Don’t worry, adults can jump into the giant sandbox filled with nothing but Lego bricks, too.
1. Lego lovers—count us in!—should head to Queens’s New York Hall of Science for Brick Fest Live to gawk at sculptures made with the beloved Danish blocks, build with UV-reactive bricks under black lights, and luxuriate in a sandbox filled with more than 100,000 2×4 red Lego bricks.
2. Spend the day at Industry City in Sunset Park, starting with a free movie screening and crafts at 10 a.m. (part of the Kids’ Saturday Cinema Club); ramen and rice balls for lunch in Japan Village; Skee-Ball in the Frying Pan game room; and then a free magic show at 3:30 p.m.
3. Ride roller coasters, base jump, and fight zombies—all virtually, of course (base jumping IRL is idiotic and zombies aren’t real)—at the Jump Into the Light virtual studio on the Lower East Side. It’s never too crowded and is close to lots of other LES attractions, including the Tenement Museum, the New Museum, Russ & Daughters Cafe, and Economy Candy.
4. Kick (swing?) off the baseball season with a Saturday morning screening of A League of Their Own, part of the Play Ball! film series at Nitehawk Prospect Park (next weekend: The Bad News Bears!). Brunch on egg sammies and cinnamon buns while you watch, then head to the park across the street for a little batting practice.
5. While you’re in Prospect Park, take a few spins on the delightful carousel, opening for the season this weekend!
6. Skip the cartoons and check out the Saturday Morning Show at Hudson Eats, the upscale food court inside Brookfield Place, instead. Starting at 10 a.m., you and your toddlers and preschoolers can dance—there will be a contest—to bluegrass and folk music from Astrograss, then enjoy an interactive story time. Nibble on breakfast burritos from Dos Toros Taqueria and Black Seed bagels throughout.
7. Dive into the ocean thanks to the magic of live performance, puppetry, animation, and music at Lincoln Center Kids’s The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, an award-winning show about environmentalism and bravery. Pregame the 2 p.m. event with buffalo wings, burgers, and tater tots at P.J. Clarke’s across the street.
8. Celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colors, with the Flushing Hindu Temple at the Queens Museum on Sunday, 2:30–4 p.m. There will be traditional foods, music, dance, and, of course, plenty of Technicolor powder (maybe don’t wear your nicest clothes!).
9. If your kids (ages 4 to 8) are captivated by dolls, they’ll love the toys-come-to-life musical Three Dolls at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. For brunch before or after, try the casual-cool Gemma inside the Bowery Hotel.
10. Buy Easter basket stuffers while your kids are distracted with holiday-themed manicures, hairstyling, and crafts at the FAO Schwarz flagship at Rockefeller Plaza. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny, too!