15 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this April
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W83 Ministry Center, Upper West Side
BilingualFest 2013 is a landmark music and dance showcase of Chinese and Hispanic culture taking place during New York City’s Immigrant Heritage Week. Presented by A Little Mandarin and Bilingual Buds School, this concert and cultural celebration will include a Chinese lion dance, a performance of the Monkey King tale, and a salsa presentation by Cynthia La China and Hector el Guajiro from NYSalsababy. You can also catch Toni Wang of Little Mandarin and Bernardo Palombo of Sesame Street Spanish programming in a musical collaboration in which they blend Chinese and Spanish languages.
Shen Yun Performing Arts
David Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
April 20-21 and 24-28
Fierce generals, heavenly maidens, comedic monks, and even a few flying pigs take the stage in a performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts. The troupe takes audiences on an extraordinary journey spanning from the origins of Chinese civilization through the height of the Tang and Song dynasties all the way to modern day, including 5,000 years of legends, myths, and literary classics that are brought to life in vivid detail.
Tribeca Film Festival: Family Events
Seasoned movie buffs get excited when the Tribeca Film Festival rolls around, but did you know the festival offers a ton of fun for the smallest of cinema appreciators, too?
April 21: A collection of shorts by elementary and middle school student filmmakers from downtown schools will be screened beginning at 12pm at the 10th annual Downtown Youth Behind the Camera at the SVA Theater in Gramercy. FREE!
April 27: The Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair (Greenwich Street between Hubert and Chambers streets) is a free, all-day event where families can create their own “movie pitch” in front of a green screen and enjoy free film screenings, live Broadway performances, arts and crafts, storytelling, local food vendors, and more. FREE!
At Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (North Moore Street between Greenwich and West streets), fans of all ages can participate in sports, games, and challenges and meet their favorite New York athletes and mascots. Families can also be part of an ESPN “On Location” broadcasting experience and get tickets to sports-related films from the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. FREE!
April 18-20: Enjoy free Drive-In Outdoor Screenings at the World Financial Center Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Doors open at 6pm and films start at 8:15pm. There will be kid-friendly activities such as movie trivia and face-painting before the screenings. See The Birds on April 18 (1963; 119 minutes; rated PG), Beetlejuice on April 19 (1988; 92 minutes; rated PG), and Lil Bub & Friendz on April 20 (2013; 65 minutes; no rating, but contains some explicit language).
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