amNY Weekender | 8 things to do in NYC, April 15-17

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Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo!
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Friday, April 15

Uptown Stripdown: Black Spring: It’s springtime and we’re living naked and in color! The Nova Experiment presents Uptown Stripdown, Harlem’s only Burlesque Show with a radiant cast of all Black performers with sensual and exciting acts that will get you feeling the love. Purchase your tickets for front-row seating and automatic entry into a raffle. Tickets are priced at $15. The event begins at 8 p.m. Harlem Nights, 2361 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd New York, NY 10030.

1st Annual Jackie Robinson Day: Enjoy a fun community day to celebrate Jackie Robinson’s legacy on baseball, America, and Harlem in the Harlem park honoring him! Come play, garden, view art, meet community organizations, enjoy baseball clinics and a jazz concert, and watch the film 42 as we join Major League Baseball’s annual celebration of Jackie Robinson’s legacy in baseball and America – and in Harlem! The event is free from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jackie Robinson Park, 140-174 Bradhurst Ave New York, NY 10039.

Roll – A – Rama at the Runway Rink: It’s a wheel-y good time! Take a spin on the tarmac around the hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane opening today! Don your terry cloth headband and glide around to retro tunes — maybe even some disco? The rink will be open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admissions for one skate session are $20 per adult and $16 per child. TWA Hotel, One Idlewild Dr New York, NY 11430. 

Saturday, April 16

Passover Seder Show – Don’t Fuhaggadahboudit: Join for a Seder that follows the hilarious Haggadah, Don’t Fuhaggadahboudit. Get ready to drink, dip, and have fun! We’ll lead you through an entertaining Seder show with comedian Danielle Brody and other guests. We’ll go through the traditional seder but make it fun and funny. Watch us bring the story of Moses and Pharoah to life with our cast. The audience will interact, and we’ll even find the Afikomen. General tickets include the Seder show and essentials – wine and matzah, plus a copy of the Haggadah! You can choose to stay for a catered vegetarian, kosher-style dinner at the venue. If you can’t make it in person, choose the free virtual option. In-Person Tickets range from $30 to $45. The show begins at 6 p.m. Jewish Community Project Downtown, 146 Duane St New York, NY 10013.

Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle: The South Street Seaport Museum unveils a new discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Huge immersive murals bring families into Carle’s book, A House for Hermit Crab, and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Activities include meeting a live hermit crab, driving ferries on a giant play-table, and learning about cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck—all while exploring Carle’s use of color and pattern. Beginning today, the exhibit will be open every weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. specifically designed for children ages two to seven. Admissions are $5 per child. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St New York, NY 10038.

Bronx Zoo – Dinosaur Safari: Is there such a thing as a Bronxosaurus? The Dinosaur Safari is back at the Bronx Zoo for the first time since 2019! The immersive experience is a ¼ mile-long walkthrough exhibit covering more than 2 acres of forest and featuring 52 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and pterosaurs that move and roar in an accurate depiction of what life looked like in pre-historic times. At the ADA-accessible dig site, kids can dig up ancient fossils, compare them to moving dinosaurs, and hear from the dino guides about the important lessons fossils can tell us. The dinosaur safari is included in the Bronx Zoo admissions. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10460. 

Sunday, April 17

Prospect Park Carousel Opening: Start spring with a ride on Prospect Park’s 1912 Carousel, which opens for the season. Its 53 magnificent horses ride alongside a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots. Located in the Park’s Children’s Corner, the Carousel is one of the Park’s most popular attractions. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of his time, the Carousel was restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990. The Carousel is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is $3 per ride. Prospect Park, 454 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215. 

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival: Each year on Easter, the best of the bonnets are showcased along Fifth Avenue as New Yorkers celebrate the holiday by roaming the streets in their most festive spring gear. The event is free for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fifth Avenue, 49th-55th Streets, New York, NY.