Planning your little bean’s birthday party is bringing out the ugly. You want to out-bouncy-house Little Miss Sunshine down the block, but without bouncing a check.
Tread the line between fabulous and frugal with a printable party from Brooklyn-based graphic design studio Mélangerie. Working with your child’s favorite theme (butterflies, baseball, princesses, whatever), they design everything from invites to favors to customized juice box wrappers for you to download.
Their party PDFs are delivered via e-mail and formatted for eight-and-a-half-by-eleven paper, so all you need are scissors, ribbon, and glue — and you’re ready to celebrate.
It makes perfect cents.
Best of the Arts Jazz Festival
What: This two-day event celebrates jazz through readings, art projects, and musical selections by WeBop and more.
Why: Jump, jive, and improvise.
When: Fri., 2 p.m. (all ages) & 4 p.m. (ages 5+); Sat., 3 & 4 p.m. (all ages).
Where: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., b/t Amsterdam Ave. & Broadway (212-721-1223).
Clifford’s Easter Egg Hunt
What: Find eggs that are hidden throughout The Scholastic Store, enjoy story time, and meet everyone’s favorite big red dog.
Why: It’s eggs-tra special.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 557 Broadway, b/t Prince & Spring Sts. (212-343-6166).
Curious George Saves the Day: the Art of Margret and H.A. Rey
What: Nearly 80 drawings and watercolors of the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat, will delight all ages.
Why: Swing into spring.
When: Thru Aug. 1. Sun.-Tues., Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd St. (212-423-3200).
Photo: Courtesy of Mélangerie