At Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island, the Cherry Blossom Festival features traditional and modern Japanese cultural performances. Photo courtesy of Roosevelt Island
At Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island, the Cherry Blossom Festival features traditional and modern Japanese cultural performances. Photo courtesy of Roosevelt Island

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Earthfest, Cherry Blossoms, Little League Parade

It's only the middle of April, and the Mommy Poppins Event calendar is bursting at the seams. Easter on the horizon means there are scores of egg hunts around town. This weekend alone, FREE Easter egg hunts are happening in Carl Schurz Park, Fort Greene Park, Highbridge Rec Center, Old Stone House, and more. Or head over to the Macy's Easter Eggs-Perience for crafts, candy, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

At the American Museum of Natural History's annual Earthfest on Saturday, Patti Smith and Michael Stipe perform on the main stage, and kids can party with the Pop-Ups, participate in Bash the Trash workshops, and explore interactive carts. Saturday is also Little League Opening Day in Prospect Park, complete with parade and ceremonial first pitch.

One of the cooler, slightly under-the-radar, FREE events this weekend is Columbia University's Community Day on Saturday. Head to the Upper West Side for screenings of Flubber or The Absent-Minded Professor, virtual reality fun, and the chance to hold a brain in your hands. 

Spring festivals are in full swing. On Roosevelt Island, families can check out cherry blossoms as well as traditional tea ceremonies, Japanese performances, and a cultural fair. The Apple Blossom Fest in Queens runs through Sunday, too. Plus, it's time again for the annual Shearing of the Heather. Bagpipes and kilts abound in Fort Tryon's gorgeous heather garden, and it's Spring Sunday at Rockefeller Plaza, with music by Dan and Claudia Zanes, face painting, and art projects for kids.

Of course there's more. Take a gander at the ever-expanding calendar, bookmark our juicy April GoList, nab some inspiration from our Spring Fun Guide, and—if you've been putting it off—let us give you a leg up on summer camp planning.

 

Places featured in this article:


Queens County Farm Museum

The Ailey Citigroup Theater

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Bandshell (in Prospect Park)

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Rockefeller Plaza Online

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
Restart Stages: The Green at Lincoln Center
Josie Robertson Plaza - various times Pick
Skyline Drive-In
Skyline Drive-In - various times
Artechouse: Geometric Properties
ARTECHOUSE NYC - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides