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Big Fun in the Big Apple in May


waterfront museumThe city that never sleeps is the perfect place for high-energy 
kids. And there’s no question that New York is full of museums, zoos, theaters, and other spots kids love. Use this list as a guide to some of the family-friendly events happening this month in NYC.

Carnegie Hall


Salzburg Marionette Theater: pianist András Schiff and the Salzburg Marionette Theater present the children’s ballet The Toy Shop. Pre-concert activities take place one hour before the performance, 1 pm, May 6

The Central Park Zoo

Mother’s Day Celebration: meet a variety of animal moms and their babies, make treats for the animals, go on a scavenger hunt, have cake, and more, ages 3–10 with adult, 11 am–12:30 pm, May 13

DiMenna Children’s History Museum


This museum, housed on the lower level of the New-York Historical Society, allows for exploration of New York and American history with character-based pavilions, a children’s library, and interactive exhibits and games

Galli Theater

Aladdin: this all-ages, interactive show centers around a poor boy, a magical lamp, and a wicked magician, May 5–27

The Jewish Museum

Timbalooloo with Oran Etkin: this whimsical concert for families blends global melodies and rhythms in an interactive way that kids can grasp, 2 pm, May 6

The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids

Hot Peas ‘N Butter: Latin and Afro-
Caribbean music, jazz, folk, and rock, May 5, Jamaica Performing Arts Center; Itty Biddies: go on a journey of the imagination through storytelling and song, May 6 at Bronx Library Center, May 19 at University Settlement

The Morgan Library & Museum

Spring Family Fair: in celebration of the exhibition In the Company of Animals, children ages 6-12 and their families make animal masks, explore music, dance, and more, 2–5 pm, May 6

The Museum of Modern Art


Material Lab: touch, assemble, and create. Experiment with painting techniques using a new digital painting program from Microsoft, through Aug. 31

The New York Botanical Garden

Observe and Create: in response to the new Monet exhibit, families can discover their artistic skills with drawing and painting in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, May 19–Sept. 30

New York Hall of Science

Animation: explore animation from concept to finished product. Cartoon Network characters provide backdrop for the exhibition, through Sept. 2

The Waterfront Museum


Free open boat tours at Hudson River Park Pier 25, May 5, 6, 11, and 13; Pirate School (shown): get a mix of comedy, magic, and music at this swashbuckling family show performed aboard the showboat, May 12 

What else is going on this May for families in the BIg Apple? Please let us know!

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