Make the most of the time off from school with these fabulous spring break activities for kids! There are festivals, exhibits, performances and more to enjoy during the time off (this year,spring break for kids in NYC runs from March 30–April 6), plus there are plenty of fun egg hunts and other Easter events for kids if you celebrate.
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Spring break activities for kids
This interactive light playground is one of the most Instagrammable things to hit NYC. Step into a world of delightful and colorful shapes that transform as you interact with them. Also, from 5–8pm daily, you'll get to see a choreographed music and lights show. Don't miss hot chocolate, iPic Theater and other great things to do in the Seaport. All ages.
Led by museum educators, this program allows kids to go on free tours throughout the museum and participate in activities where they’ll view modern masterpieces and contemporary art and try to find images of people on their own, together or in a crowd within the galleries. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet at the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at 4 W 54th St. Ages 5 to 10.
Parents and kids tour MoMA’s galleries in a fun and engaging way, sharing their ideas about the art and having questions answered by museum educators. A new theme is introduced each month, so you and your tot can get the scoop on everyone from Rauschenberg to Rothko. In March the focus is all about how different modern artists used color. Age 4.
Beach bunnies hoping to get away this Easter weekend should take the family down to New Jersey's Wildwoods for some holiday fun at a theme park. On Sunday, Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks is hosting the Easter Bunny at Mariner Piers as well as amazing roaming balloon artists. Between rides, be sure to pick an egg for a special prize like a stuffed animal or delicious curly fries. Families staying at the resort can opt for the "Bunny Hop Doo-Wop" package, which includes stay on the 31st, brunch with the Easter Bunny, two ride wristbands and two game voucher. All ages.
Your kids can spend spring break learning how their favorite toys tick, and how to create their own awesome wearable gear and accesories. Children is grades 5 and 6 can learn sodering techniques, how circuit boards work, and other engineering skills in this fun electronic camp. Ages 10-12.
Kids get to be part of a team and make their own movie in a just one week at this creative camp. With guidance from experienced film technicians and teachers, the group works together to write a script, work with lights, cameras, sound equiment, and even a green screen before editing together their final product. Hardworking cinephiles get to munch on healthy snacks throughout the day, but must bring a bagged lunch. On day five, the kids show off their production to their family during a wrap party, complete with popcorn. Ages 8 to14.
In this weeklong camp during spring break, children in grades 3 and 4 can learn about the human body with some true hand-on experience. Each day the kids will conduct gross, fun experiments, including dissecting a sheep's brain and cow's eye, to learn about how our bodies work. They'll come how with all sorts of interesting facts about how blood circulate and how food is digested—hopefully they'll leave some of the gory details out while you're eating dinner. Ages 8–10.
Visit t.b.d. Brooklyn to take part in 2018's annual egg hunt ! There will be thousands and thousands of eggs to find, plus your kids will have an opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Easter bunny. $15 gets your child access to the hunt and some "eggcellent" crafts afterwards, and this year you can choose the hour you'd like to attend when purchasing your ticket online to ensure that theres enough eggs for every child. Enjoy fun family-friendly tunes and don't forget the cash — there's face painting for kids, and a cash bar for grown-ups. Make sure you wear your very best spring bonnets! Ages 10 and under.
All your favorite Cinderella characters — including the singing mice and fairy godmother — are brought to life in this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The one hour performance includes music by Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell, and is the perfect length of time for keeping young audiences engaged. Arrive one hour early to the Saturday matinees or Sunday morning showtimes for a performing arts workshop for the kiddies. Ages 4 and up.
Join Think 'N' Fun for an Easter–themed celebration in scenic Riverside Park on March 24 and at the lovely Sakura Park (March 31). There will be egg hunts during five separate time slots (9:30am; 10:30am, 11:30 am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm) so everyone can get in on the fun. Kids will be provided with a basket for egg collecting. The Easter Bunny will be around to pose for pictures and kids receive a pair of their own bunny ears. Registration is required. Ages 8 and under.
Experience puppetry magic as Eric Carle’s beloved story comes to life on stage for a limited season at the DR2 Theater. The production will also feature three of Carle’s other children’s books: 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and the world premiere of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. All ages.
J.M. Barrie’s beloved children's book characters are brought life in this new adaptation of the story of Peter Pan. All the character you know and love — the Darling children, Tiger Lily, Tinkerbell and the lost boys — have their way to the Swedish Cottage for this Neverland adventure. Just look out for the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Ages 3–9.
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.
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. And then catch more magic on Monday nights when the Brooklyn Cyclones treat fans to a magic show during their home games this summer. Magic at Coney performances run noon to 2pm. All ages.