This time of year, the Mommy Poppins calendar literally begins to explode. It gets so big and juicy that a mere "Roundup" cannot do it justice. So we're reminding you up front this week to check it out. This article is packed, but the calendar is MORE packed.
For example, Earth Day. NYC does it big, with over 25 major family-friendly happenings around town this weekend. Highlights include the celebration at the NY Botanical Gardens, Earthfest at the Museum of Natural History, the National Grid Earth Day fest in Brooklyn, and an Earth Day public dance performance determined to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Plus, Saturday is Car-Free on Broadway, uptown Manhattan, and downtown Brooklyn.
After a winter that would-not-let-go, what better remedy than festivals celebrating cherry trees? Those glorious buds are happy to leave wind and snow behind (knock wood, ha!), and you can hug, or dance under one, on Saturday on Randall's Island, where the celebration includes paper flower making, face painting, kite flying and more, or the fest on Roosevelt Island, or the annual Sakura Matsuri extravaganza in Flushing.
The Pen World Voices Festival is also in town this weekend, rife with cool literary opportunities. The editor of Kazoo, a new magazine for girls, teaches kids how to create feature articles that pop. Take a lesson in Freestyle Rapping with Toni Blackman, an award-winning artist. A personal favorite, making books with 826NYC, also has spaces still available as we go to press.
Other awesome happenings include the soccer mad NYFest in Brooklyn, the High Line's season kickoff, CultureFest, the Bronx Zoo's BoogieDown, and the dragon-filled St. George Day on Staten Island.
Meanwhile, be sure to take full advantage of our April GoList, check out a local day hike or a destination sandbox, and don't forget to bookmark our well-curated list of the best NYC Spring Festivals.