynkids.org/index.php/visit/calendarofevents
* Egg and Spoon @ BAM: Created especially for younger theatergoers, this intimate, interactive performance from Lyngo Theatre Company takes on a sensory tour through the four seasons. Children run through rain and falling leaves, watch stars glow overhead, sleep on a blanket of snow, and chase butterflies around a flowering tree as they wait for spring. Runs April 15th-19th. Ages 2-4. http://www.bam.org/kids/2015/egg-and-spoon
* Jack and the Beanstalk @ Puppetworks: With an original song score and a “live” giant! Adapted for marionettes. April 18th – August 23rd (Saturdays & Sundays only), 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Ages 3+. http://www.puppetworks.org/Coming%20Up/Coming%20Up.htm
* Cultural Connections Performance: Small is Big, Big is Small: A Trip with Biriki @ The Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Meet Biriki, a lovable character from Italy composed of simple shapes: a heart, a circle, a dot, a triangle, and a crescent. Watch a fun video featuring this whimsical character, and then make your own art project full of shapes. April 25th, 2pm. All ages. http://www.brooklynkids.org/index.php/visit/calendarofevents
* Sakura Matsuri 2015 @ The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens: Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Events include taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, kabuki dance, samurai sword fighting, manga drawing and bonsai kids’ workshops. April 25th and 26th 10am-6pm. All ages. http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2015
* Manxmouse @ BAM: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear @ BAM: This is the story of a strange little mouse, blue and tailless and ears like a rabbit, but absolutely fearless in the face of his differences. A witty and whimsical story-within-a-story is full of lively characters, inventive theatrical feats, and important lessons about what hope can accomplish when coupled with bravery. Runs April 25th – May 2nd. Ages 6-10. http://www.bam.org/kids/2015/manxmouse
* Touch-a-Truck @ PS295 in Park Slope: Trucks, vans, buses, and other large vehicles will be available for kids to sit in, climb on and marvel at. Over 25 vehicles will take part, along with their operators to help explain how their purpose and how they work. Gourmet food trucks, craft projects and bouncy houses along with music and dancing make this an event not to be missed! May 2nd, 12pm-5pm. http://www.ps295.org/pta/touch-a-truck-2015/
* Court Street Brooklyn Festival @ Court Street between Union and West 9th: 10 block festival with over 200 vendors and activities and rides for the kids. May 3rd between 12pm – 6pm. For a listing of all upcoming NYC street fairs, go to: http://www.newyorkled.com/nyc_events_street_fairs.htm
A favorite Spring day for my family is often spent at the Prospect Park Zoo, where the walk through the park is half of the fun! Or, a few subway stops away is another favorite, Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo. Lots to do here in the upcoming months. Looking forward to retiring the down jacket and feeling a little warmth of the sun while checking out some of these fun family events!