March events for kids
These spring break ideas for families are easy to dream about—especially when school vacation’s not far off! If you’re looking to avoid too much time on the couch binging on Netflix, grab the crew and head out on any of these spring break getaways.
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.
Unleash your kids’ love for building with a festival devoted entirely to their favorite blocks. Curious minds will be able to try their hands at their own creations in the building station, gawk at life-sized LEGO models and race against friends at the speedway, among many other activities catered to young engineers in training. All ages.
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.
Photography is not what it once was. In the age of iPhones and Instagram, it can difficult to reflect on the camera's beginnings. In conjunction with "The Extended Moment: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada," the Morgan Library will offer vistors a chance to make their own camera obscura and experience photography's roots. Ages 6–14.
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.
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.
When it comes to family-friendly entertainment, Symphony Space has it down to a science with its "Just Kidding" series, complete with an extensive lineup of performers and musicians that everyone in your crew will love. The schedule, which you can access here, has something for everyone. Here's what's on the menu in early 2019! All ages. Feb 2 at 11am: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show Feb 9 at 11am and 2pm: Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets: "The Doubtful Sprout" Feb 16 at 11am: 123 Andrés Feb 23 at 11am and 2pm: Doppelskope: "The Amazing Story Machine" March 2 at 11am: Boogaloo Familia March 9 at 11am and 2pm: Beauty and the Beast from the National Marionette Theatre March 16 at 11am: Jedi Academy March 23 at 11am: Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas March 30 at 11am: Red Yarn
From mid-December through March, spend chilly weekend mornings at Film Forum's popular family-friendly movie series. Watch time-tested faves like It's a Wonderful Life (Dec 15 and 16), Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (Dec 22 and 23), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Jan 19 and 20), The Muppet Movie (Feb 2 and 3), and more. Visit filmforum.org to view the complete schedule and grab your tickets. All ages.
Tiny tots can get a taste of martime culture at South Street Seaport's miniMATES open play—the perfect spot for mini New Yorkers to deep dive into the subject—and fun activities. The immersive experience for kiddos lets them enjoy story times, crafts, sing-alongs and other interactive means while learning about all-things boats and ships. Ages 18 mo–4 years.
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.
In conjunction with the exhibit, "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow," the New-York Historical Society will host events that focus on a theme and tie in to Black History Month. Topics include: Founding Black Harlem (March 2 and 3) and Meet Harriet Tubman (March 9 and 10). Mid-March, the topics shift and the focus is on Women's History Month. Expect topics such as Votes for Women! (March 16 and 17), Meet Madam C.J. Walker (March 23 and 24) and Women, the Extraordinary Soldiers of the Civil War (March 30) and Deborah Sampson (March 31). Learn more about the offerings here. All ages.
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.
C'mon, feel the noise! The Long Island Children's Museum will feature a new traveling exhibit, “Sonic Sensation,” which explores sound in our everyday lives. This interactive experience allows young visitors to learn more about pitch, make a movie soundtrack and let it all out in the scream chamber. There will also be a variety of complimentary educational offerings to coincide with the exhibit. Learn more here. All ages.
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.
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.
The Museum of the City of New York will pay homage to Corduroy's creator, illustrator Don Freeman, with the new exhibit, “A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York.” Expect a glimpse into the creative process of the 1968 story, as well as other popular work from the creator, including drawings, paintings and original sketches. All ages.
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.
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. All ages.
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. All ages.
Bookworms will not want to miss The Morgan Library’s tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien. Those who visit this new exhibit will be able to get a first-hand look at the author’s original drawings, manuscripts, family memorabilia and artifacts that depict how his fantasy world came to be. All ages.
Do you have your magnifying glass ready? You'll need it! Liberty Science Center is taking a step back in time with its latest exhibit, “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes," which allows visitors to explore science and technological advances from the late 1800s, decipher the inner workings of forensic specialists today and go through clues to uncover an exclusive mystery! All ages.
