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Unicorns and Kites! Family Weekend Picks for May 11 and 12

The 10 best and glitter-sprinkled things to do with your kids this weekend.

Photo by Mariana Vincenti/Courtesy of Brooklyn Owl

There are so many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, from the cultured to the campy to the unicorned.

1. BYO picnic or grab food from the on-site food trucks at the Mother’s Day Garden Party on Daffodil Hill inside the New York Botanical Garden all weekend long. There will be outdoor games, live music, and family-friendly garden tours. Make a (very) full day of it with our Bronx family day plan.

Photos courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden

2. Take your budding fashionistas or little monsters to the Met for the new “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition. Then, take them for ramen!

3. Saturday night is the last chance to introduce your kids to the cross-genre genius of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, imaginatively and colorfully choreographed by Mark Morris for Pepperland at BAM.

Photo by Robbie Jack/Courtesy of Mark Morris Dance Group

4. Go fly a kite at Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday. Learn how to measure wind speed, build wind mobiles, and use air pressure to power a jet. Plus, the Brass Queens!

5. Pinkies up! Celebrate Mother’s Day with a proper afternoon tea at British import Bluebird NYC, complete with floral-inspired sweets (and cocktails for mama) and Central Park views. Kids 10 and under will love the Tiny Tea (a deal at just $13) that comes with a cupcake they can decorate themselves.

6. Kids can learn to craft a comic book or graphic novel, brainstorm book ideas with published authors, bring stories to life through theater, and much more at the this-is-why-you-live-in-NYC literary festival, Next Generation Now from PEN America at Town Hall on Saturday. A drag queen story hour is included, of course.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Tabnick PR

7. Marvel at the architecture wonders that are the Manhattan Bridge, Grand Central Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, the Flatiron Building, the Washington Square Arch, and more—all built from Lego bricks! The New York City Brick by Brick exhibit is open all weekend at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn.

8. Meet a real life unicorn (okay, it’s a real life horse with a unicorn horn strapped to its head, but still…squeeee!), snag a unicorn goody bag, and play with glitter at Saturday’s Annual Unicorn Celebration at Brooklyn Owl in Prospect Heights. Snack on rose petal doughnuts with edible flowers at Doughnut Plant just two blocks away.

9. Try on a traditional yukata (a casual kimono) and paint your face kabuki-style…then snap selfies at the Hello Kitty photo booth at the 13th annual Japan Day in Central Park on Sunday. The event also includes traditional performances, origami folding, calligraphy lessons, and plenty of onigiri, gyoza, and okonomiyaki!

Photo courtesy of Japan Day @ Central Park/Facebook

10. Last week, we alerted you to the opening of 172 just-opened-for-the-season acres of family playland. It bears repeating: Governors Island is open! Go this month before the supertall slides at Slide Hill turn into frying pans come mid-summer.

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