Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a great Spring break and Passover and ready for a weekend packed with Earth Day activities in NYC.
This weekend head out and enjoy BAMkids SpringFest, Earth Day in Brooklyn Bridge Park, B’earthday Bash in Prospect Park, Celebrate Earth Day in J.J. Byrne Playground, Spring Break Week at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kids Week: Earth Day Nature Puppet Show in Fort Totten Park, Spring Chores n’ Tours at Historic Richmond Town, Virtual Tour and Art Workshop: Picture This! Nature Treasure Mobiles, Earth Day Discovery Hike: Pond Ecology in Canarsie Park, Animal Exploration: Earth’s Little Helpers in Randall’s Island Park, Climate Arts Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Marathon + Half Marathon City Point Cheering Zone, Spring Break: Earth Rocks at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Green Meadows Farm Easter Egg Hunt at Aviator Sports and Events Center.
Also check out long running events like Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Roller Skating at LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park, Family Discovery Days at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree Free Tour at South Street Seaport, Wake Up Daisy! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Farm Exploration Days in Randall’s Island Park, The Yard: Adventure Playground on Governor’s Island and Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle at South Street Seaport Museum.
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Enjoy the rest of Spring break and the weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday April 22nd
Spring Break: Earth Rocks at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Friday-Sunday April 22nd-24th 10a-1p & 2-5p. Tickets: $13 per person (children under 1 free). Masks required. Purchase tickets here. Join us during Spring Break for a celebration of our amazing planet Earth! Each day is a new exploration: Put on your goggles for an aquatic adventure with the Billion Oyster Project and learn about BCM’s aquatic animal and sea shell collection. Discover the benefits of pollinators with Friends of Brower Park, travel through the Earth’s biomes with The Modern Marionette, and bring your favorite stuffed animal for a veterinary check-up. Explore the natural wonders of our planet through storytelling with the North American Indigenous Center of New York. Dig into soil at a planting workshop and learn about BCM’s rock and mineral collection. Join us in our ColorLab art studio for an eco-consciousness art project inspired by artist Jessica Ann Peavy.
Discovery Days: Spring Break Week at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Friday April 22nd 1030a-1230p. Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Experiment, learn, and play together! Hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden encourage families to explore science and nature together. Pot up a plant or create a nature craft to take home alongside volunteer Discovery Docents. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.
Kids Week: Earth Day Nature Puppet Show in Fort Totten Park
Friday April 22nd 11a-12n. Free. Location: Fort Totten Visitor Center. Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during Spring recess. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way. Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy nature and Earth Day related puppet shows.
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Friday-Sunday April 22nd-24th 1230p & 230p and Saturdays & Sundays 1230p & 230p until August 7th. Tickets: Children $10 each, Adults $11 each. Suggested for 3 and up. Pinocchio Collodi’s Adventures of a Marionette. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Call for Reservations (recommended): 718-965-3391 or e-mail to: [email protected]
See all the Friday events here.
Saturday April 23rd
Celebrate Earth Day in J.J. Byrne Playground (Park Slope)
Saturday April 23rd 10a-5p. Free. Activities will include a civic sweep with the Park Slope Civic Council, an OSH plant sale/swap, a community cleanup of the dog run sponsored by the Farmer’s Dog, live music performances, and sustainability plans from local representatives and businesses. Come out to enjoy the first day of 5th Ave Open Streets with the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, and meet your neighbors!
BAMkids SpringFest 2022 (Fort Greene)
Saturday April 23rd 10a-4p. Free. Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland & BAM Fisher: Fishman Space, Hillman Studio, Rooftop Terrace. Families are invited to a festive day of outdoor and indoor performances, interactive activities, and showcases of local talent! BAMkids SpringFest celebrates the spirit of the season and themes related to environmental advocacy and care. Highlights include a program of springtime ragas from Indian classical musicians that melodically evoke joy and renewal; a kick-off concert from Grammy-nominated children’s musician Uncle Jumbo; mural-making with visual artist Ebony Bolt; and a closing concert where Flaco Navaja serves up old school South Bronx salsa. Stay all day or just drop by—there’s no wrong way to celebrate!
Earth Day in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday April 23rd 10a-2p. Free. Location: Main Street Terrace. Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for Earth Day 2022 and the arrival of spring in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Conservancy is excited to continue this special Earth Day tradition with a yoga class, self-led volunteer opportunities, nature walks, education programs and much more on Saturday, April 23rd. Please see the website for the schedule of events and event descriptions.
