5 Free Event to do with Kids this Weekend!

1.Earth Day New York at Grand Central 

Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall is throwing its annual Earth Day shindig, which takes place both inside and outside the station. Inside, check out educational displays from eco-friendly companies along with activities for kids (Thursday, April 19-Saturday, April 21). Outside, though, is where the real action is, as the streets surrounding the terminal are turned into a giant fair with live music, green goods and educational activities (Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21). On Friday, April 20, head to Times Square for even more entertainment, speakers and a chance to see the latest in green transport in a big runway show.

Repeats every day until Sat Apr 21 2012

Thu, 2012-04-19 10:00

Grand Central Between 42nd and 45th Streets, New York NY


2.Russian Festival 2012: A Celebration of Russian Culture 

12:00 noon – Make figurines of Russian villagers with Jewish Folk Craft Guild artisan Yevgeniya Rozentsvit (supplies limited)

1:30 p.m. – Singing Poetry: An afternoon of Russian bard songs performed by Vasily Kolchenko

3:00 p.m. – Pianist Constantine Finehouse performs works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Prokofiev

12:00pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 2:30pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Sat, 2012-04-21 (All day)
Queens Library – Flushing 41-17 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355

2.Prospect Heights Craft Fair 

A lovingly curated marketplace of independent artists and designers from Brooklyn and beyond.  An extensive showcase of handmade treasures, such as stationery, textiles, artisanal food, jewelry, and so much more.

This year, there will be a whole roster of kid activities from 12pm to 5pm. For only $5, your child can drop in (with or without a parent) to do arts and crafts, sing and dance, participate in a reading or test soccer skills.

Proceeds from the fair benefit the Arts Programs at Prospect Heights’ very own public elementary school, P.S. 9.

Sat, 2012-04-21 11:00 – 18:00

P.S. 9 80 Underhill Ave., Brooklyn NY 11238


3. BRIC Arts/Media/Bklyn: Family Day

Say It Loud, Say It Clear! Collage, Stamp and Create Your Story! Join a professional artist teacher for an imaginative adventure in art-making inspired by BRIC Rotunda Gallery’s current exhibition on view, Mystics: A Blessed Rage for Order. Participants will observe works in the show that use the repetition of words and mark-making, and use that inspiration and process to illustrate their own personal experiences. Professional wooden panels will be provided along with alphabet stamps, fun stickers, foam letters, glittering gems, and drawing materials. Each participant will take away a magical representation of themselves and their process.

Sat, 2012-04-21 12:00 – 15:00

BRIC Rotunda Gallery 33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn NY 11201


4. B’Eathday featuring Bash the Trash 

Bash the Trash returns for a third year in a row to Prospect Park’s B’Earthday Celebration! Instrument Building workshops followed by a duo performance of “Family Bash” with trash-bashers Nathan Hetherington and Martin Urbach, culminating in a joyously noisy parade!

Other activities of the day include:

nature games, tours, lakeshore clean-up, educational activities, performances, and crafts.

Sun, 2012-04-22 13:00 – 16:00

Prospect Park’s Audubon Center 95 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn NY


5. High Line Art Performance: Alison Knowles, “Make a Salad”

Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, in collaboration with Jessica Higgins and Joshua Selman, re-stages Make a Salad, an event originally performed in 1962. The artist chops lettuce and other vegetables to the beat of live music, and then produces a giant salad by tossing the ingredients together.


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Stop by to have a visual and audio experience of food preparation with live music by Joshua Selman.

12:00 PM
Alison and her team toss the salad in a performance for spectators.

12:15 – 1:00 PM
The audience is invited to enjoy the creation as the salad is served up.

Sun, 2012-04-22 10:00 – 13:00

Chelsea Market Passage On the High Line at West 16th Street , New York NY


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