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The best spring break 2017 activities for kids

These spring break 2017 activities for kids will help you plan your best vacation yet—and enjoy the warmer weather, too!

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School's out for spring break 2017! Check out our epic roster of activities for kids, including our Easter for kids guide and more. From April 10–18 2017, your whole crew will be home, and you'll be better off if you have some fun ways to while away the day planned a little bit in advance.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to spring break for kids

Looking for even more to do beyond our list below? You'll want to explore our top 101 things to do with kids in NYC, explore our favorite family vacations from NYC and some great street fairs and festivals, too.

Spring break activities for kids

The Little Mermaid

Young theatergoers won't find an onstage rendition of the familiar cartoon; rather, Literally Alive's Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell stuck closely to Hans Christian Andersen's original story while writing their new musical. The live performance features Vegas-style, blacklight number "Misunderstood," featuring evil diva the Fish Witch. A live percussion ensemble and eye-popping costumes spice the underwater tale up further. Come early for a pre-show arts workshop, which is included with the ticket price. All ages, recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Sunday April 23 2017


Brooklyn Bridge Park comes alive with a series of Saturday afternoon concerts with family-friendly acts. The one-hour performance will include a question and answer session with the musicians. All ages.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 , Brooklyn Heights Saturday April 29 2017 - Thursday August 24 2017

Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220)

Learn about the Qin and Han Dynasties at the Met’s newest family-friendly exhibition “Age of Empires.” The exhibition is an enthralling introduction to ancient culture as it features the terra-cotta army warriors as well as a treasure trove of animal sculptures and figurines. Kids will enjoy spotting miniature horses, elephants, bears, dogs, lions, and more. All ages.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Until Sunday July 16 2017

Tiny Giants 3D

When a chipmunk finds himself alone in the woods for the first time, he must learn how to find enough food for the winter while staying safe from rivals and predators. Follow along on his journey through this 3D movie that will teach viewers about the life of a chipmunk and the skills he’ll need to survive. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Friday June 30 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

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

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

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