amNY Weekender | 8 things to do in NYC, April 29—May 1

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Friday, April 29

Candytopia Opening Day: Do you have a sweet tooth? The opening day of Candytopia in New York City is this week! Guests who come by Candytopia can live their Willy Wonka dreams with 24,000 sq ft of pure confectionery bliss with over 17 different interactive environments, including signature favorites like the marshmallow pit and confetti room (complete with candy-farting pigs), and new features like the infinity mirror room, ring swing garden, sugar high theater and an indoor zipline. $36 for adults; $29 for kids 4-12; free for kids under 4. Ticket times start at 10 a.m. 111 West 32nd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), Manhattan.

Movies Under the Stars: The Goonies: All summer long, the NYC Parks Department is screening family-friendly movies for all to enjoy. Grab a cozy blanket and sit under the stars while enjoying the classic film “The Goonies” this weekend. The event is free to the public, but in the event of heavy rain or extreme weather, the screening may be canceled. The screening begins at dusk. Healy Field in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx.

Kazuko Miyamoto: To perform a line: The Japan Society is hosting a special art installation from April 29 through July 10 that celebrates key bodies of Miyamoto’s work, from the late 1960s through the 2000s.  $12/$10 students and seniors, free for Japan Society members and children under 16. Timed tickets begin at 12 p.m. 333 East 47th Street, Manhattan.

Saturday, April 30

Art in the Garden: Weekends in Bloom: It’s cherry blossom season once again! There are many places to see these beautiful flowers bloom, but you have to see them at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Each weekend, the garden will celebrate cherry blossom season with casual, pop-up music and dance performances, as well as craft opportunities and conversations with some of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s gardeners. All programs are free with garden admission, which is $18 for adult nonmembers, $12 for students 12+ and seniors 65+ and free for children under 12. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn.

Run for the Wild: Grab your running shoes, this one-of-a-kind run is one that can’t be missed! Every year, the Bronx Zoo hosts Run for the Wild as an opportunity to raise awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to help the Wildlife Conservation Society’s mission. Those who participate in the 5K run or the 3K family run will receive free admission to the zoo as well as access to the fun post-run activities. For nonmembers of WSC, registration is $55 for adults and $45 for seniors and kids. Event starts at 8 a.m., use Bronx River Entrance. 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx.

Bronx Night Market: Calling all foodies and shoppers alike! The Bronx Night Market is back this weekend and better than ever. The market will return to the Fordham Plaza and guests can browse the vendors and taste some delicious food all while listening to live musicians and watching dance performances all summer long. The market is free to enter, but prices vary by vendor. Be sure to RSVP ahead of time. 1 to 7 p.m. 1 Fordham Plaza, Bronx.

Sunday, May 1

Vital’s Wizard of Oz: Follow the yellow brick road! Enjoy this classic show with this special performance by the Actors Temple Theatre. See this story brought to life and rediscover the joy of “The Wizard of Oz.” Recommended to ages 2-7. Tickets start at $49.50. Show starts at 11 a.m. 339 West 47th Street, Manhattan.

Sunday Sqool Comedy: Ready to laugh? Sunday Sqool Comedy takes the best stand-up comedians in NYC and they perform a hot new lineup every week as chosen by Ashley Gavin, best known for her hit podcast “We’re Having Gay Sex”. Tickets start at $10 online or you can buy them at the door for $18. 7:45 p.m. Sour Mouse, 110 Delancey Street, Manhattan.

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