The hunt is on – for the best ways for kids to celebrate Easter. Besides Easter egg hunts (what’s more adorable than the kiddos racing around to grab those not-so-well-hidden plastic eggs?), we found plenty of parades, egg-decorating workshops, and Easter Bunny photo ops. Here are 36 events for a hopping fun Easter.
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• Start the Easter season off at the majestic 133-year-old Cathedral of St. John the Divine. At its Easter Eggstravaganza Children’s Art Workshop, kids will decorate hard-boiled eggs and build a nest for their masterpieces. (March 28)
• Give a big, toothy smile for your photo with the Easter Bunny at the Easter Egg Hunt at Bartow-Pell Mansion. Kids will also search for eggs around the gorgeous grounds as well as design their own holiday decorations. (This event is currently filled to capacity, but contact the museum to check for openings.) (March 28)
• Explore the world of Egg-citing Eggs at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Kids will learn about animals that come from eggs, examine a bird’s nest from the museum’s collection, and make their own nest to take home. (April 4 & 5)
• Join other little animals at the Bronx Zoo’s Eggstravaganza Egg Scavenger Hunt. Families can go on a self-guided scavenger hunt through the zoo, make crafts with the Children’s Museum of the Arts staff, and participate in a wildlife hat parade. (April 4 & 5)
•Parade your style at the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. Get creative and wear your finest or silliest lid along the Fifth Ave. route from 49th to 55th Sts. (April 5)
Show of hands, please. Who’s ready for spring? After months of vicious weather, we’re done with winter and can’t wait to get outside and let the kids burn off all that cooped-up energy. So take a deep breath of crisp, fresh air and read on to find out our 19 spring activities to celebrate nature and the great outdoors.
• Immerse yourself in all things floral at The Orchid Show: Chandeliers at the New York Botanical Garden. The conservatory has been transformed into lush rainforest, filled with tens of thousands of blossoming orchids from all over the world. Be sure to have your kids tilt their heads and look up (this year’s theme is chandeliers) at the profusion of dangling, hanging gorgeous orchids. (Now to April 19)
• Give your nose a treat at the Macy’s Flower Show at the flagship store at Herald Square. Called “Art in Bloom,” this year’s feast for the eyes is inspired by great works of art. The fun part of this exhibit is that kids can smell and breathe in the wild, sweet smell of all the blooms that fill the main floor. (March 22 to April 4)
• Welcome our feathered friends back and help visiting artist Matt Bua build a gigantic bird’s nest at Family Art Project: A Nest for Song Birds at Wave Hill. Kids will collect sticks, leaves, grasses, and found feathers for this community birds’ home. (April 11-12)
• Roll up your sleeves and become one with the earth at the Children’s Garden Spring Session at the Queens Botanical Garden. At this weekly get-together, kids plant and harvest their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers while learning about the natural world in a beautiful environment. (April 11-June 20)
• Go on an adventure and get a taste of the Adirondacks – right here in the city! At Woodlands Discovery Club: The North Woods, families meet weekly in Central Park’s North Woods, one of the park’s most secluded and peaceful areas, to explore and learn about nature through hands-on science activities. Hosted by Central Park Conservancy, this five-week session will leave kids with a greater appreciation and ownership of everyone’s favorite backyard – Central Park. (Session 1: April 18-May 16; Session 2: May 30-June 27)
• Pretend you’re in Japan at Sakura Matsuri, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. You’ll love meditating on the soft pink blossoms, while your kids will dig the Taiko drumming demonstrations, samurai sword fighting, and Bonsai kids’ workshops. (April 25-26)
Get ready for a fun weekend! Whether your kids will be draped in green for St. Patrick’s Day, spinning in circles in honor of Pi Day on 3/14/15, unleashing their inner artist, or exploring nature and enjoying warmer temps, RedRover has the event for you. Check out our top picks for the best weekend ever.
For Lads & Lassies on St. Patrick’s Day. The big blowout parade isn’t until next Tuesday, but your little leprechauns can get their green on at the Irish Dancing Workshop at the Children’s Museum of the Arts or the Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. (See our St. Patty’s Day post for more Irish-eyes-are-smiling fun this weekend.)
For Pie-Eyed Pi Fans. Spend Pi Day (3/14/15) at New York Hall of Science and help museum staff make its Mathematica exhibit more interactive or head over to the Museum of Math and enjoy a full day of special Pi-related activities.
For Mini Matisses. Kids can make their (painterly) mark at the Museum of Modern Art’s family arts workshop, create their own painted prayer wheel at the Rubin Museum, or immerse themselves in all things arty at the Artopia festival.
For Young Naturalists. Teach your kids the importance of tending to and taking care of the planet at Keeping It Green sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy, or plant seeds and learn about gardening at the Children’s Garden Family Day at the Queens Botanical Garden.
Sit Back and Enjoy the Show. Put on your dancing duds for Garifuna Drumming and Arts at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, get wowed by the Martha Graham Dance Company at the 92nd Y, hear Ethel and Friends’ classical music among classical works of arts at the Museum of Metropolitan Art, or giggle and sing along with The Paper Bag Players at the Jewish Museum.
