The Best Spring Theater for NYC Kids: 17 Fabulous Shows

The spring is always a great time for family theater, but this season looks particularly exciting. There are page-to-stage adaptations of cool kid lit (The Little Red Fish for toddlers and Seedfolks for tweens); wordless spectacles to captivate all ages (clown show Air Play and underwater spectacle Symphonie Fantastique); and Lincoln Center's Big Umbrella Festival, the first-ever monthlong performance fest for children on the autism spectrum.

While on Broadway it's all Frozen, Harry Potter, and Mean Girls mania, there's no need to shell out big bucks to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in NYC. Most of the 17 shows we're spotlighting are just $25—or less—per ticket.

Long Island Restaurants with Fun Entertainment for Kids

Feeling like a slave to the kitchen as you prepare mac and cheese for the third time this week? Drop the ho-hum dinner routine and head to one of these local restaurants that serve up food and fun.

A number of eateries in Nassau and Suffolk counties pair kid-sized meals with giant-sized fun. So whether you prefer the neighborhood mom-and-pop or the local destination of a national chain, your little ones are guaranteed a good time and a healthy lunch or dinner choice.

For more inspiration, see our guide to kid-friendly dining on Long Island. And while you're at it, check out our list of LI restaurants where kids eat FREE.

Must-See Cherry Blossoms in New Jersey's Branch Brook Park

You don't have to travel to Washington, D.C., to see a stunning display of cherry blossoms this spring. You can enjoy the lush pink blooms right here in New Jersey this month at the 42nd annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, held in Newark's Branch Brook Park from April 7–15.

The event features two festivals-within-the-festival—Essex County Family Day and Bloomfest!—both of which offer plenty of family fun, including performances, bounce houses, a nearby playground, live music, and Japanese cultural demonstrations. It all takes place under the fragrant canopy of the sprawling park's 5,000 cherry blossom trees—the largest collection in the country. 

Read on for an overview of Branch Brook Park and the festival, along with tips for visiting with kids.

23 Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families

Spring is here and so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime season filled with festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to put some of these events on your family's calendar. The variety is remarkable- from science to art, from nature to culture, from food to fitness, there is truly something for everyone. Bad weather can impact some of these outdoor events so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable. 

For more fun things to do this season, check out our Spring Fun Guide for Philly Families. Now, browse through our list below and get ready for a great spring!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Bubbles, Peacocks, Airport Artwalk, and King Tut

Think about time: consider the simple bubble, perfect in its creation but gone in an instant. Ponder the boy who was never a man but became a king. He lived but a moment but is remembered for the ages. (And he had Really. Cool. Stuff.)

How are you using your time? For one morning you can make your voice heard: take to the streets and let everyone know how you feel. Take a moment to honor others who made a difference. In this time of change, you can greet the season with rides and maybe a free tree.

How is your energy being spent this weekend? For one hour you can conserve it: shut off the lights and give the earth a rest. (Use the moment to listen to the stars perhaps.)

It's all about focus: if I give you wings, do you preen and strutDo you see the beauty? or do you take to the skies?

Whatever you choose to do, I'll be right here.

Keep reading for our timeliest picks for the weekend.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bayou City Art Festival, Kite Festival, March 24-25

Spring is in the air, and we could not be more excited! Bring on more time spent outdoors basking in the warmer weather, whether that means hanging out at your favorite family-friendly brewery, snapping quintessential photos in the bluebonnets, or checking out somewhere new as a family (we recommend the San Jacinto Battleground or Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center!).

The Easter Bunny is also starting to make his rounds this week, and is showing up at Houston Party Playland, the Fresno Community Easter Egg Hunt, and brunch at Rob Fleming Park, just to name a few. This is the perfect weekend to get in an early fix of the Easter Bunny before things really gear up next week! 

If you're trying to plan past the weekend, or just looking for even more ideas, we have a wealth of resources to help! Our event calendar gives a daily breakdown of what's happening in and around our city, our March GoList highlights the best events occurring throughout the month, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids is pretty much your ultimate Houston bucket list. With so many different options, it's easy to stay busy having fun around the city. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have all of our newest content delivered straight to your inbox. 

Have an event you'd like to share? We would love to help you promote it! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll do take care of the rest. 

On that note, let's take a look at what's on tap for the weekend. 

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Holi, Owls, and Woolapalooza, Mar 24-25

If March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb then it must be on it's way out (whew!) since the first wool festival of the season is happening on Saturday. Speaking of animals, families can celebrate owls of all kinds and create bunnies of their own. We all know Easter is coming up and egg hunts abound, but other holiday festivities worth exploring include this (free!) Holi dance performance, and a Passover family concert

Don't forget to help teach kids how to go green by turning the lights out for Earth Hour

Weekend Fun: Inventgenuity, Carousels, Passover, and Egg Hunts

We might be in the middle of a Nor'Easter, but we are hopping into spring (or bust) this weekend! A sure sign warmer weather is on the way? Carousels all around town are starting to spin. On Saturday, kids can once again vie for the brass ring at the Forest Park Carousel and Flushing Meadows, and the Battery's SeaGlass Carousel is now open every day as well. Also on Saturday, Luna Park opens for the season, and a small $5 donation scores a wristband to ride all day... and mini golf, go-kart, and batting cage fans can celebrate opening day at Staten Island Fun Park.

On Saturday, families with a penchant for activism can make their voices heard in solidarity with the Parkland, Florida teens by falling in step with March for Our Lives or the Brooklyn Children's Museum's March Against Gun Violence.

On Sunday, Passover events make an appearance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Jewish Museum, and the Kaufman Center produces a family musical, Schlemiel Crooks, in anticipation of the upcoming holiday.

Easter is actually not until April 1, but the Bunny came early this year and he's fully employed this weekend at egg hunts: Kids can catch up with him on Saturday at the Bartow-Pell Mansion, Brooklyn's Industry City, Highbridge Park, Old Stone House, Marine Park (to name just a few locations), and on Sunday for brunch at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, and at Carl Schurz Park's 11th Annual Egg Hunt. 

You know the drill. For more, more, more, peruse the March GoList, FREE things to do this month, and our ever-expanding calendar.


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