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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, MAY 5

Amazing Bronx River Flotilla 
Dozens of canoes and kayaks set sail on a five-mile run down the Bronx River to celebrate the start of boating season. You must be 18 or older to participate, but families with younger children can enjoy a free short paddle—or just greet the flotilla—at the end of the line in the handsome Concrete Plant Park between 12:30 and 3:30pm. Sat May 5 9am--4pm. Starts at Shoelace Park, 219th St at Bronx Blvd; ends at Concrete Plant Park, Westchester Ave between Bronx River and Whitlock Aves (718-430-4618, bronxriver.org). Subway: 2, 5 to 219th St; 6 to Whitlock Ave. Free; additional charges for paddlers. All ages.

Harbor in Bloom
Hop a ferry away from Manhattan, and settle in for a day of outdoor exploration. The nature-themed event traditionally includes an orchid show, a plant sale, composting demonstrations and tours of the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm. Sat May 5 10am--5pm. Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island. Free. All ages. 

Yankee Peddler Day
Hunt for antiques, toys, crafts and other wares from more than 150 vendors at this annual flea market, which takes its name from the term for traveling salesmen in the colonial era. After shopping, check out Richmond Town's historic buildings and museum, peruse the Women's Auxiliary's baked goods and gift baskets (Mothers' Day is right around the corner), or grab a bite at Bennett Cafe. Sat May 5 10am--5pm. Historic Richmond Town. $2, seniors $1, children under 12 free. All ages.

Calhoun's Carnival
Held rain or shine since 1963, this annual spring fair features favorites like rides, games, raffle prizes and a barbecue. Proceeds benefit the Parent Association Annual Tea, plus fund awards for teachers and staff. Sat May 5 11am--5pm. . Free; rides cost extra ($1--$4 apiece). Ages 3 to 12. 

Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School Spring Fair
The school's springtime festival offers a moonwalk bounce house, pony and fire-truck rides, a petting zoo and face painting, plus snacks and a rummage sale. Rain date is May 6. Sat May 5 11am--4pm. Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School, 404 W 116th St between Amsterdam Ave and Morningside Dr (212-666-4796, columbiagreenhouse.com). Subway: 1 to 116th St--Columbia University. Free; rides cost extra. All ages.

Go Green! Greenpoint 
Now in its fifth year, this outdoor festival brings together artists, musicians, educators and local businesses, who will in turn offer art exhibits, yoga demonstrations, arts and crafts, and science contests for kids. Sat May 5 11am--5pm. McCarren Park. Free. 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 The Velveteen Rabbit, a reimagining of the classic tale featuring live actors and puppets. Sat May 5 at 11am, 2pm. . $18. All ages. 

 

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