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.
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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 Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Francaise present an arts festival specifically targeted to youths. This festival combines philosophy and music, circus and magic, design, dance and gastronomy in a series of programming featuring installations and workshops incorporating work from a bevy of French and global artists. Some highlights of the event include a large-scale, immersive installation by Hervé Tullet, author and illustrator of over 75 children’s books, including Press Here. Congolese theater director Toto Kisaku will lead families through costume creations, sound effects, and recite his favorite African folktales. The Juilliard Orchestra teams up with the Met Museum to complement the museum’s exhibit of terra-cotta warrior sculptures. And don’t miss Steréokids, a mini European dance music festival for families with French DJ Pedro Winter, aka Busy P. Various ages, locations, prices, and times. See website for details.
At New York City's annual Earth Day celebration in Union Square, tots can watch live performances, get in on family-friendly activities and check out displays and demonstrations by local environmentally conscious businesses. This year is bound to be extra special—it's the 50th anniversary of the holiday. All ages.
Every year on Easter Sunday, kids can skate with the Easter Bunny on the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center. A little birdy told us this bunny really has some moves, too! Looking for more easter fun? Be sure to make a reservation at Stella 34 Trattoria (inside Macy's Herald Square, available April 15 and 16 at 10am) for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny as well. Parents will enjoy prosecco bellinis, and children will love family-style breakfast served at your table. Did we mention there's also face-painting, balloon animals and a takeaway Easter treat, too?
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.
The elephants are back at the circus, but in a much more humane way. Producers of magic show The Illusionists have teamed up with the puppeteers from War Horse to present Circus 1903, a turn of the century show that features lifelike puppets in place of live animals. After the closing of the Ringling Bros. production, families will enjoy the circus at Madison Square Garden once again with Circus 1903’s herd of elephant puppets strutting around the ring alongside acrobats, musicians, and entertainers from around the globe. All ages.
Want to know how Ukrainian Easter eggs are made? Stop in for this pysanky demonstration, where eggs are decorated using wax-resist batik. You'll also get the opportunity to watch a video on the pysanky process, too! All ages.
Join Think 'N' Fun for an Easter–themed celebration in scenic Riverside Park. There will be egg hunts during four separate time slots (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 bouncing around to pose for pictures and kids receive a hand or cheek painting stamp and a light snack and beverage. Registration is required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Ages 8 and under.
Spring cheer is coming to Harlem! On Saturday, April 15, this free event will offer easter egg hunts (waves of 15 children are allowed to "hunt" every 15 minutes), egg-painting (first come, first served) and an arts and crafts table. There will even be photo ops with the Easter bunny...yippee! The event is located at 117th Street between First & Pleasant Aves. All ages.
Visit the MgGolrick Park Pavilion to take part in 2017's egg hunt! There will be thousands and thousands of eggs to find, plus your kids will have an opportunity to meet/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. Enjoy tunes from DJ Natalie and Baby DJ school, plus Laura Dayan, Rock'N Lolo, among others! Don't forget your very best spring bonnets! Ages 10 and under.
CMOM's ensuring your kids have the best Easter weekend ever with fun family programming! Join in on their annual museum-wide easter egg hunt to find images of eggs that feature your kid's favorite museum characters and check them off in your scavenger hunt booklet as you go. When you complete your booklet, head to the lobby and collect an Easter prize! All ages.
Set sail for adventure this Easter weekend! Empire Cruises is offering an Easter experience complete with an onboard egg hunt, face-painting, balloon animals, popcorn, cotton candy and more. Families will enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island and the Brooklyn Bridge during the cruise, plus there will be (substantial) food and drink for purchase. Boarding begins at Skyport Marina at 2pm.
The outlandish haberdashery on display—ten-foot-tall hats, costumed pets, bonnets with live birds nestled inside—more than makes up for the lack of floats at this annual see-and-be-seen parade. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for chapeau artistry. Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts. All ages.