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Weekend Family Events - March 1 and March 2

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Julie G
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The luck of the Irish doesn't need to be with you this weekend for family fun.  Just head to events happening all over NYC for some Irish themed fun.  There's an arts festival at the Children's Museum of the Arts, a family film festival at the Irish Arts Center and a super friendly St. Pat's for All Parade in Queens. Also happening this weekend is the Kids Food Festival in Bryant Park. Nom, nom, nom take a bite out of fun this weekend. Here are this weekend's picks.
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Kids Food Festival

Join in at NYC's Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for the Kids Food Festival. The festival welcomes families with children aged 6 months to tweens, who are interested in learning about better food choices in a fun and engaging environment that empowers children to make these decisions for themselves. The festival includes a balanced plate scavenger hunt, ticketed hands-on cooking classes, free performances including cooking demos and live entertainment. The Dirty Sock Funtime Band will be performing and entertainment by the Radio Disney Road Crew. The fun takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The event is free to attend, $25 tickets are available in advance for hands-on cooking class.

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Family Art Project: Stylish Seed Pots

With spring fast approaching, we need a pot for planting. Take an ordinary, terracotta pot and make it into something fantastic by adding beads, tiles, buttons, ribbons and other odds and ends. Then, add some soil and a seed and don’t forget to water! Taking place at Wave Hill on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. This event is free with free admission to the grounds until noon on Saturday only. On Sunday admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, $2 for children 6 and older and free to Members and children under 6.

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Irish Arts Festival
During the month of March, the Children's Museum of the Arts will team up with the Irish Arts Center to explore the creative world of Irish arts at the Irish Arts Festival, featuring live music, dance, theater and storytelling performances, and workshops that highlight Irish culture. The fun takes place at the Children's Museum of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Free with museum admission.  Admission is $11.
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The Craic in association with Irish Arts Center presents Kids Fleadh
Kicking off the 16th annual Craic Fest, the Kids Fleadh presents new and inspiring short films that invite families to travel to Ireland from the comfort of the intimate Donaghy Theatre. The annual fleadh presents more than eight films, including the Oscar nominated short The Missing Scarf and and Fear of Flying. Storytelling with Honor Molloy and John Liam Shea, live step dancing performances and a reception with complimentary tea and scones are regular features of this special day for the whole family. Taking place at the Irish Arts Center on Saturday from 10:30AM to 12:00PM. The cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults.
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Sweet-Beatz Interactive Music Show with Meredith Wright

Chase away the winter blues and feel the rhythms of the Caribbean!  Sweetbeatz is a band for young audiences that keeps little ones on their feet and dancing to the beat! Meredith Wright is a vocalist, Early Childhood Educator and dance enthusiast that lives and works in NYC. Meredith is thrilled to share her love of Caribbean music through movement exploration, imaginative play, songs and games for families. Come and join her for music and movement that will have you thinking the tropics are right outside E 4th Street. Taking place at the Ellen Stewart Theatre on Saturday from 11:00AM to 11:45AM. The cost is $10 per family.

