Things to do with kids in NYC this Saturday
Kick off your weekend and spend Saturday with the family at the city's best events and activities for kids.
Thu Mar 26 2015
Saturday, April 25
- Critics choice
The gargantuan street fair, hosted by the iconic film fest, offers tons of thrills for city kids. Nestled between tried-and-true fare like snacks and face painting are some ultra-cool activity stations, including animation demos using iPad and mobile devices and a VIP red carpet photo op with celebrity cut–outs. Storytellers, puppeteers, and cast members from Broadway and Off Broadway shows (including The Rockettes!) perform on the festival's main stage throughout the day. Try your luck at the Games for Change Public Arcade, contribute to the CITYarts Mural Project, join a chess match sponsored by CHESS NYC and take in a screening of Back to the Future. The youngest festival visitors should be sure to check out the Kidz Block Party (at Duane St) for readings, a bubble garden and more. As kids move from activity to activity, they can create a "VIP Pass" by stamping a booklet provided to them; at the end of the day, if your pass is filled, you get a special prize. Greenwich St between Chambers and Hubert Sts. All ages.
Little ones can get their minds and bodies active at the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, bringing family fitness festivities to locations in all five boroughs. Over the course of the day, kids try a fitness challenge, take a dance class with Miss New York, and learn about healthy cooking through sushi-making and healthy snacks demos while parents check out some summer-camp open houses. There will also be games, arts and crafts, face painting, scavenger hunts and more! All ages.
Help South Street Seaport kick off a new season with family-friendly activities! Kids can get in on a Seaport scavenger hunt, make a clay boat and test it's buoyancy, learn about the creatures in the New York Harbor and help paint a mural of images on the new Seaport Storywall. You'll also get to check out navigational tools and learn how to use them, take a #seaportselfie at the Seaport's photobooth and get inked up like a real sailor (with temporary tattoos, of course).
Head down Fifth Ave to 4th St and you'll stumble upon puppet-making ($2), t-shirt decorating ($4), a bouncy moonwalk ($4) and tons of delicious festy food. Groove to live tunes and performances courtesy of Yellow Sneakers (2:30pm), Tuffy's Great Adventure (11:30am), Arlee Chadwick (12:15pm) and Charlie Kanev (1:15pm). Kids can even snag a photo op with a real, live Star Wars character, and keep an eye out for wandering dinos from Field Station: Dinosaurs! Proceeds benefit Puppetry Arts. Get there quick—the first 200 kiddos get a free gift bag. Fifth Ave at 4th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn. All ages.
- Price band: 2/4
The New York Children’s Theater Festival showcases new works for kids. Among this year's featured productions will be The Sock Who Lost His Mate (Apr 24–26), Sue Ology & the (Possibly) Haunted House (May 1–3), Help Save the Monkey! (May 8–10), and The Meanest Birthday Girl (May 15–16).
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