Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events April 17-24
The city streets are alive with the sound of music – see the classic Nazi-defying musical on on the big screen on Sunday, as well as cool kid-friendly concerts all over town. Though we’re also planning on some serious playground time. Please share your photos of those first gorgeous signs of spring in Central Park and elsewhere on Instagram (#kidonthetown). For some enriching indoor time, check out a incredible museum family program. Last weekend we made geometric mirror sculptures and completed an exciting Kawara scavenger hunt at the weekly, highly recommended Guggneheim’s Open Studio & Just Drop In for Families. Happy spring!

**All events are free unless noted otherwise**

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Cinderella and the Prince Who Slays the Magic Dragon

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Avery Fisher Hall ( 10 Lincoln Center Plaza)


A live orchestra plays Prokofiev, an ensemble of dancers transforms into brightly colored winged horses, and unique puppets including a fifteen-foot-tall Fairy Godmother and twenty-foot-long Magic Dragon prance across stage in this inventive and original production of the beloved Cinderella tale, the final production of the season of The Little Orchestra Society, which has been introducing children to the world of classical music through fantastic family-friendly performances for 65 years. Two performances at 11 am & 1 pm.

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Lincoln Center Kids: Sleeping Beauty with David Gonzalez

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)


A rhymed-verse spin on the classic fairy tale with live music and image projections that create a magical multimedia world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love’s kiss…or not.

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Peppa Pig Visits Strand

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Join Peppa the Pig for a special storytime and craft session.

Also on Sunday.

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Scandinavian Sing-Along

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)


Danish musician Vibe Normann and jazz pianist Nikolaj Hess introduce children to English versions of Scandinavian songs in modern, jazzy arrangements and plays musical games.

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Saturday en Familia Program

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street)


All ages are invited to a 90-minute, fun-filled journey through Latin American dance and culture featuring excerpts from Ballet Hispanico’s diverse repertory (Asuka, CARMEN.maquia, Sombrerísimo, El Beso) and a Q&A with the dancers.

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Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)


See a hilarious interactive musical show — described as “Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock” — based entirely on stories written by elementary school students. Part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience.

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Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Take the Stage with Broadway Stars

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Carnegie Hall (57th Street & Seventh Avenue)


Come learn the music and dance moves for favorite hits from Grease, The Sound of Music, Rent, Les Misérables, Hairspray, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical with an amazing cast of Broadway all-stars led by Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller. Some families may even get a chance to join the artists on the Carnegie Hall stage.

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Thunderbird Social

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian (1 Bowling Green between Broadway and State Street)

Join the Thunderbird Indian Singers and Dancers in this participatory social evening full of inter-tribal dances and fellowships. Drum groups include Heyna Second Son Singers and Silvercloud Indian Singers.

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Incredible Oceans

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

In conjunction with the exhibit Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species exhibition, learn about the life cycles and adaptability of the oceans’ most unique creatures with National Geographic Explorer and marine biologist Tierney Thys, Museum curator Mark Siddall, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute senior researcher Christine Huffard, a musical performance by Michael Hearst from his album and book Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth’s Strangest Animals and a live animal presentation with Jarod Miller, host of Animal Planet’s “Pet Finder.”

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Baby Loves Disco

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street)

$20; $60/family of four, free/pre-walking babies

Cool kids under 8 and their parents can dance to real music (i.e. no Barney) spun and mixed by bona fide DJs blend­ing dance tunes through the decades. Enjoy crafts, food, unlimited drink boxes for kids, and a cash bar for mamas & papas.

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Earth Day At Union Square

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

Celebrate Earth Day with live music, kids’ activities and entertainment, a green vehicle exhibition, a sharing economy exhibition, environmental exhibits and green product samples.

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Spring Poems & Songs: A Musical Celebration of Poetry Month

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Brookfield Place (Winter Garden & Waterfront Plaza)

Enjoy live poetry inspired by the city of New York from local area public school students, live musical performances (including original compositions by Third Street Music School Settlement students) and interactive poetry-making activities for kids and adults. Hosted by spoken word artist Mahogany Browne and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang.

