6 Family Activities to Kick Off Spring

Written By Ilana Yoneshige | March 24, 2015 | Published in How To NYC
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New York City is known for being a cultural center for the arts. Take advantage of this by kicking off spring with these fantastic family activities!

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Easter Egg Hunt

Ages 2-12

Saturday March 28, 10:30 am

Adults free, children 2-12 $12

If your kids have energy to burn, this event is for you. Activities include egg hunting, arts and crafts, and taking a photo with the Easter bunny. It’s BYOB, that is, Bring Your Own Basket! Reservations are required and light refreshments are included.

Puppetworks presents The Sleeping Beauty

Ages 4+

Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29

$10, children $9

If Broadway prices get too steep, Puppetworks is a great alternative. Or if you prefer puppets. The classic tale of a young princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, an evil fairy, and an enchanted spindle is retold through hand-carved marionettes and music from Tchaikovsky’s immortal ballet score.

From Here to There

All ages

Friday, Feb. 6 – Sunday, April 26

$9, children under 1 free, every Thursday 3-5pm and every third Thursday 3-7pm free

At this exhibit, your little scientist can “explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air!” Through fun, hands-on activities, kids can learn about gravity, friction and the laws of motion. Some attractions include operating an authentic canal lock system to move a boat from one water level to another, experimenting with pulleys, hydraulics and levers, as well as launching a colorful hot air balloon.

Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces

Ages 6+

Thursday, Jan. 22 – Sunday, May 3

$11, children under 1 free, Thursday 4-6pm pay what you want

This event is for young artists or art appreciators. Featured artists have broken down the materials they work with into individual parts, exploring the intersection between art and technology. Each piece is meant to be viewed from different distances and perspectives, providing a layered experience.

Jazz for Kids

All ages

Sunday, March 29 – Sunday, May 17, 2pm

Free, $5 suggested donation

Do you and your kids love music? The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, a group of talented kids aged 11-18, provide musical entertainment, with catering courtesy of Blue Smoke. All proceeds from the event will go to the Jazz Standard Discovery Program and Spoons Across America, whose mission is “to foster a connection between NYC school children and the jazz art form.”


Ages 4+

Tuesday, March 24 – Sunday, July 5


Join the charismatic street urchin, Aladdin, on his magical quest to save the city of Agrabah and win the the girl of his dreams. Timeless songs like “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me,” and a few new compositions by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, bring the story to life. This awe-inspiring Disney adaptation, complete with special effects like a confetti cannon and fireworks, will take your family on a “magic carpet ride” to remember.

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