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New York Family Event

May is Bike Month in NYC and The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show: Benefiting Transportation Alternatives is back! The show takes place on the weekend of April 28 and 29 at the Skylight Soho and is a fun and energetic environment where families can learn safe cycling tips, check out one-of-a kind bikes and accessories and get details on bike initiatives in the city. For info, visit

Contests & Giveaways

Imagination Movers will be making a NJ Camp Fair Datesone-day stop in NYC on their Rock-O-Matic tour. And we have two family four-packs of tickets to give away for their shows on Saturday, May 5 at the Best Buy Theater. To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us something about your child's imagination. Then, email with "Imagination" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, April 27. 


A children's book of sheer whimsy, Along NJ Camp Fair DatesA Long Road by the award-winning Frank Viva uses five colors and pithy dialogue to create a joyful two-wheeled ride for ages 2-6. Five lucky readers will win a copy of the book! To enter, send an email to with "Long Road" in the subject line. Deadline to enter is Friday, April 27.

Weekend Plans & More    

Kermit the Frog taught us that it's good to be green. And with Earth Day nearing, we rounded up over 10 unique events for your family to try; including the premiere of The New York Children's Theater Festival and two eco fests for families. (Friday-Sunday)


The Young Child Expo & Conference at Hotel Pennsylvania is great for parents and professionals with an interest in special needs, gifted and bilingual children, covering hot topics like early diagnosis and emotional intelligence. (Friday)


TRIBECA FILM FEST FUN: The World Financial Center's drive-in series continues with a screening of The Goonies. Get there early for a "truffle shuffle" contest and treasure hunt. (Friday)


Ogle at art from up-and-coming galleries and artists at the Affordable Art Fair. Kids can create animations and Andy Warhol-inspired pictures. (Friday-Sunday)


Young Thomas Klopper sees things that others can't. A story ripe with humor, struggle and hope, older kids will love The Book of Everything opening at the New Victory Theater this weekend. (Friday-Sunday)


Join Moey's Music Party for a weekend of princess fun. Following free concerts at Mary Arnold Toys and J&R Jr., the pink carpet will be put down for The Princess Ball at the New York Junior League Ballroom. (Saturday-Monday)


Animal Tales Extravaganza returns to the Bronx Zoo this weekend, bigger and more creature-themed than ever! Yo Gabba Gabba and Curious George are this weekend's highlights. (Saturday-Sunday)


Children ages 10 and up can create large-scale pals at the free PEN Puppet Workshops. The results will be used during mobile performances along the NYC Highline. (Saturday-Sunday)

Don't miss the season finale of The Little Orchestra's Lolli-Pops series. Ages 3-5 will love identifying instruments during the orchestral version of Peter & The Wolf. (Saturday-Sunday)


Earth Day aside, there are two marvelous events focused on the man-made to look forward to. Kids can create an entire city skyline with poster paper at The Skyscraper Museum's Body Buildings workshop. Or design a structure at the Reading Buildings event through The Museum of the City of New York. (Saturday)


Head to J&R Jr. for their Family Photography Day, sponsored by, where kids ages seven and up can learn photo composition, manual settings and menu options. Don't have a gizmo? One will provided for you! (Saturday)


The music of The Big Easy comes to life in an interactive family concert, What is New Orleans Jazz? at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Saturday)


Once Upon a Story at the Shadow Box Theatre lets kids spend Saturday morning with classic American folk tales and legends like good ol' Johnny Appleseed. (Saturday)


Bring tween and teen muggles to the Met for a Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt to find Harry Potter art and objects throughout the museum. (Saturday)


TRIBECA FILM FEST FUN: Get your kicks at Hudson River Park's Pier 40 for the Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day. The free day features soccer drills, scrimmages and celebs. (Saturday)


Bust out that map and head to SoHo for the CitiBabes Scavenger Hunt. Kiddos will search for travel-themed items at community hotspots and end the day with a welcome home party. (Sunday)


Hello, a dance party just for kids! The Broad Street Ballroom hosts the Little Club Heads for groovers 12 months and up. (Sunday)


Baby Got Bach's final performance of the season rolls through Le Poisson Rouge. This jam session features music, comics, ballerinas and a make-your-own instrument workshop. (Sunday)


TRIBECA FILM FEST FUN: For movies by kids and for kids, check out the Downtown Youth Behind The Camera showcase followed by a forum with the student filmmakers. (Sunday)  

For even more events this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar .   

Bonus Tips  

One of our favorite events of the year for moms--The Mommybites Summit--is coming up on Wednesday, May 2! They bill it as The Ultimate Moms' Night Out--and we agree. It's a delightful mix of shopping, socializing and learning, and this year includes one of our favorite speakers, The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin. For info, click here.


The Dicapo Opera Theatre makes an intimidating art form fun and accessible for kids. This weekend, catch a family-friendly one-hour production of La Traviata, as part of their Opera for Kids series.  

April 19-25, 2012

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