What To Do with Kids This Weekend in New York City
By NYMetroParents Staff

What To Do with Kids This Weekend in New York City

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From concerts and perfomances, to workshops and exhibits, plan your weekend with our round up of the best things to do with kids in NYC this weekend, April 22-23, 2017. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Also see our guides for weekend fun on Long Island and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties.

Manhattan Weekend Activities 

Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11am
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Harlem
WHAT: Family activities to celebrate Earth Day. Learn about activism in New York, take part in a scavenger hunt, read books, and enjoy healthy snacks. Design a pot and plant a seed to take home.
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; free for children younger than 19. 212-534-1672. mcny.org.

The Amazing Going Green Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 1:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Slattery's Midtown Pub, 8 E. 36th St., Midtown
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Scavenger hunt to celebrate Earth Day and sustainability in New York City. A series of clues leads you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way. The hunt is run through an app called ScanQuest.
WANT TO GO? $39. 718-344-8962. pogoevents.com.

Celebrate Earth Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Greenwich Village
WHAT: Show your support for the environment by creating artwork out of recyclable or natural materials.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 1; seniors pay as you wish. 212-274-0986. cmany.org.

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 10:30am
WHERE: Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street, Central Park
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Explore the park below 72nd Street as your search for clues. For ages 7 and older, accompanied by an adult. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $22; $18 children ages 7-17. 877-946-4868. watsonadventures.com.

23rd Parkinson’s Unity Walk
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 8:30-11:30am
WHERE: Central Park, Starts at 72nd Street Bandshell, Central Park
WHAT: The annual 1.4 mile walk in Central Park gathers thousands of participants including patients, caregivers, family, and friends. All walking together in the largest grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson's disease research in the United States.
WANT TO GO? Donations accepted. 866-789-9255. unitywalk.org.

Butterfly Yoga
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2-3pm
WHERE: Karma Kids Yoga, 25 W. 23rd St., 3rd Floor, Chelsea
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: In this special class, kids will learn about the butterfly lifecycle and transform into butterflies themselves. Kids will decorate and flutter home in their own set of butterfly wings.
WANT TO GO? $40. 646-638-1444. karmakidsyoga.com.

Origami USA Special Sessions
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 10:30am and 2:30pm
WHERE: The American Museum of Natural History, 15 W. 77th St., Upper West Side
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Learn the ancient art of paperfolding at these classes run by OrigamiUSA. Some experience required.
WANT TO GO? $35. 212-769-5635. origamiusa.org/specialsessions.

Reading into History Family Book Club
WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 2pm
WHERE: The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: In honor of the 100th anniversary year of women’s suffrage in New York State, this book club meeting will celebrate the achievements of women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Author Sue Macy will discuss her book Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way), then families will view artifacts related to women’s suffrage and cycling.
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 seniors; $12 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.

CirKiz, A Cool Kid's Dance Party
WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 1-5pm
WHERE: Space Ibiza NY, 637 W. 50th St., Midtown
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: CirKiz turns exclusive NYC nightclubs into a unique kid-centric daytime party space where families together can listen and dance to DJs, see live performances and experience a nightclub environment in a safe controlled daytime setting. 
WANT TO GO? $30. 212-650-5266. cirkiz.com.

The New York International Auto Show
WHEN: Through April 23: Monday-Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm
WHERE: Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., Chelsea
WHAT: The oldest and most famous automotive show in the U.S. As well as all the new cars on show, many exhibitors have activities specifically for kids. Strollers are welcome.
WANT TO GO? $17; $7 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 212-216-2000. autoshowny.com.

FREE Discovery Walk: Belvedere's Kingdom
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 10am
WHERE: Belvedere Castle, Mid-Park at 79th Street, Central Park
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike.
WANT TO GO? 212-772-0288. centralparknyc.org.

LC Kids presents Campfire for Audiences on the Autism Spectrum
WHEN: Through April 30: Saturday-Sunday, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Lincoln Center, Clark Studio Theater, 165 W. 65th St., 7th Floor, Upper West Side
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: A special version of Campfire for children with ASD and other developmental delays. This magical theater company uses puppetry and innovative staging to take audiences on a sensory trip to the great outdoors. Tickets are by application only, see website for details.
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 members. 212-957-1709. family.lincolncenter.org.

