The best things to do in NYC with kids April 2020

Use our April events calendar to find the best NYC events for kids! Your family will love these great picks!

Photograph: Courtesy Luna Park
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UPDATE: Events in NYC have been cancelled due to coronavirus. Some offerings on this list might be affected—if you're unsure, please call ahead to confirm.

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 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 2020

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Photograph: Courtesy Luna Park
News, City Life

Luna Park 2020 opening

Too soon to daydream about warm afternoons on the Coney Island Boardwalk? Never!  Undoubtedly intending to cure our winter blues, Luna Park revealed on Instagram that it will kickstart its new season on Apr 4, 2020—an announcement that typically doesn't come until later in the year. Regardless, we gladly welcome this exciting news about one of our favorite kids' amusement parks, even if we're still bundled up in winter garb. Even better news? This year marks Luna Park's 10th anniversary, and the family attraction promises a ton of surprises are in store for its visitors. The exciting, albeit cryptic, remark definitely has us looking forward to the spring. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Kristine Foley
Museums

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

Nothing beats an afternoon wandering through galleries and stumbling upon cool artifacts. This spring, the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day will allow visitors all over the country to do just that. Participating institutions across the U.S. (in all 50 states!) will offer free admission in honor of the annual celebration. To find a list of participating venues—NYC's include the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Alley Pond Environmental Center, Asia Society Museum, New York City Fire Museum and more—and to learn how to redeem this offer, click here or e-mail museumday@si.edu with any questions. Free access will be given to those who present a Museum Day ticket, which grants free admission for two visitors. All ages. 

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Snow White New Victory Theater
Photograph: Courtesy New Victory Theater
Theater, Children's

Snow White at the New Victory Theater

New Victory Theater, Midtown West

It's an act of bravery to take on a story that was pretty much nailed down by Disney, but this haunting and evocative retelling of Snow White just might become the definitive version for those lucky enough to see it in person. From the same company that performed Beauty and the Beast last year at the New Victory Theater, this familiar tale is bought to life by a troupe of talented actors known to break into song—and who remind you why the theater is pure magic for the entire family. Ages 7 and up.

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Morgan Library Spring Family Festivl
Photogrpah: Emily Korn
Things to do

Spring Family Fair at the Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum, Murray Hill

Celebrate art and literature at the annual Spring Family Fair at the Morgan Library & Museum. Families will enjoy interactive performances, live music and costumed fun. Ages 3-14.

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Museums

Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope: The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY, The Bronx

It's cold outside, but the greenhouses at the New York Botanical Garden are kept at a tropical temperature that's perfect for the thousands of orchids in bloom as a part of the annual Orchid Show. This year's stunning display comes from the mind of Jeff Leatham, the artistic director of the George V—that's the tony Paris hotel where Presidents and Prime Ministers stay when visiting the City of Lights. In Leatham's display, each gallery has a different color and effect: It's like walking through a Kaleidoscope. You can read more about the show here. All ages.

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Photograph: Courtesy Craig Chesek
Museums, Natural history

"The Nature of Color"

American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

What is color? How does it work? Why do diamonds look they way they do? Do some colors really make us sad? These and other heavy questions are addressed by "The Nature of Color," a new exhibition opening at the American Museum of Natural History. The family-friendly show features interactive exhibits that invite kids to play and experiment with the science of colors by way of an immersive color-changing room that responds to movement, a light lab, an interactive game show and more. All ages. 

