Spring fairs and festivals for NYC kids
Warm up at fine-weather fests in all five boroughs.
Thu Apr 22 2010
Saturday April 23
FREE EarthWeek: EarthFair
Thu Apr 21--Sat 23 noon--5pm. Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves (212-340-2347, earthdayny.org). Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St--Grand Central.
The three-day event, with screenings and exhibits in Vanderbilt Hall and Times Square, winds up with a two-day 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. All ages.
FREE Brooklyn Bridge Park Spring Fling
Sat Apr 23 10:30am--1pm. Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main St at Plymouth St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-802-0603, brooklynbridgepark.org). Subway: A, C to High St; F to York St.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy kicks off its season of activities with this free family blowout in the new park at Pier 1. Your little lambs can watch Butterfly Boogie with the Wildlife Theater Company (curtain's at 10:30am), shake their booties to AudraRox (who goes on at noon), or put a spring in their step with egg rolls, duck races and other games throughout the day. Karma Kids Yoga will be on hand to demonstrate some tot-friendly asanas, and staffers from the Transit Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum will be leading arts-and-crafts activities. That should tire the kids out enough to buy Mom and Dad some quality time together tonight! All ages.
Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt
Sat Apr 23 noon--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 GardensUnion Tpke, then take the Q46 bus to Little Neck Pkwy. $5.
The Easter Bunny may make house calls in the city, but why not visit him down on the farm? Ovo-centric events—egg hunts, egg tosses, egg rolls—take place throughout the day, and kids can also take hayrides, dance the bunny hop, meet local farm critters and shake paws with Whiskers the Bunny himself. All ages.
FREE St. George Day Festival
Sat Apr 23 noon--8pm. Tomkinsville Park, Bay St at Victory Blvd, Staten Island (718-447-8256, stgeorgedaysi.org). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S51 to Bay St and Victory Blvd.
Looking for alternative energy sources? Enter the fire-breathing dragon. Scaly critters abound at this artsy Earth Day celebration: Kids, adults and even dogs dress up in costume for a lively dragon parade, and in the Kid Zone, a giant puppet show with a 35-foot serpent reimagines the myth of St. George and the dragon as one of mutual understanding and ecology. On the earthy side, craft vendors and live performances from Manhattan Tribal Belly Dance and the Pink Diamond Steppers are in the mix, plus local artists D.B. Lampman, Hiroko Otani and Janice Patrignini lead environmentally sound art projects. Vocalist Zero Boy performs interactive stories, and Grow NYC hosts a relay race that teaches kids about recycling. If all that action leaves your little monsters' energy depleted, fuel them up in the Dragon Feast Food Zone. All ages.
FREE Seventh Annual Sakura Matsuri
Sat Apr 23 11am--2pm. Flushing Meadows--Corona Park, Queens, 47th Ave at 111th St (212-840-6942, jaany.org). Subway: 7 to 111th St.
The Japanese American Association of New York hosts its annual cherry-blossom festival in the scenic southwestern corner of the park, where families can enjoy the sight and smell of the delicate blossoms.Traditional Japanese folk dances, drum performances and tea ceremonies are on tap, as is a demonstration of Hawaiian hula! All ages.
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