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Spring 2012 concerts for NYC kids

Take your budding music buff to see the best spring concerts on NYC's kiddie scene. 

  • Photograph: Leslie Zaslower

    The Jimmies

  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights: I'm a Rock Star

  • Photograph: Sonja Spies

    Princess Katie and Racer Steve

  • Gustafer Yellowgold's Year in the Day

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Dan Zanes

  • The Muppets Meet the New York Pops

  • Photo courtesy of Hot Peas 'N Butter

  • Photograph: Kevin Fry

    Recess Monkey

  • Photograph: Kindiefest

    Kindiefest

  • Photograph: Adams Photography

    Imagination Movers

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Deedle Deedle Dees

    The Deedle Deedle Dees

  • Hope Harris

Photograph: Leslie Zaslower

The Jimmies

The Jimmies Practically Ridiculous World Record Release Party
Infectious kindie-rock act the Jimmies celebrates the release of its new album, Practically Ridiculous, with a family concert. Introducing new songs like "Mini Van Hot Rod," "Toothless Lament" and "Gonna Get a Hamster," the group's live show is guaranteed to elicit laughs and excitement from kids of all ages. Sun Mar 18 at 11am. 92YTribeca. $15, children under 2 free. All ages.

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Playing a selection of spunky songs off her latest album, What a Zoo!: A Tribute to All Things Animals!, the NYC-based singer will have families jamming to tunes about tofurkey, hummingbirds, big blue whales and more. Sun Mar 25 10--11am. JCC in Manhattan. $14, children under 1 free. Ages 3 to 9. 

Princess Katie and Racer Steve: The Monster Concert
Break out your kids' scariest monster costumes for Princess Katie and Racer Steve's Monster Concert. Kids can dance to songs from the duo's upcoming CD, Love, Cake & Monsters, and even take in a brand-new music video for their song "Sand in My Sandwich." Sun Mar 25 at 11am. 92YTribeca. $15, children under 2 free. All ages.

Gustafer Yellowgold's Year in the Day
Celebrating the release of his newest DVD, Morgan Taylor's little guy from the sun is stopping by the city for an out-of-this-world show. The multimedia performance, a combination of pop-rock tunes and animated video, features the story of Gustafer, a traveler from the sun who landed in Minnesota, and his outsider's take on some of the traditional—and far less traditional—holidays on the American calendar. Sun Apr 1 at 11am. 92YTribeca. $15, children under 2 free. All ages.

Dan Zanes and Friends
Family favorite Dan Zanes invites kids and the perpetually young at heart to a musically eclectic show at the Metropolitan Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Listen for songs rooted in West Indian folk, Mexican son jarocho, early rock & roll, and original tunes from Zanes's latest, Little Nut Tree. Rocking out with Zanes are a talented troupe made up of Coline Brooks (on drums), Sonia de los Santos (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and others. Sun Apr 1 at 3pm. Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. $15. All ages.  


In a tribute to Jim Henson and the Muppets, the New York Pops will perform two family concerts of orchestral tunes accompanied by playful puppetry. Bonus: The show is hosted by John Tartaglia. Sat Apr 14 12:30, 3:30pm. Carnegie Hall, Perelman Stage. $9--$20. All ages.


Performing alongside her musician husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey, folksy kids' crooner Elizabeth Mitchell presents tunes from her album You Are My Flower at three gratis area shows. Favorite songs include "1 Day, 2 Days, 3 Days Old," "This Little Light of Mine" and "Shoo-Fly." *Sat Apr 14 1--1:45pm. Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch. *Sun Apr 22 2--2:45pm. Bronx Library Center. *Sun Apr 29 at 3pm--3:45pm. Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement. Free. All ages. 


Premiering songs from their new album, Radio Jungle: The Musical, the Brooklyn natives sing tunes about sophisticated (and less sophisticated) subjects like New York City, the magic of childhood and the names of 40 types of pasta. The group's songs are arranged in '80s synth-pop, classic soul and indie-pop styles. Sun Apr 22 at 3:30pm. Littlefield. $20. All ages.


Chris Ballew, the former Presidents of the United States of America frontman and MTV video star, often uses just voice, acoustic guitar and simple percussion on his quirky originals and fresh interpretations of childhood classics ("Ring Around the Rosie," "Ba Ba Black Sheep"). The best part: Ballew's stripped-down tunes are still palatable to adults—even after two dozen listens. Sat Apr 28 at 11am, 2pm. Symphony Space. $20, children under 12 $13. All ages.


Jam to a live performance by kids' musical mainstay Recess Monkey, a sensational Seattle trio of musicians who also happen to be elementary school teachers. They'll perform songs from Flying!, their album about superheroes, along with upbeat tunes from their upcoming CD In TentsSun Apr 29 at 11am. 92YTribeca. $15, children under 2 free. All ages. 


Though the first few days of this fourth annual children's music conference is for industry insiders only, the fest opens its doors to the public for one day, featuring an all-star lineup. Concertgoers will hear tunes from pop-rock group Bari Koral Family Rock Band, power-pop trio Big Bang Boom, healthy-snack supporters Apple Brains, bilingual Latin singers Moona Luna and others. Sun Apr 29 at noon. Littlefield. $15, in advance $12, infants free. All ages.


Local favorite Hot Peas 'N Butter croons in a variety of languages (including English) and genres, from Puerto Rican folk to American blues, at these free concerts. *Wed Apr 25 at 10am. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. *Sat May 5 at 2pm. Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Free. All ages.


The Imagination Movers are on quite a roll: After having one of the most well-attended family concerts of 2011, the blue-jumpsuit-clad boys are kicking off a new tour in support of their latest CD/DVD, Rock-O-Matic. Young fans, many of whom are familiar with the band's popular Disney Junior show, can expect to hear tons of dancehall-ready songs like the ska-inspired "Everybody Sing" and "Dear Old Dad" when the crew comes to Manhattan in May. Sat May 5 at 1:30, 4:30pm. Best Buy Theater. $29.50--$49.50. All ages.


No one mixes history, science and music quite like the Deedle Deedle Dees. The Brooklyn-based band's latest concert features catchy riffs ("A Song for Abigail Adams," "Marie Curie") from their CD Strange Dees. Our favorite part: The group encourages lots of audience participation. Sun May 20 at 11am. 92YTribeca. $15, children under 2 free. All ages. 


Part of Playground Partners' Picnic in Your Playground party, kids are invited to rock out to a very special performance by Hope Harris and the Cousin's Jamboree. Celebrating the release of her new album, Picasso, That's Who!, kids can sing along to songs new and old ("Howdy Hello," "Five Little Monkeys," "I Can Do It"). Among the day's many other activities are crafting with Make Meaning, an "Angry Bird toss," sand-art crafts, and cookie and cupcake decorating. Wed May 23 3:30--6:30pm. Heckscher Playground. $60--$120. Ages 6 months to 10 years.

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