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April events calendar for kids in NYC

Use our April events calendar to find the best NYC events for kids! You'll love these Easter events and more.

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It's finally sunny, the flowers are blooming, and our April events calendar includes so many amazing events for kids, including fantastic things to do with kids in NYC this spring and wonderful outdoor activities for kids too!

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Don't forget to also explore our handy guide to Easter for kids in NYC, which includes local Easter events, egg hunts and more for your crew.


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Five places to see the cherry blossoms in New York

The cherry blossoms are making their appearance a little early this year, and we're so ready! Celebrate the occasion with the annual Sakura Matsuri festival at Brooklyn Botanical Garden, where over 60 events and activities will help families celebrate hanami (the Japanese tradition of enjoying the blossoms each year). 

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By: Jennifer Picht

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

PBS Kids show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood comes to life at the Kings Theatre to delight audiences with an interactive musical adventure. Children will be enchanted as the characters explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, hear stories about friendship and helping others and sing and laugh their way through the production. Parents will love that the spirit of Mister Rogers lives on with the cast of lovable characters eager to teach little ones about the importance of imagination and creativity. All ages.

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Kings Theatre , Brooklyn Saturday April 14 2018

Pinkalicious, The Musical

Based on the bestselling children's book series, Pinkalicious revolves around a little girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and contracts Pinkititis, turning her entirely pink. At first, her new color seems like a dream come true, but she soon realizes that it might not be such a good thing. Your little one will be tickled pink by this delightful musical. Ages 2 to 7.  

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Family Cooking Classes at Queens Botanical Garden

Kids' cooking class gurus Allergic to Salad is running these workshops for families looking for healthy dishes the whole brood will enjoy. Using plenty of vegetables and pantry staples, you'll learn some tasty new recipes and kitchen tricks. On March 18th the focus is on 15-minute meals—those dishes you whip up in a flash if you pre-prepare big batches of veggies and fill up the cupboard beforehand. Then come back on April 15 to learn how to make some delicious and nutritious whole grain bowls and salads. All ages.

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Queens Botanical Garden , Queens Sunday April 15 2018

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Cinderella the Musical

All your favorite Cinderella characters — including the singing mice and fairy godmother — are brought to life in this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The one hour performance includes music by Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell, and is the perfect length of time for keeping young audiences engaged. Arrive one hour early to the Saturday matinees or Sunday morning showtimes for a performing arts workshop for the kiddies. Ages 4 and up.

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Players Theatre , Greenwich Village Saturday March 24 2018 - Sunday April 22 2018

Spring Art Colony

Spend your spring getting artsy at CMA’s Spring Art Colony! At this weekly drop-off program, parents can choose from themes like Claymation, Paint Your World, Illustrating Stories and Photography for their budding artists (runs 10am–4pm). Ages 6–12.

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Children's Museum of the Arts , West Village Until Friday April 6 2018

Wearable Technology

Your kids can spend spring break learning how their favorite toys tick, and how to create their own awesome wearable gear and accesories. Children is grades 5 and 6 can learn sodering techniques, how circuit boards work, and other engineering skills in this fun electronic camp. Ages 10-12. 

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New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY , Queens Monday April 2 2018 - Friday April 6 2018

Dissection Lab Camp

In this weeklong camp during spring break, children in grades 3 and 4 can learn about the human body with some true hand-on experience. Each day the kids will conduct gross, fun experiments, including dissecting a sheep's brain and cow's eye, to learn about how our bodies work. They'll come how with all sorts of interesting facts about how blood circulate and how food is digested—hopefully they'll leave some of the gory details out while you're eating dinner. Ages 8–10.

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New York Hall of Science Design Lab , Queens Monday April 2 2018 - Friday April 6 2018

A Mexican Pinocchio!

Titled ¡Viva Pinocho! in Spanish, this retelling of the classic folktale revises the story of a puppet who wants to be a real boy, into that of a young Mexican immigrant. Here Pinocchio embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he both embraces his heritage and the new country he calls home. Ages 8–14.

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Teatro SEA , Lower East Side Saturday April 14 2018 - Saturday May 12 2018

David Bowie Is

Remember the life and legacy of David Bowie in this exhibition of the rock icon's artistic expression. Explore the costumes, handwritten lyrics, photographs, video, original album covers and more that made Ziggy Stardust such a unique cultural force. Don't be surprised if your whole family is listening to nothing but Bowie in the weeks following this experience. All ages.

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Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY , Prospect Park Until Sunday July 15 2018

Adventures in Science: GeoDiscoveries—Waterways

Pre-K students learn about the science of water in this class from the American Museum of Natural History. Water shapes our entire world: It keeps us clean, healthy and alive; it makes deserts dry and rainforests wet. In this class, kids can enjoy time with their parent or caregiver, with one adult permitted per registered child. The Adventures in Science (AiS) program teaches kids about many scientific disciplines through hands-on learning and museum tours along with ongoing classes and camps throughout theyear; youth initiatives are sponsored by the New York Life Foundation. Ages 3–4.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Sunday April 22 2018 - Tuesday May 8 2018

Unseen Oceans

Travel deep beneath the Ocean's surface to discover what lurks in the dark, cold depths of the sea with this special exhibit. Visitors learn about the new, cutting edge technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, miniaturization, and high-definition imaging that scientists use to explore the ocean's vast realm. They can also see some of the new discoveries, like a new island forming near Hawaii and the behaviors of deep sea animals. The exhibit features mesmerizing displays, like a floor-to-ceiling array of biofluorescent species (animals that absorb and re-emit light) and a virtual ride in a submersible.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday January 7 2019

Frozen: The Broadway Musical

For the first time in forever, Disney's "Snow Queen"-inspired movie about sisterly love and a talking snowman is coming to Broadway. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and the whole gang will turn the St. James Theater into a winter wonderland full of songs from the original soundtrack. Expect phenomenal sets and stage-magic, plus a certain Oscar-winning song to get stuck in your head.

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St. James Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 30 2018
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