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Events This Week
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Happy festive spring! The gorgeous Faberge Eggs are still nesting at Rockefeller center through Friday, and the as we say goodbye to Easter and Passover there is still plenty to celebrate – Earth Day, National Poetry Month, and all the amazing art, music and more in NYC. All events are free unless noted otherwise.

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Thursday, April 24

Faberge Eggs At Rockefeller Center

All Day
Rockefeller Center (45 Rockefeller Plaza)

Admire the the hundreds of gorgeous artist-designed eggs that have been hiding throughout NYC, now nesting together at the Rockefeller Centre before being auctioned off.


Through April 25.

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New York International Auto Show

10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Jacob Javits Center (655 West 34th Street)

$15/adult, $5/kids 12 & under, Free/kids 2 & under

Auto-lovers of all ages can check out tons of cars and trucks at this annual event. Many exhibitors have activities specifically for kids including simulators, video games, movie cars and more.

Through Sunday, April 27.

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Friday, April 25

That’s What a Princess Does/Så gör prinsessor

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at East 38th Street )

$7

Swedish author Per Gustavsson’s princess defies stereotypes on adventures with hockey boys, hooligans, and dragon in this live show from touring Swedish troupe Boulevardteatern.

Two performances at 11 am & 3 pm.

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New York Children's Theater Festival: Rescue Rue

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West Side YMCA (5 West 63rd Street)

$18

This annual four-week festival kicks off with the world premiere of Rescue Rue, an original musical fairytale with puppets that tells one dog’s journey from shelter to adoption.

Also Saturday at 11 am & 2 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.

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Saturday, April 26

The Little Orchestra Society Lolli-Pops: Peter and the Wolf

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)

$15-$50

Introduce 2 to 5 year olds to classical music with the help of the cuddly Lolli-Pops gang. A live orchestra performs Prokofiev’s famous musical fairy tale as the conductor and animal friends help all ages see and hear how musical themes evoke characters. We are big fans of The Little Orchestra Society, which has been putting on fantastic family-friendly events for 65 years.

Saturday at 10 & 11:30 am. Also on Sunday 11:30 am & 1:00 pm.

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Tribeca Film Festival Family Street Fair

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tribeca (Greenwich Street between Chambers Street and Hubert Street & N. Moore Street between Greenwich Street and West Street)

Step onto the Tribeca Studios backlot and into a filmmaking experience, watch a live chef demonstration from a local restaurant, fly a kite, play video games, create life-size bubbles, get creative in an arts & crafts pavilions, watch special performances from Broadway shows, dance to live music, catch free family screenings and more at this annual downtown day of fun.

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TribecaFilm Festival: The Wizard Of Oz

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers Street)

All ages can enjoy a free screening of the 75-year-old classic of Dorothy’s adventures. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis; line begins at 9:30 am.

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Dig into Gardening

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
St. Agnes Library (444 Amsterdam @ 81st Street)

Ages 4-9 are invited to learn about seeds and planting. Preregister at the front desk or by calling 212.621.0619

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Whitney Museum Family Programs: Whitney Biennial

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue at East 75th Street)

$10/family, includes museum admission

4-10 year-olds can explore the contemporary art in the 2014 Whitney Biennial with interactive tours and art-making workshops. Online registration is recommended; drop-ins welcome if space is available.

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Earth Fest at Battery Urban Farm

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Battery Urban Farm (State Street and Pearl Street)

Kick off the start of this small but conveniently located educational urban farm’s 2014 season and celebrate Earth Day with educational games, arts and crafts, demonstrations and farm tours, light refreshments for sale (picnics welcome) and live bluegrass with Gotham City Pickers and Five Mile String Band. Rain date is April 27.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

NYC’s 12th Annual celebration of poetry features original poem readings from from elementary, intermediate and high school students during an open mic forum plus live music.

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Poetry in Motion Springfest

11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a free poetry festival for all ages featuring award-winning poets creating personalized poems, interactive call-and-response poems, immersive art installations and live performances by MTA MUNY musicians.

Also on Sunday.

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Street Games

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Park (114th Street & First Avenue)

Play classic street games from the ’60s and ’70s with a modern spin. All ages can try stickball, pogo sticks, double-dutch, hula hoops, yo-yos, skateboarding clinics and handball in the park, or head to 114th Street & Pleasant where cars are banned for the day so kids can ride bikes, play street hockey, race in a soap box derby, do arts & crafts and more pre-digital fun. Also enjoy live music and entertainment and performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem. Rain venue: Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center located in the park.

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TADA! Youth Theater Open House

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
TADA! Youth Theater (15 West 28th Street)

Sample theater art classes for ages 2-14. Online reservations highly recommended.