Shake off those heavy drab winter coats! It’s time to lighten up and go green. Even if you don’t have a single drop of Irish blood carousing through your veins, you and the kiddos can still have a blast on St. Patrick’s Day. Kids love watching parades, painting shamrocks on their cheeks, noshing on green bagels, and hearing about naughty leprechauns. So get those Irish (and everyone else’s) eyes a-smiling, and check out RedRover’s 25 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
• Set the mood and take in some Irish flicks at Kids Film Fleadh at the Craicfest. Watch a fun program of award-winning shorts by Irish directors and then enjoy some Irish step dancing and storytelling. (March 7)
• Go ghost-hunting at “Spirit of the Irish” Candlelight Ghost Tour at the Merchant’s House Museum. It may be a lot of blarney, but many believe that this landmark is haunted by the Irish servants who once worked for the Tredwell family. (March 13)
The Siberian Express has buried most of us, but that’s no reason to seal up your front door and hibernate the rest of the winter away. Instead of developing a highly contagious bout of cabin fever, escape to one of the city’s museums with your kids and soak up some invigorating art and culture. So pull on your boots, find your kids’ missing mittens, and check out one of RedRover’s 17 best winter museum exhibits for kids.
• Yes, you are seeing spots – lots of ‘em. Spots, dots, fragments, and pixels are rearranged, built up, and broken down in Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces at the Children’s Museum of Art. Kids will learn that one small speck when multiplied and colored can create a rich, deep work of art. Best for kids age 4 and up. Now to May 3.
• Kids get to lift, launch and levitate at From Here to There at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Kids can experiment with hands-on exhibits that make learning about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun. All ages but best for your littlest scientists. Now to May 10.
Lemon yellow lion dancers, shiny red envelopes filled with crisp dollar bills, sugary intense sweets… what’s not to love about the Chinese Lunar New Year? Kids adore all the fun festivities that go along with the holiday, and we’ve culled together the best ones. Here are 18 ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the year of the sheep/goat.
• Go bang-bang at the Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival. Held at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, this event guarantees lots of snap, crackle, and pop – along with your fair share of treats and trinkets (Feb. 19).
Call it what you may – Presidents’ Week, Mid-Winter Break, or February Vacation – the fact remains that you’ve got a ton of big, long, empty days to fill and to keep the kids busy. Thankfully, many museums and cultural institutions have you in mind and have scheduled lots of cool stuff to do, from presidential scavenger hunts in New York to Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco. Here are 21 kid activities for the best mid-winter break ever.
• Be wowed by the big cats and amazing acrobats at a Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance (Feb. 18-19).
• Make a splash at Happy Feet Penguin Pool Party at the Mountain Aquatic Center where kids can swim, play games, watch a movie, and eat pizza (Feb. 20).
Valentine Day’s may be for lovers, but kids love this holiday too – just think of all those chubby-cheeked cupids and heart-shaped chocolates. And here at RedRover we know that the little ones in your life are really your greatest love, so we scoured the cities and found these 24 super fun kid-friendly activities for Valentine’s Day.
• Go classic at My Family Valentine where the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform musical pieces based on the greatest love stories of all time, including Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty (Feb. 14).
The Super Bowl isn’t the only game in town this weekend. Whether or not Sunday’s kickoff is the highlight of your family’s weekend, there is still a ton of fun going on in your city before the Big Game. Here are 21 kid events for an extra fun Super Bowl weekend.
Wanna give your kids an idea how long a football field is? Drive up to Snow Mountain Park and check out their winter wonderland — five football fields of frosty joy. Make it a real snow day – whether it be zooming down a 400-foot hill or building a monster snowman. For geek-inclined youngsters, don a lab coat at the Kids Science Show at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta or experiment with 3-D printing and create a Minecraft lighthouse at the Museum of Design Atlanta. Or swim with the fishes – or rather sleep with the fishes – at the Georgia Aquarium’s Sleepover. While many refer to Feb. 1 as Super Bowl Sunday, the Little House of Art has deemed it Princess Day. Dress the part and have a royally divine (and pink) day with arts & crafts, face-painting, and princess lessons!
Who doesn’t love a puppet show, especially when it’s freezing cold outside and your options for keeping the kids entertained are very limited? Even the squirmiest kids sit still after the curtain is pulled back. Throughout the winter, stop by one of these 17 super fun puppet shows in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, the Hamptons, and San Francisco. We guarantee you will be wowed by gorgeous marionettes and smitten with cuddly puppets.
Planted in the middle of Central Park, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre never fails to disappoint. Sponsored by the City Parks Foundation, the creative troupe delivers the goods with the perennial favorite Jack and the Beanstalk (Jan. 24-June 28). Over in Brooklyn, another classic fairytale – Sleeping Beauty — gets the puppet treatment at Puppetworks (Jan. 24-Mar. 29), which will be adding performances during the mid-winter school break (yea!). At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Yellow Sneaker throws a little music into the mix at its show (Jan. 25). This unique band uses cute puppets to keep the wee ones extra entertained as they groove to the tunes. For your youngest kiddos, stop by the Scandinavia House for Puppet Playtimes (Feb. 5 & 26). Join professional puppeteer Nicola McEldowney and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games.
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