Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events April 29-May 6
LC Kids presents Meet Me at the Fountain
Play detective at Lincoln Center and enjoy spring fairs, multicultural fests, flowers, family shows and more this lovely spring week. Hit the now-open Met Roof Garden, MoMA Sculpture Garden, Whitney balcony and other indoor/outdoor destinations at NYC’s fabulous family-friendly museums.

All events are free unless noted otherwise. See our Instagram and Pinterest for visuals.


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Friday

New York City Tots: DAZE and Community

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)

Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Play and learn about community in a special program for families with children ages 2-4 years old. Explore objects, stories, and songs that complement the exhibition Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City is My Muse to discover places and people who make up New York City. Then create a painting using vibrant colors, textures, and materials that can be found in DAZE’s work. Advance online registration suggested.


Saturday

Tulip Festival

8:00 am - 8:00 pm
West Side Community Garden (West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam)

Admire colorful tulips and other flower in a charming community garden, open everyday from dawn to dusk.

Also on Sunday.


LC Kids presents "Meet Me at the Fountain"

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

$25

In this site-specific, interactive adventure set across the sprawling Lincoln Center campus, audiences young and old help a secret crime-fighting team stop a diabolical plot to sabotage an opera diva on her big night.

Every half hour until 4:30 pm. Also on May 21 & 22.


Sakura Matsuri 2016

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (100 Washington Avenue)

$25, $20/Seniors & Students, Free/Kids 12 & Under

Enjoy over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture among gorgeous blossoming cherry tress at this annual festival.

Also on Sunday.


Spring Crafts on Columbus

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Outside American Museum of Natural History, (Columbus Avenue between 77th and 81st Streets)

This annual fair sponsored by the American Arts and Crafts Alliance features local and national artisans selling jewelry, clothing, toys and other handcrafted items.

Also on Sunday and the following two weekends.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. Make sure you stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Celebrate Independent Book Store Day

10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Bank Street Bookstore (2780 Broadway at 107th Street)

Meet super stars from the world of kid’s lit including the wrtiers and illustrators of The Lonely Phone Booth, Locomotive, and Funny Food Made Easy: Creative, Fun, & Healthy Breakfasts, Lunches, & Snacks and enjoy crafts, treats, and surprises.


Patterns and Facades

10:30 am - 11:45 am
The Skyscaper Museum (39 Battery Place)

$5

Inspired by exhibit, WOHA: Garden City, Mega City, kids will explore patterns on skyscrapers. Starting with a simple massing, kids will create a pattern for the outside of their towers using shapes made up of circles, triangles, squares. RSVP (education@skyscraper.org or 212.945.6324) required.


Fashioned in Time: Costume Design

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)

Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Get inspired by costumes in the exhibit New York Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway that made their way onto the Yiddish stage more than a hundred years ago, then use paper and fabric to design 3-dimensional costume sketches.


Holi Hai 2016

11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (East 47th Street & 2nd Avenue)

Holi Hai, also known as the Festival of Colors, celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. All nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate. Wear white and cover yourself and your friends in colorful powders that represent happiness, love, and the freedom to live vibrantly and dance your heart out. Also enjoy musical performances, and Indian food.


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 including performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem.


13th Annual Golf Fest

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Field House at Chelsea Piers (Pier 62 - 23rd St. & Hudson River Park)

$15, $10/ ages 17 & under

This annual exhibition of golf equipment and training has a Kids’ Corner with a balloon man, child-friendly hitting bubble, putting games ice cream, and hot dogs.


Annual Children's Festival: Great Plains Games & Activities

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian (1 Bowling Green between Broadway and State Street)

Celebrate Native People of the Great Plains with activities and games including ring and pin game and hoop throw, decorating a parfleche, creating a Plains horse, making a Plains magnet, listen to stories inside a tipi, learn the importance of bison through handling objects, and joining in an interactive dance experience.

Also on Sunday.


Elephant and Piggie Meet-and-Greet

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Free with museum admission ($20, $15/seniors & educators, $12/students, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under)

Beloved Mo Willems characters Elephant and Piggie will be roaming the galleries of The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems.


