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April event calendar for kids in NYC

Let our April event calendar guide you to your best NYC events for kids this season! You'll love these Easter events and more.

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Our April events calendar includes amazing events for kids. Let us guide you through the best of NYC's fun this spring! There's plenty to see and do in terms of activities—you'll absolutely want to visit our Easter for kids guide to attend some cool themed events and Easter egg hunts.

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Keep busy with the coolest outdoor activities for kids and exploring spectacular local public gardens (it's officially time to stop and smell the flowers!). You'll also probably want to hit up our favorite kids' playgrounds if the weather's fair, and our favorute indoor playgrounds if it's not! Here's a list of fun ideas to get you started.

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Sakura Matsuri

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You might think you're suddenly in Japan at the BBG's legendary spring festival celebrating the peak of the cherry blossom season. The Japanese tradition of Sakuri Matsuri (cherry blossom festival) celebrates spring, the arts and the great outdoors with a slew of cultural arts and general merry making. All ages.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden , Prospect Park Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017

Wild Kratts Live

If your kids are fans of the Emmy-nominated PBS animated series Wild Kratts, they're sure to be blown away by this real-life theatrical show. Brother duo Martin and Chris Kratt step out of the screen and onto the stage to take audiences on an educational and comical adventure through the animal kingdom. Learn some Wow Facts! on large multimedia screens before the brothers take off on a mission to recover a stolen invention from the clutches of villain Zach and his Zachbots. Ages 4 and up.

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Beacon Theatre , Upper West Side Sunday April 30 2017

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Kids will love this theatrical rendition of John Steptoe’s children’s book Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters-An African Tale. Follow the two young maidens as they take a mystical journey to meet an African king looking for a wife. Along their journey, the sisters will face many challenges as their strength is tested. Find out which sister the king will choose to be his bride in this Cinderella story with a twist! Ages 5 and up.  

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Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College , Brooklyn Saturday April 29 2017

April Sundays: How Do You Draw Sound?

The Rubin Museum hosts Family Sundays every month with a line-up of free family-friendly activities revolving around a monthly theme. Throughout April, families will explore all there is to know about sound through a variety of art workshops. This month’s theme will coincide with OM Lab, an interactive project that asks families to offer recordings of their “Om’s” to be included in upcoming summer exhibition “The World is Sound.” Ages 3 and up.

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The Rubin Museum of Art , Chelsea Until Sunday April 30 2017

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.

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Old Stone House , Downtown Saturday April 29 2017
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Family Fridays at MoMath

The National Museum of Mathematics hosts families for a variety of brainy but fun activities. In April, Two Sigma presents “Ready, SET, go!” with The Joy of SET authors Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon, Hannah Gordon, and Rebecca Gordon. The group will teach attendees how to play the card game SET while explaining the role math plays in the family game (April 14, 6:30pm, Ages 8 and older). In May, Two Sigma returns with “Boxes of Troxes” in which inventor Jonathan Bobrow gives children a sneak peek at his new construction toy, Troxes, and a change to build out forms commonly found in nature (May 5, 6:30pm-8pm, All ages).

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Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) , Midtown Friday May 5 2017

Storytime at the Atrium

Toddlers that dig a great story time will be entranced by LC Kids' Storytime at the Atrium programming, which features fun readings every month. On February 18, hear tales that revolve around the African American Experience, then catch Chee Kee: A Panda in Bearland (March 18) to learn about fitting in. Then, visit for You Don't Want a Unicorn (a cautionary tale for those who dream of owning their own...) (April 15) and If You Want to Bring A Circus to the Library, Don't! on May 6. Ages 3–5.

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David Rubenstein Atrium (at Lincoln Center) , Upper West Side Saturday May 6 2017

Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Spring Crawl

Local restaurants come out to represent their neighborhoods offer up a variety of tasty dishes. Take your taste buds on a trip around the world with international plates. Children can check out the youth-run Hip2B Healthy Markets, which will be located at participating establishments in the area, to learn how to make healthier food choices. Kids will be selling nutritious snacks like parfaits, fresh-squeezed orange juice, fruits, and seedlings of edible plants locally grown by children. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seeds in the Middle’s programs, including Hip2B Healthy Markets and others that encourage youth to get fit and grow their own food. The festival will take place along Smith, Court, Clinton, and Henry Streets and south of Atlantic Avenue. All ages.

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Various locations Thursday April 27 2017
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Magic at Coney

Calling all junior magicians! Illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from all over the world will descend on the Coney Island Museum for a full afternoon of mind-blowing tricks and feats. Expect to see plenty of card tricks, levitating objects and perhaps some stuff disappearing right before your eyes. Who knows—maybe someone from your family will have the chance to become to be part of the magic if they’re picked as an assistant for a particular trick. Magic at Coney performances run noon to 2pm. All ages.

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Coney Island Museum , Brooklyn Until Sunday May 21 2017

Film Forum Jr. Spring Season

It's springtime and that means the weather is improving—some of the time. For those chilly and rainy Sundays, head to Film Forum's popular family-friendly movie series to watch time-tested faves like A Hard Day's Night (Mar 26), Funny Face (Apr 16), Little Women (May 14), Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (May 28) and Summer Stock (June 25) with a bucket of popcorn in your lap and roof over your head. Visit filmforum.org to view the complete schedule and grab your tickets. All ages.

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Film Forum , Downtown Sunday April 30 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017

MasterVoices Presents Babes in Toyland

The celebrated chorale ensemble formerly known as the Collegiate Chorale presents Victor Herbert's colorful 1903 operetta. It's a great chance for kiddos to hear the original score in its full orchestration, performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's, while the whole family cheers for Alan, Jane and their Mother Goose cohorts to outwit evil Uncle Barnaby and save Toyland. Ages 8 and up.

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Carnegie Hall , Midtown West Thursday April 27 2017
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Wild Kratts Live

If your kids are fans of the Emmy-nominated PBS animated series Wild Kratts, they're sure to be blown away by this real-life theatrical show. Brother duo Martin and Chris Kratt step out of the screen and onto the stage to take audiences on an educational and comical adventure through the animal kingdom. Learn some Wow Facts! on large multimedia screens before the brothers take off on a mission to recover a stolen invention from the clutches of villain Zach and his Zachbots. Ages 4 and up.

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Beacon Theatre , Upper West Side Sunday April 30 2017
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