Lincoln Center Announces Expanded Family Programming

Attention, culture vultures! The world-famous Lincoln Center has recently announced an expansion to its family programming, starting with family shows this month and a free Spring Fling event in May. It is also launching LC Kids, a membership program  that will give kids and families special access and events, geared toward exposing children to creative and performance-based opportunities and encouraging their interest the arts.

Enjoying the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center. Photo by Iwan Baan

To celebrate the launch of the new programming, Lincoln Center Kids has announced a great line-up of family performances in the coming months (including the Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show this Saturday, April 26) and the LC Kids Spring Fling on May 9, which will consist of various performances, crafts, and activities that will span across all of the plazas of Lincoln Center. Children are invited to partake in a sing-along at the Revson Fountain with Dan Zanes, try out some new moves with Angelina Ballerina author Katharine Holabird, and take a dance lesson with instructors from the Dancing Classroom–all for free! The New York Philharmonic, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Little Orchestra Society, and the Big Apple Circus will also be hosting activities throughout the afternoon.

LC Kids (photo by Martin Schott)

Starting in May, LC Kids will offer five levels of family membership including a free level to give families the opportunity to participate more fully in the arts, specifically families with diverse means. All LC Kids members will receive a subscription to the LC Kids monthly e-newsletter, invitations to LC Kids events, discounts on Lincoln Center Guided Tours, special offers for select family-friendly performances in NYC, and a Lincoln Center Passport for each child.

Stay tuned for the launch of the new Kids.LincolnCenter.org in late April, which will feature campus-wide listings of family events, kid-friendly campus maps, and printable coloring pages. Detailed descriptions of each show/event will include running times, helpful tips, and neighborhood information – all designed to make a visit to Lincoln Center an enjoyable experience for parents and children of all ages.

Other noteworthy LC Kids performances coming up this spring include a concert by H’Sao Oria, a Montreal Afro-pop group that will get the family dancing, and the internationally acclaimed master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, who will share her repertoire of stories and songs from the African and African-American oral traditions.

For more information about LC Kids and upcoming events, visit Kids.LincolnCenter.org!