We're so glad to say goodbye to wintertime and welcome spring to NYC! When the warmer temps appear, so do wonderful NYC street fairs (and fun festivals!) across town—a great way to spend an afternoon with your entire family.
NYC street fairs and festivals
Wave Hill will host a series of events to celebrate the trees that line its landscape. Get in on a family art projects throughout the week: Bronx artist Dennis Redmoon Darkeem will help kids create clay masks inspired by Native American and African art (April 23–24, free with admission). During Spring Vacation Week, craft a unique, wooden hiking staff and medallion, decorated with beads, feathers, ribbon and more (April 26 at 1pm, $8) and learn about the lifecycles of trees by hiking and potting a tree seed (April 26 at 2:30pm, $8). Add color and impressions to reclaimed tree-branch slices (April 27, $8) or design a mobile of leafy impressions using clay, paints and wood (April 28, $8). All ages.Read more
Come get colorful at Holi Hai, the traditional Indian Festival of Colors. Wear white and purchase colored powder from stalls. Then have fun throwing the colored powder onto one another and getting messy! The powders represent happiness, love and the freedom to live vibrantly. Celebrate Indian traditions through bright colors, music, dance, food and festivities. All ages.Read more
Celebrate the beginning of the spring season and enjoy a day of kid-friendly activities, crafts, and live music. Kids get to watch farmers shear a flock of sheep, learn about wool and pasture-raised sheep, check out professional weavers and spinners and try out carding, combing and felting wool. Also, follow the farmers and educators on tours and watch demonstrations. After the shearing is finished, help herd the sheep from the barnyard to the pasture. All ages.Read more
Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party
Make your trip to the New York Botanical Garden a celebration of Moms with an exciting garden party for families! Grab tickets to enjoy a brunch hosted by STARR Events ($55–$85)—tickets include a great meal, live family music on Daffodil Hill, dance performances and fun kids' activities like readings and watercolor painting. Regular all-garden access tickets ($30, students/seniors $27, children $15) will give you access to everything but brunch—but you can certainly picnic by grabbing snacks from NYBG's amazing food truck offerings. All ages.
Celebrate Fleet week on the flight deck of this retired World War II ship. Start the week off right and view Naval and Coast Guard ships sailing up the Hudson River where they’ll travel past the Intrepid’s Pier 86 before docking. Throughout the rest of the week, the museum hosts tons of events for families like a free screening of Top Gun at (May 27 at 7:30pm), a vintage fashion show, swing dance demos and performances by big bands: James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band, George Gee Swing Orchestra and Gordon Webster Big Band (May 28 & 29). Don’t miss a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony featuring veterans and their families on May 30 at 11:30am. At the ceremony, guests can watch an unfurling of a 100-foot American flag and check out the playing of the Taps and a ceremonial wreath laying. All ages.Read more
Come enjoy the sunshine and usher in summer at this fun-filled fair featuring live musicians playing Americana music, plus a magician. Kids can jump around in a bounce house, play carnival-style games, enjoy crafts like sand art, compete in a potato sack race, get their faces painted or nails done and try out temporary tattoos. Join in on the raffle or 50/50 to win prizes and money. Food and drinks like popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase. All ages.Read more
Sundays this season mean catching up on kid-friendly classics (and some more recent films, too) at BAM. Kick off the season with Charlie Chaplin's silent comedy, The Gold Rush (Sept 27), followed by hand-drawn animation masterpiece, The King and the Mockingbird (Oct 18). Just after Halloween, catch Tim Burton's beautifully creepy The Nightmare Before Christmas (Nov 1), then settle in for the classic fairytale The Wizard of Oz (Nov 22) and a collection of Disney Classic Cartoon Shorts (Dec 6), starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other lovable characters. In 2016, stay tuned for Singin' in the Rain (Feb 21), The Iron Giant: Signature Editions (Mar 20), Safety Last (Apr 10), the Best of BAMkids Film Festival (May 8) and a DanceAfrican film (May 29). BAMKids programming is usually PG– and G–rated for pint-size audiences. Ages 2 and up.Read more
Set in some of Brooklyn’s coolest playgrounds, this popular community festival celebrates all things puppet! Spin art, games and arts and crafts for $2–4, $5 tote bag decorating and $4 bounce-house access are just a few of the cool activities on offer. There’ll even be a few costumed Star Wars characters in attendance, plus Tuffy Tiger, a bright orange puppet that helps pre-K–through–second-grade students discover the world around them through song and dance. All ages.Read more
New York’s biggest block party hits town once more, offering free access to seven museums (from the Met to the Guggenheim) along a car-free mile sprinkled with music, art and entertainment. Kids can color up the sidewalk with chalk, get their faces painted, and enjoy performances by clowns, magicians, and more. Many different exhibitions will be on hand like “Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs” at the Museum of the City of New York, featuring more than 200 works by the famed cartoon artist, or El Museo del Barrio’s “Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion” exhibit, celebrating the artist’s exploration of race, gender and the body through fashion. The festival runs along Fifth Avenue between 82nd St and 105th St. All ages.Read more
Shhh: Your kids might actually learn something while having fun at this five-day educational celebration. Prominent minds from around the world will unite to discuss the brain, time, the origins of the universe and more. Visit www.worldsciencefestival.com for a full list of events. Hurry, tickets sell out quickly! All ages.Read more