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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.

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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

    21. Welcome back the New York Aquarium

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

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

    22. Take a day trip to Legoland Discovery Center Westchester

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

    23. Get up close and personal with trucks

  • Photograph: Courtesy FAB Alliance

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

    24. Rock out to free concerts in Brooklyn

  • Photograph: Laura McGowan

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

    25. Watch circus-themed performaces at the Morgan

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

    26. Take a spin on a city carousel

  • Photograph: Joshua Smith

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

    27. Head to the Beacon for a live performance of Super Why

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

    28. Meet and greet animals at the Central Park Zoo

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

    29. Go catch and release fishing in Central Park

     

     

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

    30. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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

21. Welcome back the New York Aquarium

Things to do with kids in the spring

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Welcome back the New York Aquarium

  • Price band: 2/4

In a nearly heroic recovery by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the New York Aquarium is set to partially reopen Saturday, May 25. Alongside most of its Coney Island neighbors, the aquarium suffered millions of dollars in damage due to last October’s Hurricane Sandy. But this spring, families can once again visit exhibitions like Glover’s Reef, a showcase of sea life from Belize, and a fully remodeled Aquatheater, which includes a brand-new sea lion demonstration. The Conservation Hall will also be up and running, featuring marine life from the Coral Triangle of Fiji, the great lakes of East Africa and the flooded forests of the Amazon. Plus, kid favorites like walruses, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins will once again be on display in the outdoor Sea Cliffs. And although the WCS is still in the process of planning for a full restoration, the multimillion-dollar “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” exhibition is still a go. All ages.

  1. Surf Ave, (at 8th St)
  2. Reopens Sat May 25
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22

Take a day trip to Legoland Discovery Center Westchester

This newly-opened Westchester center boasts a total of 3 million Lego blocks that make up its attractions, from functioning Lego vehicles, interactive displays, and exhibits like Merlin's wizarding workshop to a Lego-themed cinema, where you can catch a 4D movie. Kids can learn how the colorful plastic bricks are made, take classes with master Lego-builders and even go on two Lego-themed rides. The expansive center also houses Miniland, which features replicas of landmarks and buildings in both New York City and the Westchester area. Ages 3 and up.

  1. 39 Fitzgerald St, (at Otis Dr), 10710
  2. Ongoing
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23

Get up close and personal with trucks

  • Price band: 1/4

At the Touch-a-Truck Street Fair, youngsters are free to explore police cars, fire trucks and other vehicles. Kids who aren't as enthused about automotives can jump around in bouncy castles, listen to live music , get their faces painted, create crafts, and munch on food from yummy vendors. All proceeds from the event will benefit P.S. 295. Event will go on rain or shine. All ages.

  1. PS 295 330 18th St, between 6th and 7th Aves
  2. Sat May 4
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24

Rock out to free concerts in Brooklyn

  • Free

While most of the free outdoor concerts for kids don't start until the summer, FAB Alliance at Putnam Triangle Square in Brooklyn is kicking off their series in April. Expect Friday afternoon shows (stay tuned for a schedule of performers), plus other crafts and activities. Ages 18 months to 4 years.

  1. Putnam Triangle Plaza Fulton St, between Cambridge Pl and Grand Ave, 11238
  2. Fri Apr 26 - Fri Sep 27
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25

Watch circus-themed performances at the Morgan

  • Price band: 1/4

The Join the Cirucs! family fair is an ode to the Big Top. Performances by The Ben Jam circus troupe (who are tamed by the animals, rather than the other way around) and composer Adam Glaser are the day's highlights. Glaser will showcase The Composer's Paintbrush: Carnivals, part of his multimedia musical series, and transport audiences to the middle of the circus ring. Tots can also work on themed crafts, try on costumes, and test their jokester skills in clowning workshops. All day long, the Morgan Café will serve a special snack plate of caramel popcorn, small soft pretzels and pink lemonade ($9.75). Ages 3 to 12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Sun Apr 28
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27

Head to the Beacon for a live performance of Super Why

  • Price band: 2/4

Emmy-nominated kids' television series Super Why will roll through the city on its national tour, stopping by the Beacon Theater. Audiences will embark on a musical adventure as they travel inside a book to answer the question, "Who has the greatest super power in the world?" Cool fact: Fun band member Jack Antonoff wrote and produced the music for the show. Ages 0 to 9.

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Thu May 2
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28

Meet and greet animals at the Central Park Zoo

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids can welcome the onset of warm weather by learning about barnyard animals and meeting a special animal guest at the Central Park Zoo's Springtime on the Farm. Ages 4 to 6.

  1. Central Park Zoo Southeast corner of Central Park,, enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St
  2. Sun May 5
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29

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

We’ve got plenty of bridges in New York, but for inspiration and beauty, none can compare with the majestic double arches of the Brooklyn Bridge. On a sunny day, the pedestrian walkway is the perfect span for a family stroll, roughly one mile of magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and Ellis Island. If you start on the Manhattan side, you can wind up in Dumbo’s Brooklyn Bridge Park; start in Brooklyn and you can finish the day exploring the goodies at J&R Junior. Either way, your family will fall back in love with our city from a one-of-a-kind vantage point.

  1. Enter at Cadman Plaza East, (near Prospect St), 10038
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