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Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend - April 12-April 14

April 8, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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While New York City is often thought of as a playground for adults, there's still plenty of fun activities with children. From museum specials to readings to musical performances, City Guide's collection of weekend events for kids in New York City will have your little ones never wanting to leave the concrete jungle.

Storyplay 11am - Brooklyn Public Library - Bay Ridge Branch
April 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Children age 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and play! Engage in early literacy development while making new friends at the library. (This session starts at 10:00am. Space is limited; get your ticket at the Children's reference desk on the second floor. First come, first served.)

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Williamsburgh Branch
April 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

During this program we read a couple of stories, sing a few songs, and then it's toytime! Bring your young baby, toddler, or preschooler for a relaxed morning of fun where you can meet other parents and caregivers. Ages 0 to 5

Afterschool Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you need help with your homework? If you are in grades, 1-8, come see our homework helper!

DIY for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you enjoy arts and crafts? If so, express your creativity and join us to create your own unique project!

Drew Pendous Book Launch with Ms. Booksy LIVE in NY - Barnes & Noble, Union Square
April 13, 2019 - New York

Meet Ms. Booksy of Cool School and celebrate the launch of Drew Pendous's first two books! Ms. Booksy will be doing a reading, signing books, plus we’ll have giveaways and lots of fun activities for kids!

Magic show - Broadway Comedy Club
April 13, 2019 - New York

Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with mystery and inspiration during the Magic Show, one hour show at the legendary Broadway Comedy Club. Master magician will enchant the young at heart with a dazzling display of sleight of hand tricks for kids and mentalism for adults. It is an interactive experience for the young at heart. DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 P.M. SHOW RUNS FROM 1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M. Please note – there is two item food and beverage minimum requirement.

Magic show - Broadway Comedy Club
April 13, 2019 - New York

Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with mystery and inspiration during the Magic Show, one hour show at the legendary Broadway Comedy Club. Master magician will enchant the young at heart with a dazzling display of sleight of hand tricks for kids and mentalism for adults. It is an interactive experience for the young at heart. DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 P.M. SHOW RUNS FROM 1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M. Please note – there is two item food and beverage minimum requirement.

2nd Annual Easter Bunny Hop - Beyond at Liberty View
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

HOP ALONG AND JOIN IN THE FUN for the 2nd Annual Easter Bunny Hop hosted by Beyond at Liberty View & Industry City. SATURDAY, APRIL 13: 12PM – 5PM BEYOND AT LIBERTY VIEW Activities from 12pm to 5pm Location: 850 3rd Ave., Brooklyn 11232 -Join in the EASTER EGG HUNT at all the locations on the map -Visit the EASTER GARDEN on the second floor of BEYOND -Meet the EASTER BUNNY + Take your picture with him -EASTER EGG HUNT -TREATS, MUSIC + MORE INDUSTRY CITY Activities from 12:30PM to 3:30PM Location: 274 36th St., Brooklyn, NY Join us for some BUNNY HOP FUN at Industry City. -ROCK AND ROLL PLAYHOUSE music and dancing -HANDS-ON FAMILY CRAFTING -FACE PAINTING -LILAC CHOCOLATE’S MEET + GREET with the EASTER BUNNY+ FREE CHOCOLATE EGGS

Watson Adventures’ Whodunit at the Met Family Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 13, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique murder mystery scavenger hunt for kids 10 and up! A killer is on the loose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it’s up to you to stop him! The killer has created a scavenger hunt that reveals his name, the weapon he used and where he hid the body. Follow the trail of clues throughout the museum and answer tricky questions to solve the crime. Can you figure out whodunit? Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

JCAL Saturday Family Matinee: Family Bash! - Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC)
April 13, 2019 - Jamaica

Fast, funny, and full of crazy instruments made from recycled and reused stuff. Packed with amazing science demos and fun music, Family Bash! is a musical show that will inspire you and your family to explore the creative connections between art and science. Don’t miss the mad scientists of Bash the Trash.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Bay Ridge Branch
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science and math through music, stories, art and play will help you and your child get ready for school. The experience of learning together with peers also teaches children important social-emotional skills that will help them adjust to being in a classroom environment. (For ages 3-5.)