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Things to do

2020 Astronomy Night Series

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen

Come check out the cosmos right from the flight deck of NYC's beloved aircraft carrier. Beginning March 6, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Musuem will host its free, after-hours monthly star-gazing program. Not only will visitors have access to high-powered telescopes, but they'll be able to enjoy other fun activities like talks with scientists and crafts. Advanced registration is required. Please note that the  2020 debut event will not feature telescopes and stargazing on the flight deck. See the lineup below! Doors open at 7pm. Ages 10 and up.   March 6: BEYOND ME, a Musical and Scientific Work in Progress April 3: ORIGAMI…In Space! May 1: Water on Mars June 19: Moonquakes Oct 30: Deep Field – Views from the Hubble Telescope Nov 6: 40th Anniversary Voyager 1/Saturn Flyby

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Attractions

Second Sunday Family Tours at the Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

These interactive tours of the Guggenheim's galleries are geared for hands-on learning. These family-friendly events that take place the second Tuesday of every month will unlock young minds, and will make this iconic museum become as familiar as a favorite playground. Every tour is structured around a theme: Color Fields, Is It Art? and Off the Canvas, to name a few. Online registration is required. Ages 5 and up.

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Magic Shadows New Victory Theater
Photogrpah: Courtesy New Victory Theater
Theater, Children's

Magic Shadows: CATAPULT at the New Victory Theater

New Victory Theater, Midtown West

A shadowy shape can be more evocative than something you see in full light. In this production from CATAPULT, live dancers interpret Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons, transforming the iconic music into a fantastical journey around the world. Each scene is a story, and every shadow a shape that engages the imagination. Ages 5 and up.

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Looking up inside the Guggenheim
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons
Museums

Guggenheim for All: Sensory Sundays at the Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

The Guggenheim Museum will hold a special sensory-friendly studio for children with autism and other conditions. Every Sunday in April from 1-4pm, participants can make art in the lab, and relax in a sensory room nearby. Direct access to the lab from the street will be made available. The studio is free with admission; reduced admission for families is offered through the Guggenheim for All initiative. All ages.    

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Snow White New Victory Theater
Photograph: Courtesy New Victory Theater
Theater, Children's

Snow White at the New Victory Theater

New Victory Theater, Midtown West

It's an act of bravery to take on a story that was pretty much nailed down by Disney, but this haunting and evocative retelling of Snow White just might become the definitive version for those lucky enough to see it in person. From the same company that performed Beauty and the Beast last year at the New Victory Theater, this familiar tale is bought to life by a troupe of talented actors known to break into song—and who remind you why the theater is pure magic for the entire family. Ages 7 and up.

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Photograph: Courtesy Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
Things to do, Festivals

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene

An Easter egg hunt grows in Brooklyn: Join the Easter Bunny for an afternoon of activity in Fort Greene Park. The fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt kicks off at 11am, but adds a bit of pizzazz to the typical celebrations by adding storytimes, arts and crafts, games, face painting and more kid-approved activities. Ages 12 and under.

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Photograph: Courtesy Think 'n' Fun
Things to do, Festivals

Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Fun from Think 'n' Fun

Multiple venues

The secret sauce of the Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Fun from Think 'n' Fun is timed hunts for different age groups at two locations in Upper Manhattan, at Riverside Park and Sakura Park. All participants get special baskets and bunny ears, and every lil' egg hunter gets to pose with the Easter Bunny. Note that Registration is mandatory. Ages 10 and under.

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NYC Fire Museum
Photograph: David Rosenzweig
Things to do, Festivals

Annual Egg Hunt at the New York City Fire Museum

New York City Fire Museum, West Village

Come to the New York City Fire Museum and hunt for eggs in the firehouse of Engine 30! There will be live entertainment. Bonus: Siren, the FDNY's celebrity pooch, will be in attendance. Ages 3-8.

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Photograph: Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store
Things to do

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, Park Slope

Wander the backyard of this tastefully curated store in Park Slope for cleverly-hidden Easter eggs, then hop on into the shop for arts & crafts. While you're there, check out the adorable array of holiday items to fill your Easter baskets. There will be refreshments, and crafty projects for kids! RSVP for this free event by emailing jennifer@blueribbongeneralstore.com. All ages.  

