Spring fairs and festivals for NYC kids
Warm up at fine-weather fests in all five boroughs.
Thu Apr 22 2010
Saturday May 14
FREE Families First Brooklyn Spring Carnival
Sat May 14 10am--3pm. Baltic St between Clinton and Court Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (familiesfirstbrooklyn.org). Subway: F, G to Bergen St.
The nonprofit family-support organization shuts the street down to traffic for a petting zoo, a merry-go-round and other rides, live music, dancing and barbecue. That's the kind of support we can all use! Admission is free, though rides cost $2 or $25 for an all-day fun pass. All ages.
Carroll Gardens Association Block Party
Sat May 14 10am--3pm. Union St between Columbia and Hicks Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (carrollgardenassociation.com). Subway: F, G to Carroll St.
Kids can enjoy rides, crafts, activities and a variety of food trucks during the early part of the day. But at 3pm, you may want to find a sitter so you can check out the restaurant-bar crawl, featuring live music and delights from local eateries like Caselnova, Lilla and 5 Burro Caf. All ages.
FREE Highland Park Strawberry Festival
Sat May 14 noon--3pm. Highland Park's Children's Garden, Jamaica Ave at Ashford St, Jamaica, Queens (718-235-4100, nycgovparks.org). Subway: J to Cleveland St.
Are your kids sweet on the cute red fruit? They can munch on strawberry sno-cones and cotton candy, and even enter a strawberry-eating contest at this annual fruit celebration. Other offerings include a strawberry-shortcake bounce house, a strawberry trivia game, live music from Laughing Pizza (a family act with two strawberry blonds!) and carriage rides around the park. All Ages.
FREE 38th Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Sat May 14 and Sun May 15 9:30am--6:30pm. Ninth Ave from 42nd St to 57th St (212-581-7217, ninthavenuefoodfestival.com). Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St.
Let your clan work up an appetite with games and activities in the children's pavilion, then nibble on suckling-pig sandwiches, crayfish, pierogi, jambalaya, Thai dumplings, key-lime pie and other global gourmet goodies courtesy of Hell's Kitchen's numerous eateries. All ages.
FREE CGPS Aloha Carnival
Sat May 14 10am4pm. Columbia Grammar and Prep School, 94th St between Central Park West and Columbus Ave (212-749-6200, cgps.org). Subway: B, C to 96th St.
The festivities at this Hawaiian-themed school fair include favorites such as pie-eating and cake-decorating contests, carnival rides, a bouncy castle and arcade games, not to mention lots of yummy food. Ages 3 and up.
FREE Fair at the Square
Sat May 14 noon--4pm. Westchester Square at Lane and E Tremont Aves, Bronx (718-931-9500, bronxarts.org). Subway: 6 to E Tremont Ave.
The Boogie-Down celebrates its cultural richness with art walks, storytelling, craft workshops and exhibits in Owen Dolan Park Plaza and the Huntington Free Library. Families can also enjoy music by local indie acts, participate in a scavenger hunt and take a free ride on the Bronx Culture Trolley. All ages.
FREE P.S. 84 Spring Fair
Sat May 14 11am--5pm. P.S. 84, The Lillian Webber School, 32 W 92nd St between Columbus Ave and Central Park West (212-799-2534, 84web.org). Subway: B, C, 1, 2, 3 to 96th St.
You'll need to stay for the whole six hours to try every activity at this extravaganza. Kids can jump around in a bouncy castle, whiz down a 16-foot slide, get a henna tattoo and do arts and crafts. The whole family can watch performances by the school's international folk dancers and join in karaoke. Tickets for activities cost $1 to $3. Ages 18 months to 12 years.
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