Arabic Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Bay Ridge Branch
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories and songs in Arabic for children and their parents or caregivers. Multilingual First Five Years programs are made possible with support from the New York City Council City's First Readers Initiative, and the Pinkerton Foundation.

Williamsburgh Library Book Club: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan - Brooklyn Public Library - Williamsburgh Branch
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Get together with other adults for a stimulating discussion of Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Part historical drama and part noir thriller, the novel takes place during the World War II era and tells the haunting and propulsive intertwined stories of heroine Anna Kerrigan, the Brooklyn Navy Yard's only female diver, her father Eddie Kerrigan, who works for both the union and the mob, and nightclub owner Dexter Styles, Eddie's complex and charismatic boss. Williamsburgh Library's book club started in February 2019. It will meet once a month and snacks will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own beverage. Titles will generally be chosen from the library's collection of book discussion sets. Registration recommended, but not required.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Williamsburgh Branch
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud. All ages welcome!

Discovery Room – Puppets on Parade - New York Transit Museum
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Stop by the Education Center to explore our April theme of puppetry, with transit-themed puzzles, books, toys, building materials and a puppet stage! Build a bus or train puppet to tell your transportation tale. Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults

Family Workshop – Shadow Puppet Storytelling - New York Transit Museum
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Design shadow puppets that animate your tale of travel, with a vintage subway car as our stage. Ages 5+ and accompanying adults

Art for Kids with NORTE MAAR - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Local kids meet professional artists, dancers, craft makers, architects and more! Explore books and art with these special guest artists!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science and math through music, stories, art and play will help you and your child get ready for school. The experience of learning together with peers also teaches children important social-emotional skills that will help them adjust to being in a classroom environment. Each week, we explore one of the five early literacy practices: READING, WRITING, TALKING, SINGING, and PLAYING. Parents and caregivers learn how to use these practices to develop their children's oral language and pre-reading skills. Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for a fun Saturday family storytime! No registration required.

FLOUR SHOP 'The Power of Sprinkles' Cakebook Signing - FLOUR SHOP
April 13, 2019 - New York

Amirah Kassem – the incredible baker and founder behind FLOUR SHOP – spreads joy through sprinkles and smiles during her special Cake Book Signing for the release of her new cakebook, "The Power of Sprinkles!" Cake lovers of all ages are invited to come out for free face painting and rainbow fun. Books will be available for purchase at the store at $24.99ea and, with every purchase, guests will receive a free Push-Pop (while supplies last). No RSVP necessary; event is open to the public.

Ready, Set, Play! - Chelsea Piers Field House
April 14, 2019 - New York

Join JDRF's New York City/Long Island Chapter for Ready, Set, Play! Gain an exclusive pass to Chelsea Piers for a day full of fun and entertainment for all ages. Guests will enjoy carnival games, arts & crafts, live DJ, snacks and SO much more! Best of all, proceeds raised will support JDRF and our vision of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.

Spring Sunday at Rockefeller Center - Rockefeller Center
April 14, 2019 - New York

To celebrate Easter and the Spring Season, families with children are invited to join artist Hein Koh, musicians Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza, author Brandon Stosuy, FAO Schwarz mascots Patrick and Penelope, and more at “Spring Sunday” for a free afternoon of artmaking and family-friendly activities on Sunday, April 14th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Plaza Level (located between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan. All artwork created during Hein Koh’s “The Garden of Just Delightful” workshop will be on display at the Ticket Booth in the Rockefeller Center concourse in the following weeks. “Spring Sunday” is a public program offering families the opportunity to create with local artist, Hein Koh while enjoying performances by Grammy award winner Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza; readings from Brandon Stosuy author of “We are Music” and “Music Is” with accompaniment by special musical guests; a magic show; as well as activations including: face painting, a photo booth, craft-making, demonstrations from Bluprint and The Shop at NBC Studios, and more. Attendees can purchase delicious offerings from Sugarfina, Jacques Torres, Harry’s Italian P... (read more)

