• Weekend Planner: Fun Family Activities in NYC (March 21-23)

    Four Awesome Circuses + The Met For Kids + Fun With Birds + Much More Family Fun

    By New York Family
    Casus_Knee Deep 01_(c) Sean Young

    Casus at New Victory Theater. Photo by Sean Young

    For all its riches, the Metropolitan Museum of Art can be daunting to families. To make it a bit more approachable, we’ve unearthed 5 Things That Families Can Do Right Now at the Met, from an unforgettable exhibition of Chinese contemporary art to story time in the Nolen Library.

    In a city of incredible neighborhoods, we thought we’d introduce a series of family fun guides. First up: SoHo! Discover seven amazing things to do with kids in the nabe.

    Read on for this weekend’s fun events, and for our full calendar of events, click here!

    STARTING THURSDAY

    Cirque du Soleil is transforming Citi Field into a “mysterious island where beauty and courage await” in Amaluna. Watch the acrobatics! (Thursday through May 11)

    Celebrating 20 years under the Big Top, UniverSoul Circus is thrilled to present its dazzling 2014 tour with a stop in the Bronx. Expect to be dazzled! (Thursday through April 2)

    The Ringling Bros. take over New Jersey’s Izod Center this weekend with their Legends show set to summon animals from the past like unicorns to the stage. Stand in awe! (Thursday through Sunday)

    STARTING FRIDAY

    Australia’s new contemporary circus company, Casus, is bringing you acrobatics like you’ve never seen them before at New Victory Theater in a show called “Knee Deep.” Take a seat! (Friday through March 30)

    Enjoy watercolors of birds by John James Audubon at the New-York Historical Society. Kids will love the accompanying bird calls and video footage of the featured birds . Fan of birds? (Friday through May 26)

    Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, will discuss their respective books, Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X and Grandfather Gandhi at Books of Wonder.  Learn about history! (Friday)

    STARTING SATURDAY

    Join Howard Eisenberg, author of Guess Who Zoo, for an interactive workshop, in which kids will be able to use rhymes and songs to learn about different animals, at the Poet’s House. Calling all animal lovers! (Saturday)

    The talented Oklahoma City duo Sugar Free Allstars brings their unique, high-energy sound to Symphony Space. Prepare for a great show! (Saturday)

    The Newberry Film Festival allows young filmmakers to create 90-second video versions of Newberry Award-winning books. Come to the screening at the New York Public Library. Reserve your seat!  (Saturday)

    Join educators for a spring hike around the Greenbelt Nature Center with a special visit to the LaTourette house. Get outside! (Saturday)

    Make a sand art bottle project and create scrapbooks  filled with photos and memories at Poe Park.  Have a memorable day! (Saturday)

    STARTING SUNDAY

    Macy’s annual flower show is taking place at Herald Square. Have your kids browse the endless arrays of colorful plants, flowers, and tablescapes. Enjoy the show! (Sunday through April 6)

    Central Park is a hot spot for birds migrating back home. Bring kids ages 5 & up to learn more on a walk with experts from the NYC Audubon Society and Conservancy Discovery Guides. Bring your binoculars! (Sunday)

    An award-winning theater group from Sweden is bringing an innovative rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film “The Kid” to the stage at BAM Fisher. Watch and learn! (Sunday through March 30)

    Children’s educator Julia Attaway will conduct a workshop for children ages 4 to 7 that will teach them how to identify the first plants to emerge this spring at Fort Tyron Park. Eye the flowers! (Sunday)

    Catch the Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth at Coney Island where performers under age 21 will juggle, dance, and contort themselves. Be amazed! (Sunday)

     

  • Calendar

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    Blue Man Group

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    Cinderella on Broadway

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    Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs at American Museum of Natural History

    Take a walk back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. In AMNH's latest exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the... [more]

    Blue Man Group

    This literally blue trio combines theater, art, and technology into a fascinatingly original performance that’s hard to describe. It’s recommended... [more]

    Cinderella on Broadway

    Originally produced for television in 1957 and starring an up-and-coming Julie Andrews, this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical made its Broadway... [more]

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