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Macy's Flower Show 2019 “Journey to Paradisios II Operation: Inspiration”
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Macy's Flower Show 2019 “Journey to Paradisios II Operation: Inspiration”

Macy's annual Flower Show, which has been running for over 60 years, provdies a showcase for the world’s diverse plant life and the work of the nation’s most renowned floral designers. This year, sci-fi-inspired arrangements will evoke the other-worldly tale of Space Flight Director Lucy Ryder, who discovered Paradisios. There are a variety of events that will appeal to visitors, but kids will be especially excited about the Flower Show's Family Day with Peppa Pig (March 24 at 1pm). Expect face painting, balloon twisting and more. For a full schedule, click here. To learn how to register, click here. All ages.

Dessert Goals
Things to do Dessert Goals

This super-sweet Instagram-worthy event will certainly inspire you to start your meal with dessert. The tasty weekend event returns to Long Island City and will be accompanied by 20+ vendors—10Below, Oddfellows Ice Cream, to name a few—and offer plenty of opportunities to try something as tasty as it is beautiful. Don't forget to snag some goodies from the free candy bar! Learn more about the sugar frenzy Dessert Goals here. All ages. 

LC Kids
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LC Kids

Every year Lincoln Center presents a phenomenal lineup of programming for kids of all ages. This years, wee ones (ages 0–18 months) can explore their surroundings with Rain, a sensory performance that includes touch and music, while slightly older babies (ages 6 months-36 months) can join a friendly environment for creative exploration with Pulsar. Highlights for big kids include Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth (ages 8 and up), a retelling of the classic tale by a Scottish storyteller; You Me and the Space Between (ages 6 to 12), a performance about an inventive child that utilizes storytelling and choreography; Soundtrack '63 (ages 12 and up), a multimedia musical experience about music's relationship to social justice. A number of shows offer relaxed performances for neurodiverse audiences. Visit here for more details. 

Sakura Matsuri
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Sakura Matsuri

You might think you've been transported to Japan thanks to Brooklyn Botanic Garden's legendary festival. Welcoming the peak of the cherry blossom season, the Japanese tradition of Sakuri Matsuri celebrates spring, the arts and the great outdoors with a slew of cultural arts and merry making. Expect performances, tea ceremonies, games and more. All ages.

The Orchid Show
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The Orchid Show

We're longing for spring—warm temperatures, blue skies and, of course, flowers. Fortunately, the New York Botanical Garden is here to deliver with its annual Orchid Show. Visitors can expect a taste of Singapore right here in NYC thanks to the 2019 theme. "Singapore" celebrates the Asian "City in a Garden," and we're certainly adding it to our list of things to do. Be sure to take a look at the festival's programming, which includes an insiders tour for budding botanists, orchid care demonstrations and q&a session. Mom and Dad, if you're calling the babysitter for a night off, you might want to consider enjoying an Orchid Evening ($38) complete with cocktails, music and naturally, the beautiful display. Learn more about "The Orchid Show: Singapore" here. All ages. 

Museum Mile Festival
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Museum Mile Festival

New York’s biggest block party hits town once more, offering free access to six museums (from the Met to the Museum of the City of New York) along a car-free mile sprinkled with music, art and entertainment. Kids can color up the sidewalk with chalk, get their faces painted, and enjoy performances. Stop in to enjoy amazing exhibits celebrating many different cultures and styles at El Museo Del Barrio, the Jewish Museum, Guggenheim and more. The festival runs along Fifth Avenue between 82nd St and 105th St. All ages.  

Earth Day in Union Square
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Earth Day in Union Square

At NYC's annual Earth Day celebration in Union Square, tots (and their parents) can see live performances, participate in family-friendly DIY activities and watch as local environmentally conscious businesses put on various displays. In NYC, this event is an Earth Day tradition. All ages.

Sheep Shearing Festival
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Sheep Shearing Festival

Even farm animals need a little touchup in the hair, er, fur department. At the Queens County Farm's annual sheep shearing event, families will also be able to check out shearing and wool spinning demos, enjoy crafts, local food vendors, music and much more. All ages. 

Apple Blossom Children’s Carnival
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Apple Blossom Children’s Carnival

Trek out to the working farm for a country carnival held in the apple orchard at Queens County Farm. Among the festive offerings are amusement rides, midway games, hayrides, refreshments and of course, a ride in Tilt-A-Whirl. Register for the family fun online! All ages.

Tilt Kids Festival
Things to do Tilt Kids Festival

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Francaise present an arts festival specifically targeted to youngsters. This festival combines philosophy, music, magic, design and dance through a series of programs that incorporate work from a bevy of French and global artists. This year, families can sign their crew up for Malika Zarra: Musical Journey (March 10 at 2pm, free, ages 5 and up), Philosophy for Kids (March 24 at 2pm, free, ages 6 and up) and so much more. Learn more about the offerings here. Ages 5 and up. 

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