Spring fairs and festivals for NYC kids
Warm up at fine-weather fests in all five boroughs.
Thu Apr 22 2010
Sunday May 15
FREE 5th Annual Abiyoyopalooza
Sun May 15 1--3pm. Prospect Park Audubon Center, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-393-7733, plgarts.org). Subway: Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park.
PLG Arts and the Maple Spring invite instrumentalist-storytellers Hasan Bakr and Kevin Nathaniel back to introduce kids to musical instruments from Africa and the African Diaspora—including the djembe, bongo and shekere—through the story of a small village's rescue from the evil giant Abiyoyo. Children then learn how to make noisemakers inspired by the story. Ages 10 and under.
Queen County Farm Museum Farm Festival
Sun May 15 11am--4pm. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy between 34th and 37th Aves, Floral Park, Queens (718-347-3276, queensfarm.org). Travel: E, F to Kew Gardens--Union Tpke, then take the Q46 bus to Little Neck Pkwy. $5.
Today there's something for all ages at this 314-year-old homestead (the only working historical farm in the state): Kids will love the sheep shearing demonstrations, hayrides and pony rides. Parents will dig the plant sale, historic house tours and local artisanal fare. All ages.
FREE Pets and Pals Party
Sun May 15 noon--3pm. Alley Pond Park, 76th Ave off Springfield Blvd, Douglaston, Queens (718-352-4793, nycgovparks.org). Travel: F to 179th--Jamaica, then take the Q75 bus to Cloverdale Ln and 69th Ave.
Here's an event for the entire family—including the four-legged members of your brood. Bring along your cats and dogs for a day of rides, games, animal demos, giveaways and crafts. (You can even get your pets microchipped for their safety.) If you're without a furry friend, think about taking home one of the critters at the party's pet adoption station. All ages.
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