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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on April 7

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, April 7, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening April 7. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Design Kids Family Day - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through April 07, 2018 - Upper East Side

Held during most school holidays, Design Kids Family Day programs are facilitated by a museum educator. Join for free design activities, storytelling, and gallery bingo on the ground floor.

Annual Shearing of the Heather Celebration - Fort Tryon Park, Heather Garden
April 07, 2018 - Fort Washington

Annual rite of spring in Fort Tryon Park. Bring your musical instruments for a parade through the Heather garden and heath, take part in a scavenger hunt, make crafts, have your face painted and celebrate the coming of spring.

New York Tartan Day Parade - Sixth Avenue
April 07, 2018 - Midtown

Get your kilts and pipes and make your way to this annual march celebrating Scottish culture. In Scotland, Tartan Day celebrates the nation’s traditions and commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, which played an important role in the Scots’ liberation from England. In NYC, those with Scottish ancestry (and anyone else!) head to The NY Tartan Day Parade, where hundreds of pipers and thousands of marchers make their way up 6th Avenue as spectators cheer them along. If you like bagpipes head down to Bryant Park at 11:15 am, before the march, to hear the pipers and drummers warming up with a special concert.

Workshops: Memory of Material with Camille Hoffman - Museum of Arts and Design
April 07, 2018 - Columbus Circle

Students of all skill levels are invited to create their own invented landscapes following an introduction to new collage and painting techniques. Materials will be provided; however, participants are strongly encouraged to bring in materials of their own for use in their collages.

An Evening with New Chamber Ballet: A Tribute to Claude Debussy - City Center Studio 5
Through April 07, 2018 - Midtown

Choreographer Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet in original ballets to music by Debussy, and contemporary Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, all played live on piano and violin. A chance to see fine classical ballet, most works on pointe, up close in a studio setting.

Brick Fest Live - New York Hall of Science
Through April 08, 2018 - Corona

Kids and adults can get inspired, educated and entertained with LEGO bricks at this ultimate LEGO fan experience. Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live. Free with NYSCI admission.

FIRST New York City Robotics Competition and Expo - The Armory Track & Field Center
Through April 08, 2018 - Washington Heights

This year’s competing teams are part of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), in which high school students are challenged to put their custom-built robots to the test in a sports-style tournament. FIRST POWER UP, the 2018 FRC game, finds teams trapped in an 8bit video game! Teams use power cubes to defeat the boss. The multi-day tournament also includes a series of exciting expos, robot and LEGO demos, college and career fairs, plus an Alumni Panel where FIRST alumni will answer questions about college, job search, networking, and life after FIRST.

Wellness Weekend - Broadway Dance Center Children and Teens
Through April 08, 2018 - Upper West Side

A weekend full of classes and seminars to energize your body and fuel your soul. Neighborhood partners including lululemon, CorePower Yoga, Yogaworks, Noosa Yoghurt, doTerra Essential Oils and more, will be handing out samples, discounts, and swag while all four state-of-the-art studios hold non-stop dance, fitness, and wellness classes for all ages.

Macy's Flower Show 2018 - Macy's Herald Square
Through April 08, 2018 - Midtown

Macy's Flower Show has delighted generations of New Yorkers with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe. This year's theme is a celebration of the iconic American carnival.

The New York International Auto Show - Jacob Javits Convention Center
Through April 08, 2018 - Chelsea

If your kids like cars you won't want to miss this annual event, which is 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.

Spring Break Arts and Crafts - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
Through April 08, 2018 - Upper East Side

Drop in during regular museum hours and make a 19th-century craft, try historic games, and play with historic toys in the garden. Family-friendly tours included.

'Air Play' - The New Victory Theater
Through April 15, 2018 - Midtown

Watch as umbrellas take flight, balloons sprout minds of their own, and shimmering silks ripple to the rafters in a modern circus spectacle. With knowing smiles and suitcases full of surprises, the globetrotting Acrobuffos, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, animate airflow, goad gravity, and make buoyant, beautiful and really, really high art out of the very thing we breathe.