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TCM Presents The Sound Of Music 50th Anniversary

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
AMC Empire 25 ( 234 West 42nd Street)


See the beloved 50-year-old film about singing Von Trapps on the glorious big screen at screenings around Manhattan. Also at 7 pm and on Wednesday, April 22nd.

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Musical Petting Zoo and "Sounds of Spring" Concert

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

Experience a variety of orchestral instruments (strings, French horn, oboe, bassoon, etc.) at a musical instrument petting zoo, participate in springtime art projects (such as an origami bird workshop, landscape painting, and a rainstick workshop) and emjoy an interactive concert with The Chelsea Symphony musicians playing a spring-themed repertoire.

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Shakespeare Birthday Bash

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday with family-friendly theatrical and musical performances, interactive activities, and more poetic partying.

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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)

Spend the day in Tribeca with filmmaking activities, live Broadway performances, arts and crafts, chef demonstrations and tastings of local fare, storytelling, video games, free screenings, local restaurants and merchants, and so more.

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Project Playdate Pajama Party UWS

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kidville Upper West Side (205 W 88th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

$60/kid, $40/siblings

Enjoy a grown-ups-only evening out on the UWS after you drop the kids off at an educational playdate that includes a healthy dinner, story time, arts & crafts, games, music, a featured film and more. Proceeds donated to families in need. Donations of lightly used family items are welcome.

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What We’re Reading

Speeding Down the Spiral: An Artful Adventure

This imaginative tale leads readers on a madcap adventure through the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and its famous spiral. Masterpieces of modern and contemporary art in brilliant reproduction inspire the action of the story, encouraging an imaginative approach to viewing art and delighter reader of all ages.


Featured Deals

15% Off Little Passports Subscription

Get 15% off Little Passports, a subscription service that takes kids on virtual journeys around the world. Each month, a package (addressed to your kid) arrives full of goodies related to the featured location such as stickers for an included passport, suitcase and world map, activity sheets, kid-friendly recipes and more tools for exploring global cultures, landmarks and geography. Subscriptions start at $13.95/month. Choose from Easly Explorers (ages 3-5), World Edition (ages 5-10) and USA Edition (ages 7-12). Use promo code BIRTHDAY.

Discount Tix to Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular

Save 35% on tickets to Radio City’s new show, New York Spring Spectacular, a dazzling musical celebration of NYC starring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, Dancing With The Stars‘ hottie Derek Hough and the fiercely talented Rockettes. Visit landmarks from Statue of Liberty to Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and gorgoues costume ans sets.. Tickets available for $39-$70 (usually $50-$94) for afternoon & evening performances.

Discount Gazillion Bubble Show Tickets

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry with $27.50 -$45 tickets (usually $75) available for multiple dates. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening showtimes at West 50th Street & Eighth Avenue.

$25 Off Rent the Runway

We’re finally ready for spring dresses. Check out new styles – maxi dresses in mint, sexy shifts in pink and more fresh outfits that don’t go with snow boots – with no commitment with Rent the Runway, an easy-to-use website that lets you rent latest-fashion designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the sale price. New customers receive $25 off orders of $75+ when they use code 25OFFNEW. Read the comprehensive reader reviews and fit guides for sizing help, plus select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost.

$7 Tickets to the Museum of the City of New York

Check out the vibrant Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand and immersive Soundscape New York, two of our current family-friendly favorite exhibits, plus join in weekend art-making workshops for all ages at the exciting Museum of the City of New York with this deal for $14 admission for two (usually $28), $23 admission for four (usually $56), $43 annual individual memberships (usually $75) or $59 annual family memberships (usually $100). Kids 12 & under are always free.

$16 SocRoc Soccer Classes

Get 4 Soc Roc soccer classes for $63 (usually $140). Multiple day and time options for ages 18 months-8 years old at three indoor locations (80th Street @ First Avenue, 74th Street @ Second Avenue & 49th Street @ Secon Avenue). Taught by former professional player James Christie with emphasis on strength, flexibility, endurance, good posture and confidence. New students only. Expires 90 days after purchase.

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