Lots of free family fun including early Easter celebrations and rainbow fun around town – colorful paintings and family workshops at the Whitney, an illuminated rainbow tunnel at Macy’s and the engaging Color Factory
Look for blossoming cherry and magnolia trees in Central Park or, in case of rain, visit indoor blooms like an abundance of orchids in the Bronx, a floral kaleidoscope at a car shop and a lush rooftop greenhouse at Eataly (and sing and dance with Gene Kelly).
Plus so much family-friendly music, (including a concert with Patti Smith & Michael Stipes) a plethora of pop-ups & public art and fantastic museum family programs (and playgrounds and treats to get your kid excited about all this culture).
UPPER WEST SIDE
* Honor Earth Day at the Museum of Natural History’s EarthFest with family-friendly culture including a concert with Patti Smith (!) and Michael Stipe, improv comedy, dance parties, live cello, upcycling workshops, and more. Also visit T. rex: The Ultimate Predator and fuel up at environmentally conscious Shake Shack (currently serving GOT Dragonglass shakes).
* Hear stories and songs of the Hudson River at the kid-friendly New-York Historical Society. Follow with timeless treats at Caffe Storico and wanderings in blooming Central Park or Tecumseh (Wild West) Playground.
* See a show about squirrels for 2-5 year olds at Lincoln Center, find carousel animals at the American Folk Art Museum and eat pastries at Epicerie Boulud.
UPPER EAST SIDE
* Join a family tour at the Met Breuer and check out the last weekend of a cool immersive exhibit. The adult admission (kids are free) includes access to the Met Fifth Avenue with interactive gallery tours on Saturday, storytime and photography-themed family fun on Sunday and a fun exhibition Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll.
* Explore shapes in a Guggenheim Family Tour, drop in to Open Studios and see the stunning Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future before it closes. Grab lunch at the Heavenly Rest Stop cafe and play on the Egyptian-themed Ancient Playground.
* Celebrate the season with Carl Schurz Park Egg Hunt or Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival and find spring blooms during Central Park’s free Discovery Walks for Families: Conservatory Gardens.
* So much free fun in midtown! See short family films at MoMA, plus join family gallery talks, create in the nature-themed art lab and see a real snowman in the Sculpture Garden. Sample the inventive sweet selection at nearby Momofuku Milk Bar.
* Macy’s hosts Easter Eggs-perience and rainbow magic. Eat at nearby Pennsy Food Hall and play at high-design Chelsea Waterside Park.
* On Sunday, spring festivities at iconic Rockefeller Plaza include a concert with Dan Zane, crafting, face painting and Easter Experiences at FAO Schwarz plus last chances to ice skate for the season.
* Saturday, hunt for eggs with the Easter Bunny at the Morningside Park Easter Celebration, create colorful patterns on eggs with tissue paper, glitter and paint at Easter Eggstravaganza Children’s Art Workshop at St. John ‘s Cathedral (which also has a lovely Peace Fountain & Children’s Sculpture Garden, cherry blossom trees and peacocks), join a Mermaid storytime/puppet show, eat at a board game cafe, learn about the brain at Saturday Science at Columbia and wander around the stately campus.
* Bring musical instruments and join in a community parade at the annual shearing of the Heather Celebration in Fort Tyron Park then explore the castle-like Cloisters and brunch at charming farm-to-table New Leaf nearby.
* Play in pop-ups: step into immersive multi-media installations inspired by documentary series Our Planet, jump into a giant foam pit of lettered cubes at a shoe store, chill with hemp-infused drinks and slide down a high-design indoor slide at hands-on Showfields.
* See a sculptural live stream of the Earth from space and eat oreo ice cream tacos.
* Our favorite rainbow paintings are back up at Whitney’s Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s. Make your own colorful masterpieces at Whitney Family Fun: Explore Color and drop-in Open Studios.
* Explore interesting public art including paintings of inspirational women at DVF, an indoor floral kaleidoscope at Lexus, giant interactive 3D animation and surreal giant furniture at galleries and freestanding giant paintings (and spring blooms) on the High Line.
* Transform 2D materials into a 3D tunnel book and take family tours of trippy interactive galleries at free Rubin Family Sundays: Layers of the Land followed by color-changing noodles at Gansevoort Market and/or rainbow sprinkle cookies at Citycakes Bakery.
WEST VILLAGE/EAST VILLAGE/UNION SQUARE
* Washington Square Park hosts Greenwich Village Historic District 50th Anniversary Celebration with folk and jazz music, art-making, tap dance performances, and a family scavenger hunt of Washington Square Park’s history, design, and ecology.Also enjoy weekend-long treats and discounts at neighborhood stores and restaurants and open houses at historic sites.
* Vocalists dazzle with musical selections ranging from popular Disney tunes, Broadway favorites, and and opera ) in a relaxed, kid-friendly atmosphere at Mozart For Munchkins: Sing! West Village.
* Walk through sculptures made from surprising materials in exhibition Nari Ward: We the People then find rainbow chocolate heaven at Stick With Me Sweets.
* Join in an Easter egg hunt, meet the Easter Bunny and more in happening, high-design Industry City. Enjoy Rock + Roll Playhouse: Music of The Beatles for Kids, a magic show, face painting, crafting o try disco roller skating, see and touch lots of cool art including a squishy, touchable mural and floral elevators, sample international cuisine like the new Japan Village, and play ping-pong and putt-putt in the retro Game Room.
* See a family-friendly concert celebrating the power of music and song with local performers and student poets who embrace and embody the spirit and culture of hip-hop or hear free classical music on a boat.
* Wander through colorful flora at (indoor) Orchid Show: Singapore at New York Botanical Garden, plus visit the interactive Children’s Garden for hands-on gardening and play. Head to nearby Arthur Avenue for authentic Italian delights.
* Join Bartow Pell Easter Egg Hunt in the gorgeous gardens of a historic mansion and enjoy nature and art at lovely Wave Hill.
An Egg Is Quiet
Get educated for egg hunts with this beautiful and informative book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston. Features poetic text, elegant design and fun facts about this magical symbol of spring.