Worried about keeping the kids entertained over NYC’s 11-day spring break? We know it’s daunting, but we’ve also got it covered for you.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Francaise present an arts festival specifically targeted to youths. This festival combines philosophy and music, circus and magic, design, dance and gastronomy in a series of programming featuring installations and workshops incorporating work from a bevy of French and global artists. Some highlights of the event include a large-scale, immersive installation by Hervé Tullet, author and illustrator of over 75 children’s books, including Press Here. Congolese theater director Toto Kisaku will lead families through costume creations, sound effects, and recite his favorite African folktales. The Juilliard Orchestra teams up with the Met Museum to complement the museum’s exhibit of terra-cotta warrior sculptures. And don’t miss Steréokids, a mini European dance music festival for families with French DJ Pedro Winter, aka Busy P. Various ages, locations, prices, and times. See website for details.
Various locations Until Sunday April 16 2017
At New York City’s annual Earth Day celebration in Union Square, tots can watch live performances, get in on family-friendly activities and check out displays and demonstrations by local environmentally conscious businesses. This year is bound to be extra special—it’s the 50th anniversary of the holiday. All ages.
Union Square, Tuesday April 18 2017
Every year on Easter Sunday, kids can skate with the Easter Bunny on the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center. A little birdy told us this bunny really has some moves, too! Looking for more easter fun? Be sure to make a reservation at Stella 34 Trattoria (inside Macy’s Herald Square, available April 15 and 16 at 10am) for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny as well. Parents will enjoy prosecco bellinis, and children will love family-style breakfast served at your table. Did we mention there’s also face-painting, balloon animals and a takeaway Easter treat, too?
The Rink at Rockefeller Center , Sunday April 16 2017
The outlandish haberdashery on display—ten-foot-tall hats, costumed pets, bonnets with live birds nestled inside—more than makes up for the lack of floats at this annual see-and-be-seen parade. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for chapeau artistry. Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts. All ages.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral , Sunday April 16 2017
Be sure to take lots of pictures of whatever you do.
Is there something your kids love to do that isn’t on the list? Please share!
Have a great spring break!
Source: Time Out NYC