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Spring break activities for kids

Never fear! There are plenty of amazing spring break activities to keep the kiddos busy this month

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School's out! These exciting spring break activities for kids will keep 'em busy all vacation long. Be sure to cruise our list of 50 things to do with kids in NYC this spring and our easter for kids picks to make the most of your family time. 

Spring break activities for kids


Pinkalicious Photograph: Sun Productions

Pinkalicious The Musical

  • Price band: 2/4

Based off a bestselling children's book series, Pinkalicious revolves around little girl eats too many pink cupcakes and contracts Pinkititis, turning her entirely pink. At first, her new color seems like a dream come true, but she soon realizes that it might not be such a good thing. Your little one will be absolutely tickled pink by this delightful musical. Ages 2-10.

  1. Vital Theatre 2162 Broadway , 76th St and Broadway , 10024
  2. Sat Apr 25
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Spring Family Walks

  • Price band: 1/4

Scour Wave Hill's woodlands and gardens for signs of spring on these family-friendly strolls following the weekend's Family Art Project. Listen for chirps and tweets and keep an eye out for touches of green as well as buds and blossoms on this guided walk led by naturalist Gabriel Willow. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Sun May 10
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The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees Photograph courtesy Flushing Town Hall

Family Workshops at Flushing Town Hall

  • Price band: 1/4

On March 14, modern dance troupe Taylor 2 brings its original works to young audiences (ages 10 and up). The group will perform a range of pieces including Aureole and The Uncommited with a brief intermission (2:15pm). Come early for an interactive workshop before the show. (1pm). On April 12, join the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia for a fun afternoon of theatrical puppetry. Learn how to make your puppet come alive with voice, motion and multi-sensory instruction (1pm). Following the workshop is an onstage adaptation of three Eric Carle tales: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The MixedUp Chameleon (2:15pm). Ages 5 and up.

  1. Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd, at Main St
  2. Sat May 2 - Sat May 9
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Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Nature Playtime

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots can get their zoo fix at free family workshops on Sundays at the Prospect Park Zoo. Learn about animals and nature through art projects, insect observation and snow play in the winter months, all led by zoo educators and trained teen Discovery Guides. Participants will receive a nature play activity guide to Prospect Park highlighting areas like the Zucker Natural Exploration Area for further adventures. Ages 2–7.

  1. Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Ave, at Empire Blvd
  2. Sun Apr 26
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Heart and Lights

Heart and Lights Photograph: courtesy MSG Entertainment

New York Spring Spectacular

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Witness the legendary Rockettes take the stage for a new spring performance evoking the vibrant energy of New York City and the magic of the spring season. Through unique puppetry, exciting dance numbers, original music and state-of-the-art technology, families will fall in love with the Big Apple all over again as they embark on a virtual-reality tour of the city, visiting iconic locations along the way. Listen for familiar voices lent to the large-scale puppets—Bella Thorne brings the Alice in Wonderland statue to life in a whimsical Central Park scene, and Whoopi Goldberg voices Lady Liberty herself. Also keep an eye out for celebrity cameos by famed New Yorkers such as Carmelo Anthony, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart and Henrik Lundqvist. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Wed Apr 22 - Thu May 7
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Photograph: Elena Bernstein (http://www.elenabernsteinphotography.com/)

Families & Folk Art 2015

  • Free

Offered on the first Saturday of the month, this workshop invites kids and their parents a chance to take a guided, discussion-peppered tour through the galleries of the American Folk Art Museum, then get to work on a piece of artwork inspired by objects they've seen on exhibition. This spring, families will explore "When The Curtain Never Comes Down," then make their own headwear (Hats, Crowns and Headdresses, 4/4), create banners bearing personalized messages (What's Your Message?, 5/2) and design musical instruments (Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum!, 6/6). Space is limited; advance registration is required. Ages 4 to 12.

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Sat May 2 - Sat Jun 6
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Dance With MMDG

Dance With MMDG Photograph: Mark Morris Dance Group

Dance With MMDG

Once a month, the renowned modern dance company hosts free dance classes for familes. Professional dancers from the troupe will take participants of all ages and abilities through excerpts from the MMDG's actual repertory, including Grand Duo, Spring, Spring, Spring and Pacific. Don some comfortable clothes (no shoes required!) and get ready to move to the sounds of live musical accompaniment. All ages.

  1. Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and Flatbush Ave
  2. Sat May 9
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Birthday Parties at Automatic Studios

Birthday Parties at Automatic Studios Photograph: courtesy Che Chisholm/Automatic Studios

Automatic Studios Movie Arts Camp

  • Price band: 4/4

Kids get to be part of a team and make their own movie in a just one week at this creative camp. With guidance from experienced film technicians and teachers, the group works together to write a script, work with lights, cameras, sound equiment, and even a green screen before editing together their final product. Hardworking cinephiles get to munch on healthy snacks throughout the day, but must bring a bagged lunch. On day five, the kids show off their production to their family during a wrap party, complete with popcorn. Ages 8 to14.

  1. Automatic Studios Made in NY Media Center, 30 John Street, between Jay and Pearl Sts, 11210
  2. Mon Jun 15 - Sat Aug 15
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"Seucy and Boto: Stories from the Amazon Jungle"

  • Price band: 1/4

La MaMa brings families a three-part magical tale featuring puppetry, dance and mythical creatures of the amazon. Brave young girl Seucy battles a tree-eating monster with help from her friend Boto—who happens to be half-boy, half-dolphin. The audience will meet a butterfly, anaconda, frog, shaman and warrior as the tale unfold, featuring live rhythmic music, giant marionettes and dancers in body puppets. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. 66 E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave, 10003
  2. Sat May 16
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Queens Botanical Garden Backyard Bird Hunt

Queens Botanical Garden Backyard Bird Hunt Photograph: Shari Romar/Queens Botanical Garden

Storytime and Craft at QBG

  • Price band: 1/4

Bring the little ones to a storytime featuring nature-inspired stories and a botanical crafting opportunity. The garden will host two special Storytime and Craft events during spring break on Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9. Ages 2 to 6.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Sun May 3 - Sun May 17
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