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Events March 24-31
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A new season means new family-friendly museum exhibits. Explore thought-provoking contemporary art at the 2017 Whitney Biennial Family Day – we’ve heard Raúl de Nieves’ floor-to-ceiling faux stained-glass windows are stunning – or emotions in Ancient Greece at the Onassis Center. Rock out with the Beatles at Film Forum or Polygraph Lounge at Carnegie Hall. Feel the florals at the carnival-themed Macy’s Flower Show or Thai-themed New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show – both conveniently located indoors if the weather is too wintry or wet.

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


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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.


Kneading 101: Shape Bread Dough at Eataly's Foodiversità

10:30 am–11:30 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Explore the bread baking process with Head Baker Francesco Racanelli at Eataly, where bakers combine organic, stone-ground flours and 35-year-old lievito madre (mother yeast) from Monticello d’Alba (a village near the flagship store of Torino) to bake fresh loaves in a wood-burning oven. RSVP to Foodiversita@eataly.com; seating is first come, first served.


Film Forum Jr.: A Hard Day's Night

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

See the zany 1964 film and watch the Beatles flee from screaming fans, jam in a baggage car, cavort in a field, weird out reporters with absurdist comebacks, and wow crowds at an explosive final concert.


Herstory Day

11:00 am–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)

An intergenerational celebration of women’s history in New York City focuses on quilting, archiving, and art practices. Drop in to archive women’s stories through various practices. Designed for all ages.


Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Music of Fleetwood Mac

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$10, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of Fleetwood Mac.


Family Sundays at Onassis: Emotions of the Gods / Everyday Emotions

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

Exlpore the exhibit A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD as a family. Make a wish box inspired by mysterious, ancient artifacts and masks that draw from artworks in the exhibition. Play with emojis and the Greek Gorgon, a mythological monster from Ancient Greece. Sign up in advance online.

Sessions at 11:30 am, 1 pm, & 2 pm.


American Ballet Theatre Tickets On Sale

12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$25+

Single tickets for ABT’s spring season go on sale at noon online, at the Met box office and over the phone. Kid-friendly selections include Alexei Ratmansky’s new fantastical ballet Whipped Cream about a young boy who over indulges at a Viennese pastry shop and the ABTKids family program on May 20th.


Carnegie Kids: Polygraph Lounge

12:00 pm–12:45 pm
Carnegie Hall (57th Street & Seventh Avenue)

Enjoy a free interactive concert featuring Polygraph Lounge’s unusual collection of handmade instruments and original songs about the sounds all around. Kids will also have the chance to try out the duo’s instruments in an interactive sound playground.

Also at 2 pm.


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.


Flower Show Family Fun Day

1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Macy’s Herald Square (151 West 34th Street)

Come one, come all to Macy’s Kids’ Department for activties relayed to this year’s carnival-themed Flower Show. Take part in fun and funny hands-on circus activities led by New Victory Teaching Artists, inspired by the imaginative modern circus show Something. Receive two free tickets to Something with a purchase of $50 or more in the Children’s Department. Roam the carnival grounds to enjoy games, face painting and complimentary treats from Earth’s Best Organic® snacks. Visit Sinclair Oil’s Carousel Chariot and pose for a photo op with their mascot, Dino.


Rubin Family Sundays: Holi Rangoli Rainsticks

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

Commemorate the beginning of spring, Hindu festival of colors Holi and the final month of the exhibition
Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual by making festive, rangoli-patterned rainsticks. Also go on a family exhibition tour and a thematic gallery search. Part of a weekly program.


Greek Independence Day Parade

1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Fifth Avenue (East 79th Street Street to East 64th Street)

Celebrate 196th anniversary of Hellenic independence with traditional Greek music, marching bands, battalions, floats, dancers and more up 5th Avenue from 64th to 79th Street.


Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto

2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway at West 65th Street)
$10-$30

Travel back in time with the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center to the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Hear a musical tribute composed Bruce Adolphe to the largest set of complete dinosaur bones ever found.


Insightalt: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant

3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)
$25

A mash-up honoring the classic detective stories of Sherlock Holmes in a romp through a fairy tale world to solve a mystery unlike any Holmes and Watson have encountered before. With a playful libretto by E.M Lewis and mysterious score by Evan Meier.


