Photograph: Courtesy of City Parks Foundation

Check out Pippi the puppet and two dozen of her human and animal friends—all hand-crafted by expert puppeteers—in this marionette version of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking series. Root for the fiery-haired, super-strong heroine as she stands off against bullies and social conventions. All ages.

Venue name: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Birthday Parties
Address: Central Park
New York
Cross street: Central Park West at 81st St
Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St-Museum of Natural History
Price: $8, children $5