Timeout New York Kids

Make the most of your city

Ten best NYC concerts for kids in April 2013

April is chock-full of top-notch concerts for kids, from Raffi's comeback and a live Fantasia concert to the Okee Dokee Brothers' BYOK finale.

  • Photograph: Reuben Radding

    April 2013 concerts for kids

    Astrograss

     

     

  • Photograph: Courtesy FAB Alliance

    April 2013 concerts for kids

    FAB Fridays

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    April 2013 concerts for kids

    McGraw Hill-Carnegie Kids: The Itty Biddies

  • April 2013 concerts for kids

    Dirty Sock Funtime Band

  • April 2013 concerts for kids

    Hip Tot Music Fest: Rolie Polie Guacamole Earth Day Show

  • April 2013 concerts for kids

    Aaron Nigel Smith

  • Photograph: Jana Leon

    April 2013 concerts for kids

    Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Disney

    April 2013 concerts for kids

    Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert

  • Photograph: Alex Johnson

    April 2013 concerts for kids

    The Okee Dokee Brothers

  • April 2013 concerts for kids

    Raffi

Photograph: Reuben Radding

April 2013 concerts for kids

Astrograss

 

 

April marks the start of springtime weather and festival season, and it also means that plenty of high-profile concerts for kids are on the horizon as well. Although KindieFest's family concert at BAM is already sold out, we're super excited for the month's other concerts for kids, including the Little Orchestra Society's Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert as well as the comeback of children's music superstar Raffi. And while we're devastated that 92YTribeca is closing its doors, we're happy to hear that the Grammy Award–winning Okee Dokee Brothers are at the helm of one of the final BYOK concert with their feel-good Americana sounds. Check out our guide to the top ten concerts this month, then listen up for top-notch tunes like "Baby Beluga" and "Rhapsody in Blue."

Astrograss

  • Price band: 2/4

Celebrate the release of Astrograss's new album, The Colored Pencil Factory. Kids can get down to this local band's bluegrass, American folk and Celtic sounds. Expect to hear some new hits alongside high-energy classics like "This Land Is Your Land". Ages 2 and up.

  1. Jalopy Theatre 315 Columbia St, between Hamilton Ave and Woodhull St
  2. Until Sat Apr 5
More info

FAB Fridays

  • Free

The FAB Alliance kicks off its summer series on April 12 with a kid-friendly performance by Jeff Newell's New-Trad Quartet, which fuses modern jazz with a New Orleans brass band sound. Arrive early for outdoor activities like chalk art projects led by local kid-lit authors, a pop-up portable library, environmental workshops, hula hooping and urban croquet. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Putnam Triangle Plaza Fulton St, between Cambridge Pl and Grand Ave, 11238
  2. Fri Apr 18
More info

McGraw-Hill CarnegieKids: The Itty Biddies

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Combining storytelling, rockin' music and soaring vocals, this female trio will lift your kids out of their seats and take them on an imaginary trip with a magical suitcase. The Biddies' pop-cabaret style, often accompanied by drums, bass, ukulele and/or piano, will guide you through the city’s subway, a safari in Africa or a star-lit boat ride. Ages 3 to 6.

  1. Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement 466 Grand St, at Pitt St, 10002
  2. Sat Apr 19
More info

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

  • Price band: 1/4

This wacky band's members are known for playing jazz-punk tunes while blindfolded, and bandmate Adam Jacobs doubles as a professional clown, so expect lots of brightly colored tomfoolery. Today's show benefits P.S. 452, which opened in 2010 and is the first new school to open in Manhattan's District 3 in decades. Tickets will be sold at the door (cash only). All ages.

  1. P.S. 452 100 W 77th St, at Columbus Ave, 10024
  2. Until Sun Nov 10
More info

Hip Tot Music Fest: Rolie Polie Guacamole Earth Day Show

  • Price band: 2/4

Celebrate Earth Day with Brooklyn-based kindie rock band Rolie Polie Guacamole, who will be performing their signature mix of funk, rock, and folk with some tips on healthy eating and staying active. Ages newborn to 8.

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Until Sun Apr 14
More info

Aaron Nigel Smith

  • Price band: 2/4

Smith (whom you've seen on Between the Lions on PBS,) shares his musical roots in reggae and rock with kids who love to jump and dance along. Members of his One World Chorus add to the super high-energy show. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Until Sat Apr 20
More info

Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower Concert

  • Price band: 1/4

Folksy kids' crooner Elizabeth Mitchell presents tunes from her album You Are My Flower, accompanied by husband Daniel Little and daughter Storey. Carrying a torch for a Pete Seeger brand of traditional family folk, Mitchell and company offer 21st-century clans a pastiche of yesteryear tunes via gentle, hand-spun originals (“1 Day, 2 Days, 3 Days Old”) and familiar classics (“This Little Light of Mine” and “Shoo-Fly”). Ages 3 and up.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Apr 6
More info

Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert

  • Price band: 1/4

Disney's dancing hippos and magical Mickey will enchant little ones like never before when the Little Orchestra Society provides a live soundtrack to vignettes from the 1949 and 2000 Fantasia films. Listen up for classical pieces like Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Until Sat Apr 27
More info

Bring Your Own Kid Concert Series: The Okee Dokee Brothers

  • Price band: 1/4

Inspired by childhood daydreams, the Okee Dokee Brothers use songs to transport the audience to multiple worlds, from an African safari to a ride on the Mississippi. Their 2012 album, Can You Canoe?, won a Grammy for Best Children's Album of the Year, but their simple, nostalgic folk sound will make your brood feel right at home. All ages.

  1. 92YTribeca 200 Hudson St, at Canal St, 10013
  2. Until Sun Apr 28
More info

Raffi

  • Price band: 2/4

Before there was kindie, there was Raffi—the Canadian troubadour who started to revolutionize kids' music with folksy melodies and sing-along refrains in the mid-1970s. This April, the performer makes a comeback with his first U.S. concert tour in a decade. Listen up for favorites like "Baby Beluga," "Bananaphone" and "Down By the Bay," and be prepared to belt out those catchy lyrics with a crowd of Beluga Grads and babes alike. All ages.

  1. The Town Hall 123 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. Until Sun Apr 28
More info


Share your thoughts
  1. * mandatory fields

Events for kids by date

Americangirl.com for Events!

  1. Anne and Bernard...

    The former Human Biology and Evolution Hall has ev...

  2. Arthur Ross Hall of...

    This exhibit explores our 4.5-billion-year-old sol...

  3. "Behind the Screen"

    At the museum’s core exhibit (which was completely...

34 more events »