Spring Chores n’ Tours at Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island)
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until May 1st. Included with admission. This Spring, explore the reawakened historic village of Historic Richmond Town. Costumed Historical Interpreters will display 19th century lifeways, demonstrating housekeeping, cleaning, and chores we perform today with modern conveniences. Your ticket gives you access to the open village with select buildings open for self-guided tours and demonstration areas showcasing the lived experiences of everyday people. At the Guyon-Lake-Tysen House, see demonstrations of nineteenth century laundry with water warmed over an open fire. Try your hand at churning butter, and explore a home rich in Staten Island history. In the General Store, the wares of a small town shop illustrate comforts and remedies sought out by Americans before the dawn of the superstore. Historical Interpreters will demonstrate soap-making, with all natural ingredients mixed with lavender. In the yard, a dusty rug will take a beating, aided by visitors. The Historical Museum will be open for self-guided exploration as well. See the immense collection of Historic Richmond Town up close, and take part in a scavenger hunt through the galleries.
B’earthday Bash in Prospect Park
Saturday April 23rd 1-4p. Free. Location: Audubon Center. Join Prospect Park Alliance for a fun and festive day in the park—we’ve got a lot to celebrate! It’s Earth Day, the Prospect Park Audubon Center’s 20th Anniversary, and the birthday of two legends: naturalist John James Audubon, and… the 200th anniversary of the birth of landscape architect and Prospect Park’s creator, Frederick Law Olmsted! Learn more about Olmsted’s important work by viewing select panels from Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes for the Public Good, an exhibit that focuses on his life story, major landscape commissions, and their relevance to contemporary society. This exhibit, which will be up through Labor Day, was created as part of a partnership with the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the Olmsted 200 campaign, and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation. Take a virtual tour of the entire exhibit. Celebrate with activities for all ages that celebrate the historic and environmental importance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s slice of nature and home to a thriving ecosystem of hundreds of species of plants and animals, 30,000 trees, and Brooklyn’s only lake and last remaining forest. See the website for the schedule of events.
See all the Saturday events here.
Sunday April 24th
Brooklyn Marathon + Half Marathon City Point Cheering Zone (Downtown Brooklyn)
Sunday April 24th 730-1130a. Free. Join your friends, neighbors, and running enthusiasts at Albee Square to cheer on the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon runners as they come through Downtown Brooklyn along Fulton Mall. Also check out DTBK Presents: Downtown Brooklyn Car-Free Earth Day Saturday 12n-3p.
Virtual Tour and Art Workshop: Picture This! Nature Treasure Mobiles
Sunday April 24th 10-11a. Free with RSVP. For ages 4-8. In celebration of the holidays of Passover and Earth Day, see related colorful works of art from the Museum’s collection in this virtual workshop and design a unique sculptural mobile for the spring season. Gather natural treasures, found objects, images from magazines, and construct a playful mixed-media creation for your home.
Earth Day Discovery Hike: Pond Ecology in Canarsie Park
Sunday April 24th 11a-1230p. Free. Location: East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue. Enjoy the Earth Week with the Urban Park Rangers and discover one of Brooklyn’s only freshwater ponds and learn about the tiny organisms that make up one of the load-bearing strands of a healthy food web.
Climate Arts Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday April 24th 11a-4p. Family-friendly; For all ages. Registration recommended; Walk-ins welcome. Included in Garden Admission. Get inspired to make change! Join us in our partnership with Southeast Queens Arts Alliance (SEQAA) for a day at the Garden aimed to empower the community to collectively acknowledge, reflect on, and face our international climate crisis. Immerse yourself in creative workshops, art exhibits, interactive performances, and compost and farm tours and demonstrations. Together we reckon with how the climate crisis is impacting our lives and adopt practical changes on a local level to counteract climate change–not just for Earth Month, but every day moving forward. See the website for schedule details.
Animal Exploration: Earth’s Little Helpers in Randall’s Island Park
Sunday April 24th 215-345p. Free. Location: Urban Farm. Young animal lovers will have the opportunity to make observations, ask questions, and use their senses to discover a world filled with amazing creatures! Meet LIVE animal visitors, including incredible insects, fantastic frogs, beautiful birds, cute critters, terrific turtles, and long-tailed lizards! We will practice showing respect and kindness for all animals by using gentle hands, quiet voices, and kind words to greet some new animal friends.
See all the Sunday events here.
