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Spring 2012 fairs and festivals for kids

Take your brood out for a day of warm-weather fun at one of NYC's best spring fairs and festivals. 

  • Amazing Bronx River Flotilla

  • Photograph: Ron Greenfield

    Drums Along the Hudson

  • Photograph: Ron Greenfield

    Drums Along the Hudson

  • Families First Brooklyn- Spring Carnival

  • Families First Brooklyn- Spring Carnival

  • Families First Brooklyn- Spring Carnival

  • Queens County Farm Museum Farm Festival

  • Queens County Farm Museum Farm Festival

  • Queens County Farm Museum Farm Festival

  • Arbor Festival at Queens Botanical Garden

  • Arbor Festival at Queens Botanical Garden

  • Historic Richmondtown Chili Cook Off

  • Photograph: J. Woodford

    Dance Parade

  • Prospect Park Zoo Fleece Festival

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

    Fleece Fest at Prospect Park Zoo

  • Get Green South Bronx Earth Festival

  • Fifth Ave Family Festival

  • Fifth Ave Family Festival

  • Go Green Greenpoint

  • Go Green Greenpoint

  • Highland Park Strawberry Festival

  • Highland Park Strawberry Festival

  • Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

  • Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

  • Photograph: Darial R. Sneed

    Irish Arts Center Dance Festival

  • Kite Flight

  • Lexington Craft Fair

  • Lexington Craft Fair

  • Mamapalooza

  • Mamapalooza

  • Photograph: Joanna Postlethwaite

    NY Green Festival

  • Photograph: Avais Dinga

    NY Green Festival

  • Prospect Heights Craft Fair

  • Prospect Heights Craft Fair

  • Children's Carnival at Queens County Farm

  • Children's Carnival at Queens County Farm

  • Photograph: Joseph O. Holmes

    Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Photograph: Mike Ratliff

    Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Photograph: Barbara Alper/BBG

    Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • St. George Day Festival

  • St. George Day Festival

  • St. George Day Festival

  • Touch A Truck

  • Tribeca Film Festival

  • Photograph: Kevin Tachman

    Tribeca Film Festival

  • Tribeca Film Festival

  • Tribeca Film Festival

  • Photograph: William Bourassa Jr.

    Hudson River Pageant for Earth Day

  • Photograph: Jacques Torchon Jr.

    Hudson River Pageant for Earth Day

  • Photograph: Courtesy Riverside Park Fund

    Hippo Playground Spring Fair

  • Photograph: Courtesy Riverside Park Fund

    Hippo Playground Spring Fair

  • Photograph: Courtesy Riverside Park Fund

    Hippo Playground Spring Fair

  • Spring Kids Fest 2009

  • Spring Kids Fest 2009

Amazing Bronx River Flotilla

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Children's Carnival
Trek out to this working farm for a country carnival, held in the orchard. Among the festive offerings are amusement rides, midway games and a magic show in the barn (2, 3, 4, 5pm). Sat Apr 21 11am--6pm. Queens County Farm Museum. $10. All ages.

New York Children's Theater Festival
Debuting this spring, the New York Children's Theater Festival showcases new works for kids. Today's show will be a production of Go Green! Prince Charming's Quest For Love and Ecology in NYC, a musical about saving the earth. Sat Apr 21 11am, 2pm. . $18. All ages. 

Prospect Heights Craft Fair
While grown-ups shop for handmade trinkets (Mother's Day and Father's Day are coming!), kids can listen to storytelling, catch animated shorts and make their own crafts. Nibbles for everyone, from Amorina, Lizzie's Lollies and Kimchi Taco Truck, abound. Proceeds benefit the arts programming at P.S. 9. Sat Apr 21 11am--6pm. P.S. 9. Free. All ages.

EarthWeek: EarthFair
The three-day event, with screenings and exhibits in Vanderbilt Hall and Times Square, winds up with an outdoor fest on Vanderbilt Avenue. Featuring interactive displays, organic-food purveyors and live music acts, the celebration hopes to teach kids that it's actually easy to be green. Sat Apr 21 noon--5pm. Grand Central Terminal. Free. All ages. 

GetGreen South Bronx Earth Fest
In addition to eco-centric music showcases, dance competitions and art projects, kids can compete in Recycling Olympics challenges like the Boogie-Down Sort-a-Thon and the Great Metal/Glass/Plastics Toss. Families will also find plenty of info about recycling, sustainability and other green initiatives in the neighborhood. Sat Apr 21 noon--4pm. St. Mary's Park. Free. All ages.

Historic Richmond Town Chili Cook-Off
Members of the International Chili Society compete in three culinary categories—traditional chili, green chili and salsa—and guests get to sample the entres. All attendees receive a personal tasting kit with instructions on how to vote for the People's Choice award. Rides, games, crafts, a chicken-wing-eating contest and live entertainment are on the lineup as well. Sat Apr 21 noon--4pm. Historic Richmond Town. $10, children under 18 $5. All ages.

Russian Festival 2012
Join the Queens Library in celebrating the richest and most diverse aspects of Russian culture in a day full of educational and entertaining activities. Families can make figurines of villagers in the Jewish folk tradition (noon); see a performance of Russian bard songs (1:30pm), and revel at the works of some of the greatest Russian composers, such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev (3pm). Sat Apr 21 noon--4pm. Queens Library, Flushing Branch, Flushing. Free. All ages.

Spring Festival
Head into the 89-acre Brookville Park for crafts, face painting, a scavenger hunt and a live performance by Billboard recording artist G Tee Shotta. Sat Apr 21 noon--4pm. Brookville Playground at Brookville Blvd, Jamaica, Queens (718-520-5918, nycgovparks.org). Travel: Take LIRR to Rosedale, then walk nine blocks on 243rd St, turn left to walk three blocks down 145th Ave to Brookville Blvd, then arrive at the playground. Free. All ages. 

St. George Day Festival
Now in its sixth year, the St. George Day affair fetes the arts and diversity of the local community with music and dance performances, a puppet show, crafts for kids and a book fair. A particular highlight is the dragon parade, which features one 30-foot-long spectacle and another made out of repurposed materials. In honor of Earth Day, kids can also take part in such green activities as planting seeds. Sat Apr 21 noon--8pm. Tompkinsville Park. Free. All ages. 

First Annual New York Green Festival
Coming to New York City for the first time, this family-friendly festival boasts 300 local exhibitions, musical performances, and panel discussions by speakers who champion the green movement. Sat Apr 21 10am--7pm. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. $10--$65. All ages.

 

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