Pillowland - The Pete at The Flea Theater
April 14, 2019 - new york

Pillowland presented by NYC Children's Theater Written by Barbara Zinn Krieger (Ballerina Swan) Devised by Jonathan Shmidt Chapman (Up and Away) Directed by Khalia Davis (Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt) Based on the song by Laurie Berkner Stanley always has trouble falling asleep - even counting sheep doesn't help! When he receives an invitation to visit the Kingdom of Pillowland, he sets off on an exciting adventure with his friends Finn, Quinn and you! From the company that brought you Please Bring Balloons comes a new interactive play for your youngest theatergoers based on the hit song by Laurie Berkner. 50 minutes duration. October 7, 2018 - April 14, 2019 | 10am and 12pm | Select Sundays through April 14th The Pete at The Flea Theater 20 Thomas Street New York, NY 10007 (212) 226-0051 *Before Pillowland opens join us for FREE Story Time on Saturday, September 15th at 11am at Strand Books (ADD the address for Strand books here) Pillowland is best for ages 2-5 Tickets: $25.00 | Tickets on sale at : https://nycchildrenstheater.org/shows-and-events/current-season/ #Pillowland

Wagashi - Japan Society
April 14, 2019 - New York

Experience the many aspects of Japanese art and culture through a variety of artmaking experiences. School-aged children and their families enjoy the opportunity to construct works of art based on a different theme each month. Wagashi A wagashi confectioner will lead families in making their own artistic Japanese sweets inspired by spring. Delicate, artisanal confections, wagashi are traditionally served as an accompaniment to the tea ceremony.

Discovery Room – Puppets on Parade - New York Transit Museum
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Stop by the Education Center to explore our April theme of puppetry, with transit-themed puzzles, books, toys, building materials and a puppet stage! Build a bus or train puppet to tell your transportation tale. Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults

April Kids Vacation Week - Chatham Bars Inn
Through April 21, 2019 - Chatham

APRIL KIDS VACATION WEEK FEATURING PIRATES! We have created the perfect setting for family fun, entertainment, and education this upcoming kids vacation week. Join us April 12 to 21, 2019 to enjoy an array of vacation week adventures for your little ones and let us surprise them with a few pirate themed fun! Our team of professional recreation team members offer attractive comprehensive mix of kids activities, pirate scavenger treasure hunts, pirate trivia and movie nights, build-a-pirate-ship regatta, kids cooking class with our chef, an art workshop lead by the Chatham Creative Arts Center, and much more. Let's pose for photos, be entertained, have fun and create beautiful memories together. Yarrgh! For reservations, please contact our concierge at 508.945.6872

FAO Easter Experiences - FAO Schwarz
Through April 21, 2019 - New York

FAO Schwarz’s first Easter back in NYC is packed with holiday fun. Not only is the country’s oldest toy store stocked with plush bunnies, candy, baskets, toys and more, but the store is offering a series of events and activations for families, including photos, crafts and even Easter-themed manicures for tiny fingers. Activities include: FAO Schwarz's Patrick and Penelope the pups dressed as the Easter Bunny, taking complimentary photos of guests every Saturday and Sunday from March 30-April 21 from 12pm-1pm and 4pm-5pm In-store custom embroidery from Bunnies By The Bay offers the opportunity to personalize bunnies, blankets and more on the mezzanine level Kid Made Modern is hosting Easter arts & crafts where kids can decorate their own six-egg crate on the third floor Alex Spa is offering Easter-themed manicures and hair styling on the second floor Hatchimals has color and craft Easter baskets on the mezzanine level

SNAP - The New Victory Theater
Through April 28, 2019 - New York

Poof! Presto! Snap! Playing with space, time and the otherworldly, this eclectic ensemble of South Korean illusionists will boggle your mind with their impressive powers of prestidigitation. Mixing dexterous sleight of hand, Chaplin-esque vaudevillian comedy and ingenious visual effects, SNAP conjures a marvelous, magical cabaret perfect for the whole family. SNAP has a running time of 70 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for everyone 6 and up.