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Photograph courtesy Anna Ablogina
Things to do

Spring Egg Hunt by Town Square

fourfivesix, Williamsburg

Make sure your kids' bonnets are fastened just so and everyone in your brood is donning their spring-like attire. The popular Town Square Spring Egg Hunt is ready to usher in the warm-weather season. Rain or shine, this festive event will keep everyone occupied with an egg hunt, live music, crafts and other fun things to do. Note: The Easter Bunny will be in attendance. Tickets are required for all attendees, and you must pick one of the timed sessions. Visit the Town Square website to learn more. Ages 10 and under.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge

Monarch Rooftop Lounge, Midtown West

Not only is Monarch Rooftop's annual Egg Hunt fun—it's for a good cause. Bring the family for a festive celebration where proceeds go toward Friends of the Children NYC. The Easter eggstravaganza kicks off with light snacks and a hang with the Easter Bunny, then the hunt begins at high noon. After, there will be games, a dance party, egg decorating and face painting. Ages 10 and under.

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Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt
Things to do

Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt at the Queens County Farm Museum

Queens County Farm Museum, Queens

At this annual event, families can take part in an egg toss, an egg roll, a sack race, snag a spot on a hayride and visit the farm animals. The big event is hunting for colored eggs in the farm's orchard. Costumed character Whiskers the Bunny will be on hand for a meet-and-greet photo op as well. Advance tickets required. All ages.

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Guggenheim New York
Photograph: Courtesy Guggenheim New York
Kids, Classes and workshops

Little Guggs at the Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

Start 'em young! The Little Guggs series on select Wednesdays and Sundays lets your tiny one explore the galleries with a guide, then create a work of art in the museum's studio. Storytime and snacks are included! Online registration required. Ages 2-4.

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Photograph: Emily Munro
Things to do, Festivals

Annual Easter Scavenger Hunt at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side

Alphie, the PlayWorks dragon is hosting this year’s Easter hunt! Search the museum for Alphie's colorful eggs to decode a color wheel Easter puzzle. Complete the challenge and you will receive a special prize! All ages.

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Russia! installation view
Photograph: David M. Heald/© The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Things to do, Walks and tours

Stroller Tours at the Guggenheim

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

Wandering through galleries isn't always easy with a tot in tow, but the Guggenheim makes museum visits easier for new moms and dads—and even babies. On the second Tuesday of every month, a museum educator will lead Stroller Tours and take a group through current exhibits as little ones keep busy by playing with fun objects and trying out crafts. Whatever keeps them playing with the artwork! Online registration is required. Ages 24 months and younger. 

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Museums, Childhood

"Superpowered Metropolis"

Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side

Ahead of its move in 2021, the Children's Museum of Manhattan will premiere a Gotham-inspired interactive exhibit this Valentine's Day. "Superpowered Metropolis" introduces patrons to Zip, Zap and Zoom, our urban pigeon mascots who are here to help little ones with brain-boosting activities. As children wander through a scaled-down version of the city, they'll tackle missions that ask them to solve problems, think before they act and examine things from fresh points of view. Ages 6 and under. 

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Photograph: Courtesy "Survival: The Exhibition"
Museums, Special interest

"Survival: The Exhibition"

New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens

What would you do if faced with an emergency? This fascinating interactive exhibit explains the tactics needed to overcome real-life situations, from staying hydrated in the desert to withstanding extreme cold. After learning CPR, discerning the difference between edible and non-edible plants, to name a few scenarios, exhibit visitors can end their experience with a visit to the Adventure Zone Ropes Course and Zip Line. Ages 5 and up. 

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Historic Richmond Town
Things to do

Spring in Richmond Town

Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island

Spring is in the air, and Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island is ready to usher in the new season with a slew of fun activities for the whole family. Not only will visitors be able to snap a few photos with the Easter bunny and participate in an egg hunt, but they can also make flower crowns, enjoy a butterfly experience (for an additional fee) and so much more. Tickets for the Easter Egg Hunt are sold seperately by time slot, which will take place noon–4pm. All ages. 

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Morgan Library Spring Family Festivl
Photogrpah: Emily Korn
Things to do

Spring Family Fair at the Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum, Murray Hill

Celebrate art and literature at the annual Spring Family Fair at the Morgan Library & Museum. Families will enjoy interactive performances, live music and costumed fun. Ages 3-14.

