Events This Week

 HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS 

* Celebrate the Bronx with street art workshops, hip-hop, old games and more at Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo.
* Experience yummy diversity through authentic food, drink and music at The World’s Fare at Citi Field.
* Enjoy pretty trees and Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossom festival around town and see tulips galore on the UWS.

multicultural events| fairs & festivals

 ART & MUSEUMS 

* Join the opening party for LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration at Scandinavia House featuring over 30,000 loose LEGO bricks (that somebody else will clean up).
* Try on historic hats and shoes at the New-York Historical Society and see over 100 historic shoes.
* Cool immersive public art is popping up all over town inspired by David Bowie, Charlie Brown and international calligraphy.
family museum programs | family friendly exhibits | public art | museum guide

 THEATER, FILM & DANCE 

* Keep the Dvaid Bowie theme going with screenings of Jim Henson’s magical Labyrinth (costumes encouraged).
* See a vaudeville-style Alice in Wonderland ballet geared toward children.
* Check out family shows around town including Addy & Uno and The Snowy Day.

family-friendly shows & films | concerts | discount ticket guide

 READ  

Islandborn
Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur fellow Junot Díaz’s debut children’s picture book Islandborn celebrates creativity, diversity, the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. With gorgeous, colorful illustrations (by Leo Espinosa) and lyrical prose, we follow little New Yorker Lola as she tries to write a story about the island she left as a baby.
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Wednesday, April 25


Evensong Featuring the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine ~ 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
5:00 pm–5:45 pm
FREE
Choral evening prayer in the tradition of the great Cathedrals of the Anglican Communion will be sung by a special…


Thursday, April 26


Poem in Your Pocket Day

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
10:30 am–1:30 pm
FREE
NYC's 16th Annual celebration of poetry features original poem readings from from elementary, intermediate and high school students.

MOCAKIDS Storytime

Museum Of Chinese In America ~ 215 Centre Street ~ Lower Manhattan
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
$10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under
Interactive songs, finger-plays, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts accompany a bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. Everyone from native…

Poem in Your Pocket Day at Poets House

Poets House ~ 10 River Terrace ~ Tribeca/Soho
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
FREE
Join young readers and writers along with special guests for an afternoon of poetry readings and fun. Bring a poem…


Friday, April 27


Arbor Day in Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park ~ Madison Avenue & 24th Street ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
10:00 am–2:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Arbor Day with a day of free programming where you can learn all about MSPC’s favorite trees—some of which…

Arbor Day in Prospect Park

Prospect Park Boathouse & Audubon Center ~ 101 East Drive ~ 101 East Dr, B
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy games, crafts and an exhibit on Brooklyn's last remaining forest, Prospect Park. Get inspired with Discovery Packs, ready-to-go kits…

Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam

Central Park, Naumburg Bandshell ~ Central Park, West 72nd Street ~ Central Park
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Hear all 154 sonnets by Shakespeare spoken by 154 readers of all ages and abilities.

Native American Flutes

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
6:00 pm–6:30 pm
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under
Flutist, composer, and member of the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation Timothy Archambault blends traditional and contemporary works for the Native…


Saturday, April 28


Tulip Festival

West Side Community Garden ~ West 89th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
8:00 am–8:00 pm
FREE
Admire colorful tulips and other flower in a charming community garden, open everyday from dawn to dusk.

Arbor Weekend at Wave Hill

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate trees in a lovely landscape of leafy giants. Activities include a tree-themed Family Art Project, a Junior Arborist Station…

Arbor Weekend at Wave Hill

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate trees in a lovely landscape of leafy giants. Activities include a tree-themed Family Art Project, maple syrup tasting and…

Sakura Matsuri 2018

Brooklyn Botanic Garden ~ 100 Washington Avenue ~ Brooklyn
10:00 am–6:00 pm
$25, $20/Seniors & Students, Free/Kids 12 & Under
Enjoy nearly 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture among gorgeous blossoming cherry tress at this…

Saturday Morning Show: Astrograss & Cardone The Magician

Brookfield Place ~ 220 Vesey Street ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy an interactive concert with bluegrass/folk band Astrograss featuring sing-a-longs, dance contests, and high-energy fiddle hoedowns at 10 am and…

KNOCK!

BAM Fisher ~ 321 Ashland Place ~ Brooklyn
10:30 am–11:15 am
$15
Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and…

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: Trash Towers

The Skyscaper Museum ~ 39 Battery Place ~ Lower Manhattan
10:30 am–11:45 am
$5/child
Learn how builders reduce waste by reusing materials from older buildings to create new ones. Kids will make their own…

What's Cooking, Moo Moo? Author Storytime

Bank Street Bookstore ~ 2780 Broadway at 107th Street ~ Harlem
10:30 am–11:30 am
FREE
Author/illustrator Tim Miller reads his latest comedy caper "What's Cooking, Moo Moo?" about a cow and duck opening a restaurant.

