• Weekend Planner: Fun Family Activities in NYC (May 16-18)

    Mamapalooza + Baby Show Blowout + Student Art Extravaganza + Much More

    By New York Family
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    Madison Square Park’s Spring Kids Fest

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    *The New York Baby Show will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, at Pier 92 (which is near West 52nd Street and the West Side Highway), from 10 to 4 both days!

    Click HERE for info & details about the New York Baby Show, and to use the discount code NYFBABY to get $10 off of a family ticket (normally $30).

    Or visit newyorkbabyshow.com!

    *Central Park boasts 843 acres of delights—we’ve narrowed down five special features of the park –from activities to areas especially worth exploring this month. Read on!

    WEEKEND PLANNER

    STARTING FRIDAY
    *Take in a special matinee performance by pre-professional students at the Ballet Academy East that includes George Balanchine’s classic La Source. Enjoy the show!  (Friday-Sunday)

    *Join STREB and the Extreme Action Company for FORCES, the theater of flight at SLAM. Powerful stuff! (Friday-June 22)

    *Greenlight Bookstore presents their featured book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend—draw your own imaginary friends and take photos with your real ones. Bring a pal! (Friday)

    STARTING SATURDAY

    *Celebrate spring at a very special kids fest featuring snacks, live shows, and games at Madison Square Park. Head outside! (Saturday)

    *Check out the 8th annual Dance Parade featuring over 10,000 dancers from ballerinas to break dancers. After the parade, head to Tompkins Square Park for a party. Calling all dancers! (Saturday)

    *The 9th Avenue International Food Festival between 42nd and 57th Streets is the oldest and largest of its kind—browse treats from all over the world. Come hungry! (Saturday-Sunday)

    *Catch a one-hour child-friendly production by the American Ballet Theatre featuring highlights from their repertoire. Take your seat! (Saturday)

    *The Taste of Tribeca is an outdoor food fest that brings together the top chefs of the neighborhood—there’s a kid’s zone for little ones and a wine tour for the adults. Taste the flavors! (Saturday)

    *In honor of the New-York Historical Society’s “Audubon’s Aviary” exhibition, watch a presentation about bird life in NYC and then help feed one of the birds in the care of the Wild Bird Fund at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Love birds? (Saturday)

    STARTING SUNDAY

    *Watch Dorothy and her pals travel through the land of Oz at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. We’re off to see the Wizard! (Sunday)

    *Flow, an annual summer art exhibition at Randall’s Island Park, is having a grand opening that is free and open to the public. Take in the sights! (Sunday)

    *The 11th annual Mamapalooza at Riverside Park commences this weekend with family concerts, kids activities, food vendors, and more. Celebrate mom! (Sunday)

    *Swing by Greenwood Park for Hip Tot Family Day complete with family-friendly music, crafts, and stories. Bring the whole fam! (Sunday)

    *Musician Walter Martin of The Walkmen fame has created a family-friendly album, “We’re All Young Together.” Watch him perform and enjoy some ice cream at Littlefield.  Sing along! (Sunday)

    *Jamie Adkins and his newest act, “Circus Incognitus,” is coming to the Tribeca Performing Arts Center for an incredible night of entertainment. Be wowed! (Sunday)

    *Travel back in time for some classic old street games, including jacks, stickball, hit the penny and more along Eldridge Street. Take it to the street! (Sunday)

    *The Big Apple Circus features animal acts, clowns, acrobats, and more at Cunningham Park in Queens. Circus time! (Sunday-June 15)

    *Le Vent Du Nord perform at the Abrons Art Center as one of Carnegie Hall’s neighborhood concerts. The high-energy folk band incorporates a specific mix of French-Canadian and Celtic dance music, traditional tunes, and original songs into their show. Tap your toes! (Sunday)

    *Enjoy the Kidville at Sears Launch Party at the Newport Centre in Jersey City–expect stories, songs, crafts and more. Yay Kidville! (Sunday)

    STARTING TUESDAY

    *Head to Union Square Park for the kick-off of the largest student exhibition in NYC parks history. Citywide students in LeAp’s Public Art Program will unveil their artworks, which will later be installed in all five boroughs. Appreciate the art! (Tuesday)

    Click here for our full calendar of events!