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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Children's Museum
Museums, Science and technology

"Under the Canopy"

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

After the successful run of "Survival of the Slowest,"—a traveling exhibit that explored evolutionary science from the perspective of nature's slowest creatures—the popular family attraction has decided to provide a glimpse into the rainforest, right from NYC. "Under the Canopy," takes a look at the ecosystem as a whole, as well the critters who populate it. In other words, get ready for more animal meet and greets (think snakes, lizards and other cool creatures)! The new exhibit in partnership with Little Ray's Nature Centres is guaranteed to be a hit because of a familiar face: Roger, The super-cute sloth from "Survival of the Fittest." All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy New York City Transit Museum
Museums, Transportation

"Streetscapes & Subways: Photographs by Pierre P. and Granville W. Pullis"

New York Transit Museum, Boerum Hill

Take a step back in time to the start of NYC's transit system with photos from Pierre P. and Granville W. Pullis. This new exhibit provides a glimpse of the turn of the 20th century, when construction just began for the subway system. All ages. 

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

“T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”

American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

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! 

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Image: Courtesy Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
Image: Courtesy Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
News, City Life

"Worlds Beyond Earth"

We can't wait to see "Worlds Beyond Earth," the new show that will premiere at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History on Jan 21. It celebrates the Age of Exploration we're living in right now—humans have only made it as far as the moon, but we have sent out probes and spacecraft to collect data and send it back to Earth. Think about it: Robotic explorers have been to the surface of the moon, and documented the icy and volcanically active surface of Jupiter's moon Io, and observed the showers of liquid methane on Saturn’s moon Titan. "Worlds Beyond Earth" transports you to the far corners of our solar system and beyond with detailed scenes drawn from scientific data. Plus, it's narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o—the cosmos never sounded so good. This is the first new show to run at the Hayden Planetarium since Dark Universe," narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, premiered in 2013. "Dark Universe" is familiar to many NYC kids—and parents. After all, a visit to the AMNH is one of the best winter activities for kids around, and one of the best indoor activities for kids you can do in NYC.

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Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan
Museums, Childhood

"Inside Art"

Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side

This brand-new exhibit is bound to keep your children entertained for hours on end. Its name is quite literal, as little ones can crawl and climb life-size installations and sculptures. Ten renowned artists came together to make the impressive pieces, including a massive tabletop mystery puzzle, a “groundhog burrow” for humans and a spandex wall of tropical patterns to stretch and climb through. Ages 3–10. 

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Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH
Attractions

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Evan Joseph Images
Things to do

Empire State Building's Reimagined Observatory Experience

Empire State Building | Manhattan, NY, Midtown West

NYC's most popular Instagram landmark underwent a renovation that is practically as breathtaking as its views of Manhattan. The $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience at the Empire State Building allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the iconic building: from the moment it was built to its place in pop culture today. Galleries focus on the construction, opening day and everything in between. Catch 70+ screens depicting the building's place in the NYC skyline, see if your favorite celebrity has made a visit and, of course, get a taste of King Kong! Giant ape fingers pierce the wall of a 1930s-themed office. Yikes! All ages. 

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Museums, Special interest

Reign of the Redbirds at the New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum, Boerum Hill

Reign of the Redbirds looks at the iconic subway cars that came to be known as Redbirds that first appeared in New York in 1959, and that were in kept in service until 2003. These workhorses evoke an era of great transformation in New York, and many of them met a poetic ending: decommissioned red cars were scuttled off the coast and helped anchor an artificial reef. Reign of the Redbirds is in the museum's atmospheric home in a decommissioned subway station under the streets of Downtown Brooklyn. Note: Museum is closed major holidays. $10, $5 ages 2-17, free 2 and under.

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Art, Arts centers

Family Hours at the Swiss Institute

Swiss Institute, East Village

On the second Saturday of every month, the Swiss Institute holds Family Hours from 10am-11:30am and becomes a families-only scene. Never mind that it's really Family Ninety Minutes: you and yours have the run of the place during this time. Children are invited to take part in hands-on activities led by an artist, and you're free to wander the galleries of the recently-opened modernist jewel box of a building—the midcentury structure was renovated by Seldorf Architects. How nice to chat about art without the worry of disturbing your more grownup neighbors. Free. Ages 4-12.

