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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: Virginia Rollison

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

    31. Visit the restored Hudson River Park Pier 25 playground

  • Photograph: Talisman Brolin

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

    32. Celebrate Mother's Day at the NYBG.

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

    33. Help rebuild Highland Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

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

    34. Bike the branches of the Brooklyn Public Library

  • Photograph: Courtesy The American Architect

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

    35. Wish the Woolworth building a happy 100th birthday

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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

    36. Sniff exotic blooms at the Macy's Flower Show

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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

    37. Spend the afternoon at the Cloisters

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

    38. Get "spirited away" by Miyazaki

  • Photograph: Karen Blumberg

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

    39. Explore the High Line

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

    40. Learn about the planet at an Earth Day festival

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

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

31. Visit the restored Hudson River Park Pier 25 playground

Things to do with kids this spring

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Visit the restored Hudson River Park Pier 25 playground

  • Free

Closed since being damanged by Hurricane Sandy in October, the Pier 25 playground, one of our favorites in the city, is set to reopen later this spring. So far, the downtown community has donated more than $300,000 for the restoration project. We're pretty sure we speak for all city kids when we say thank you. All ages.

  1. West St, (at North Moore St)
  2. End of April/beginning of May
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Celebrate Mother's Day at the NYBG

  • Price band: 2/4

Take Mom to the mother of all Mother's Day locales: the New York Botanical Garden for the Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party. Families can pose for pictures taken by professional photographers, fly a kite, play badminton, enjoy ragtime music and try their hand at watercolor painting. (Little ones can also craft a special card just for Mom.) When hunger sets in, they can enjoy a picnic on Daffodil Hill with treats from various food trucks. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd
  2. Sat May 11 - Sun May 12
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Help rebuild Highland Park

  • Free

Families can help rebuild Highland Park, which was struck by Hurricane Sandy, by planting 2,400 new trees during a day of service organized by JetBlue and the New York Restoration Project. Breakfast, lunch and T-shirts will be provided, and other family-friendly outdoor activities will add to the fun. Plus, all volunteers will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a pair of JetBlue travel certificates. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and all volunteers must pre-register online. All ages.

  1. Highland Park Highland Blvd, between Bulwed Pl and Cypress HIlls St
  2. Sat Apr 20
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34

Bike the branches of the Brooklyn Public Library

If your family's got a thing for Brooklyn, books and bikes, don't miss this chance to show your love for all three by taking a spin to benefit the Brooklyn Public Library system. You can choose your own route, visiting as many branches as you like, or follow one of the BPL's suggested routes to take in the waterfront, learn some literary history, visit culinary spots or pay homage to architectural treasures. Refreshments will be offered to cyclists at the branches from 10am to 5pm; afterward, riders are invited to the Finish Line Celebration at Central Library (5–7pm). All ages.

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Wish the Woolworth Building a happy 100th birthday

Grand Central isn't the only NYC icon turning 100 this year. Just two months after it opened in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson flipped on a ceremonial switch to illuminate the new Woolworth Building, at the time the tallest office building in the world, on April 24. This exhibit spotlights the elegant green building, from the initial stages of architect Cass Gilbert's design and an up-close look at the building's gorgeous terra cotta ornaments to an examination of the building's pop cultural significance. All ages.

  1. The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Pl, at 1st Pl
  2. Sat Apr 6 - Sun Jul 14
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Sniff exotic blooms at the Macy's Flower Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Running for more than 60 years, Macy’s Flower Show has provided a showcase for the world’s diverse plant life and the work of the nation’s most renowned floral designers. At this year's show, themed around the flowers of south Asia, kids can check out colorful flowers, dance to a DJ, work on crafts and watch demonstrations. All ages.

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sun Apr 7
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37

Spend the afternoon at the Cloisters

Tots and their families can spend the day at the Cloisters at this mythical-beast-themed festival. Mary Pop Osborne will read from her book, Blizzard of the Blue Moon, about a boy and a girl who travel through time with a unicorn and land in The Cloisters. Kids can also work on mythical art projects and go on a self-guided art hunt through the museum. Plus: This spring, the Met will showcase The Unicorn Tapestries, seven individual wall hangings that depict a hunt for a magical unicorn, to celebrate the 75 years since the founding of the Cloisters. Ages 4 to 12.

  1. The Cloisters Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr
  2. Sat May 25 - Sun May 26
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38

Get "spirited away" by Miyazaki

  • Price band: 1/4

If your kids have seen any Japanese animated films, it's likely they're already familiar with the work of director Hayao Miyazaki. Over the course of his 30-year career, the co-founder of the acclaimed Studio Ghibli has produced such hand-drawn gems as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, all of which conjure up mystical worlds and shed light on the relationship between humans and nature. These films and more (think Kiki's Delivery Service and Castle in the Sky) are part of BAM's eight-film retrospective of the master animator. All ages.

  1. BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, 11217
  2. Until Sun Apr 14
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39

Explore the High Line

  • Free

From April 19, families visiting the High Line can fuel their stroll along the design-minded, elevated green space with snacks from an all-star lineup of local vendors like La Newyorkina ice pops and Melt Bakery ice-cream sandwiches. Check out the High Line's largest ever art installation, Broken Bridge II, a 37-foot sculpture by by West African artist El Anatsui which is on view now. Tuesday night stargazing returns too. All ages.

  1. Washington St, (at Gansevoort St)
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Learn about the planet at an Earth Day festival

  • Free

Taking place on the Brooklyn College campus, this all-afternoon event educates families on energy conservation through Earth-themed arts and crafts, recycling-themed games, live music, performances and exhibits from the event's main sponsor, National Grid. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (at Brooklyn College) 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl, 11210
  2. Sat Apr 13
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