New York Family Magazine
Contests & Giveaways

We have teamed up with the world famous Plaza Hotel for an amazing giveaway! For NJ Camp Fair Datesexpectant and new parents with children up to two years old, the Plaza Hotel is granting one lucky couple a fabulous 2-night Babymoon! To enter, simply email us and put "Babymoon" in the subject line, including your name, address and phone number and whether you're pregnant or already have an infant or toddler. The deadline to register is Friday, April 6.


With fantastic music, sassy choreography and great themes for children (ages 4-8) to soak up, the New Victory Theater's Lucky Duck NJ Camp Fair Dates is sure to wow. Showing March 16-25, the production is a boon for kids and parents alike. Plus, we are offering 2 family four-packs of tickets to lucky readers! For details on how to enter, read our story to the very end. Deadline to enter is Monday, March 19.

As the Go-To Mom
, Kimberley Clayton Blaine has popularized "emotion coaching," which favors empathy and relationship-building to address classic childhood challenges like  tantrums and going to sleep. Three readers have a chance to win a copy of Blaine's book. The deadline is Friday, March 30.
Weekend Plans & More     

Great for young birds 4 to 8 years old--the New Victory Theater's premiere of the musical Lucky Duck brims with themes of self-confidence and acceptance. (Tip: Don't miss the ticket giveaway above!) (Friday-Sunday)


The fourth annual Focus 2012 exhibition on the Upper West Side spotlights a wide array of children's artwork, through mediums like animation and photography. (Friday-Sunday)


Check out the ha-ha-hilarious family clown show, That Beautiful Laugh, at La MaMa featuring comedy and live music. (Friday-Sunday)


Celebrate the cherry blossom season at the American Museum of Natural History's Japan Fest. Festive activities include flower-arranging, origami and shadow puppet performances. (Friday-Saturday)


ST. PATTY'S PICK: Skip to the Brooklyn Children's Museum this weekend for the Luck O' the Green fest. Lads and lasses ages 2.5 to 5 years old can learn all about Irish traditions through food and crafts. (Saturday-Sunday)


Make your way to where the wild things are at the Children's Museum of the Arts for the opening weekend of Misaki Kawai's Love From Mt. Pom Pom. Paintings, sculpture and animation create the world of Mt. Pom Pom, where animals roam free. (Saturday-Sunday)


Find out what happens to StinkyKid Britt when she gets a huge wad of gum stuck in her hair at the Vital Theatre's hilarious new musical, Stinky Kids. (Saturday-Sunday)


Strand Books is hosting a real "paige-turner!" This Saturday features a reading by Laura Lee Gulledge from her book Page by Paige, and will also include a self-portrait arts and crafts session. (Saturday)


ST. PATTY'S PICK: March up Fifth Avenue for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The hoopla begins at 44th Street and winds down at 86th Street. (Tip: It starts at 11am sharp, so be sure get there early to snag a great view!) (Saturday)


Cook with iCarly star Reed Alexander at Williams Sonoma in Columbus Circle. Learn how to make healthy food like turkey burgers and strawberry coconut kewlers. (Saturday)


Two classics in one afternoon: Head to Symphony Space for a 3D glow-in-the-dark puppet performance of both The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare, featuring classical and contemporary tunes. (Saturday)


ST. PATTY'S PICK: Get creative with the St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Projects include shamrock collages, rainbow mobiles and painting a mural. (Saturday) 


Put on your dancing shoes and head to Le Poisson Rouge for Baby Loves Disco--one big afternoon dance party for the entire family (especially ages 0-5) to enjoy. Yes, there will be bubbles. (Sunday)


We love storytime at The Dimenna Children's History Museum. This Sunday, you'll hear Marchita: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, the true tale of an African-American girl born free and raised right here in NYC during the 1800s. (Sunday) 


Head out to Streits Matzo Factory on the Lower East Side for Passover Palooza featuring the Mama Doni Band. Hear great music, chow on some matzo and even tour the factory to discover how matzos are made. (Sunday)


Get real ridiculous with The Jimmies at the world release of their newest CD, Practically Ridiculous. 92YTribeca is throwing them a gleeful party with plenty of dancing! (Sunday)


Attend The Paper Bag Players' performance of Laugh! Laugh! Laugh! at the Jewish Museum where you'll meet a paper bag dragon and dancing broom. (Sunday)


Marvel at the graceful efforts of The Peridance Youth Ensemble at their Spring Choreographers Showcase. Proceeds will benefit various after school programs like University Settlement and Free Arts NYC. (Sunday)


For even more events this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar.
Bonus Tip
Theatergoers, rejoice! Broadway is expected to score big with adults and kids alike this spring. Whether your child is athletic (check out Magic/Bird) or a fairytale fanatic (try Peter and the Starcatcher), here's a taste of what's about to hit the stage, plus tips on where to buy discount tix.
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