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Race Cars, Bonnets, and Earth Day: Family Weekend Picks for April 20 and 21

The 10 best things to do with your kids this weekend.

Photos courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

Good Pesach! Happy Easter! Yay Earth Day! Whatever you’re celebrating with your family this weekend in NYC, there’s lots of ways to do it.

1. Make use of your hot-glue gun (and maybe some of your kids’ unwanted stuffies?) to create a whimsical bonnet, then wear it as you march up Fifth Avenue—from 49th Street to St. Patrick’s Cathedral—in the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. We all make sacrifices for our children. One of them might be attending this weekend’s New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center with your car-crazy kiddo. Don’t despair, though, the show is actually pretty cool, even if you’re not an automobile aficionado. You’ll see futuristic car models, try out the Jeep off-road obstacle course, take a ride in a race car simulator, and get caught up in the general county fair atmosphere of it all.

Photo courtesy of New York International Auto Show/Facebook

3. Plant bulbs, harvest produce, and count pussy willows at the New York Botanical Garden’s weekend-long celebration of Earth Day (don’t miss the orchids either!).

4. The Dinosaur Safari—an all-ages wagon ride through a “jungle” peppered with life-size animatronics of the prehistoric predators—is back at the Bronx Zoo starting this weekend. Make a day of it with our Bronx family plan.

Photo courtesy of Bronx Zoo/Facebook

5. After all the eggs have been found and baskets delivered, throw on your finest florals and head out for a classic Easter meal with the fam at one of NYC’s best springtime spots.

6. Create a photo art project together with the kids at BRIC Arts Media’s hands-on Family Photography Workshop in Fort Greene on Saturday at 11 a.m. Snap shots of your popcorn shrimp, buffalo cauliflower, and Jamaican jerk wings at lunch afterward at Fulton Hall.

Photo by Toby Tenenbaum/Courtesy of BRIC

7. Spend a full family day in Chelsea, complete with doughnuts, a carousel, a (manageable!) museum, and—of course—the High Line.

8. Your kids have likely been on school trips to Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island, but if you’ve never been yourself, spring is a great time to visit. In addition to the historic buildings and re-creations of Colonial life, this Saturday will feature maypole dances; flower crown–making; butter churning; and that creature for any age, the Easter Bunny.

9. If you’ve got a musically inclined child, she or he may be interested in checking out the 130-plus instruments and rock memorabilia on display at the new “Play It Loud” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (cocurated with Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame). Afterward, frolic in Central Park in search of street (park?) musicians!

View 13, section 6 of “Play It Loud”: Creating an Image, Keith Moon’s Drum Set. / Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art

10. Keep the kids up late on Saturday for a sneak preview of the outdoor Queens Night Market at the New York Hall of Science. It’s like an after-hours Smorgasburg, with musical performances and art vendors.

Photo courtesy of Queens International Night Market

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