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Planting a Rainbow
Celebrate colors in nature with Lois Ehlert’s gorgeous Planting a Rainbow. Learn about flowers of each color of the rainbow and the planting process through evocative collage illustrations and poetic text.


Thursday, March 21


Family Purim Celebration

JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
3:15 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Purim as a family with holiday songs, treats, and art-making. Costumes encouraged.


Friday, March 22


Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
5:00 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
The world of hip-hop dance culture collides with the bygone age of chivalry when modern-day b-boys and freestyle dancers meet knights in armor. Discover the unexpected parallels—and see what it's really like to make some moves in all that chainmail,…

Adaku’s Revolt

Abrons Arts Center ~ 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) ~ Lower Manhattan
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
$21, $16/ages 18 & under
MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili tells the story of a young black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally. Creator and performer Okpokwasili and designer and director Peter Born collaborate on…


Saturday, March 23


Brookfield Place Saturday Morning Show: Mil's Trills & Seth Dale Magic

Brookfield Place ~ 220 Vesey Street ~ Lower Manhattan
10:00 am–12:00 pm
FREE
At 10 am, hear the awesome New Orleans-inspired Brooklyn-based children's music project Mil's Trills. At 11 am, see Seth Dale's show with mentalism, magic, comedy. Part of a weekly series at Hudson Eats (with lots of yummy options) in Brookfield…

Dessert Goals

Sound River Studios ~ 4-40 44th Drive ~ Queens
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$17, Free/ages 6 & under
Sample 20+ of the best dessert vendors in NYC at a party-animal-themed event. Includes option to buy exclusive desserts by Baked, Stax, Matcha n’ More, Rebecca’s Cake Pops, Eight Turn Crepes, Posh Pretzels, Bonchou Eclairerie, Spoonable Spirits and more. Also…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Design a Re-Wilding Device

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
As spring starts to take root, join Winter Workspace artist Jessica Segall to design a seed sculpture. Using a mixture of soil, clay and local wildflower seeds, create sculpture as a re-wilding device. Take your sculptures home to place in…

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
10:15 am–11:15 am
FREE
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…

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:30 am–12:30 pm
$42, $31/ages 10-21, students & seniors
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Track down a powerful…

Angelina Ballerina The Musical

Theater 71 at Blessed Sacrament ~ 152 West 71st Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$25-$59.50
Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. Angelina and her friends perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance,…

Cereals @ The Flea: Not My Monster!

The Flea Theater ~ 20 Thomas Street between Broadway & Church Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$15, free/babies under 1
Includes a box of cereal
Experimental downtown theater company The Flea brings its signature serialized theater madness to young audiences ages 5+. Have you ever noticed a small bearded man running around your house? Look again because Russian folklore promises that every home has a…

Film Forum Jr. - The Original KING KONG – in 35mm!

Film Forum ~ 209 West Houston Street ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:30 pm
$9
The Greatest Ape of Them All – animated by the great Willis O’Brien – immortalized the just-constructed Empire State Building en route to his own enshrinement in world folklore. Released the week of FDR’s bank holiday, the Mighty Kong still…

Just Kidding: Papa Siama & Auntie Dallas

Symphony Space ~ 2537 Broadway at 95th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$17
Sing, dance, help play percussion and hear Papa Siama's fun stories about growing up in rural DR Congo during an hour of Congolese-fuelled world music for the kids.

Nobody Likes Hardtack: A Civil War Food Presentation

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
11:00 am–12:30 pm
$8, $6/seniors & students, free/ages 5 & under
Known for his work on the movie Gettysburg (1993), Gods and Generals (2003), and Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny (2004), as both an actor and a chief historical advisor, performing historian Patrick Falci will discuss what life was like for…

Pinkalicious The Musical

St. Luke’s Theatre ~ 308 West 46th Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$25.50 at this link
Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children's book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.

The Magic School Bus: Lost In The Solar System

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center ~ 199 Chambers Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical…

There’s Good in Every Bunny: A Children’s Reading and Activity Hour

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
11:00 am–12:30 pm
$15/family
Educator Angela Parrino, PhD, owner of Honey Tomes, LLC, a publishing company dedicated to wellness materials for children and adults, will reads from John Potestivo’s book There’s Good in Every Bunny, illustrated by Jamie Forbes, in a historic house overlooking…

Rock And Roll Playhouse: Bob Marley

Industry City ~ 220 36th Street ~ Brooklyn
12:30 pm–1:30 pm
FREE
Local rock bands cover legends each week in an interactive and educational live music experience for families in happening, high-design Industry City. Loud and lots of dancing.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concerts: Who is Miles Davis?

