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West Side Community Garden Tulip Festival
Celebrate our lovely planet with Earth Day fairs and fests. Thank it for the gorgeous cherry blossoms and tulips in bloom around town. Humanity and nature join forces at the new Dale Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden and the Met Roof Garden commission which we’ve heard is a bit bizarre with a beautiful view. Lots going on indoors too like family-friendly performances and awesome museum programs including live music and art-making at both the Jewish Museum and the Onassis Cultural Center.

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


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Sunday

Celebrate Earth Day at CMA

10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
Free with museum admission ($5.50 at this link, free/ages under 1 & 65+)

Show your support for the environment by creating artwork out of recyclable or natural materials. Get inspired by the artwork in Weather or Not, That is the Question, an exhibition about the power and mystery of weather, and how it impacts our environment. See how artists interpret climate change, extreme storms, the threats of global warming, and the force of mother nature. Create texture boards to mimic the structure and texture of the layers of Earth, animate nature in the Media Lab, create a terrarium at the Clay Bar and record extreme weather reports in the Sound Booth.


Chihuly Opening Weekend Celebration: Earth Day

10:00 am–5:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
Free with admission ($28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2)

See the colorful new exhibit CHIHULY and celebrate Earth Day with outdoor events among lovely landscapes. View glassworking demonstrations from local artisans, enjoy live bluegrass music and DIY crafts, and join in a colorful procession of dance, drums, and stiltwalkers.


Mamas Expo

10:00 am–2:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
Free with museum admission ($15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors)

Try out kids activities including dance, musical theater, and science workshops while parents learn about businesses and services in the community. This annual expo by the Mamas Network features Plum Organics snack stops, Expect Natural and Dolphin Organics pop-up shops, performances, 82nd Street Academics landing of fun, carnival & strategy games, over 20 different craft projects, face painting, family photo shoots and more.


Picture This! featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and You are My Flower

10:00 am–12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
$25

Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family. A 10 am gallery program includes interactive activities, art viewing, and a PJ Library collection book reading. This session will feature a color theme with striking paintings from the collection as well as the whimsical world of Charlemagne Palestine‘s installation of plush animals and objects. There will be color book-making inspired by the gallery tour and a concert featuring folk-rocker Elizabeth Mitchell


The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

10:00 am–5:00 pm
Jacques Torres Chocolate (350 Hudson Street)
$15, $10/ages 4-12, $12/students & seniors, free/ages 3 & under

Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations, nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.

Through July 30
Wednesday–Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

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 at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults.


Earth Fair

11:00 am–4:00 pm
The Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd)
$23.95/Adults, $19.95/Ages 3-12, $21.95/seniors

Learn how to live sustainably and sample eco-friendly products at the Bronx Zoo


Water Color Painting

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)

Join a day of painting inspired by the gorgeous waterways of New York City. Explore the exhibition New York at Its Core and images from the collections to discover the city’s many bodies of water, such as the Harlem Meer. Work with watercolor paints and wax-resist techniques to create a unique view of the city from your perspective.


Family Sundays at Onassis: Emotions of the Gods

11:30 am–12:45 pm
Olympic Tower Atrium (645 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street)

Explore the exhibit A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD as a family and uncover the emotions of the gods and goddesses. Learn about the significance of emotions in the Greek myths with live music to help highlight the emotions behind the artifacts. Musicians will help you put your feelings into music.

Sessions at 11:30 am (in Greek), 1 pm, 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm.


Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions: Artful Rubbings

12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create an imprint of an image inspired by artwork in the exhibition The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin. Experiment with rubbing techniques and use colorful crayons and textured objects in our art studio.


CirKiz

1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Space Ibiza New York (637 West 50th Street)
$25

An exclusive NYC nightclub is transformed into a unique kid-centric daytime party space where families together can groove to DJs and experience a nightclub environment in a safe controlled daytime setting. Includes dance lessons, dance contests, friendship bracelet making, a snack bar, demonstrations by the The CirKiz Dancers and a LED ROBOT performance by The Dream Lab fusing alien science to human bodies.


Rubin Family Sundays: How Do You Draw Sound?

