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50 things to do with kids in NYC this spring

There are so many amazing things to do with kids this spring! Celebrate outdoors with fests, Governor's Island's opening and more

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After this winter's arctic chill, we're more than ready for the arrival of warmer temps. Here are our favorite things to do with kids in NYC this spring!

As the mercury slowly but surely rises, there are lots of family-friendly ways to celebrate the season. You can go putting at Rocket Park Mini Golf, celebrate Easter for kids with cool egg hunts, check out the season opener for Governor's Island, smell the flowers at children's gardens and even hit up these kids' playgrounds. Be sure to check out our other favorite outdoor activities for kids too!

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Learn awesome stuff at the Lowline Lab

The Lowline is an innovative city project that uses solar technology to illuminate a historic Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal beneath the streets of NYC. Eventually, the Lowline will be developed into an underground park capable of becoming home to trees, plants and the work of talented architects and engineers; it's projected to fully open in 2020. Currently, the Lowline Lab is open to the public and serves as an education and community space.

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Visit the Cloisters

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Set in a lovely park overlooking the Hudson River, the Cloisters houses the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections. A path winds through the peaceful grounds to a castle that seems to have survived from the Middle Ages. (It was built less than 100 years ago, using material from five medieval French cloisters.) Be sure to check out the famous Unicorn Tapestries, the 12th-century Fuentidueña Chapel and the Annunciation Triptych by Robert Campin.

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Journey through these children's gardens

Give city kids a chance to get their hands dirty and explore local green spaces at these fabulous children's gardens in NYC. Offering outdoor activities ranging from gardening workshops to alfresco storytimes to annual festivals for families, these public gardens are perfect, scenic spots for outings with the whole gang. Before you know it, the kids will be begging to start their own little gardens!

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By: Hannah Doolin
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Sign up for summer camp ASAP!

Everyone's envious of your kid's summer camp NYC experience. This summer, there are so many options to choose from—all in exciting genres like sports, performing arts and S.T.E.M.! Whether your little one can't get enough of cool experiments in math and science , aspires to be head chef at one of the 50 best family restaurants in NYC or plans to pen the next Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, every family will find something truly cool to suit their brood. There are even camps at NYC landmarks like the American Museum of Natural History and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum!

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By: Hannah Doolin
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See Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Legends

Aside from the usual dose of acrobats and clowns, this show promises to bring back mythological creatures from the past, namely a unicorn, a Pegasus and a woolly mammoth. Families can also marvel at trained tigers, high-wire motorcycle acts and NYC native Johnathan Lee Iverson as Ringmaster. Arrive an hour early and learn how to juggle and balance with performers from the show, get autographs, visit with the animals and try on flamboyant costumes. Ages 4–12.

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Hit the playgrounds

When we think of NYC landmarks, we might first think of Lady Liberty or the Empire State Building—for kids, sweet playgrounds are as much (if not equally) a warm weather priority. We’ve rounded up our favorite 25 playgrounds and ranked them in order of excellence. When you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s also worth visiting our favorite New York pizza places, the 50 best family restaurants in NYC and some of the prettiest rooftop restaurants NYC has to offer—and don't forget about our favorite playgrounds with famous artwork in NYC.

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By: Lee Magill
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Sit in for story time

We've kept you plenty busy with our list of 101 things to do with kids in NYC, fun indoor activities for kids and even events at our favorite book stores—but have you attended a story time with the kids yet this season? If you haven't (or if you just can't get enough of them like us), these are the ones you really need to see.

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By: Allie Early
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Meet exotic animals at the zoo

Thanks to the fantastic zoos in NYC, most of which are backed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, families have the opportunity to see animals from across the globe without ever leaving the city. From the massive Bronx Zoo (one of the biggest in North America) to the petite Central Park Zoo, these family attractions invite kids to learn about numerous species through storytimes, art activities and hands-on interactions with nature. A few NYC zoos are even outfitted with petting zoos and critter-themed carousels to keep your gang entertained all day.

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By: Hannah Doolin
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Explore Central Park

Central Park is by far the most iconic of New York City's green spaces—it's home to scenes from iconic films like Stuart Little and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York...plus it's totally massive. To make navigating a bit easier, we've rounded up the best things to do in Central Park, from visits to the Victorian Gardens to watching mini boats zip around in the Conservatory Water.

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By: Allie Early
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Check out a children's museum

NYC has an amazing selection of museums for those big and small—in fact, it has some really stellar kids museum offerings—just take a look around! There are plenty of kid-friendly exhibits (art, history, science, math and more) to keep the little ones busy.

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