Even if you don't live in Brooklyn, this weekend provides the perfect excuse to meander out to Prospect Park. Not only is it Little League Opening Day (complete with an 1860s-themed exhibition game by the Brooklyn Atlantics, an adorable parade, and ceremonial first pitches), but Saturday also marks the Prospect Park Opening Day Fair (plus a scavenger hunt and an evening campfire!) and the opening of the Audubon Center. Take a spin on the newly reopened carousel to top things off. All weekend, admission to the Prospect Park Zoo is free for kids!
Perhaps you're in the mood for some bagpipe music and men in kilts? Excellent, because it's Tartan Week, and that means the return on Saturday of the Shearing of the Heather Fest in Fort Tryon Park and the Fifth Avenue Tartan Day Parade. Pro tip: If all that marching takes a toll on little legs, get to Bryant Park early for a pre-parade Pipes and Drums performance. On Sunday, Bryant Park hosts a concert of music from the highlands. You can also play mini golf in the park, beginning this week!
In Queens, kids can enjoy the outdoor Children's Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum or the Lego-paradise that is Brick Fest Live at the New York Hall of Science. The popular Hello Kitty Cafe rolls into the borough, too, but beware the lines!
Don't forget to apply for these FREE summer STEM camps (Friday is the deadline), or to get your tickets for these lovely children's shows playing this spring, including The Little Red Fish, which opens this weekend. Tickets are also on sale for two fun pop-ups opening this week in NYC, an interactive Egg House with swings and snacks, and the Dream Machine with bubbles, a ball pit, and sleep-related fun.
Although we're kissing spring break goodbye, the last vestiges still offer lots of fun all weekend. And we're endlessly adding to our Event Calendar, so don't forget to check it before heading out. Plus, please peruse the April Go List, April Spring Festivals, and FREE things to do this month to prep for the amazing month ahead in NYC!