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50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

The season is just warming up! We've rounded up the best things to do with kids this spring including Sakura Matsuri and the reopening of the New York Aquarium.

  • 50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    11. Introduce the kids to Raffi

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    12. Go on a big adventure at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

  • Photograph: Joseph O. Holmes

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    13. Celebrate cherry blossom season

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Disney

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    14. Experience Disney's Fantasia live in concert

  • Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown

    See Totem under the big top at Citi Field

  • Photograph: Yvonne Brooks

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    16. Honor National Poetry Month

  • Photographer: Tony Cenicola917

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    17. Brainstorm at Ideas City

  • Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    18. Learn about trains at Grand Central

  • Photograph: Elyssa Goodman

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    19. Boogie down Broadway

  • Photograph: Alex Johnson

    50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

    20. Attend the last BYOK concert at the 92YTribeca

50 things to do with kids in the spring in New York City 2013

11. Introduce the kids to Raffi

Things to do with kids in the spring

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Introduce the kids to Raffi

  • Price band: 2/4

Before there was kindie, there was Raffi—the Canadian troubadour who started to revolutionize kids' music with folksy melodies and sing-along refrains in the mid-1970s. This April, the performer makes a comeback with his first U.S. concert tour in a decade. Listen up for favorites like "Baby Beluga," "Bananaphone" and "Down By the Bay," and be prepared to belt out those catchy lyrics with a crowd of Beluga Grads and babes alike. All ages.

  1. The Town Hall 123 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. Sun Apr 28
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12

Go on an adventure at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

The newest exhibit to land at the BCM couldn't have a better name: "Big Adventure" is packed with the kind of experiential challenges more often found at major sports facilities or, well, adventure parks. Kids can climb up Adventure Mountain, a six-foot rock wall; make their way through the Tunnels of Fun; scale the Crow's Nest for a better view; test the virtual Out on a Ledge, which makes you feel as if you're walking a narrow beam three stories high; and attempt to cross an alligator-infested river (okay, not really) in River Crossing: Bridge Out!, among many other physical interactive experiences. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sun Sep 15
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13

Celebrate cherry blossom season

This 30-year tradition of Sakura Matsuri celebrates the height of the cherry blossom season the Japanese way: with a mega festival. Families can check out performances by Zakuro Chindon, an all-female marching band, local drumming group Taiko Masala and jazz pianist Kuni Mikami, take part in manga comic drawing workshops, meet Japanese authors and more. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, at President St
  2. Sat Apr 27 - Sun Apr 28
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14

Experience Disney's Fantasia live in concert

  • Price band: 1/4

Disney's dancing hippos and magical Mickey will enchant little ones like never before when the Little Orchestra Society provides a live soundtrack to vignettes from the 1949 and 2000 Fantasia films. Listen up for classical pieces like Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Sat Apr 27
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15

See Totem under the big top at Citi Field

  • Price band: 3/4

Cirque du Soleil's newest big-top production blends its characteristic artful acrobatics and movement with an exploration of evolution. Totem traces the journey of the human species, while drawing on influence from other animals and dream sequences. Nestled in the space between science and myth, Totem will be in your tots' minds for days after they've seen it. All ages.

  1. Citi Field Roosevelt Ave, at 126th St, 11368
  2. Through Sun Apr 21
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16

Brainstorm at Ideas City

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Four days of art exhibits and workshops once again take over downtown Manhattan during the second biennial New Museum-sponsored festival. Saturday’s interactive street fair, which takes place outside the museum on the Bowery, is the best bet for families. Highlights include an Innovative StreetFest (May 4) along the Bowery featuring 125 local artists, poets, historians and activists, a series of artist-led discussions and workshops (May 1) and an art installation that will animate the facade of the New Museum from 8pm to midnight (May 4). All ages.

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Wed May 1 - Sat May 4
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Learn about trains at Grand Central

  • Free

Travel back in time at Grand Central Terminal's Grand Centennial Parade of Trains Weekend as it displays a collection of historic train cars, including "The Most Famous Train in the World": the 20th Century Limited. Kids can also take part in train-themed activities, watch performances, and check out other historical artifacts from the railroads of yesteryear. All ages.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Sat May 11 - Sun May 12
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18

Boogie down Broadway

  • Critics choice
  • Free

At the annual Dance Parade, which features more than 70 styles of dance, thousands of moving and grooving marchers make their way through lower Manhattan to Tompkins Square Park, where a post-parade festival will include performances, lessons and a dance party. The parade starts at 21st Street between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue South. All ages.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Sat May 17
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