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Museum of the Moving Image "Behind the Screen"
Photograph: Patrick Alvarado
Museums, Movies and TV

Moving Image Studio at the Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria

If you go to the Museum of the Moving Image be sure to make time for the drop-in Moving Image Studio, a maker space with hands-on activities: Your little visual artist can make stop-animation films, play around with a green screen or make a flip-book, to name a few. Ages 4 and up. 

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Photograph: Courtesy of the The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Museums, Military and maritime

British Airways Concorde at the Intrepid

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen

Catch a glimpse inside the cockpit of the fastest commercial aircraft to ever fly across the Atlantic (at an impressive 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds). At the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, visitors are able to participate a new 20-minute experience of the British Airways Concorde, which provides insight into the plane's amazing technology. Please note visitors are required to climb stairs to board the Concorde. Ages 5 and up. 

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Movies, Family and kids

'Superpower Dogs 3D'

New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens

The amazing life-saving dogs in this immersive 3D movie are like real-life PAW Patrol pups. Find out the remarkable stories of canines and their human companions who work hard everyday to rescue people in snowy avalanches and off the coasts of warm beaches. There's even a pair of Bloodhound brothers who are helping save endangered species in Africa. 45 minutes. All ages  

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Spyscape
Photograph: Courtesy Scott Frances
Museums, Special interest

“DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE”

Spyscape, Midtown West

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. 

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Music

Jazz for Kids

Jazz Standard, Flatiron

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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Nancy Adler
Comedy

Kids 'N Comedy Live

Gotham Comedy Club, Chelsea

Prepare to shed a few tears...of joy! Teen jokesters from Kids 'N Comedy perform family-friendly acts on a monthly basis with new themes for each show. Come experience laugh-out-loud moments and rid the Sunday scaries with a few giggles. The 2019–2020 schedule is as follows. Ages 9 and up.  Nov 24: "The Pre-Turkey Show?"  Dec 15: "Christmaskwanzukah" Jan 19: "New Beginnings" Feb 23: "Post Love and Heartbreak" Mar 29: "Weird Facts" Apr 26: "Springtime in New York"  May 17: "Moms & Dads"

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Sugartooth Tours

Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

Get the scoop on all-things sweet. Sugartooth Tours, a local dessert tour company, explores different neighborhoods to uncover the tastiest treats throughout NYC, so bring your appetite. You'll want to explore the newest offering, Village to Village Cupcake and Cookie Crawl (Fridays, Saturdays at 3pm) but don't miss out on favorites like Bright Lights & Broadway Bites Dessert Tour (Saturdays at 11am, Sundays at noon), Sweeter Than Sugar Chelsea & West Village Dessert Tour (Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm) and more. Learn more online. All ages.  

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News, Sports & Fitness

Vans Skate Park

Ready to hang 10 on the halfpipe?  Vans just opened a new indoor skate park in Brooklyn, and it's the perfect place for wannabe Tony Hawks to work on their moves. Bushwick's coolest new attraction, Space 198 (198 Randolph St), allows athletes of all ages and skill levels to test out ramps, ledges and other skate-worthy concrete features. Plus, it makes for a great winter activity for kids.  Photograph: Courtesy Vans OH: Did we mention it's free?! All that's required is to RSVP online. 
The sessions are as follows:  Thursdays: 2–4pm, 4:30–6:30pm, 7–9pm Fridays: 2–4pm, 4:30–6:30pm, 7–9pm Weekends: Noon–2pm (Kids session ages 6–12), 2:30–4:30pm, 5–7pm, 7:30–9:30pm. 