Galli's 'The Princess and the Pea'
WHEN: Through April 30: Saturday-Sunday, 2pm
WHERE: Galli Theater, 151 W. 26th St. 7th Floor, Chelsea
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Prince Prince is looking for a princess. After a failed attempt at speed dating, it seems like the right woman shows up at his door. Only the Royal Pea Test will reveal if she is a true princess!
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 children. 212-731-0668. gallitheaternyc.com.

Family Program
WHEN: Through April 30: Saturday-Sunday, 11am
WHERE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen
WHAT: Every month the Intrepid runs family programs to help families make the most of their trip to the museum. In April, explore paper planes and flying underwater.
WANT TO GO? $24; $20 seniors and college students; $19 children ages 7-17; $17 veterans; $12 children ages 3-6. 212-245-0072. intrepidmuseum.org.

FREE Storytime at Books of Wonder
WHEN: Through April 30: Saturdays, 11am; Sundays, 11:30am
WHERE: Books of Wonder, 18 W. 18th St., Chelsea
WHAT: Weekly story time in the children's book store.
WANT TO GO? 212-989-3270. booksofwonder.com.

WHEN: Through May 13: Saturdays, 12pm
WHERE: The Kraine Theatre, 85 E. 4th St., East Village
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, this production tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight.
WANT TO GO? $15. 212-777-6088 . horsetrade.info.

FREE Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders
WHEN: Through May 20: Saturdays, 10am
WHERE: Central Park, see website for locations,
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification along the way. The event takes place at the Chess and Checkers House on May 6 and Belvedere Castle on May 20.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1370. centralparknyc.org.

'Pinkalicious The Musical'
WHEN: Through May 28: Saturday-Sunday, 1pm
WHERE: Theater at Blessed Sacrament, 152 W. 71st St., Upper West Side
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: This musical of the best-selling children's book is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Find out what happens when Pinkalicious gets Pinkititis.
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 212-579-0528. vitaltheatre.org.

'Flight School The Musical'
WHEN: Through May 28: Saturday-Sunday, 11am
WHERE: Theater at Blessed Sacrament, 152 W. 71st St., Upper West Side
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Will penguin realize his dreams of flying like an eagle? The Vital Theatre company works its magic on this production, based on the book by Lita Judge.
WANT TO GO? $15 and up. 212-579-0528. vitaltheatre.org.

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Brooklyn Weekend Activities

FREE Events for Youth and Families: Fiesta Tropical with the Bilingual Birdies Band
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 1-2pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
WHAT: In Fiesta Tropical, band members fuse the sounds of cumbia, salsa, tango, and samba, creating an epic dance party where families are exposed to and empowered by the rich cultural heritage of Latin America. Kids learn new words in Spanish and heart-warming life lessons in this highly energetic and interactive theatre and concert performance. Families will follow along on an imaginary journey to Barranquilla, Colombia to reach a tropical dance party where they will celebrate life, friendship, love, and diversity.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.

Timbaloo Duo Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11am
WHERE: National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th Street, Williamsburg
WHAT: Oran Etkin is a critically acclaimed clarinetist and composer who can be heard on major concert stages throughout the world and numerous recordings including a recent Grammy Award Winning compilation. In the Timbalooloo concept, all the instruments come to life and talk through their music so that the children conceive of making music as the magical act of making their instrument come to life.
WANT TO GO? $20; $5 children. 646-779-8455. nationalsawdust.org.

FREE Laurie Berkner at World Read-Aloud Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11am
WHERE: Barnes & Noble (Park Slope), 267 7th Avenue, Park Slope
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: For World Read-Aloud Day, kids' music superstar Laurie Berkner will sing her beloved "We Are the Dinosaurs" song and "These Are My Glasses," read her new "We Are the Dinosaurs" book aloud, and sign books at a meet-and-greet for fans.
WANT TO GO? 718-832-9066. http://laurieberkner.com.

FREE St. George Day Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Tompkinsville Park, 208 Bay Street, Staten Island
WHAT: The St. George Day Festival, a local Earth Day and arts celebration takes place in and around Tompkinsville Park, features a community pageant, performing arts showcase, literary event, and interactive science fair. Enjoy kids’ activities, outdoor art installations, live music, street performances, crafts, and Earth Day demonstrations. The festival invites visitors to imagine the possibilities of what their neighborhood can be when bonded by a deep commitment to the arts, humanities, and the environment.
WANT TO GO? 347-576-4638. stgeorgedaysi.com.