The Amazing Max

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)

$17-$49.50 with code TAMTM

Enjoy a zany magic show with a mind of its own. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air and defies the laws of physics inches from spectators’ faces. The props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. We’ve seen him perform a few times and he always leaves us laughing and marveling.

Also on Sunday.


Sunday

Hippo Playground Spring Fair

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Free admission, fees for some activities & food

The annual fundraiser for the beloved Hippo Playground features pony rides, bouncy castles, a petting zoo, games, prizes, food, entertainment and more.


Kids Zumba® Dance

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ripley-Grier Studios (131 W 72nd St. #3F)

$15

Ages 4-9 years old learn dance routines to energizing music. Children learn how to identify and recognize different patterns in music as they coordinate movement to those different patterns while gaining an appreciation of different cultures and building memory and listening skills.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. Make sure you stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Citibabes May Day Party

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Citibabes (52 Mercer)

$35

Celebrate May with flower crown and pinwheel crafts, a bouncy castle, secret garden storytime, herb playdough, dirt and flower sensory play, a springtime sing-along and free play in an indoor playspace.


New Families New Traditions

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place)

Join the Brooklyn-based musical group Yellow Sneaker and their puppet pals for programs that nurture family bonds and bridge connections to Jewish life and traditions. Every concert will focus on a different Jewish holiday or value including: caring for the environment, friendship, and love and kindness. Families, musicians, and puppets will sing and learn together as a welcoming community. Everyone is welcome.


Family Yoga : Indian Classical Music for Kids

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Integral Yoga (227 West 13th Street)

$15/one adult & one child, $5/each additional person

Practice yoga as a family and learn about Indian music and classical instruments with Raga Kids.


New York Theatre Ballet: Alice In Wonderland Follies

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)

$35, $25/ages 12 & under

A chamber ballet company presents a family-friendly production of Keith Michael’s The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies.

Also at 1 pm & 3:30 pm.


TheatreworksUSA Presents: Curious George

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)

$25

Enjoy a musical adaption of the adventures of a curious little monkey.


Irish Dance Festival

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

See performances by hundreds of Irish dancers plus enjoy live, music, crafts, and dance workshops for all ages at this festive annual event put on by Summer on the Hudson and the Irish Arts Center.


Monday

Botanical Printing on Silk Scarves

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Ripley-Grier Studios (131 W 72nd St. #3F)

$30 (includes materials)

Soak, pound, wrap, squish and tie dried flowers, onion skins, dried avocado skins and frozen berries into long silk scarves. The scarves will be tied into bundles and then dropped into jars to simmer while families sing songs, color and read books about flowers and plants. One week later, unwrap silk bundle at home and see a unique watercolor-like print. For kids ages 1-4 years.


Wednesday

Coquí Club: Me and My Feelings

9:30 am - 10:30 am
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

On the first Wednesday of each month, learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for ages 1-4. Discover new ways of interacting with art and each other with play time, storytelling, museum walks, and art making. No reservations required, first come first served. Dress for a mess.


Bryant Park Presents Dance Party Opening Night Ball

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

A weekly series featuring live outdoor music and dance instruction kicks off with three bands and three dance lessons including Charleston, Foxtrot and Jitterburg.


Thursday

DIY Magic with Mario The Magician

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ripley-Grier Studios (131 W 72nd St. #3F)

$35

The much-loved Mario the Magician teaches children the art of magic through making, creating, inventing, imagining. Class includes live performance time by Mario followed by his guidance in a DIY magic project.


Friday

MoMA Art Lab Story Time

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Enjoy an interactive story time and creative activities in the engaging MoMA Art Lab: Process.


Where the Wild Things Are

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place)

$25

This award-winning, internationally-acclaimed production by Presentation House Theatre is an intimate “guided play” experience. Adapted from the beloved children’s book, Max’s bedroom comes alive during the performance, transforming into the various landscapes of his adventure with the help of the audience. From a rolling ocean to a vast forest, audience members join the fun and become the Wild Things of Max’s story who “let the Wild Rumpus begin!” Most shows currently sold out, but new tickets to be released after May 5th.

Also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at various times.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.



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