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Time Out Market

Puppetsburg at Time Out Market New York

Time Out Market New York, DUMBO

Start your Sunday mornings at Time Out Market New York! Not only will you have a chance to indulge in delicious brunch dishes (hello Clinton St. Baking Co.) but you can keep little ones preoccupied while you munch. Join the Puppetsburg crew on our fifth floor stage as the marionette entertainment kickstarts the day on a high note. With a new theme each week—such as "Farm to Table with Old McDonald," "The BEYONCE Show" and "Clementine Goes to Burning Man!"—we have a feeling you'll be as equally entertained as the kiddos. Bonus? Your youngsters will receive complimentary juice! Have a look at the lineup below! Ages 6 and under. Jan 26: Treasure Map Feb 2: Phoenix Rising Feb 9: Technodrone Feb 16: Clem joins the CIRCUS

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Photograph: Courtesy New York City Children's Theater
Theater, Children's

Taste The Clouds

The Flea Theater, Tribeca

Expose your tots to the NYC theater scene one show at a time. The perfect intro for the younger set, Taste The Clouds is a 30-minute interactive performance from Hit the Lights! Theater Co. that uses puppetry and live music to tell the story of a little girl who puts her imagination into overdrive. If your kiddos are fan of the picture book Taste the Clouds by Rita Marshall, this theatrical adaptation is a must-see! Ages 2–5. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Joshua Bright
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Wave Hill's Family Art Project

Wave Hill, The Bronx

Every weekend, Wave Hill hosts an art workshop class catered to toddlers and families. Using the seasons, holidays and—of course— Riverdale's gorgeous grounds as a muse, the morning workshop tackles a variety of DIY projects. From painting and planting to coloring and sculpting, this offering is perfect for the creative kiddos in your crew. On Saturdays, arrive before noon to score free access to the venue. All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan
Museums, Childhood

Family Activities at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side

Every day at the Children's Museum of Manhattan is filled with activities that will entertain, delight and educate your youngest ones—it's like the best playdate ever, again and again. There are more than a dozen activities every day, from puppet shows to storytime to mural painting to Fantastic Fort Building. Check the calendar for the day's offerings, and look for special events like Drag Queen Story Hour. All ages.

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Photograph: Courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden
Things to do, Games and hobbies

Drop-In Nature Exploration at the New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY, The Bronx

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden offers guided activities every day. Your little horticulturist can climb boulders for a better view of the landscape, navigate Beth’s Maze and see the lily pads at the Habitat Hub. Come back each season to the 12-acre garden and check out new programs featuring hands-on activities and take-home projects. All ages.

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New York Historical Society. PBDW architect renovations
Photogrpah: Jonathan Wallen
Museums, History

Meet the Presidents at the New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side

A special permanent gallery at the New-York Historical Society dedicated to the country's Presidents includes a detailed recreation of the White House Oval Office: Here's your chance to even sit behind (a copy of) the Resolute Desk and pose for the cameras. All ages.

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Theater

Blue Man Group

Astor Place Theatre, Downtown
4 out of 5 stars

A sea of toilet paper, neon paint splashes and three blue men have kept audiences laughing and amazed in this long-running Off-Broadway hit. Stand by as these other-worldly fellows learn about the environment around them...and make a bit of noise in the process (largely thanks to the large tubs of paint). You'll laugh, you'll catch one of the group members in the audience and you'll love the wonky happenings throughout the performance. If you catch a show in the first row, wear the poncho—chances are you're going to get splattered with something! Ages 5 and up. 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Murphy
Theater, Drama

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Lyric Theatre, Midtown West
Open run
5 out of 5 stars

