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At Last It’s April

BROOKLYN
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, www.bbg.org

APRIL 8 – APRIL 30, All day: Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden!
Hanami is the Japanese cultural tradition of viewing and cherishing each moment of the cherry blossom season, from the first buds to the brilliant blossoms to the petals falling like pink snow. Brooklyn Botanic Garden visitors can enjoy a stroll under a canopy of cherry trees, view Mizue Sawano's exceptional cherry tree paintings, taste a special Japanese menu at the Terrace Café, and celebrate Sakura Matsuri, a two-day family festival of Japanese culture, arts, and performances.

Hanami Events Include:

APRIL 8: Mizue Sawano: The Art of the Cherry Tree:
In celebration of the 25th annual cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri, the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery is proud to announce an extensive exhibit of paintings by celebrated artist Mizue Sawano, a painter who has captured the beauty of the Garden in her works for many years. This exhibit will showcase the large-scale, vibrantly expressive cherry blossom paintings that have been featured in Sakura Matsuri posters since 1992. This exquisite exhibition opens Hanami and extends the cherry blossom season until long after the last petal has fallen to the ground.

APRIL 29–APRIL 30, Noon–6 p.m.: New York City's "Rite of Spring" celebrates 25 years!
With over 200 trees in bloom, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's flowering cherries take center stage during this phenomenal weekend celebrating Japanese culture with over 60 events and performances. Enjoy traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, ikebana flower arranging, cooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, craft demonstrations, and workshops for both adults and children.

NY Aquarium, Surf Avenue and W. 8th St, Brooklyn.  www.nyaquarium.com

APRIL 1, 11 – 12 noon: Fool Me Once…
Celebrate April Fool’s Day by learning how some sea animals fool others, and why other creatures that seem foolish to us really aren’t. Try to find a stonefish, learn why clownfish have the last laugh, investigate the octopus and kin, and much more. Ages:
5–8, with adult. FEE: $18. members, $25. non members

APRIL 8, 2-3 PM: Pre-K Planet Ocean!
Investigate the animals of the ocean planet with your child in one or both of these fun-filled programs. In Session A, Behave Yourself! you’ll burrow like a clam, bray like a penguin, and learn how such behaviors help animals survive. Session B, Incredible Inverts, will introduce you to the amazing world of animals such as sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Ages: 3–4, with adult. FEE: $18. members, $25. non members.

APRIL 16, 2 – 4 PM: Shark-a-Rama!
Sharks are among the most fascinating marine animals, and are truly remarkable creatures. Participants will begin with a visit to our shark tank to view our toothy sand tigers, the low-lying nurse sharks, and their cartilaginous relatives the stingrays. Back in the classroom, they will learn more about sharks and their habits, examine shark teeth and skin, and will make shark-themed crafts to take home. Ages: 5–8, with adult. FEE: $18. members, $25. non members.

APRIL 17, 18, and 19, 10 – 12 noon: Spring Break with Elly Jelly
Through stories and activities from our popular national book series, Elly Jelly Looks at Marine Animals, we will take your child on a tour of ocean adaptations. In session A, Elly Jelly’s Surprise, children investigate sea jellies, corals, and anemones. Session B, The Right Move, focuses on animal movement, while in session C, The Birthday Feast, children learn who eats what in the ocean. Take one session or all three! Ages: 6–8 FEE: $40 members; $48 non-members per session
$105 members; $120 non-members for all three

APRIL 21-22, 7 PM – 10 AM: Sleep in the Deep!!!
Your adventure begins when you arrive at the aquarium after the other visitors have departed. After stowing your gear, your instructor will lead you on an evening of fun and learning. You’ll tour the aquarium after hours, and watch the seals and walruses settling down for the night. In our classroom, you’ll explore animal biofacts and the live invertebrates in our touch tank. You will make marine-themed crafts, including an aquarium button to show others that you slept by the sea. Finally, you’ll arrange your sleeping bags by the side of our Explore the Shore exhibits (indoors), and doze until morning, when you will tour behind-the-scenes and feed a fish tank. An evening snack and Continental breakfast are included.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn  www.prospectpark.com

APRIL 1, 11 – 12 noon: Fool Me Once…
Celebrate April Fool’s Day by learning how some sea animals fool others, and why other creatures that seem foolish to us really aren’t. Try to find a stonefish, learn why clownfish have the last laugh, investigate the octopus and kin, and much more. Ages:
5–8, with adult. FEE: $18. members, $25. non members
APRIL 8, 2-3 PM: Pre-K Planet Ocean!
Investigate the animals of the ocean planet with your child in one or both of these fun-filled programs. In Session A, Behave Yourself! you’ll burrow like a clam, bray like a penguin, and learn how such behaviors help animals survive. Session B, Incredible Inverts, will introduce you to the amazing world of animals such as sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Ages: 3–4, with adult. FEE: $18. members, $25. non members.

BRONX
NY Botanical Garden, 200th St and Kazimoff Blvd, Bronx, www.nybg.org.

Every day at the Garden, kids can embark on an exciting adventure--the adventure of discovering the world of plants. In two gardens designed especially for kids, the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, hands-on activities introduce them to the thrill of science exploration and of seeing what seeds and soil can become. Each season brings special programs--things like Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures in winter, Wild Wiggly Worms in spring, and Goodnight, Garden in fall--that let them learn even more about the plants we encounter every day and the joys of making a connection to nature. What's more, puppet shows, dance and music concerts, and other events throughout the year offer fun for the whole family in the beautiful setting of the Garden.

Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd Street, Bronx, www.wavehill.org.

APRIL 1, 9- 12: Learn all about honeybees in workshops with urban and suburban beekeepers!

APRIL 22 – 23, ALL DAY: Celebrate Earth Day as you help remove invasive plants in the woodlands of the park; enjoy spring blossoms as you overlook the Hudson River; and sketch your own flowers.

Remember to take a stroll in VAN CORTLANDT PARK (open daily), Broadway and 246th Street, Bronx, www.vancortlandt.org

Bronx Zoo, Fordham Rd, Bronx, www.bronxzoo.com

APRIL 15- 16, ALL DAY: Eggstreme Weekend
Join Bella the costume bunny at the Bronx Zoo for a weekend of egg races, egg hunts, storytelling, and a guaranteed eggciting time! Explore the World of Reptiles and World of Birds to see some of nature’s hatchlings and visit the Children's Zoo, opening for the season on April 1 (weather permitting).
Schedule of Events:

Crafts
Create a bunny mask or a 3D bunny to take home (while supplies last)
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Last entry into crafts 3:50pm)
Location: Zoo Center
 
Photo with Bella the bunny
Take a photo with the Bronx Zoo’s Bella the Bunny and we’ll turn it into a button for you. $4.00 per photo.
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Zoo Center
 
Storytelling with LuAnn Adams
  Time: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Wild Asia Theater
Music with Sruli and Lisa (Sunday only)
Time: 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Location: Dancing Crane Pavilion
   
Egg Races

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Astor Court

Egg Hunt

Kids search for eggs in stacks of hay to find small prizes.
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Astor Court

MANHATTAN

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, NYC - www.amnh.org

APRIL 5, 4 – 5:30 PM: Cosmic Collisions
See the new Space Show, Cosmic Collisions, and follow up with an in-depth workshop exploring the science behind the show. Price includes Space Show ticket.

APRIL 9, 11- 12:30, 1:30-3: Cosmic Splat!
Making moons, smashing stars, and producing planets: that’s what cosmic collisions do! In this hands-on workshop, explore the forces that drive the universe.

APRIL 17- 21, 9 – 4 PM: Destination Space: Stars and Light
Twinkle, twinkle, little star—there’s more to know about what you are! Journey into a nebula, learn how light travels, and hear about the constellations and the myths that go along with them. This in-depth investigation will give students hands-on experience with Starlab, an inflatable planetarium, and a chance to present a guided tour through the nighttime sky.

APRIL 17-21, 9 – 4 PM: Meet the Beetles: Darwin Adventures
Break out your magnifying glasses and get ready to observe the natural world and its amazing creatures, from the beetles, birds, and giant tortoises Charles Darwin studied to the local bugs and plants in Central Park.

APRIL 22, 11:00 - 4:00 PM: Earth Day Fair
Bring a picnic lunch and join New York City environmental and youth organizations for the Central Park Conservancy's annual Earth Day Fair in Central Park. This year's featured entertainment will be a production of the Arm-of-the-Sea Theater's "City That Drinks the Mountain Sky," a large-scale theatrical puppet show that brings to life the epic story of NYC's water supply. The event will also offer family planting projects; an educational family scavenger hunt; guided walking tours; storytelling; face painting; arts and crafts; games; delicious food; and free valet bike parking for people who bring their bikes that day (provided by Time's Up Environmental Group).

CONTINUING EVENTS:

Central Park, www.centralparknyc.org

TUES - SAT, 10 AM - 2 PM:  Beginner Climbing Course for Ages 8 to 17, North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid Central Park at 97th Street, www.centralparknyc.org.

TUES - FRI, 10 AM - 2:30 PM: Challenge Course for Ages 12 to 17, North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid Central Park at 97th Street, www.centralparknyc.org.

TUES - SUN, 10 AM - 5 PM: Woods and Water Exhibit at Belvedere Castle, Mid Central Park at 79th Street, www.centralparknyc.org.

QUEENS

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd, Queens, www.alleypond.com.

APRIL 1, 8, 22, and 29: Free competitive internship, open to all high school students interested in environmental studies. Join use as we explore the trails of APEC armed with field guides, experimental apparatuses and our brains. Please call for more information and our application. Acceptance into the program is required in order to attend.

Visit some of the other wonderful parks in Queens including Forest Park in Jamaica (www.nyforestpark.org)!!!

STATEN ISLAND

Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island, www.sigreenbelt.org
APRIL 2, 10 AM: Take a spring hike through the nature center

APRIL 15, 1 PM: Join the Metropolitan Museum of Art as you explore the difference between realistic and symbolic images of nature.

APRIL 19, 10 – 12 noon: Celebrate Arbor Day as you learn all about trees!

APRIL 22, 12 – 3 PM: It’s Earth Day! Join the staff as you celebrate all the wonders of our amazing planet.

EARTH DAY NYC
On April 22nd, every borough will be holding special events in honor of the planet we all call home. For a continuously updated listing of what’s happening and where, go to http://www.earthdayny.org/events.html