Family Day Earth Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Park
WHAT: Come to the zoo for an earth day celebration and discover how WCS is working to protect wildlife and how you can help! Participants will meet an animal up-close, decorate a flower pot, and engage in other activities around the zoo. Refreshments will be provided.
WANT TO GO? $35 (includes 1 adult and 1 child). 718-399-7339. prospectparkzoo.com.

Celebrate Earth!
WHEN: April 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day at Brooklyn Children’s Museum by visiting the Museum’s new exhibit Wilderness Camp, which focuses on the great outdoors. Build gross motor skills through hands-on play in Neighborhood Nature, which includes a community cork garden, animal habitat dioramas, indoor “beach,” and live animals! Bend your body like a lizard during yoga sessions led by Yo Re Mi. And, join Reynaliz Herrera for a live percussion performance concert featuring original music played from unconventional instruments.
WANT TO GO? $9. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.

BAMkids Movie Matinees: 'The Secret World of Arrietty' 
WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 2pm
WHERE: BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
WHAT: Studio Ghibli’s enchanting adaptation of the children’s classic The Borrowers-about a family of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a home and the human boy who befriends them-is a marvel of hand-drawn animation. Featuring an uncommonly strong, complex heroine at its center, this is children’s entertainment at its most thoughtful, empathic, and imaginative.
WANT TO GO? $10; $7 for children 12 and younger. 718-636-4129. bam.org/kids.

'In a Pickle' 
WHEN: April 22-30, see website for schedule
WHERE: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Place, Fort Greene
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, this innovative theater piece takes children on a voyage of discovery through landscapes of Shakespeare’s imagination and the music of his language. When a shepherdess and her flock of little sheep discover a lost baby, the audience must join in the search for the child’s family, a journey that will take them through the forest and across the sea. Full of scents, textures, colors, and songs, this immersive sensory experience is sure to delight and inform younger audiences about the power of their own imaginations.
WANT TO GO? $15. 718-636-4100. bam.org/kids.

Storytime Depot
WHEN: Through April 30: Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place at Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Start off weekend mornings this month with a reading of some favorite transportation tales.
WANT TO GO? $7; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

Nitehawk Cinema Musical Brunch
WHEN: Through April 30: Saturday-Sunday, 11am
WHERE: Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
WHAT: Give your family a crash course in the history of musicals. From the fantastical to the classic, this brunch includes the cinematic classic Singin’ in the Rain, the Dr. Seuss-authored The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T., the Broadway-bound Kermit in The Muppets Take Manhattan, and the animated epic Anastasia. See website for schedule.
WANT TO GO? $12; $9 children. 718-782-8370. nitehawkcinema.com.

SEA (Singular Extreme Actions): An Hour of Action
WHEN: Through May 7: Thursday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturdays, 5pm; Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 N. 1st St., Williamsburg
WHAT: A wild kaleidoscope of action heroes, events, machines, and music.
WANT TO GO? $29; $25 in advance. 718-384-6491. streb.org.

Holding History
WHEN: Through May 29: Sundays, 11am
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: What makes an object “historical?” Why do museums keep objects behind glass? Children will ponder these questions holding, touching, and feeling historical artifacts from the museum's collection. They will learn about the history of those objects through this tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives.
WANT TO GO? $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Songs For Extraordinary People
WHEN: Through June 3: Saturdays, 4pm
WHERE: Barbes, 376 9th St., Park Slope
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents this highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most fascinating individuals in the world every first Saturday of the month. 
WANT TO GO? $10 suggested donation. 347 422 0248. barbesbrooklyn.com.


Queens Weekend Activities

Latin Dance Fiesta
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 8pm
WHERE: Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: In this lively and colorful show, four renowned latin dance companies will showcase traditional dances from their country of origin.
WANT TO GO? $25. 718-760-0064. queenstheatre.org.

FREE Tatanka vs Black Snake: Environmental Awareness through Dance and Digital Storytelling
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 3pm
WHERE: Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81 St., Jackson Heights
WHAT: This multi-media Native American dance performance explores environmental themes and the cultural heritage of First Americans.
WANT TO GO? 718-899-2500. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Lincoln Center Local Screening: Curtain Up The School of American Ballet Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2:30pm
WHERE: Bellerose Library, 250-08 Hillside Ave., Bellerose
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Nicole Pastorelli of Love to Dance Performing Arts Center will discuss the influence of ballet on other dance forms and demonstrate some basic ballet steps after this family-friendly screening that takes the audience behind the scenes to experience the intensive training.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8644. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Astoria Park Earth Day Spring Shorefest Kickoff
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Astoria Park, Shore Blvd. between Ditmars Blvd. and Astoria Park South, Astoria
WHAT: This nature-themed Spring Kickoff Celebration that will feature community volunteer opportunities, gardening activities, a shoreline cleanup, public programming and the re-opening of the renovated Bocce Ball Court. Other events include live music, fun child-friendly games, prize, and fitness activities.
WANT TO GO? astoriaparkalliance.org.

