April 19-21 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents


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Earth Day Fun, Sheep Shearing Days, and a Scavenger Hunt for a Good Cause
April 19-21

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When senseless tragedies cloud our lives, the world might feel hopeless. In this week's earlier events, though, let's honor the runners who continued to make their way to hospitals to immediately donate blood, the first reponders who risked their lives for so many others, and Good Samaritans who opened their homes to displaced runners. These are the stories that should help remind us of the good that is still in this world. We hope you and your family are safe.

Now, with sunnier days on the rise, it's prime season to snap photos as the kids play on slides and run through the park. Learn how to take the best photos from your iPhone or smartphone with these 10 essential tips, and scroll down to find just the right backdrop at this weekend's top kid-friendly activities, including Earth Day celebrations and community clean-up days.
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April 19
10th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference
New York's Hotel Pennsylvania, Manhattan
Meet leading directors, teachers, and early childhood professionals who can help your children learn and grow.

April 27
Brooklyn BabyFEST 2013
MS 126, Williamsburg
A baby shower and early learning expo of great products, services, and advice from experts for expectant parents and parents of children ages 3 and younger.

April 28
3rd Annual All Kids Fair
Melville Marriott, Melville
Families learn all about Long Island's activities, health and wellness, camps, and more. Use code: PayHalf to save 50%.

May 1
Mommybites Summit
New Yorker Hotel, Midtown West
Shop, mingle, and meet parenting experts. Open to all parents and parents-to-be!

May 5
The Mamas Expo
New York Hall of Science, Queens
Access the best local services and specialists for families in NYC. Plus enjoy free concerts and activities for kids.

May 5
Danbury Kid's Expo
Danbury Sports Dome, Danbury
An afternoon of entertainment, hands-on activities, magic shows, and more.

May 5
Exclusive Children's Book Signing
Kush Kush Toys, Woodbury, Long Island
Meet award-winning children's author Carole P. Roman. Guests who buy a book get a FREE gift!

May 11
Fitness Festival: Walk, Roll, & Play
Glen Island Park, New Rochelle
Get active on the 1.5 mile route around the park and keep your family moving with carnival games, yoga, hula hooping, and more. Kids attend for FREE.

Top 20 Activities for Kids

Friday, April 19

• Explore Earth's soil and its fluttering insects to Gear up for Earth Day in Brooklyn

• Have a slumber party with everyone's favorite Big Red Dog, Clifford, in Fairfield County, CT

• Discover what animals lurk in the night as your hike on Long Island

• Catch daring acrobats on the opening weekend of Le Grand C in Manahttan

Saturday, April 20

• Help clean up the beach for Earth Day in Queens

• Celebrate Clifford the Big Red Dog's 50th Birthday in Westchester

• Lend a hand during community clean-up in Rockland

• Learn about preserving the planet and "going green" on Long Island

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Fairfield, CT

Long Island

Head to the All Kids Fair for loads of family fun.

Saturday, April 20 (continued)

• See sheep get a haircut at Westchester's sheep-to-shawl festival

• Meet sheep and learn all about wool in Westchester

• Go on a scavenger hunt for a good cause on the Intrepid in Manhattan

• Explore the great outdoors with hands-on projects in Westchester

• Visit the farm on Long Island for live music, gardening, crafts, and learn about chicken-keeping

• Head to Grand Central for a free Earth Day Celebration in Manhattan


Sunday, April 21

• Volunteer to help pull invasive plants at the Stamford Museum in Fairfield County, CT

• Discover what makes the racoon fascinating on a guided walk in Rockland

• Develop a green thumb of your own at the Earth Day Festival in Queens

• Support Autism Awareness Month at a carnival and picnic in Brooklyn

• Explore animals of all sorts, from ordinary to exotic, at Animals Alive in Manhattan

• Watch works of art by teen filmmakers at the Big Screen Bash at BAM in Brooklyn

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