Jazz at Lincoln Center ~ West 60th & Broadway ~ Upper West Side
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$10-$25
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra shares the music and stories ofMiles Davis. With an engaging script, live musical performances, and crowd participation, learn about Davis’ trials and triumphs and hear examples of what made his music so special. Trumpet…

Roll-a-rama Family Skate Extravaganza

Industry City ~ 220 36th Street ~ Brooklyn
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$15
Join an all ages roller skating extravaganza with a rad mix of contemporary and retro tunes, a red carpet for taking fabulous roller disco glam photos, NYC Roller Blitz led by Sal Sparkles the roller skating Pizza Slice and competitions…

Superhero Summit

Dolby Soho Experience ~ 477 Broadway ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
1:00 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
Superheroes are invited to step into the year's best films in the immersive The Contenders experience and take home a free t-shirt featuring custom designs. Come in your favorite superhero cosplay or pick up a free mask (while supplies last).…

Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Itty Biddies

New York Hall of Science ~ Flushing Meadow-Corona Park ~ Queens
2:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
Enjoy a free interactive concert by fun trio The Itty Biddies presented by Carnegie Hall. Stick around and explore the engaging New York Hall of Science.

Holi Celebration at CMOM

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam ~ Upper West Side
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
The Culture Tree presents a celebration of Holi, the Indian festival of colors, and a celebration of spring, friendship and love. Learn how to celebrate Holi by watching a musical puppet show and learn to dance in an Indian dance…

La MaMa Kids: While You Are Out

Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa ~ 66 East 4th Street ~ West Village/East Village
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
$11
Help bring a forest to life in an interactive performance & workshop based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Sova Theater’s hand, rod and shadow puppets made of natural plant materials with textiles and handmade papers. Crystal Cymbalogy will…

Adaku’s Revolt

Abrons Arts Center ~ 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) ~ Lower Manhattan
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
$21, $16/ages 18 & under
MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili tells the story of a young black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally. Creator and performer Okpokwasili and designer and director Peter Born collaborate on…

Beauty & the Beast The Musical

The Players Theatre ~ 115 MacDougal Street ~ West Village/East Village
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
$21 at this link
See an adaptation of  the story of a young girl named Beauty who didn’t seem to fit in based on the original book by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont (not the Disney version) with charming musical numbers, dancing, amusing characters, wonder…

Many Voices: Songs from Around the World

New York Public Library ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Join Mr. Patrick, his guitar and his silly puppet friends and celebrate songs from cultures throughout the world, from African folk songs to Spanish sing-alongs. Presented by Music with Patrick.

Rambin' Dan & The Freewheelin' Band at Camp

Camp ~ 110 5th Ave ~ Gramercy/Flatiron
3:00 pm–3:45 pm
$20/adult, $15/child
Visit new toy store/immersive experience Camp and laugh and move with Dan and his band as they perform fun Rock n’ Roll, Reggae and Hip Hop classics in the CAMPitheatre.

The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical For All Ages

The Tato Laviera Theater ~ 240 East 123rd Street ~ Harlem
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
$10
The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Dorothy Gale's fantastical journey with a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore, projections, special effects, colorful costumes, and music from the beloved film.

Mozart For Munchkins

The Church of the Epiphany ~ 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street ~ Upper East Side
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
$25, free/ages 12 & under
Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians – Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to Gershwin. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert…


Sunday, March 24


Dessert Goals

Sound River Studios ~ 4-40 44th Drive ~ Queens
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$17, Free/ages 6 & under
Sample 20+ of the best dessert vendors in NYC at a party-animal-themed event. Includes option to buy exclusive desserts by Baked, Stax, Matcha n’ More, Rebecca’s Cake Pops, Eight Turn Crepes, Posh Pretzels, Bonchou Eclairerie, Spoonable Spirits and more. Also…

Laurie Berkner's Pillowland

The Flea Theater ~ 20 Thomas Street between Broadway & Church Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
10:00 am–10:30 am
$25
In new interactive play for your youngest theatergoers based on the hit and book song by Laurie Berkner, Stanley always has trouble falling asleep - even counting sheep doesn't help! When he receives an invitation to visit the Kingdom of…

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Design a Re-Wilding Device

Wave Hill ~ West 249th Street & Independence Avenue ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
FREE
As spring starts to take root, join Winter Workspace artist Jessica Segall to design a seed sculpture. Using a mixture of soil, clay and local wildflower seeds, create sculpture as a re-wilding device. Take your sculptures home to place in…

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ 4 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
10:15 am–11:15 am
FREE
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…

Town & Village Synagogue Purim Carnival

Town & Village ~ 334 East 14th Street ~ Lower East Side
10:30 am–1:00 pm
$20/unlimited wristband, $1/ticket
Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, moon bounce, and the chance to make your own hamentashen. Comes in costume.  Younger children are invited to come 10:30-11:30 am for their own time at the carnival and a sing along…

Angelina Ballerina The Musical

Theater 71 at Blessed Sacrament ~ 152 West 71st Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$25-$59.50
Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. Angelina and her friends perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance,…

Broadway Playhouse: Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

Kaufman Music Center ~ 129 West 67th Street ~ Upper West Side
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$20
Enter the magical world of Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, from Seussical to the current Broadway hits Anastasia and Once On This Island. Includes kid-friendly, professional quality mini-musicals, sing-alongs, games and more musical fun. One of our our favorite series.…

Cereals @ The Flea: Not My Monster!