Theater review by Adam Feldman  The world of Harry Potter has arrived on Broadway, Hogwarts and all, and it is a triumph of theatrical magic. Set two decades after the final chapters of J.K. Rowling’s world-shaking kid-lit heptalogy, the two-part epic Harry Potter and the Cursed Child combines grand storytelling with stagecraft on a scale heretofore unimagined. Richly elaborated by director John Tiffany, the show looks like a million bucks (or, in this case, a reported $68 million); the Lyric Theatre has been transfigured from top to bottom to immerse us in the narrative. It works: The experience is transporting. Jack Thorne’s play, based on a story he wrote with Rowling and Tiffany, extends the Potter narrative while remaining true to its core concerns. Love and friendship and kindness are its central values, but they don’t come easily: They are bound up in guilt, loneliness and fear. Harry (Jamie Parker) is weighted with trauma dating back to his childhood, which hinders his ability to communicate with his troubled middle son, Albus (Sam Clemmett); it doesn’t help that Albus’s only friend is the bookish outcast Scorpius Malfoy (the exceptional Anthony Boyle), son of Harry’s erstwhile enemy, Draco (Alex Price). Despite the best intentions of Harry’s solid wife, Ginny (Poppy Miller), and his friends Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) and Ron (Paul Thornley), things turn dark very fast. Set designer Christine Jones and lighting designer Neil Austin keep much of the stage shroude

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Theater

Gazillion Bubble Show

New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
4 out of 5 stars

Husband and wife duo Fan and Ana Yang have traveled world-wide to dazzle their audiences with their self-titled masterpiece, "bubble artistry." As lights flicker and music plays, prepare to catch some of the wonkiest looking bubbles you've ever encountered. Kids and parents alike will love how these soapy spectacles create a can't-miss experience. Ages 5 and up.

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stomp listing
Theater, Musicals

Stomp

Orpheum Theater, East Village
Open run

This shrewd garbage heap of clog dancing, prop comedy and chest-thumping percussion spins out impressive (if numbing) variations on vaudeville by way of English punk.

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Come From Away
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
Theater, Musicals

Come from Away

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Midtown West
Open run
4 out of 5 stars

One of the more unlikely musicals on Broadway this season, Come from Away is the tense but humane story of an airport in Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 planes and more than 6,000 passengers were forced to land on September 11, 2001. The book, music and lyrics are by the Canadian team Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Read the full review.

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Mean Girls
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus
Theater, Musicals

Mean Girls

Open run
4 out of 5 stars

Theater review by Adam Feldman  Teenage girls rule in the tart but sweet new Broadway musical Mean Girls. But their system of high-school government is far from a democracy: It’s a reign of terror, angst and mall fashions, where popularity is arrogated and then ruthlessly enforced. Having spent her childhood being home-schooled in Kenya, nature and math enthusiast Cady (Erika Henningsen) is initially confused by the rigid caste system of her new school in Chicago. She tries to be nice, but the ruthlessness of American teenage culture brings out Cady’s predatory instincts. She reverts to the mean. A canny crossbreed of Heathers and Hairspray, the musical has been adapted by Tina Fey from her own 2004 cult movie, and updated to reflect the new realities of smartphones and social media. Fey is one of the sharpest comic writers in America, and the show remains, in some sense, her vehicle: an auto de Fey, burning with bookish anger at the limits young women place on each other and themselves. (Her film role as a pushy calculus teacher is amusingly evoked by Kerry Butler, who also plays the other adult women.) But this version of Mean Girls is not just a copy of the original. The most famous lines from the screenplay are here, but Casey Nicholaw’s energetic staging wisely breezes past them; the newer jokes get bigger laughs, while the score—by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin—successfully builds on Fey’s knowingly corrective tone. (“This is modern feminism talkin’,” sings a high-

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The Lion King
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus
Theater, Musicals

The Lion King

Minskoff Theatre, Midtown West
Open run
4 out of 5 stars

Director-designer Julie Taymor takes a reactionary Disney cartoon about the natural right of kings—in which the circle of life is putted against a queeny villain and his jive-talking ghetto pals—and transforms it into a gorgeous celebration of color and movement. The movie’s Elton John–Tim Rice score is expanded with African rhythm and music, and through elegant puppetry, Taymor populates the stage with an amazing menagerie of beasts; her audacious staging expands a simple cub into the pride of Broadway, not merely a fable of heredity but a celebration of heritage. Minskoff Theatre (Broadway). Music by Elton John. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Directed by Julie Taymor. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 40mins. One intermission.

