Stay in the know with our list of the best things to do with kids in NYC this week! In our weekly roundups, you'll find everything from new museum exhibits and workshops to fun arts & crafts adventures and brand new plays that are great for the whole family. Don't miss our top 101 things to do with kids in New York, plus our favorite family attractions!
If you're looking to have fun on the cheap/free, you'll also want to explore our very favorite free activities for kids either!
Best things to do with kids in NYC April 17–21
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.
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.
Catch a world premiere from choreographer Martin Lawrance as well as the world premiere of Painted Within by Zhong-Jing Fang. Edward Henkel’s 1986 ReVision gets an update with music by Edvard Grieg; Pam Tanowitz’s Short Memory is now accompanied by live music from Lou Harrison and Henry Cowell while her Light Moving is set to music by David Lang; and in Double Andante, 10 dancers perform a ballet with Beethoven’s "Sonata in D Major #15" played on piano. All ages.
The museum's star permanent exhibit consists of a maze of kid-sized shops, each containing a fun activity. The boutiques—a Chinese stationery store, a Mexican bakery and a West African import store, to name a few—are modeled after real Brooklyn businesses. The miniaturized community also houses an international grocery store equipped with conveyer belt–propelled wares that tykes can use to restock the shelves, and a theater where children watch recorded performances by Brooklyn dance troupes, then step onstage themselves to replicate the steps.
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).
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.