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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.

  • Phyllis B. Dooney

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

    41. Participate in a sidewalk chalk contest

     

  • Photograph: Fiora Watts

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

    42. Enjoy carnival games on a working farm

  • Photograph: Warner Bros/Film Forum

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

    43. Watch classic flicks at Film Forum Jr.

  • Photograph: Robin Schatell

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

    44. Honor moms at Mamapalooza

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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

    45. Send a night at the Queens Zoo

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

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

    46. Explore the art of wood at a MAD exhibit

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

    47. Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Met

     

  • Photograph: Camille Fernandez

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

    48. View a public art installation

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

    49. Learn about the lives of dinosaurs at the Newark Museum

     

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

    50. Take a bat tour in the middle of Manhattan

Phyllis B. Dooney

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

41. Participate in a sidewalk chalk contest

 

Things to do with kids this spring

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Participate in a sidewalk chalk contest

  • Free

Little da Vinci's and O'Keefe's can try their hand at replicating a famous piece of art using sidewalk chalk at the Reviving the Renaissance Sidewalk Chalk Contest. Each participant will be given a sidewalk frame to draw their interpretation of a painting before each entry is photographed and judged to pick a winner. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Torly Kid 51 Hudson St, between Duane and Jay Sts
  2. Sat May 4
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Enjoy carnival games on a working farm

  • Price band: 1/4

Head to the Queens County Farm Museum for a country carnival, held in the orchard. Among the festive offerings are amusement rides, midway games and a magic show in the barn. All ages.

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Sat Apr 13 - Sun Apr 21
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Watch classic flicks at Film Forum Jr.

  • Price band: 1/4

The Sunday series kicks off their spring lineup on April 7 and it's full of family-friendly silent movies, musicals, animated features, and plenty of classic comedies and shorts. Get spooked by a 3-D screening of the 1953 film House of Wax ($12.50) on April 7, the Marx Brothers flick A Night at the Opera on April 28, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (featuring a Chaplin Look-A-Like contest) on May 5, and School of Rock on May 26th. Film Forum Jr. also celebrates Mother's Day with Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (May 12) and Father's Day with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (June 16). Ages 5 and up.

  1. Film Forum 209 W Houston St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St, 10014
  2. Sun Apr 7 - Sun Jun 30
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Honor moms at Mamapalooza

  • Free

This annual celebration on the Hudson is all about motherhood: Mamas are honored with music, live stand-up routines and lots of activities for little ones. Don't miss NYC-based kindie rocker Moey's Music Party as she leads the "Princess Revolution" (no damsels-in-distress allowed), or a chance to jump around in the Gymboree play tent. Other musicians to keep an ear out for are Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band and the Silly Dilly Band. All ages.

  1. Riverside Park, Pier I W 70th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sun May 19
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Explore the art of wood at a MAD exhibit

  • Critics choice

Featuring more than 90 examples of contemporary woodwork, "Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design" examines the ways in which modern technologies and design have influenced the process and function of woodworking. All ages.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Sat Apr 6 - Sun Jul 7
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Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Met

  • Price band: 1/4

At the Met's Senses of Springtime Festival, dedicated to all aspects of the season, kds can listin to stories, work on art projects, participate in dance performances and generally immerse themselves in the sounds, smells, and sights of spring. All ages.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Sun Apr 28
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47

View a public art installation

With the new sculpture installation No Limits by Alexandre Arrechea, a new city-within-a-city has sprung up along the Park Avenue Mall: the latest public art show conceived by the Fund for Park Avenue's Sculpture for Park Avenue Committee. The sculptures by Cuban-born artist Arrechea create a walkable art tour between 54th and 67th Streets; each one is a riff on an iconic NYC building that twists and bends its source of inspiration as though it were a malleable garden hose; among the architectural gems depicted are the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, plus lesser-known edifices such as the Helmsley, Seagram and Citigroup buildings. All ages.

  1. Various location on Park Avenue
  2. Ongoing
48

Learn abou the lives of dinosaurs at the Newark Museum

In this day dedicated to all things prehistoric, kids can spend the day learning about the life of a dinousaur and scientists who study them. Museum visitors can meet and interact with the 15-foot mechanical "Mighty T-Rex," watch live animal shoes featuring snakes, birds and turtles, create a fossil rubbing, try out an earthquake simulator and more. Diego from Dora the Explorer will also be on hand to meet his young fans. All ages.

  1. Newark Museum 49 Washington St, at James St, 07102
  2. Sun May 5
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