1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)

Explore making playful visualizations of the sounds heard in the world around you. Draw, paint, scribble, emboss and experiment. This month’s Family Sundays coincides with OM Lab, a project through which the Rubin Museum will create the world’s largest OM with the help of visitors. Families are welcome to offer recordings of their OMs to be included in the upcoming summer exhibition, “The World is Sound.”


Gruff!

2:00 pm–3:00 pm
The Striker (123 East 24th Street)
$20

An interactive, family-friendly, puppet-filled musical reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff inspires all ages to love the world and to try to save it. In a world that goats have transformed into a toxic junkyard, a young goat named Gruf discovers the magically hidden Valley of the Trolls, the only surviving oasis of natural plant and animal life left on earth. Gruf eagerly tries to convince her fellow goats to join her quest to make the world green again, but her elders are bent on drilling for fuel in the valley – and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Sundays through May 28,

Thursday

Poem in Your Pocket Day

10:30 am–1:30 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

NYC’s 15th Annual celebration of poetry features original poem readings from from elementary, intermediate and high school students during an open mic forum plus live music.


Poem in Your Pocket Day at Poets House

4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Poets House (10 River Terrace)

Join young readers and writers along with special guests for an afternoon of poetry readings and fun. Bring a poem of your choice to share or find one at Poets House.


Saturday

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders

10:00 am–11:30 am
Central Park, Chess & Checkers House (Mid-Park at 64th Street)

Find out why birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall, explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification along the way Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses – provided. Space is limited; advance online registration required.

Also on May 20.

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 at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults.


Whitney Kids Tours

10:45 am–11:15 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Explore and learn about art together through lively discussion and fun gallery activities in interactive family tours of kid-friendly works on view in current exhibitions. Ticket given out first come, first served at the desk outside the Hearst Artspace on Floor Three. Also stop by the Open Studio (10:30 am–3 pm) for art making inspired by works on view.

Also at 11:30 am & 1:30.

Big Swim Big Kick

11:00 am–4:30 pm
Asphalt Green (555 East 90th Street)

Kids ages 6 to 10 can experience the thrill of a swim meet in an Olympic-size pool, play soccer-based games on an outdoor turf field, and meet two-time Olympic swimming gold-medalist Maya DiRado. Each participant receives a medal and t-shirt and enjoys a showcase of elite divers, synchronized swimming and professional soccer freestylers.


Oysters and the City

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)

Oysters have been an important part of life in New York dating back to before the Lenape used them for food and tools. Explore the digital oyster interactive in the exhibition New York at Its Core and learn more about the many uses of this mollusk, including how it purifies New York Harbor today. Then make an oyster print with clay to take home with you!


Musical Brunch: Anastasia

11:45 am–1:45 pm
Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue)
$12, $9/kids

Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, this 1997 animated film adaptation of the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia features music by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty.

Also on Sunday.

Discovery Walks for Families: Belvedere’s Kingdom

1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Central Park, Belvedere Castle (Mid park around 79th Street)

Explore the landscape surrounding Belvedere Castle in full fall glory—the expansive views from Vista Rock, colorful blooms of Shakespeare Garden, and the diverse flora and fauna of Turtle Pond. Space is limited; advance online registration required.

Also on June 10.

Bargemusic Family Concert

4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Sunday

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 at a special ticketing desk in the main lobby starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults.


Build a Bridge for the City

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)

Learn about bridges in the exhibition New York at Its Core and explore the many types of bridges in the city and discuss some examples, including the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Then take on the role of an engineer to design and build a model bridge that would improve the city.


Film Forum Jr.: The Nutty Professor

11:00 am–12:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
$8

See the 1963 chef-d’oeuvre de Jerry Lewis, with the auteur himself as a nerdish professor who transforms into a dapper Dean Martin-esque dastard.


Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create works of art together in a studio using an array of artists’ materials and techniques inspired by the museum’s exhibitions.


Rubin Family Sundays: How Do You Draw Sound?

1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)

Explore making playful visualizations of the sounds heard in the world around you. Draw, paint, scribble, emboss and experiment. This month’s Family Sundays coincides with OM Lab, a project through which the Rubin Museum will create the world’s largest OM with the help of visitors. Families are welcome to offer recordings of their OMs to be included in the upcoming summer exhibition, “The World is Sound.”



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Learn about flowers of each color of the rainbow through Lois Ehlert’s gorgeous collage illustrations. This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth.
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