'Sleeping Beauty' - Galli Theater
Through April 15, 2018 - Midtown

"Open Sesame!" With these words, Ali Baba opens a mysterious mountain and finds great treasure. But his greedy brother Cassim also wants part of the loot…

Invisible Inventions Workshop - Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Through April 21, 2018 - Lower Manhattan

What can we find when we look and listen? Explore Native American artist Julie Nagam’s work, “Our future is in the land: if we listen to it,” and illuminate your own hidden images and messages by creating simple circuits with paper and LEDs. Registration required.

Discovery Walk for Families: Statues and Monuments - Central Park
Through April 21, 2018 - Upper East Side

A kid-friendly adventure to discover the secrets and mysteries of Central Park’s most beloved children’s sculptures. Learn about some of the park’s most popular statues for children; Balto, Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Andersen, and more through guided activities. Space is limited, registration required.

'Cinderella the Musical' - The Players Theatre
Through April 22, 2018 - Greenwich Village

This beautiful musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell is based on the beloved classic fairy tale. Poor Cinderella, she works all day, has to deal with those awful step-sisters and then sleeps in the cinders. But, don't be too sad because Cinderella is one smart cookie. She'll make it to the Prince's ball and capture his heart.

In addition to the one-hour musical, the audience receives a special treat - interactive arts workshops prior to the performance. Here the audience learns about the original book and how it was turned into a musical. Then the kids and their families make their own crowns and magic wands to take home as a souvenir. Now when they watch the show, they are familiar with the art forms and themes represented in the production. The whole program (pre-show workshop and actual show) is approximately 2 hours long.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2018 - Bronx

The 16th year of this popular exhibition is designed by acclaimed Belgian floral artist Daniel Ost and will showcase thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Botanical Garden’s historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. One of the world’s leading floral designers, Ost uses flowers as a means of expression. His artistic creations will be tailored to the unique environment of the landmark Victorian-style Conservatory, complementing the architecture of the building while creating a transformative, dazzling spectacle of color, form, and texture.

Story Pirates - Arthur Seleen Theatre at The Drama Book Shop
Through April 28, 2018 - Midtown

Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals. Whether it's following the adventures of a superhero baby, or reminiscing about disposable rain ponchos at a baseball game, the songs and stories explode with the creative energy that only a child could possess.

BKBXKids! presents: Destination: Everywhere LIVE at The PIT! - The Peoples Improv Theater
Through April 28, 2018 - Kips Bay

Broken Box Mime Theater celebrates storytelling beyond words with their weekly children's show, Destination: Everywhere! Set to contemporary music and guided by a speaking emcee, this hour-long collection of stories includes a tale of unlikely friendship with a giant, the multitasking troubles of a superhero on date night, and an intergalactic odyssey that won’t be complete without the audience’s help. Children age 3-8 and their families are invited to stick around after the interactive show to learn how to mime with the cast.

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Tours for Fours: Art in Motion, Motion in Art - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 29, 2018 - Midtown

Look, listen, and share ideas while you explore tools and techniques in modern and contemporary art during this kid-and-adult participation program. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up, so plan to arrive a little before 10am. All participants must be present. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Telling Tales in Art - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 29, 2018 - Midtown

Look, listen, and share ideas while you explore tools and techniques in modern and contemporary art during this kid-and-adult participation program. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up, so plan to arrive a little before 10am. All participants must be present. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

'The Number On Great-Grandpa's Arm' - Museum of Jewish Heritage
Through April 29, 2018 - Battery Park City

A Living Memorial to the Holocaust that features an 18-minute film and original artwork created for the film by acclaimed artist Jeff Scher. When 10-year-old Elliott asks his 90-year-old great-grandfather, Jack, about the number tattooed on his arm, he sparks an intimate conversation about Jack’s life that spans happy memories of childhood in Poland, the loss of his family, surviving Auschwitz, and finding a new life in America. Elliot and Jack’s tender exchange is woven with historical footage and hand-painted animation to tell a heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust. 

New York City Children's Theater presents 'The Little Red Fish' - The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row
Through April 29, 2018 - Midtown

When Jeje is finally allowed to accompany his grandfather to the library, he brings his pet fish in a bowl along with him. But after the fish disappears into a book, Jeje must dive in and travel through the adventure-filled pages to follow his friend. Puppet Kitchen, the team behind the puppetry in last year’s family hit The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, has created a brand new puppet adventure for you and your family.