The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)
$65-$85

See a new musical based on Rick Riordan’s popular book about a normal-seeming boy who finds out he’s a demigod and must find Zeus’s stolen master lightning bolt and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Weekends through May 6.

Friday

Swedish Festival

6:00 pm–8:30 pm
The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street)
Free with museum admission ($18, $12/students & seniors, free/12 and under)

Flugelhorn player Oskar Stenmark will perform Swedish jazz and folk music with Billy Test on piano in the Morgan Library’s Gilbert Court. Enjoy a prix-fixe Swedish tasting plate and old-fashioned Glögg in the Morgan Café, and curatorial gallery talks at 6 pm and 7:15 pm on the exhibition Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden.


Saturday

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.


Lots of Mozz: Stretch Mozzarella at Eataly's Foodiversità

10:30 am–11:30 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Eataly’s fresh mozzarella curd is made every day starting at 7 am with whole milk from local dairies. Learn about this handmade process with cheese expert Patrick Molinari.


Whitney Open Studio: Cauleen Smith

10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

In a special Open Studio inspired by works on view in the 2017 Biennial, create large-scale banners using words, symbols, colors, and patterns inspired by the hand-sewn words and symbols in Cauleen Smith’s banners representing issues that are important to the artist, such as prejudice, racism, and people’s inability to understand one another.


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.

Artopia

11:00 am–2:00 pm
PS 334/The Anderson School (100 West 77th Street)

Kids ages 4-10 can enjoy interactive arts programming with Wingspan Arts. Explore hands-on craft activities, participate in dance, music and theatre workshops, get your face painted, hop in the photo booth, design buttons and explore science creatively.


LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Gustafer Yellowgold

11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

Meet Morgan Taylor’s beloved animated alien visitor Gustafer Yellowgold in a unique show with live music, animation, and quirky storytelling t


LC Kids: Campfire

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$25

This intimate theater experience uses innovative puppetry and immersive staging to take audiences on a sensory trip to the great outdoors. Trusty Sidekick Theater Company invites 2-5 year olds and their families to gather around the campfire, gaze through binoculars, look for shooting stars, and entertain porcupines with a good joke.

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 2 pm. Also April 8-9.

First Saturdays For Families

12:00 pm–2:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free, includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family

Families with children and young adults three to ten years old can explore New Museum exhibits through lively conversations in the galleries and related creative activities.


Something

2:00 pm–3:00 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$16-$43

A troupe of seven skilled acrobats from Spain fuses circus, dance, physical theater and clowning. From reading a book to playing a game of poker, these inventive performers create silly, surreal scenes out of everyday ordinary acts.

Also at 7 pm, Sunday 12 pm and the following two weekends.

The Wizard of Oz

3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Tato Laviera Theater (240 East 123rd Street)
$10

The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Dorothy Gale’s fantastical journey with projections, special effects, colorful costumes, and music from the beloved film.


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

Studio Sunday

10:00 am–1:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)
Free with museum admission ($15, Free/18 and under)

Families learn more about MAD’s exhibitions by interacting with Artist-Educators and artists in the Artist Studio program. Make art, explore MAD’s galleries and partake in other fun museum learning activities.


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.


Pizza Making at Eataly's Foodiversità

10:30 am–11:30 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Learn about the pizza making process from the history of its creation to the selective ingredients used at Eataly with pizzaioli (pizza makers) from the city of Naples where this classic Italian dish originates from. RSVP to Foodiversita@eataly.com; seating is first come, first served.


Harlem Globetrotters

12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Avenue)
$35-$85at this link

See the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters in a game showcasing ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and fan interaction. The star-studded roster includes such faves as Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm — plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson.


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.


Chalk

2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


Something: Autism-Friendly Performance

5:00 pm–6:00 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$25

Watch a troupe of seven skilled acrobats from Spain fuse circus, dance, physical theater and clowning in special inclusive performance of Something that is accessible to individuals with ASD or sensory sensitivity. Support materials include a printable Social Story that maps out what a trip to the New Vic is like, online 60 degree tours to orient newcomers to the spaces, available practice trips to Meet Your Seat in advance and illustrated visual supports.



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Get ready for St. Patty’s with this intricate and satisfying homage to the color green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise as simple text and lush illustrations explore the varying shades of forests, limes, fireflies and more.
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