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Aladdin
Theater, Musicals

Aladdin

New Amsterdam Theatre, Midtown West
Open run
3 out of 5 stars

Aladdin. New Amsterdam Theatre (see Broadway). Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Directed by Casey Nicholaw. With Adam Jacobs, James Monroe Iglehart, Courtney Reed. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. Aladdin: In brief Disney unveils its latest cartoon-to-musical project: the tale of a boy, an uncorked spirit and an aerodynamic rug. Composer Alan Menken adds new tunes to the 1992 original soundtrack, and Chad Beguelin provides a fresh book. Reputed highlights include James Monroe Iglehart's bouncy Genie and the flying-carpet F/X. Aladdin: Theater review by Adam Feldman What do we wish for in a Disney musical? It is unrealistic to expect aesthetic triumph on par with The Lion King, but neither need we settle for blobs of empty action like Tarzan or The Little Mermaid. The latest in the toon-tuner line, Aladdin, falls between those poles; nearer in style (though inferior in stakes) to Disney’s first effort, Beauty and the Beast, the show is a tricked-out, tourist-family-friendly theme-park attraction, decorated this time in the billowing fabrics of orientalist Arabian fantasy. “It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home,” sings the genial Genie (a game, charismatic Iglehart) in the opening song, and that’s the tone of Aladdin as a whole: kid-Oriented. As in the 1992 film, the Genie steals the show from its eponymous “street rat” hero (Jacobs, white teeth and tan chest agleam). The musical’s high point i

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Frozen
Photo: Courtesy Deen van Meer
Theater, Broadway

Frozen: The Broadway Musical

St. James Theatre, Midtown West

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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Photograph: Courtesy Jeremy Daniel
Theater, Children's

New Victory Theater's 2019-2020 Season

New Victory Theater, Midtown West

The NYC theater scene is gearing up for a kid-friendly lineup. During the 2019-2020 season at the New Victory Theater, families will be able to hang with their favorite picture-book fishes, listen to Aesop's fables and much more. The schedule, which is available on the theater's website, is as follows:   The Pout-Pout Fish: Oct 12–20 for ages 4–7 Aesop's Fables: Nov 1–3 for ages 7 and up  RE:PLAY: Nov 15–Dec 1 for ages 6 and up  42 FT–A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels: Dec 6–Jan 5 for ages 5 and up  CARTOGRAPHY: Jan 10–19 for ages 10 and up Riddle of the Trilobites: Feb 7–23 for ages 6 and up  Drumfolk: Feb 28–Mar 15 for ages 7 and up  Treasure Island: Mar 20–29 for ages 8 and up  Magic Shadows: Apr 3–19 for ages 5 and up  Snow White: Apr 24–May 3 for ages 7 and up  Jabberbabble: May 9–17 for ages 4–7 Fierce 5: May 30–June 14 for ages 9 and up 

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Theater

The Little Mermaid

Players Theatre, Greenwich Village

Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell bring the Disney classic to life Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre in the West Village. In this Literally Alive Family Theatre production, journey alongside our beloved mermaid, Ariel, as she learns about a whole new world—from falling in love with a prince to making sacrifices when she's no longer under the sea. Catch an arts workshop one hour before showtime on Sundays. Ages 5 and up. 

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Theater, Children's

Four Go Wild Wellies

New Victory Theater, Midtown West

After a winter of being cooped up in New York, celebrate the great outdoors with this kids’ dance show. This imaginative show features a cast of both disabled and non-disabled dancers from the inclusive dance company Indepen-dance 4 and reminds the audience about the wonders of nature by using foliage and fun, playful choreography. Ages 3–5.

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Things to do

New York City YMCA Camp Open Houses

Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

Summer is right around the corner! Do you know where you're sending your kids during the school break? For those who are curious about camp programs, have burning Q's or just want to know a bit more about the process and offerings, visit your local YMCA at the dates and times below for an Open House about the Y's offerings. Learn more online. All ages.  Saturday, Mar 21 10am–3pm Saturday, Apr 18 10am–3pm Saturday, May 16 10am–3pm Saturday, June 6 10am–3pm

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