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National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Queens
Join in for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an annual event honoring female athletes. To celebrate, NYC Parks has free events in all five boroughs. Activities include a soccer clinic with Queens College, Zumba class, wallyball game play, double dutch with Stan's Pepper Steppers, wheelchair basketball clinic, martial arts instruction, cheerleading demo, guest speakers and giveaways. This free event takes place at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday from 11:00AM to 3:00PM.
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National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Brooklyn
Join in for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an annual event honoring female athletes. To celebrate, NYC Parks has free events in all five boroughs. Activities in Brooklyn include, fitness challenge and talks by current and former WNBA New York Liberty players, rollerskating demo, self-defense classes, sports clinics with women's professional football team New York Sharks, wheelchair sports, nutrition talks, guest speakers  and giveaways. This free event is taking place at the St. John's Recreation Center from 11:00AM to 3:00PM.
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Ssss-ensational Snakes
Enjoy a special story about these slithering, scaly creatures. Come sit for a while and discover the importance of snakes past and present, far and near. You won’t be able to see them in the wild, but feel free to visit their resident corn snake, Cornelius. Make a fun snake craft to wear home. Registration and pre-payment required. This program is geared for ages 4 to 8 with adult chaperone. Taking place at the Greenbelt Nature Center on Saturday at 1:00PM. The cost is $8 per person.
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Mardi Gras Party at Le Carrousel
This Mardi Gras, the coolest party north of New Orleans will be at Le Carrousel in Bryant Park. This bash promises masks, music, and more for kids of all ages. There will be a parade of all the dressed up revelers (remember: purple, gold, and green are the traditional Mardi Gras colors), beads galore, and chocolate coins. Everyone's invited and, of course, it's all free. Magician Arnie Kolodner, an old hand at Le Carrousel, will host and perform magic tricks, and music will be supplied by Dr. Zsa's Powdered Zydeco Band. While you're there, be sure and take a spin on Manhattan's most charming merry-go-round. Rides are only $3, and a Frequent Rider card gets you 10 rides for $15. Taking place at Le Carrousel in Bryant Park on Saturday from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.
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We Run the Ship: A Make Your Own Adventure Musical With Puppets

Head to Bowery Poetry for We Run the Ship: A Make Your Own Adventure Musical With Puppets. You choose what happens next in an interactive puppet theater event that discovers salty ship captains, star-crossed sneakers, a wandering troubadour and an invisible dog. It’s a world premiere theater event for all ages and imaginations. Taking place on Sunday at 1:00PM. This event is free to attend.

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Dino: A Glow in the Dark Adventure
Come see DINO a show glowing with electroluminescent puppets. DINO tells the story of a good-natured dinosaur discovering the outside world. Assembled and nurtured by a lonely scientist, Dino is soon sent out to experience life for himself. His adventures will include escaping a carnivorous tyrannosaurus, meeting a friendly pair of longneck creatures, and a deepwater swim with the fishes, including a big bopper with sunglasses. Eventually, overcome by worry and loneliness, the scientists goes looking for him and gets caught up in fun and danger. The show takes place at the Queens Theatre on Sunday at 1:00PM. The cost is $10.
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The Dooples In The Land Doo - A New Musical

The Dooples are a friendly group of writing implements who live in the Land of Doo, and come to life at night. They enjoy many adventures and experiences, through which children empower themselves with their own imagination. They personify the conviction that to learn is to do and to do is to learn. Taking place at the Roy Arias Studios on Saturday at 1:00PM and Sunday at 1:15PM. The cost is $15.

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City Stomp: A Concert For Kids and Their Families
City Stomp is back and their next show is at ShapeShifter Lab. There will be drinks for the grown-ups, food, activities and the music that your family loves.  City Stomp music celebrates the diversity of our city and seeks to expose NYC kids to the music of other cultures that live around them. City Stomp has fun original songs about Taxis, Garbage Trucks, the subway, Coney Island, and other NY experiences that young kids will understand and relate to. Doors will open at 2:30PM. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
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St. Pat's for All Parade 2015
Warmed by the hospitable community of Sunnyside and Woodside, the parade returns this year to Skillman Avenue. Everyone is welcome to gather and celebrate our shared heritage, Irish and Celtic. Whether in exile, fleeing famine, or pursuing dreams and hopes for liberty, equality and happiness, the Irish through the centuries have scattered across the globe, always enhancing the communities they join. Here in New York St Pats for All is a generous coming together of business, community groups, unions, artists and musicians who for few hours turns the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside into "Ireland of the welcomes". Hospitality is at the heart of this diverse and inclusive St. Patrick's celebration which each year welcomes the diverse immigrant communities of Queens. The parade takes place beginning at Skillman Avenue and 47th Street and ends at Woodside Avenue and 58th Street. The parade is on Sunday from 1:00PM to 3:00PM.
Check out lots more great family events this weekend in NYC!
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