The city that never sleeps is the perfect place for high-energy kids. And there’s no question that New York is full of museums, theaters, zoos, and other spots kids love. Use this list as a guide to some of the family-friendly events happening this month in NYC.
American Museum of Natural History
Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence: discover organisms that produce light, through Jan. 2013; Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration: exhibit transports visitors to the moon, Mars, and beyond, through Aug. 2012
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Pattern Wizardry: a trilingual exhibit with playful activities focusing on elements of pattern such as spirals and tessellations, Apr. 3-Sept. 2
This Earth Day festival at the Javits Center includes a Green Kids Zone full of engaging and educational activities for children, Apr. 21–22
Kindiefest: kid-friendly acts rock out at Littlefield in Brooklyn, including Bari Koral Family Rock Band, 12–4 PM, Apr. 29
The Little Orchestra Society
Peter and the Wolf: the orchestra performs as children learn to recognize the instruments and themes of each character,The Kaye Playhouse, Apr. 21 and 22
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things: magician Max Darwin performs using visual magic, comedy, juggling, and audience participation, 4:30 PM, Saturdays through June 30
The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater
The Berenstain Bears LIVE! (musical): Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food and Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, weekends; Go Green! Prince Charming’s Quest for Love and Ecology in NYC: this musical fairytale tells of a Prince Charming whose passion is saving the earth, Apr. 20–21; Scheme of the Superbullies (musical): a superhero princess must save her school, Apr. 27–28
The New Victory Theater
Plop!: this play has preschoolers using gadgets and gizmos to help stop the terrible plop, ages 2-5, Apr. 26-May 13; Ahhh HA!: see comedians fly and acrobats dance, all ages, Mar. 30-Apr. 14
New World Stages
Gazillion Bubble Show (shown): step into an interactive and soapy world of colorful bubble artistry, all ages, weekends
New York Hall of Science
BubbleMania: see how science can turn an ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary, 1 and 2 PM, Apr. 9-15
The Players Theatre
Alice in Wonderland: tumble down the rabbit hole with the whimsical cast of characters in this new musical, and attend a one-hour pre-show arts workshop, all ages, weekends through May 20
South Street Seaport Museum
This historical museum offers a gallery talk and craft for children ages 6–9 every other Sat. (Apr. 14 and 28) at 10:30 AM, registration required at email@example.com. An Apr. 22 Earth Day event will also occur.
Editor’s Note: Listings are subject to change without notice. Please call before you go for complete event details and reservations.