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    Frozen merchandise drought is making parents do bizarre things

    Wed Apr 30

    Photograph: Walmart

    We bet your daughter can’t live without that Anna doll or Elsa outfit. Unfortunately, neither can anyone else’s kid under the age of ten, and you’re going to do anything to snag one We’re all in the same boat. No one can get “Let it Go” out of their heads due to a chorus of chipper children found all around NYC (and the world, for that matter). Whether it’s a Frozen birthday party or movie-themed sleepover, the charming Disney film has invaded your hearts and homes, for better or worse. So, what happens when the merch dries up? Disney is finding out as we speak, with the company’s stock flying from the shelves and Disney Store staff trying to calm frazzled moms, dads and crying children here in the city.We’ve seen parents frantically reaching out to friends and family on Facebook to see if movie-themed toys, clothes and other products are available in other states, mothers paying as much as $1,200 for an Elsa dress on eBay, verbal brawls in-store and Frozen merch trading groups...

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossom festival (slide show)

    Mon Apr 28

    Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Sakura Matsuri Festival, 2014

    Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Sakura Matsuri Festival, 2014 Photograph: Laura Gallant

    The BBG’s Sakura Matsuri returned for its 33rd year on April 26 and 27 with exhibits, demonstrations and performances NYC’s largest event in a U.S. public garden, Sakura Matsuri, celebrated the coming of the cherry blossoms this weekend at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The event offered over 60 presentations, demos and displays to educate and entertain guests big and small, and it also celebrated Japanese culture with fashion runways, a nonagenarian tea ceremony by master Soumi Shimizu, a taiko drum ensemble, ikebana flower arranging, samurai sword demonstrations and more! RECOMMENDED: 50 family-friendly spring happenings For the kiddos, manga-inspired photo-op boards, origami tutorials, manga drawing and a children’s recital were the talk of the town. Click through the slide show above to see photos from the event (and to see what you missed)!  You might also like Summer activities for kids in New York City 4th of July in NYC Outdoor activities for kids The best family...

    10 free things to do with kids in NYC this weekend: April 26–27

    Fri Apr 25

    Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

    Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    This weekend, bring your family to a fun fair or festival, or chill indoors with a storytime or exhibit—all for free! April’s final weekend is brimming with festivals and exhibits, and we’ve got a few other great ways you and your family can finish out the month. Celebrate (a belated) Earth Day by becoming a naturalist and appreciating the splendor of the city’s parks, or head to a street fair for yummy snacks and upbeat tunes. Click through the slideshow above for other fun (and free!) ways to spend the weekend, honor the earth and enjoy the spring weather! RECOMMENDED: Download our May events calendar   You might also like Summer activities for kids in New York City 4th of July in NYC Outdoor activities for kids The best family vacations from NYC What do you think? Tell us below! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src =...

    The New York Philharmonic brings Pixar classics to the stage

    Thu Apr 24

    Pixar in Concert

    Pixar in Concert Photograph: ©Disney/Pixar

    Hear the scores from your favorite Pixar films played by New York’s remarkable Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center, May 1 to 3 You and your little film buffs have seen the Pixar classics on the screen, and now you can experience your favorite flicks in a whole new way: performed live by the New York Philharmonic! From May 1 to 3, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall will host Pixar in Concert, featuring the Academy and Grammy Award–winning scores from all 13 Pixar films RECOMMENDED: 50 family-friendly spring happenings The program will include music from the soundtracks of A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Ratatouille, UP, Finding Nemo, Brave, Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University. Clips from each film will be shown simultaneously, so you and your family can view the action while listening to the familiar tunes being played all around you. For little ones who have come to know and love Pixar’s stories and characters, the concert is sure to be unforgettable. The performances, aimed at...

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