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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

Look no further for the best things to do with kids this week including festivals, concerts, museum exhibits and more.

There are plenty of great things to do this month (check out our list of 50 things to do with kids in NYC this spring), including great plays and performances and new exhbits in NYC museums. Here are ten things you just can't miss this week—happy adventuring!

Things to do with kids, March 23–27


The Orchid Show

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The New York Botanical Garden explodes into a tropical floral extravaganza for the annual Orchid Show. Take in the thousands of blooms on display, and don't forget to make a pit stop by the Shop in the Garden for your very own orchid to take home. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Until Sun Apr 19
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Taste Buds Kitchen Spring Break Camps

  • Price band: 4/4

School may be out for spring break, but Taste Buds Kitchen is open! At special weeklong camps, little chefs will whip up three delicious recipes per day. In mid-March, youngsters will tackle tasty treats like Confetti Cupcakes, all starring rainbows and sprinkles or cook like an Iron Chef with a top secret ingredient color each day (Mar 16–20). Later on, kids get to see how they stack up with the competition during Chopped-inspired challenges with mystery basket ingredients (Mar 23–27). A special day camp lets chocolate-lovers focus on their favorite treat (April 3), and SuperFoodie Camp encourages kids to embrace their inner superheroes to cut, mix, knead and whisk (April 6–10). Ages 4 to 8 and 9 to 13.

  1. Taste Buds Kitchen Cooking Camps 109 W 27th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, tenth floor, 10001
  2. Until Fri Apr 10
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"Hello from Japan!"

  • Price band: 1/4

Delve into the cultural traditions of Tokyo and explore two very different sides of the city when this interactive exhibit takes over the Children's Museum of Manhattan's lower-level gallery. Girst comes Kawaii Central, a bustling street in the Harajuku district, inviting little ones to sing karaoke, snap pics in a photo booth, serve up an imaginary Japanese meal and design cute mascots inspired by the kawaii style. After the colorful cityscape, seek solace in the Shinto shrine park, a beautiful natural area where they'll build bridges, crawl through a gorest, meet kami spirits and form dreams for the future at a wishing tree. Discover evern more about Japanese cuisine, art and national holidays via monthly family festivals supplementing the exhibit through May. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Until Sun May 17
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Macy's Flower Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Running for more than 60 years, Macy’s Flower Show has provided a showcase for the world’s diverse plant life and the work of the nation’s most renowned floral designers. This year, Secret Garden-inspired arrangements will evoke the mysterious beauty described in Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale. All ages.

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sat Apr 4
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Kids at Art Spring Break Mini Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Creative kids will delve into visual arts like painting, drawing and collage, in addition to getting their hands dirty working on special art projects like mask- and puppet-making, mosaics and plaster work. Ages 4.5 and up.

  1. Kids at Art 1412 Second Ave, between 73rd and 74th Sts, 10021
  2. Until Fri Apr 3
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"Audubon's Aviary: Part III of the Complete Flock"

  • Price band: 1/4

The last installation in a three-part series of exhibitions—titled "The Final Flight"—showcases more of the jawdropping works by ur-conservationist John James Audubon. Every bird in the show has an accompanying bird call recording, and kids can get a closer look at the works' amazing detail with magnifying glasses. Keep an eye out for special family programming on March 7–8, plus bird-themed readings during Macy's Sunday Story Times in March. All ages.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts, 10024
  2. Until Sun May 10
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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 Apr 6 - Sat Aug 15
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"Sesame Street presents The Body Exhibit"

  • Price band: 1/4

Explore the way the body works with help from Elmo, Oscar and the rest of the Sesame Street crew. At Liberty Science Center's newest exhibition, kids get schooled by their favorite characters on how different body parts function and learn ways to stay healthy through fun, hands-on activities. The large, interactive exhibit takes youngsters through a re-creation of Sesame Street where they'll get a look inside Oscar's digestive system, pull the lever on a giant sneeze machine and shop for healthy food at Mr. Hooper's Store. Interactive video games, sign language challenges, shadow puppets, puzzles and more keep kids entertained and teach them a thing or two along the way. Little ones can even meet Elmo in person on select dates throughout the exhibition. Ages 2 to 8.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Until Sun May 3
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