Ornaments and Other Refrigerator Magnets - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through April 29, 2018 - Greenwich Village

Through her exploration of the human inclination to decorate, embellish, and adorn our surroundings, Ellen Harvey has created an immersive installation featuring large-scale works that apply ornamentation to scenes from both city life and nature.

StoryDance Playgroup - Downtown Dance Factory
Through May 03, 2018 - Tribeca

Walking tots and preschoolers are invited to take part in story time, a craft, dance games and activities, plus free play time. It's a great way for grown-ups to introduce their children to the wonderful world of performing arts in a nurturing and creative environment.

RSVP required. Space is limited. 

Second Sundays Dig Drop-In - The Jewish Museum
Through May 13, 2018 - Upper East Side

Kids discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the museum’s simulated archaeological dig. RSVP Recommended.

PJ Library Storytime - JCC Manhattan
Through May 14, 2018 - Upper West Side

Celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions through explorations, songs, and wonderful PJ Library books.

Art Explorers - The Jewish Museum
Through May 15, 2018 - Upper East Side

Preschoolers and their adult companions can explore Scenes from the Collection, the museum’s new collection exhibition, through themed tours and engaging gallery activities, followed by a visit to the museum’s art studio.

Not Your Typical Story Hour - 92nd Street Y
Through May 17, 2018 - Upper East Side

Look at books with your child, listen to stories, create an art project, and dance to the music with Petra as part of this imaginative, interactive story time. You can even bring your lunch to enjoy as part of the class.

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' - DR2 Theatre
Through May 20, 2018 - Gramercy Park

A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, features a menagerie enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Carle’s beloved books for the stage. This new edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar includes the world premiere of Brown Bear, Brown Bear celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 27, 2018 - Kips Bay

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO) will get families grooving every Sunday throughout the school year at Jazz Standard's popular JAZZ FOR KIDS brunch. Talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18 dish out jazz classics such as "Cherokee," "How Insensitive," and "Billie's Bounce," as family audiences devour the goods off Blue Smoke's southern barbecue lunch menu. Babies welcome!

'The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through May 28, 2018 - Midtown

A play that celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure. Four of Keats' best stories are brought to life, including Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets make the 60-minute show fun for all.

'The Wizard of Oz' - Harlem Rep, Tato Laviera Theatre
Through June 16, 2018 - Harlem

The classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" is being performed by a multi-racial cast with a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation.

Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room - The American Museum of Natural History
Through June 18, 2018 - Upper West Side

Swing by the museum on a Monday morning for an engaging story time with plenty of interactive learning. Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a designated single-file line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45am and 10:15am on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining tickets will be distributed from the Discovery Room itself.

'Neverland: Peter Returns' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Through June 24, 2018 - Central Park

This Halloween adventure featuring favorite characters Hansel and Gretel dives into the children's lifelike dreams full of music and dancing with Central Park and the Belvedere Castle as the beautiful backdrop. This time, the brother and sister pair encounter lovable characters such as amazing mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires, and a fabulous witch.

'Chalk' - Kraine Theater
Through August 11, 2018 - East Village

A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians, Chalk invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.

Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad - American Museum of Natural History
Through September 01, 2018 - Upper West Side

Families with members on the autism spectrum can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the museum opens to the public.

Children ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America. They will then plunge into the ocean to explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Children ages 10–14 will take a trip through the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Access+Ability - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through September 03, 2018 - Upper East Side

This powerful new exhibit displays products, projects, and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive, and sensory—that expand their ability to lead independent lives and engage more fully in the world. The Access+Ability exhibition features more than 70 works, from adaptive clothing and eating implements that assist with daily routines to apps and “smart” technologies that aid in social interactions and navigating the environment. A variety of interactive elements will be installed throughout the exhibition to engage visitors, underscoring the importance of prioritizing users throughout the design process.

Gazillion Bubble Show - New World Stages
Through November 18, 2018 - Midtown

Allow yourself to be washed away in a bubble tide or perhaps even find yourself inside a giant bubble. Experience mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces that will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again.