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Celebrate Spring Revival

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton and Front Streets)

Celebrate the continuing post-Sandy restoration of the South Street Seaport Museum with a special bell-ringing ceremony, historic ship tours, nautical crafts For kids, wood carving, live music, local food vendors and more.

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McBurney YMCA Healthy Kids Day

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McBurney YMCA (125 West 14th Street)

Fun activities for the whole family include family fitness classes, a bouncy house obstacle course, arts & crafts, sports tournaments and more.

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Earth Day

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Scholastic Store (557 Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets)

Kids can plant a tree to to take outside and join Ms. Frizzle for a special storytime featuring The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge at this Earth Day celebration.

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Project Playdate Pajama Party

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Citibabes (52 Mercer Street)

$45/kid, $25 for siblings

Enjoy a grown-ups only evening out in Soho after you drop the kids off at an educational drop off playdate that includes a healthy dinner, story time, arts & crafts, games, music, a featured film and more. Proceeds donated to families in need.

Speed sitting is free; Pajama Party is

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Sunday, April 27

Spring Art Party

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rutgers Church ( 236 West 73rd Street)

All ages are invited to make projects inspired by famous artists and contribute to an ongoing book drive for children in need. RSVP required; contact Jennifer Moore at 212-877-8227, x212 or jmoore@rutgerschurch.org.

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Jazz Kids

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
55 Bar (55 Christopher Street)

$5

The last Sunday of each month, kids ages 0 to 6 years old can play percussion instruments, listen to kid-friendly jazz songs and learn a little bit about jazz.

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Spring Family Fair

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street)

$8, $6/kids 12 & under

Catch the delightful exhibit The Little Prince: A New York Story before it closes and enjoy related family activities including watching an animated short film (The Little Prince/Will Vinton), composing a large mural made of planets, and trying on fun costumes. The Ben Jam troupe will bring to life the little prince, the fox, and the rose and invite families to follow the mysterious little boy in his magical journey through outer space and planet Earth.

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Book of The Week

Tap the Magic Tree

Celebrate spring – and all the seasons – with this delightful ‘interactive’ book. The first page tells you “there’s magic in this bare brown tree. Tap it once. Turn the page to see.” Tapping, rubbing and touching starts the fun of watching a bare tree sprout one leaf, then many, then buds, flowers, and finally apples. Jiggling, wiggling, and swishing the pages brings winter and then spring once again.

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Get admission for two adults at the fascinating New-York Historical Society Museum for $18 (usually $36). Kids 4 and under are free. The newly renovated Children’s Museum hosts great storytimes and other activities. Current exhibit Bill Cunningham: Façades, a photographic exhibit pairing models in historic dress with famous architecture delights all ages, and kid-pleaser Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans is coming this summer. The museum is on Central PArk West at 77th Street.


$9 Tickets to Puss in Boots at the Galli Fairytale Theater

Get two tickets (one adult, one child) for Puss in Boots at Galli Fairytale Theater (West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Aves) for $18. A miller’s son inherits a cat and finds he has a true friend by his side as Puss in Boots works on his plan to turn the boy into a prince. Show runs from May 3-25, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.


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1 Comment to “Events This Week”

  1. MaryO says:

    If you are taking your child(ren) to a free church-based Easter egg hunt, please think about what the event is supposed to signify, and what goes into creating it.
    ?This is supposed to be a fun event, not “Lord of the Flies Meets the Easter Bunny.” Yes, in many respects the whole egg symbolism thing is a re-branding of a pre-Christian tradition. That doesn’t mean “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t apply. Do not let your children shove, push, and take eggs from other tots.
    ?The eggs did not buy, boil, and dye themselves. Volunteers spent hours in their own kitchens or in a community kitchen, and spent their own money, on these eggs. That is why there is a limited supply. There are not infinite eggs for infinitely acquisitive children.
    ?If someone says something Christian to you, don’t steam about “proselytizing.” Look, if this egg hunt is at a church, what did you expect? On church property, at a church-sponsored event, people are going to say things like, “Christ is risen.” There are secular egg hunts out there–you just chose to be at one that is not secular.
    ?Eating the eggs may not be a good idea. They have been boiled days in advance, and were probably hidden very early in the morning. Unless it’s really cold outside, those eggs have been a little too warm for comfort.
    ?If it’s a free event, cool your jets on complaints. If you have a chance to speak with one of the volunteers, “Thank you,” is much easier to hear than, “Why didn’t you people [insert complaint]?” If you have ideas about how to make the event better, sign up to volunteer next year.

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