Your ultimate guide to New York for kids

Your guide to New York's best events & things to do with kids, family-friendly restaurants, kids' shows, kids' shops, birthday planning & classes for kids

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Best sledding hills in New York City for families

City life has its ups and downs, but when it comes to sledding, that's a good thing! 

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Upcoming NYC events and festivals

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Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival

Celebrate Valentine's Day a day early at this cool annual fest in Central Park! You'll see ice-carving artists wielding electric chainsaws, chisels and picks as they transform blocks of ice (6,000 pounds, to be exact) into dazzling wintry sculptures inspired by some of the park's coolest features. Starting at dusk, the Mall area also turns into a silent disco. All ages.  

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BAMkids Film Festival

Each year, this incredibly popular festival proves that kids have an appetite for more than the same old Saturday-morning cartoons. For its 18th edition, BAM will present a stimulating lineup of over 70 feature films and shorts from creatives in 25 different countries. Whimsical live-action and animated tales starring young protagonists, mythical creatures and more keep youngsters of all ages captivated. Grab tickets early for flicks like The Secret Society of Souptown—a story about four brave kids who use their hide-and-seek skills to help save their city—and make sure to check out curated shorts programs surrounding themes such as magic and imagination. Throughout the weekend, families can enjoy live performances and get in on drawing and comic book–making workshops at the BAMkids Film Fest Café. Visit the website for the full schedule. Ages 3–11.

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“The Discovery of King Tut”

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Tilt Kids Festival

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Francaise present an arts festival specifically targeted to youths. This inaugural festival combines philosophy and music, circus and magic, design, dance and gastronomy in a series of programming featuring installations and workshops incorporating work from a bevy of French and global artists. A few of the artists featured will be creating their first-ever works for kids. Some highlights of the event include the collaborative installation “Anima” which introduces viewers to Mayan culture and celebrates the relationships between man, soul and animals as well as “Le bestiaire,” an exhibit featuring animal illustrations from 14 artists where kids can create their own animal disguises. On March 4 and 5 families can enjoy Cabaret de Magie Nouvelle, a magical cabaret performance combining shadow puppetry, jugglers and magic tricks and the Carnival of the Animals, a circus performance in which acrobats dress up as different animals on April 2 and 3. Various ages, locations and times, see website for details.

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