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Our perfect weekend: Musician Laurie Berkner and family (slide show)

We asked children's musician Laurie Berkner how her family likes to spend their Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Our perfect weekend: Musician Laurie Berkner and family

    Musician Laurie Berkner

  • Our perfect weekend: Musician Laurie Berkner and family

    "Ever since I moved to the East Coast at the age of seven, I have loved seeing plays on and off broadway—especially musicals. Now as a family we love to go to performances of all kinds. This weekend is an extra-special treat because I'll be going with my family to see the kids' musical, Wanda's Monster. The show is based on the book by Eileen Spinelli and produced by Making Books Sing—and I wrote the music! Instead of leaving my family to go perform in a show this weekend, I'll get to watch one with them that I was lucky enough to be a part of creating."

  • Our perfect weekend: Musician Laurie Berkner and family

    "The Union Square Greenmarket is my absolute favorite greenmarket in the city and I love spending a Saturday there. It may takes some coaxing but once our family has made the trek downtown we always have a great time looking at, buying and eating all the wonderful things at the stalls in the market. Lucy ultimately ends up playing in the Union Square Playground (check out the cool dome they have for the kids to climb on and slide down!) and there is always an interesting event going on, like a weaving demonstration or a free concert."

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Our perfect weekend: Musician Laurie Berkner and family

    "Spending some time outside is really important to us on the weekends and we like to find places to take our dog Winston for a long walk. We live near Riverside Park so that's our go-to green space. It's especially fun to take food and have a picnic by the river along the Hudson Greenway bike path. Sometimes we'll end up down at "Hudson Beach" in Riverside Park at 105th Street where there are traveling rings for both kids and adults. It's one of only three outdoor sets of public traveling rings in the country!. If we're lucky, the group "Swingaring" will be there that weekend with pogo sticks, hula hoops, slacklines and unicycles for anyone who wants to try them."

  • Our perfect weekend: Musician Laurie Berkner and family

    "We love to go out and get a meal together on the weekends. Recently we've discovered that Lucy loves Ethiopian food as much as Brian and I do and our favorite place to go is Awash. He and I get the vegetarian combo which has about ten different deliciously seasoned dishes and Lucy says the yellow split peas are one of her favorite things in the world. They are also one of the few items that are not spicy! We can even call ahead and get the injera bread made gluten-free for her. Plus, we all get to eat with our fingers.  What could be better than that?"

Our perfect weekend: Musician Laurie Berkner and family

Musician Laurie Berkner

We asked children's musician and Upper West Side mom Laurie Berkner what she, her husband Brian and their daughter Lucy, 8, like to do on the weekends. Berkner, who has been serenading city kids since 1997, wrote the music for Wanda's Monster, a new children's musical produced by Making Books Sing and opening in Manhattan on Friday, April 19. Scroll through the slide show above to see her family's favorite picks.



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