Wed May 15 2013
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher
Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19
- Price band: 1/4
- Critics choice
Your brood can watch as the sheep have their coats snipped in anticipation of hot summer days. Afterward, head next door to Lefferts Historic House for free demonstrations and lessons on spinning and weaving fleece into cloth. All ages.
To celebrate the 75 years since the museum's founding, the Cloisters presents an exhibition based on one of its most famous collections: The Unicorn Tapestries, seven individual wall hangings that depict a hunt for a magical unicorn. The tapestries will be the centerpiece of a larger exhibition featuring diverse media from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance related to the magical and little-understood creatures. During the opening weeks, several of the plants depicted in the tapestries will be featured in the museum's Bonnefont garden. All ages.
- Price band: 2/4
Re-created habitats contain more than 200 live frogs from such diverse locales as Bolivia, Vietnam, Mexico and Russia. Amphibian fans can search for diverse species like the the golden mantella frog, which is less than an inch long, learn about frogs' evolution and biology, and get hands-on at interactive education stations.
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Calling all new parents: It’s time to go shopping. The largest consumer baby event in the U.S. comes to NYC and parents, new parents and parents-to-be are welcome to check out some of the best maternity, baby and toddler products. Visitors can also stay for tutorials on various products, from strollers to family apps, if they so wish. On tap for this year's show are a special appearance by pregnancy guru and reality show star Rosie Pope, who will be showcasing her latest line of materinty wear, plus giveaways, mini workshops and even a special lounge for dads. All ages.
This series of sculptures by Philip Haas is made up of four 15-foot tall portrait busts, each one representing a different season. Haas finds inspiration in classical Renaissance form, yet blows up his subjects to colossal sizes and portrays them with hints of surrealism. In Winter, for example, the skin of the bust is made up of tree limbs and bark, whereas Summer's complexion is all flowers. All ages.