Take a look back at Andy Warhol's iconic pieces—portraits, pop and photo silkscreen paintings and other pieces of work—during the Whitney's retrospective that highlights all aspects of his career. During Family Day (Dec 1 from 10:30am–3pm), kids can create their own artistic gems inspired by the late icon. Check the museum's website to see when its Open Studios (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am–3pm in November and December, minus holidays) will dedicate its weekly kids’ project to all-things Warhol. All ages.
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.
There’s no arguing that books are an artform—especially when visiting the Children Museum of the Arts’ eccentric exhibit. In “A Way with Words,” books are transformed into sculptures, paintings and other works to emphasize their importance and history. Museum staff guide young bibliophiles through a craft inspired by the pieces on display. All ages.
Didn't realize math can inspire some LOL moments? Think again. MoMath will host the first cartoon math exhibit, featuring artists such as Bob Mankoff (aka New Yorker cartoon editor), Charlie Hankin, Sidney Harris and more. For those who are inspired by the funnies, there will be a cool caption contest looking for entrees. Learn more about the exhibit here. All ages.
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. All ages.
Think your kid has what it takes to crack the code? Thanks to SPYSCAPE's newly opened Spy School, you'll have a budding FBI agent on your hands. Students in middle school through college are invited to the afternoon program that allows them to make and break WWII codes in themed Encryption mission, detect lies in Deception booths and much more. “We’re thrilled by the success of SPYSCAPE in New York City, and delighted to be able to offer this experience for free to students,” Ian Oldaker, COO of SPYSCAPE New York said in a statement. “We have had a lot of requests for this kind of program and we’re excited about creating new educational offerings as we continue to grow.” Spy School is free with a valid student ID, but attendees t must be accompanied by a paid ticket holder. We'll catch you there...or will we? Middle school–college.
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.
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.
Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of Mexican history and culture through a new perspective thanks to arist Justin Favela. His piece, "Recuérdame," recreates popular landscapes with a unique touch courtesy of piñata-cut tissue paper. There will be a variety of additional family programming in conjunction with "Recuérdame." To learn more, click here. All ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can catch this family musical about friendship and kindness on Sundays until the end of March. Addy & Uno, a heartwarming puppet-centric production, follows five child characters with disabilities as they discover all of their strengths and ultimately use them for good. All ages.
In this imaginative theater performance, a young girl, Olive, spends her day playing with her loving Granny, Pearl, while discovering the meaning of home. As they go on imaginary journeys, they're joined by puppet friends such as a little mouse in a hole, a fish in a fishbowl, and a fairy in the fairy tree. The show is full of creative sensory experiences, silly moments and original songs that capture audiences. All 11:45am shows are relaxed performances. The March 16 performance will follow with a puppet workshop at 12:15. Ages 2–5.
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
Stomp takes percussion to a whole new level. A small cast of characters makes use of atypical objects—wooden polls, push brooms—to create a unique musical experience. A catchy rhythm, impressive dance moves and laugh-out-loud moments prove why this Off-Broadway show is such a crowd pleaser, even if there isn't any dialogue. Your kiddos might be inspired to take household items and start a jam session of their own! Ages 4 and up.
Let's get rockin', tots! The party entertainer behind Jam with Jamie invites little ones to a 45-minute jam session featuring classic songs, today's hits and other beloved tracks. Jamie is at the ready with props and instruments such as shakers, so your kiddos will have plenty of opportunity to get involved in the fun. Ages 0–3.
BMCC Tribeca will delight audiences with a variety of performances in its Family Theater series. Catch a fan-favorite, The Magic School Bus, on March 23 at 11am (best for ages 5–12), or watch Chris Haughton's book come to life with Shh! We Have A Plan on May 11 at 11am (best for ages 3–8) as the quirky characters try their hardest to capture a bird perched in a tree. Learn more about family-friendly events here. Ages 3–11.
Nitehawk Cinema's annual Play Ball series continually knocks it out of the park. As baseball season fast approaches, enjoy grand-slam fun with your favorite movies with America's pastime at its center: A Leage of Their Own (March 30), The Bad News Bears (Apr 13), The Sandlot (Apr 20). This lineup proves that there's definitely no crying in baseball...only laughing! All ages.