Family Discovery Days at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturdays-Sundays 1030a-1230p until May 22nd. Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Experiment, learn, and play! Hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden encourage families to explore science and nature together. Pot up a plant or create a nature craft to take home alongside volunteer Discovery Docents and GAP Teen Apprentices. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Also check out Discovery Days: Spring Break Week Tuesday-Friday April 19th-22nd 1030a-1230p.
Green Meadows Farm Easter Egg Hunt at Aviator Sports and Events Center
Saturday-Sunday April 23rd-24th 10a-4p. Admission: $14 per person age two and above. Register here. Brooklyn’s favorite Easter Egg Hunt is on! Join Green Meadows Farm for a fun-filled day with Whiskers, the Easter Bunny, and all his friends at the farm! And are you ready to enjoy GMF outdoor Annual Easter Egg Hunt? The smiles you will see on your children’s faces as they search for colorful eggs filled with treasures. Plus your excitement will continue as you explore the Bunny House, discover the farm playground, and so much more! Paid admission include: Easter Egg Hunt, photo with Easter Bunny, visit the bunny barn, happy hayrides, Visit Alpacas, Llamas, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Rabbits, Chickens, and Ponies, Sit on Ten Different Tractors, Fun Roller Slides, Operate our Bulldozer, Milk “Katie” the Cow, huge Farm Playground and Open Areas for Picnics. Extra charges apply for: Animal Feed, baskets.
Roller Skating at LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park
Monday to Friday: 12n-6p, Saturday: 12n-730p & Sunday:12n-6p. Admission: $6 weekdays, $10 weekends (Weekend pricing begins Friday at 4pm). Skate rentals: $7. The carousel is also open Thursdays–Sundays and Holidays 12–5p.
Wake Up, Daisy! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Fridays-Sundays 11-1145 (doors 1030a) & 1-145p (doors 1230p) until 12/31/22. Tickets: $12 adult, $8 child. Purchase tickets here. Location: 79th Street and West Drive Central Park. Wake Up, Daisy! tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At Daisy’s much-anticipated birthday party, she encounters three special guests, known as her “Squad-parents”, from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx who grant her the gifts of courage, knowledge, and a second chance. When an unwelcome guest shows up and casts a curse on her, Daisy’s life is forever changed. But through the support of her friends and an adventure throughout the city, Daisy’s strong self-determination and vivid imagination may be all she needs to break the curse.
Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle at South Street Seaport Museum
Fridays-Sundays 11a-5p in April & May. Admission is $5 per child aged 1-12, with no charge for accompanying caregivers, teens, and infants. Advanced timed tickets are recommended. Book today! Visit our new discovery room of maritime-themed art by Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle is designed specifically for children aged 2-7 and their adults. In June, it will open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Please note that people over age 5 will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated to enter indoor exhibition spaces and to board Ambrose.
The Yard: Adventure Playground on Governor’s Island
Saturdays-Sundays 12n-4p. Free admission but fees for ferries. See website for details. Welcome back to The Yard, New York City’s only adventure playground! The Yard offers free weekend play from 12 – 4pm. The Yard is a kids-only space stewarded by trained playworkers. The main play area is recommended for young people ages 6 to 12 and the family play area welcomes children under 5. The Yard supplies young people with loose parts materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. In addition to free weekends, The Yard also offers summer camp, school field trips, birthday parties and special programs, all with adherence to CDC guidelines. See the website for all the details.
Farm Exploration Days in Randall’s Island Park
Saturdays-Sundays 10a-4p until October 8th. Free. Location: Urban Farm. Explore the Urban Farm’s variety of crops, rice paddies, and fragrant herbs, and meet the chickens too! All ages welcome!
1885 Tall Ship Wavertree Free Tour at South Street Seaport
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-5p until April 30th. Free. The permanently-moored 1885 tall ship Wavertree is open to the public for FREE on Saturdays and Sundays, with timed entry, at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Guided tours depart hourly and last approximately 30 minutes. Advance reservations are recommended. Guided tours include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can take in the massive main cargo area. Proof of vaccine required for all guests over age 5. Masks required.
Sharks at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Museum hours Wednesday-Sunday 10a-530p. Included in General Admission+One. See website for all the details.The new exhibition Sharks features dozens of life-sized models ranging from 33 feet to 5.5 inches long, fossils from the Museum’s collections, touch-free interactive exhibits that challenge visitors to hunt like a hammerhead, and more for visitors of all ages. Older than dinosaurs—and more threatened than threatening—sharks are spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood. Discover the incredible diversity of this ancient and fascinating group of fishes. Note: The Museum continues to require vaccinations against COVID-19 and facial coverings.