April events calendar for kids in NYC

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It's finally sunny, the flowers are blooming, and our April events calendar includes so many amazing things to do in spring! Get ready for The Orchid Show, cherry blossoms and plenty of exciting outdoor activities for kids to enjoy together. If it's warm enough, we also support you dining al fresco at our favorite kid-friendly outdoor restaurants.

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See below for some fantastic kids' events coming soon (and check back as we continue to add more). We'll see you there!

 

April events for kids in 2019

Things to do

Sakura Matsuri

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park
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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.

Museums

The Orchid Show

icon-location-pin New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY, The Bronx
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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. 

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Tyrannosaurus Rex, 4th floor halls
Photograph: Courtesy Craig Chesek
Museums, Natural history

“T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Prepare to dig deep like a true paleontologist thanks to "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator." The Museum of Natural History's new exhibit will give visitors a peek into how the massive creatures came to be. Patrons will get a good look at the new findings about the tyrannosaurs genus, with a special focus on our main man, the T. rex. Unlike what people may think—and what movies led us to believe—T. rex is simply one part of the species' 100-million-year evolution. Who knew that tyrannosaurs species actually include small, agile creatures? For real! All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Christine Butler
Museums

Second Sunday Family Tour

icon-location-pin Guggenheim Museum Classes, Upper East Side
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The Guggenheim wants to inspire even the littlest of visitors. On the second Sunday of each month, families are welcome to peruse the galleries through a hands-on tour that culminates with interactive activities for tiny artists. Visit the museum's site to learn about each month's theme. Ages 5 and up.

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Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the City of New York/The LOOK Collection/Gift of Cowles Magazines Inc./Kenneth Edie
Museums, Sport

“In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson”

icon-location-pin Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem
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Batter up! NYC will mark the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with a grand-slam exhibit. The collection of never-before-seen images, Look magazine spreads and personal memorabilia such as home movies will provide a glimpse into the life of the Brooklyn Dodgers MVP, all while exploring the media’s portrayal of the iconic figure. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy of Imagine Exhibitions
Museums, Science and technology

“Bionic Me”

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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Play with infrared cameras, fly a virtual jetpack, make robots move via gesture interface and so much more at "Bionic Me." The new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science gives visitors a glimpse into medical and industrial advances that have enhanced things for us humans. Learn more here. All ages. 

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Music

Jazz for Kids

icon-location-pin Jazz Standard, Flatiron
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Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

Museums, Art and design

Spring Art Colony

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of the Arts, West Village
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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. The April theme will have kids exploring their natural surroundings with "Re-Building with Nature."  Ages 6–12.

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Photograph: Nickolas Muray, courtesy the Brooklyn Museum
Museums, Art and design

"Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving"

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park
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NYC can't seem to get enough of Frida Kahlo. After the success of the New York Botanical Garden's 2015 exhibition on the artist, the Brooklyn Museum will explore her life and work in "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving." Patrons will be able to take a glance at paintings, drawings, photographs and other items, including clothing and cosmetics. This will be the first time that Kahlo's personal objects from the Blue House in Mexico City will be on display. Be sure to check out the family and kids' programming such as Stroller Tours (March 13 and May 10 at 10am, $25), Creativity Lab (April 14 at 5:30pm), Photography: Crafted Identity (Saturdays from 1:30–3:30pm, ages 14-17). All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Richard Termine
Theater

The New Victory Theater 2018/2019 Season

icon-location-pin New Victory Theater, Midtown West
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There's nothing like scoring tickets to a show in NYC. As the 2018-2019 lineup quickly approaches, the New Victory Theater—which gives families an opportunity to enjoy international performances—has provided a glimpse into what fans can expect when the curtains rise (dance, puppetry, circus acts, to name a few). Here's the new lineup:  Machine de Cirque Opens Sept 28 Tinga Tinga Tales Oct 13–20 Beauty and the Beast Oct 26–Nov 11 Velocity Opens Nov 16 Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Opens Nov 30 Emily Brown and the Thing Jan 26–Feb 3 A Simple Space  Feb 9-24  Ajijaak on Turtle Island Opens March 1, 2019 Fiesta Con Sonia De Los Santos March 15 & 16  The Nature of Forgetting  March 23–31    SNAP Opens April 13, 2019   Silent Voices: Lovestate Opens May 2, 2019   Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days Opens May 10, 2019

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Photograph: Courtesy Wingspan
Things to do

Artopia!

icon-location-pin P.S. 334, Upper West Side
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There's something for everyone at Artopia, a festival where families can enjoy free interactive workshops that channel creativity, such as leaf stamping and homemade board making (both of which were offerings from previous years). When attendees need to stop and think about their creative process, they can always take a break with classes such as ballet and improv and enjoy performances from Wingspan Arts’ Cabaret Troupe and other groups. For a fee of $2 each (or a $5 activity pass), attendees can also enjoy face painting, button making or striking a pose in the photo booth. Ages 4–10.

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Kids, Festivals

LC Kids

icon-location-pin Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, Upper West Side
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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. 

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Things to do

Brooklyn Game Lab Spring Break Camp

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Game Lab, Park Slope
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If your kids can't resist playing games 24/7, we found the perfect place for them to spend their spring break. Brooklyn Game Lab (which also runs programs at a new, second location in Tribeca) offers a week of playing board games, creating new game rules and even game design, plus kids even get merit badges for their contributions. Learn more here. Ages 6–14.