Big Swim Big Kick

Asphalt Green ~ 555 East 90th Street ~ Upper East Side
11:00 am–4:30 pm
FREE
Kids ages 6 to 10 can experience the thrill of a swim meet in an Olympic-size pool, play soccer-based games…

Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
11:00 am–4:00 pm
$23.95/adults, $19.95/ages 3-12, $21.95/seniors, free/ages 1 & under
The Bronx Zoo celebrates its vibrant neighborhood with street art workshops, hip-hop performances by legends like Grandmasters Melle Mel and…

Living History: Historic Hats and Shoes

New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–4:00 pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link
Look at the heads and toes of historic clothing at special ‘touch table’ with Edward Maeder, consulting curator on exhibition…

Street Games

Thomas Jefferson Park ~ 114th Street & First Avenue ~ Harlem
11:00 am–3:00 pm
FREE
Play classic street games from the ’60s and ’70s with a modern spin. All ages can try stickball, pogo sticks,…

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

St. Luke’s Theatre ~ 308 West 46th Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–11:45 am
$35
Four of Ezra Jack Keats' best stories are brought to life, including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and…

The World's Fare

Citi Field ~ 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue ~ 11368
11:00 am–8:00 pm
$19
Experience diversity through authentic food, drink and music curated by the city’s leading culinary advocates including renowned Danish chef Claus…

La MaMa Kids: Don Quixote Takes New York

Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa ~ 66 East 4th Street ~ West Village/East Village
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
$11
Loco7 reimagines Miguel de Cervantes' classic text in the five boroughs of New York City with puppets, dance and music…

MOCACREATE

Museum Of Chinese In America ~ 215 Centre Street ~ Lower Manhattan
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under
Paint, build, craft, or collage – use familiar materials, or experiment with new. Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local…

New York Theatre Ballet: The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies

Florence Gould Hall ~ 55 East 59th Street at Madison ~ Midtown East
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$34, $24/ages 12 & under
Follow Alice's adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children's literature. Presented in a…

Fort Tryon Kids Art: Geological Abstract Painting

Fort Tryon Park ~ Margaret Corbin Drive & West 196th Street ~ Hamilton/Washington Heights
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Join Artist Rachel Sydlowski to create abstract paintings based on geological formations found in Fort Tryon Park. Use India ink,…

The Velveteen Rabbit: A New Dance Musical

92Y ~ 1395 Lexington Avenue ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
$18
A new dance musical performed by 10 dancers to an original score tells Margery Williams’ classic story about a toy…

Opening Party: LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration!

Scandinavia House ~ 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street ~ Midtown East
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate the opening of new exhibition LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration with a family-friendly party featuring over 30,000 loose LEGO bricks…

The Amazing Max

Church of the Blessed Sacrament ~ 152 West 71st Street ~ Upper West Side
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
$25.50-$52.50 with discount code MAX25
Enjoy a zany magic show with a mind of its own and giant taco costumes. Magician Max Darwin makes objects…

Freedom Concert

Church of St. Paul/St. Andrew ~ 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue ~ Upper West Side
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
$30, $20/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under
The Dessoff Choirs' Freedom Concert, modeled after “freedom concerts” presented by the late Coretta Scott King, offers a choral tapestry…


Sunday, April 29


Sakura Matsuri 2018

Brooklyn Botanic Garden ~ 100 Washington Avenue ~ Brooklyn
10:00 am–6:00 pm
$25, $20/Seniors & Students, Free/Kids 12 & Under
Enjoy nearly 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture among gorgeous blossoming cherry tress at this…

Vegan Pop-up Market

PS 334/The Anderson School ~ 100 West 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–5:30 pm
FREE
The Seed NYC is bringing it's vegan and plant-based shopping experience to weekly curated market Grand Bazaar NYC. The Seed's…

Take Two Talks - Foley and Sound Effects

Take Two Film Academy ~ 150 West 28th Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
10:30 am–11:30 am
FREE
Take Two Film Academy hosts free live talks and demonstrations to bring young aspiring filmmakers together with professionals in the…

Author Reading & Kids’ Yoga Class

Doodle Doo’s ~ 11 Christopher Street ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
Hear a reading of Downward Mule about a secret yogi on a farm by the author and enjoy free kids'…

Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
11:00 am–4:00 pm
$23.95/adults, $19.95/ages 3-12, $21.95/seniors, free/ages 1 & under
The Bronx Zoo celebrates its vibrant neighborhood with street art workshops, hip-hop performances by legends like Grandmasters Melle Mel and…

