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Picnics + Pearl Jam! Family Weekend Picks for May 18 and 19

The 10 best—and grungy!—things to do with your kids this weekend.

Photo by Chris Lee/Courtesy of New York Philharmonic

Relive the 1990s and the 1860s this weekend.

1. Sign up for a craft workshop with the kids at Industry City during the weekend-long Craft in Focus Festival. Try relief printmaking (ages 5-plus), silk-screen a bandana (6-plus), build robots (7-plus), hand-stitch a tote bag (10-plus), make a leather coin pouch (14-plus), whip up artisan chocolate (16-plus), and much more. Get ramen or rice balls for lunch at IC’s Japan Village.

Photo courtesy of Craft in Focus Festival

2. Have a family picnic! With yummy food! In a pretty spot!

3. If Bugs Bunny can go to the symphony, so can your kids. The New York Philharmonic will perform a live version of the classical music score to the quintessential cartoon on the big screen at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on Friday and Saturday. BYO carrots.

Photo by Chris Lee/Courtesy of New York Philharmonic

4. We’re suckers for a street fair, and the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival this Saturday and Sunday is a good one, because instead of feeling guilty about corn dogs and funnel cakes, you can feel pious for exposing your kids to cuisines from around the world. Don’t worry, though; they still have grilled corn!

5. Speaking of international travel, see the wonderful Around the World in 80 Days—a slapstick-heavy show, based on the Jules Verne novel, that kids will love—at the New Victory Theater. Pick one of our favorite midtown eateries for a pre- or postshow meal.

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Photo courtesy of Upside Pizza/Facebook

6. The kids can learn to cook you dinner during mini classes and demos at Saturday’s opening celebration of Essex Market’s new location. There will be live music, dance performances, mask making, cupcake decorating, and—of course—plenty of food. Make a day of it with our favorite family-friendly LES spots.

7. Aspiring superheroes should fly—or ferry, whichever’s easiest—all weekend to Governors Island to create their own action figure and a customized cape.

Photo courtesy of Governors Island/Facebook

8. Enjoy the deeply satisfying, ASMR-level sight of sheep being shorn of their thick, matted coats at the Wild and Wooly Festival at Prospect Park Zoo.

9. While you’re at Prospect Park, catch an old-timey (1864, specifically) baseball game, complete with period uniforms and gear, on Saturday at 11 a.m. (And here’s even more Prospect Park inspiration.)

10. You’re hankering for early-’90s grunge music after reading the Gen X article in The New York Times. But you’re a grown-up with kids now! Problem solved: The Rock and Roll Playhouse is presenting the music of Pearl Jam this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Bowl. Need a plan for the rest of your day in Williamsburg? We’ve got one.

Photo courtesy of the Rock and Roll Playhouse

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