RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Sunday, March 18
Kids' cooking class gurus Allergic to Salad is running these workshops for families looking for healthy dishes the whole brood will enjoy. Using plenty of vegetables and pantry staples, you'll learn some tasty new recipes and kitchen tricks. On March 18th the focus is on 15-minute meals—those dishes you whip up in a flash if you pre-prepare big batches of veggies and fill up the cupboard beforehand. Then come back on April 15 to learn how to make some delicious and nutritious whole grain bowls and salads. All ages.
Parents and kids tour MoMA’s galleries in a fun and engaging way, sharing their ideas about the art and having questions answered by museum educators. A new theme is introduced each month, so you and your tot can get the scoop on everyone from Rauschenberg to Rothko. In March the focus is all about how different modern artists used color. Age 4.
Take a break from exploring the wonders of the New York Hall of Science for this one-hour-and-half workshop. Using saws, drills and high-tech elastic technology, kids create posable robots out of wood that will be the prefect edition to their trinket collection. Ages 6 and up.
Head to the Rubin Museum of Art for this weekly drop-in program inviting families to create art, explore the galleries on special tours and more. Each month offers a new theme: In February celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, by painting a picture that uses Earthly materials like mud and soil; in March use glow-in-the-dark tape, bright colors and neon bubbles to create Holi-inspired landscapes; then in April use vegetable to create prints of the phases in the moon in a project loosely based on the museum's exhibit The Second Buddha: Master of Time. Ages 3 and up.
Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.
All your favorite Cinderella characters — including the singing mice and fairy godmother — are brought to life in this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The one hour performance includes music by Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell, and is the perfect length of time for keeping young audiences engaged. Arrive one hour early to the Saturday matinees or Sunday morning showtimes for a performing arts workshop for the kiddies. Ages 4 and up.
In this updated version of a classic fairy tale, Cinderella gets a Latin twist. The biliguel productions (Spanish and English) features characters everyone remembers—a hardworking young woman, an evil stepmother and stepsisters, and a handsome prince—plus a few silly surprises. Ages 4–11.
This adaptation of the Disney classic tops the rest with its kiddie-crowd-pleasing laughs and upbeat music. Charming street urchin Aladdin brings his exotic world to Broadway along with beloved songs like "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me," plus several new tunes, which come to life onstage through music composed by Alan Menken and lyrics penned by Howard Ashman and Tony Award winner Tim Rice. Kids will be dazzled by the color-drenched production and awe-inspiring special effects, like a confetti cannon and fireworks. Ages 6 and up.
J.M. Barrie’s beloved children's book characters are brought life in this new adaptation of the story of Peter Pan. All the character you know and love — the Darling children, Tiger Lily, Tinkerbell and the lost boys — have their way to the Swedish Cottage for this Neverland adventure. Just look out for the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Ages 3–9.
Based on novelist Gregory Maguire's 1995 adult variation on L. Frank Baum's Oz mythology, Wicked provides a prequel to the children's book and movie. The musical addresses complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, opposition to fascism. Thanks to a witty book by Winnie Holzman (creator of ’90s cult angstfest My So-Called Life) and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz's robust score, Wicked soars. While children five and up are permitted in the theater, little ones might be afraid of the flying monkeys—we'd recommend this show for kids that are a tiny bit older. Ages 8 and up.