Hamilton Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Bowling Green Park ~ Broadway & Whitehall ~ Lower Manhattan
11:00 am–1:00 pm
$21.50, $17.50 ages 7-17
Follow in Alexander Hamilton’s footstep through the streets of Lower Manhattan, from Bowling Green to Federal Hall on Wall Street,…

Little Red Fish

Theatre Row ~ 410 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$29.25- $49.25, $1/lap seating for kids under 2
Puppet Kitchen, the team behind the family hit The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, presents a new puppet adventure. When Jeje…

New York Theatre Ballet: The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies

Florence Gould Hall ~ 55 East 59th Street at Madison ~ Midtown East
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$34, $24/ages 12 & under
Follow Alice's adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children's literature. Presented in a…

Realize Your Beauty Day

Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center ~ 112 W 27th St, 7th Floor ~ Chelsea
11:00 am–3:00 pm
$20, $15/kids
Celebrate inner beauty, kindness, and self-love with an unique event for kids, teens, and families that features guest speakers from…

The World's Fare

Citi Field ~ 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue ~ 11368
11:00 am–8:00 pm
$19
Experience diversity through authentic food, drink and music curated by the city’s leading culinary advocates including renowned Danish chef Claus…

Rock And Roll Playhouse: Bruce Springsteen

Brooklyn Bowl ~ 61 Wythe Ave ~ Brooklyn
11:30 am–12:30 pm
$10, free/ages 1 & under
Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen in the remarkable Brooklyn…

Friendship Circle Upper East Side Carnival and Walk

Chabad Upper East Side ~ East 77th Street between First & York ~ Upper East Side
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rides & activities $3-10 tickets each
A benefit for kids with special needs includes rides, arcades, a teen gaming tent, entertainment, face painting, pony rides, bouncy…

La MaMa Kids: Don Quixote Takes New York

Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa ~ 66 East 4th Street ~ West Village/East Village
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
$11
Loco7 reimagines Miguel de Cervantes' classic text in the five boroughs of New York City with puppets, dance and music…

Celebrate the Re-Opening of the Alice Aycock Pavilion

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1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy free music, children's activities, Meltbakery ice cream, and more at a celebration of the re-opening of the Alice Aycock…

Lego Build

The Oculus at the World Trade Center ~ 185 Greenwich Street ~ Lower Manhattan
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$25/child-adult pair; proceeds benefit Habitat NYC
Children ages 5-12 work in teams of four led by Habitat NYC staff and volunteers to build their own version…

Rubin Family Sundays: Treasures from the Earth

Rubin Museum of Art ~ 150 West 17 Street ~ Chelsea
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Create hidden treasures, inspired by The Second Buddha: Master of Time—an exhibition all about revealing gems of wisdom. As the…

Labyrinth Three Day Fan Celebration

AMC Empire 25 ~ 234 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$12.50
Journey into Jim Henson’s magical Labyrinth when the 1986 fantasy-adventure returns to the big screen as a nationwide fan celebration.…

Let's Talk Music! Louis Armstrong House Museum Family Day

Louis Armstrong House Museum ~ 34-56 107th Street ~ Queens
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
$10/adults, $7/kids
Discover the meaning of community, a word that traveled along with Louis from the streets of New Orleans to the…

The Velveteen Rabbit: A New Dance Musical

92Y ~ 1395 Lexington Avenue ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–2:30 pm
$18
A new dance musical performed by 10 dancers to an original score tells Margery Williams’ classic story about a toy…

Ukrainian Folk Art

The Ukrainian Museum ~ 222 East Sixth Street ~ West Village/East Village
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$7
Look at items from the Ukrainian Museum’s folk art collection and weave, embroider, or sculpt your own folk art object.…

Doomsday Secret Speakeasy

The Lofts at Prince Street ~ 177 Prince Street ~ Soho & Tribeca
6:00 pm–10:00 pm
$10
The Museum of Interesting Things takes over a Soho loft for a Space Race/Cold War themed party. Try on an…


Tuesday, May 1


KNOCK!

BAM Fisher ~ 321 Ashland Place ~ Brooklyn
10:30 am–11:15 am
$15
Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and…

Labyrinth Three Day Fan Celebration

AMC Empire 25 ~ 234 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$12.50
Journey into Jim Henson’s magical Labyrinth when the 1986 fantasy-adventure returns to the big screen as a nationwide fan celebration.…


Wednesday, May 2


Coquí Club: Time for Music

El Museo Del Barrio ~ 1230 Fifth Avenue ~ Upper East Side
9:30 am–10:30 am
FREE
On the first Wednesday of each month, learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for ages 1-4.…

Labyrinth Three Day Fan Celebration

AMC Empire 25 ~ 234 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$12.50
Journey into Jim Henson’s magical Labyrinth when the 1986 fantasy-adventure returns to the big screen as a nationwide fan celebration.…


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