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Dessert Goals and Alien Flowers! Family Weekend Picks for March 23 and 24

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

Photo courtesy of Sarabeth’s/Facebook

Man, New York City kids are lucky. This weekend alone, they can get up close and personal with one of the wonders of urban architecture, see top-notch theater based on one of their favorite books, and eat their way through a Willy Wonka-ish dessert fest. Pretty sweet.

1. Whether your kids’ dessert dreams include rolled ice cream, gold-dipped matcha soft serve, cheesecake bars, or boba tea, they’ll fulfill them all at the Dessert Goals two-day sweets celebration in Long Island City.

Photo courtesy of Dessert Goals

2. Spend the day exploring the shops and restaurants on Columbia Street in Brooklyn’s Waterfront District. Stop into the Jalopy Theatre for a family sing-along with Suzi Shelton on Sunday at 11 a.m., eat lunch at Alma or Popina, then walk along the water to the awesome playground at Pier 6.

3. Did you miss the parade last weekend? You’ve got another chance to enjoy the step dancers, bagpipes, and kilts at the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. While you’re in the area, be sure to eat at Tanoreen.

Photo courtesy of Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Facebook

4. Meet Ms. Frizzle in person when her Magic School Bus makes a stop onstage at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center for a musical take on the classic science book series (ages 5–19). After the Saturday 11 a.m. performance, catch the brunch bus to Sarabeth’s Tribeca.

Photo by Jeremy Daniel/Courtesy of BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

5. Bring your tweens and teens on a two-hour Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge walking tour on Sunday at 10 a.m. You’ll start on the Manhattan side and traverse the span, learning about hidden fallout shelters, champagne vaults, statues, and more along the way. Once in Brooklyn, get in line for superior slices at Grimaldi’s.

6. Who needs an expensive iPhone when you can make your own pinhole camera? After the two-hour photography workshop (11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday; designed for kids ages 6–14) at the Morgan Library & Museum, treat your artistes to a snazzy jazz brunch at Fine & Rare.

Photo courtesy of Fine & Rare/Facebook

7. Go ice-skating one last time in Prospect Park. The outdoor (but partially covered) rinks at LeFrak Center at Lakeside close for the season on March 31. Stay for snacks or an early dinner: The Bluestone Café on-site has surprisingly great food (and wine!).

8. Kick off Macy’s Flower Show on Sunday with face painting, balloon twisting, Peppa Pig—and, of course, thousands of flowers. The theme this year is sci-fi outer space, so expect alien blooms and mercury trees. Hungry? Grab a grill at one of our favorite Korean barbecue joints in nearby Koreatown.

9. Cross the pond, er, the Hudson River for the “International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” at Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center. It’s a fun and fascinating look at the forensic technology of the 1890s and of today, complete with mysteries to solve and clues to crack for little visitors. Maybe watch the Robert Downey Jr. movie adaptation the night before?

Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

10. See what all the fuss is about—and get your kids some exercise—at the maze of staircases that is the Vessel. Same-day tickets are available starting at 8 a.m. on its website.

hudson yards vessel
Photo by Sayaka Ueno

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