SNAP - The New Victory Theater
Through April 28, 2019 - New York

Poof! Presto! Snap! Playing with space, time and the otherworldly, this eclectic ensemble of South Korean illusionists will boggle your mind with their impressive powers of prestidigitation. Mixing dexterous sleight of hand, Chaplin-esque vaudevillian comedy and ingenious visual effects, SNAP conjures a marvelous, magical cabaret perfect for the whole family. For everyone 6 and up GRUEJARM Production From Busan, South Korea

SNAP - The New Victory Theater
Through April 28, 2019 - New York

Poof! Presto! Snap! Playing with space, time and the otherworldly, this eclectic ensemble of South Korean illusionists will boggle your mind with their impressive powers of prestidigitation. Mixing dexterous sleight of hand, Chaplin-esque vaudevillian comedy and ingenious visual effects, SNAP conjures a marvelous, magical cabaret perfect for the whole family. SNAP has a running time of 70 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for everyone 6 and up.

FunikiJam’s MUSIC GARDEN: Spring Celebration! Returns to the Off-Broadway Stage at Actors Temple Theatre with special performances for Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day  - Actors Temple Theatre
Through May 12, 2019 - New York

The award-winning music education and entertainment company, FunikiJam will present its original family musical, MUSIC GARDEN: Spring Celebration! starting April 14th at Actors Temple Theatre with special performances for Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. The 2019 production, as part of FunikiJam’s 12 week city-wide “Music Garden” program of classes & events geared for young children and families, explores music and culture of Europe, South America, and Nashville with a special focus on Spanish language.     When international artists The Agents of Jam accept a mission to celebrate Spring around the world, they don't need a map ... they just "follow the tunes!" This lively show -- aimed at kids ages 2 to 10 -- invites you to join in on the globe-spanning musical adventure as "new recruits." Guided by Captain Jam (writer and lead Brian Barrentine) and The Agents of Jam, you'll explore European and South American cultures, learning lively songs, rhymes and stories. Kids can get out of their seats to dance and sing along when Music Garden sprouts up at the Actors' Temple Theatre in the heart of the theatre district.   FunikiJam was founded by Brian Barrentine in 1999 to ... (read more)

Gentle Martial Arts for Kids - Aikido - Aikido of Westchester
Through December 28, 2019 - White Plains

Give Your Child the Gift of Aikido Aikido is a gentle martial art that teaches children how to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way and practice self-defense techniques that help develop focused, calm minds and strong bodies. Aikido helps increase children's coordination, flexibility and balance while learning a practical skill that extends to everyday life. Classes Year Round Our program is open to girls and boys ages 6-12. Classes are held every Saturday 9-10 am and last approximately one hour.

Connected Worlds - New York Hall of Science
Through January 31, 2020 - Flushing Meadows, Queens

The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will open Connected Worlds, its exciting and groundbreaking new exhibition on environmental sustainability, on June 27, 2015. Presented in NYSCI's iconic Great Hall, Connected Worlds is a fully immersive, digitally rendered interactive experience where visitors are encouraged to explore the interconnectedness of different environments, learn about the importance of keeping systems in balance, and see how our individual and collective actions can have widespread impact. Through their gestures and movements, visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects, and see how human decisions affect the environment. "Connected Worlds reflects what NYSCI is all about – a playful hands-on activity, a focus on problem-solving, and deep engagement with a topic. Connected Worlds gives visitors confidence in their ability to effect change, and empowers them within a larger environment," said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. "This leads to passionate learners – a hallmark of the NYSCI experience." Connected Worlds features gesture-based technologies that generate and project images onto seven massive screens. Six... (read more)

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