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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 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. Some highlights of the event include a large-scale, immersive installation by Hervé Tullet, author and illustrator of over 75 children’s books, including Press Here. Congolese theater director Toto Kisaku will lead families through costume creations, sound effects, and recite his favorite African folktales. The Juilliard Orchestra teams up with the Met Museum to complement the museum’s exhibit of terra-cotta warrior sculptures. And don’t miss Steréokids, a mini European dance music festival for families with French DJ Pedro Winter, aka Busy P. Various ages, locations, prices, and times. See website for details.
Fifth Avenue Family Festival
Kids of all ages are invited to Park Slope for an afternoon of crafts, games, and activities. There will be live performances and appearances by Tuffy Tiger and Star Wars characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison and the Echo Base Rebel Legion and Empire Saber Guild. Don’t miss out on the giveaways and arrive early to snag a bag filled with gifts for the first 200 kids. All ages.
Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
The outlandish haberdashery on display—ten-foot-tall hats, costumed pets, bonnets with live birds nestled inside—more than makes up for the lack of floats at this annual see-and-be-seen parade. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for chapeau artistry. Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts. All ages.
Sheep Shearing Fest
Celebrate the beginning of the spring season and enjoy a day of kid-friendly activities, crafts, and live music. Kids get to watch farmers shear a flock of sheep, learn about wool and pasture-raised sheep, check out professional weavers and spinners and try out carding, combing and felting wool. Also, follow the farmers and educators on tours and watch demonstrations. After the shearing is finished, kids can even help herd the sheep out to the pasture! All ages.