Gymnastics camp at Chelsea Piers
Photograph: Scott McDermott
Things to do, Camps

Chelsea Piers School Break Camps

icon-location-pin Chelsea Piers, Chelsea
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School might not be in session, but that's no reason to be inactive. Chelsea Piers welcomes kids of all ages for half-day or full-day camps specializing in a particular area: Multi sports, including soccer and volleyball (ages 5–12), nina and parkour for the energetic jumping beans (ages 6–13), gymnastics for the Simone Biles fans (ages 5–12) and more. Explore all of the options here. This year's April full-day break camps include gymnastics and nina and parkour. Ages 3 and up. 

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Museums

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites other species as they emerge from their chrysalises. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can watch a short film and read displays on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Museum of the Arts + Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Dreambox, 2012.
Museums, Art and design

"Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing"

icon-location-pin Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Bronx
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In an age where we rely on some type of device to fulfill a task, a group of international contemporary artists take a step back. "Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing," is an exhibit that will feature a variety of unique pieces that ultimately puts utility in question. All ages.  

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Spyscape
Photograph: Courtesy Scott Frances
Museums, Special interest

“DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE”

icon-location-pin Spyscape, Midtown West
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NYC's museum dedicated to all-things espionage will soon shed some light on 007. The first James Bond exhibit in New York examines the creativity that went into bringing the movies to life. Car aficionados: You'll be pleased to know that Bond's Aston Martin DB5 will on display. There are also many interactive components to the exhibit: You can check out gadgets and gizmos in the Q's lab, get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Skyfall finale came to be and so much more. All ages. 

Museums, Art and design

Spring Art Colony

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of the Arts, West Village
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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. The April theme will have kids exploring their natural surroundings with "Re-Building with Nature."  Ages 6–12.

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Photograph: Courtesy Jewish Museum
Things to do

Jewish Museum 2019 Family Programs

icon-location-pin The Jewish Museum, Central Park
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The Jewish Museum is packing in family fun for 2019. There are plenty of great performances and events to catch, including the following:  The Pop-Ups: Celebrate Purim with the Grammy-nominated artists who will draw and put on a puppet show while guests dazzle during a costume party. March 17 at 11:30am; $18, $14 members. Ages 3–8. Freedom Art Jam: Kick the Passover festivities into high gear with holiday crafts, themed workshops, gallery tours and other creative activities. April 7, 11am–4pm; free with museum admission. Ages 3 and up.  Hot Peas 'N Butter: These lively musicians will celebrate all-things nature with a performance of songs from their latest album, "Back to The Land," which mixes blues, folk and a wide variety of genres and influences from various cultures. April 28 at 11:30am; $18, $14 members. Ages 3 and up.  Check out the Museum's full lineup here. 

Photograph: Courtesy Steve & Kate’s Camp
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Steve & Kate's BREAK Camp

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No school, no problem. Steve & Kate's new pop-up program, BREAK, is designed to keep kiddos entertained at various points throughout the year when class is not in session. Pint-sized attendees will find a variety of summer camp offerings featured in BREAK, as well as exclusive activities. The fee for each child includes snacks, lunch and hours spent at the venue. For a list of NYC Steve & Kate's BREAK locations, click here. Ages 5–12. 

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Photograph: Courtesy T A Smith
Theater, Puppet shows

​Cinderella at PuppetWorks

icon-location-pin Puppetworks, Park Slope
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A classic fairy tale we all know and love is getting the marionette treatment at PuppetWorks. Watch Cinderella lose her glass slipper in artistic director Nicolas Coppola's adaptation of the Disney tale. The wooden puppets will bring the scenery from 18th-century France to life as  Jules Massenet's music echoes in the background. Reservations are recommended. Ages 3 and up. 

Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Museum of the Arts + Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Dreambox, 2012.
Museums, Art and design

"Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing"

icon-location-pin Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Bronx
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In an age where we rely on some type of device to fulfill a task, a group of international contemporary artists take a step back. "Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing," is an exhibit that will feature a variety of unique pieces that ultimately puts utility in question. All ages.  

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Photograph: Courtesy Maria Baranova
Theater, Broadway

Be More Chill

icon-location-pin Lyceum Theatre, Midtown West
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It isn't always smooth sailing in high school, but what if you had the power to change those cringe-worthy moments? Jeremy takes the chance in Be More Chill...with some less-than-satisfying results. Ned Vizzini’s YA bestseller (which had a previous Off-Broadway run) will graduate to the Great White Way and dazzle audiences with upbeat music, neon-colored sets and feel-good moments. Get ready for a coming-of-age tale with an epic sci-fi flair. Ages 12 and up. 

Photograph: Courtesy Books Are Magic
Kids

Story Time at Books Are Magic

icon-location-pin Books Are Magic, Carroll Gardens
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Each Saturday and Sunday, this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a story time. Authors read from their dazzling picture books, that can be incredibly funny, heart-warming, educational or all of the above. Be sure to check out all of the store's unique special events for children and young adult readers, too. Check out the lineup here. All ages.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Step inside the world of senses in this funhouse-like exhibtion at AMNH. There are eleven unique galleries in all. You’ll be able to explore how real our “reality” is (and what it’s shaped by.) And what our mind tells us through our different senses. Step into a room that tests your balance as the walls will appear to wave and ripple, through your feet tell you otherwise. Fly through a garden seen through the eyes of a bee or butterfly to learn how other animals experience flowers. Take a smell test and learn how what we think is one scent really is a symphony of different smells. There will also be a live presentation on why our senses are necessary for survival, how our senses are different from other animals and why human perception is unique. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Matt Shanley
Museums

Inside You

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.

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