The Flea Theater ~ 20 Thomas Street between Broadway & Church Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$15, free/babies under 1
Includes a box of cereal
Experimental downtown theater company The Flea brings its signature serialized theater madness to young audiences ages 5+. Have you ever noticed a small bearded man running around your house? Look again because Russian folklore promises that every home has a…

Film Forum Jr. - The Original KING KONG – in 35mm!

Film Forum ~ 209 West Houston Street ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:30 pm
$9
The Greatest Ape of Them All – animated by the great Willis O’Brien – immortalized the just-constructed Empire State Building en route to his own enshrinement in world folklore. Released the week of FDR’s bank holiday, the Mighty Kong still…

Addy & Uno

Theatre Row ~ 410 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
$42.25
In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition. His friends with varying disabilities - ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment - rally in support. With puppetry and…

La MaMa Kids: While You Are Out

Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa ~ 66 East 4th Street ~ West Village/East Village
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
$11
Help bring a forest to life in an interactive performance & workshop based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Sova Theater’s hand, rod and shadow puppets made of natural plant materials with textiles and handmade papers. Crystal Cymbalogy will…

Beauty & the Beast The Musical

The Players Theatre ~ 115 MacDougal Street ~ West Village/East Village
12:15 pm–1:45 pm
$21 at this link
See an adaptation of  the story of a young girl named Beauty who didn’t seem to fit in based on the original book by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont (not the Disney version) with charming musical numbers, dancing, amusing characters, wonder…

Flower Show Family Fun Day with Peppa Pig

Macy’s Herald Square ~ 151 West 34th Street ~ Midtown West
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Go on an intergalactic floral journey on opening day of Macy's Flower Show - Journey to Paradisios, Operation: Inspiration. Take a trip to Outer Space with Peppa Pig in the Kid's Department at 1 pm. Enjoy Ellia Aromatherapy sessions presented…

Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

The Jewish Museum ~ 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street ~ Upper East Side
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$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: Handmade Hues

Rubin Museum of Art ~ 150 West 17 Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Holi, the festival of colors and love, signifying the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. Construct your own handmade paper using the bright and vibrant hues of Holi and join engaging family tours.

Superhero Summit

Dolby Soho Experience ~ 477 Broadway ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
1:00 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
Superheroes are invited to step into the year's best films in the immersive The Contenders experience and take home a free t-shirt featuring custom designs. Come in your favorite superhero cosplay or pick up a free mask (while supplies last).…

Brooklyn Museum F.A.M. (Family Art Magic)

Brooklyn Museum ~ 200 Eastern Parkway ~ Brooklyn
1:30 pm–2:45 pm
$27, includes museum admission
Explore wearable works of art, such as crowns, clothing, and jewelry. Get inspired in the galleries, from Ancient Egyptian Art to special exhibitions such as Frida Kahlo, and create art you can wear home. For ages 4–6, with an adult…

Discoveries—Fantastic Beasts at The Met Cloisters

The Cloisters ~ 99 Margaret Corbin Drive ~ Harlem & Upper Manhattan
2:00 pm–3:30 pm
FREE
A workshop for children with learning or developmental disabilities and accompanying friends and family members includes a gallery tour and art activity. Free; reservations required. Contact 212-650-2010 or [email protected]

Music for Autism Concert

Third Street Music School ~ 235 East 11th Street ~ Gramercy & Flatiron
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy a free autism-friendly concert open to all families with children on the spectrum. Siblings and friends welcome. Please register in advance online.

Adaku’s Revolt

Abrons Arts Center ~ 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) ~ Lower Manhattan
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
$21, $16/ages 18 & under
MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili tells the story of a young black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally. Creator and performer Okpokwasili and designer and director Peter Born collaborate on…

Mozart For Munchkins

The Church of the Epiphany ~ 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street ~ Upper East Side
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
$25, free/ages 12 & under
Experience classical music in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians – Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to Gershwin. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert…


Tuesday, March 26


Puss in Boots

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park ~ West 79th Street & Central Park West ~ Upper West Side
10:30 am–11:15 am
$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months
See a classic story with a twist at historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Looking for a change, sly cat Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend to…


Wednesday, March 27


Juilliard Wednesdays at One

The Juilliard School ~ 155 West 65th Street ~ Upper West Side
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
FREE
Juilliard artists share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season.


Thursday, March 28


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 speakers to those seeking their first exposure to a new language are invited.