Earth Day Family Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 7pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 22806 Northern Blvd, Douglaston
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Enjoy a serene sunset nature walk through the wilds of APEC’s trails and discover springtime treasures. Then gather round for fireside Native American stories and music, honoring Mother Earth and the precious balance in the natural world. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Family Movie Time
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 3:15pm
WHERE: Middle Village Public Library, 72-31 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village
WHAT: A movie viewing of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.
WANT TO GO? 718-326-1390. queenslibrary.org.

Tulip Time
WHEN: April 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Celebrate spring with a visit to QBG during the peak of tulip season! Tulip tours, bulb-planting demonstrations, crafts for kids, and see thousands of spring tulips on view.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Garden Admission $6; $2 children ages 4-12; free for children ages 3 and younger. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 3pm
WHERE: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Participate in an experience that includes a team of artists, singers and dancers, with an element of audience involvement and interaction. Following the show, audience members can participate in a moderated auction to sell the art created live on-stage, and a portion of the proceeds generated by the sale of the art, is tax deductible.
WANT TO GO? Prices start at $39. 718-631-6311. visitqpac.org.

Family Breakfast Club: Earth Day Everyday
WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 9:30am
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
WHAT: Participants explore the zoo, meet some animals up close, and learn some ways that they can help wildlife in the city. Light breakfast will be served.
WANT TO GO? $35. 718-271-1500. queenszoo.com.

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Dr. Seuss's beloved characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous "think" ever saves the day.
WANT TO GO? $14. 718-760-0064. queenstheatre.org.

Make It: Custom Wood Lego Heads
WHEN: Through April 23: Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-2:30pm, 3-4pm, and 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Kids will combine Legos with simple woodworking tools to createtheir own custom wood minifigure head. This workshop is a great introduction to woodworking for beginners and a fun way for more advanced makers to hack their favorite toy.
WANT TO GO? $3 with admission: $16; $13 children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Martin Scorsese Exhibition
WHEN: Through April 23: Wednesday-Thursday, 10:30am-2pm; Fridays, 10:30am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-7pm
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Drawing extensively from Scorsese’s own collection, the exhibition includes production material from his key films, objects from his childhood, behind-the-scenes images, and large-scale projections of scenes from his work. During the run of the exhibition, the museum will present a comprehensive retrospective of the director’s work.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors with ID; $7 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 718-429-2579. movingimage.org.

FREE National Poetry Month
WHEN: Through April 25: Monday-Saturday, 4pm
WHERE: Peninsula Library, 95-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids will celebrate National Poetry Month as they learn about various poets and their works. They will also create their own poetry at the end of each series.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110. queenslibrary.org.

Pastime: Art Games
WHEN: Through April 30: Sundays, 10:30am
WHERE: The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Parents will learn strategies for engaging their children during museum visits while exploring art materials and The Noguchi Museum galleries as a family. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $10 families with up to four members. 718-204-7088. noguchi.org.

Science Fiction, Science Future
WHEN: Through April 30: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona
WHAT: This temporary exhibition gives visitors a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow. Hands-on exhibits incorporate robots, holograms, and augmented reality.
WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors and children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays
WHEN: Through May 7: Sundays, 9-11 am
WHERE: Chuck E. Cheese's, 40-24 College Pt Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Children with autism and other special needs can enjoy food, games, and more with reduced lighting and noise led by a trained and caring staff the first Sunday of every month. Check the website for updates.
WANT TO GO? varies. 718-321-0400. chuckecheese.com.

FREE Family Storytime
WHEN: Through May 27: Saturdays at 4pm
WHERE: Long Island City Library, 37-44 21st St., Long Island City
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Children will hear all kinds of fun interactive stories, and they can also make new friends.
WANT TO GO? 718-752-3700. queenslibrary.org.

'Journey to Space' 3D Movie
WHEN: Through June 30: Monday-Friday, 12pm and 3pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1pm and 4pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona
WHAT: Moviegoers will learn about the important role of the International Space Station, uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children with admission: $15; $12 children, students, and seniors. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

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