The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo by Julie Markes
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo by Julie Markes

Best Preschool and Toddler Events in NYC This Spring

Spring may be the most exciting season of the year for parents of preschoolers and toddlers who have been stuck inside for what feels like 5,000 weeks of winter. With the arrival of warm weather, it's like New York City itself wakes up from hibernating, and families stream out of their apartments and onto the sidewalks, scooters in tow, ready to take advantage of all the city has to offer in the springtime. There are so many exciting things to see and do in April and May, and we've taken the time to round up the best preschool and toddler events this spring.

We've got cool outdoor festivals, stunning, age-appropriate theater picks, fun museum exhibits, and much more, all perfect for the under 5 set. What's not included? The piles of Easter celebrations, ideas to celebrate Mother's Day, and Passover observances. But, fear not—we're covering the spring holidays in-depth in the coming weeks. Without further ado, here are our top springtime picks for New York's tiniest city slickers.


Teatro SEA
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002

Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam St
New York, NY 10013

St. Luke's Theatre
308 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

The Duke on 42nd St
229 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

6th Avenue
6th Avenue from W. 45 Street to W. 55 Street
New York, NY

Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Flea Theater
20 Thomas St
New York, NY 10007

The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012

Puppetworks
338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Japan Society
333 E47th Street
New York, 10017

St. Ann's Church
157 Montague St Between Henry and Clinton
Brooklyn, NY

6 River Terrace
New York City, NY 10282

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Queens, NY

La Mama
66 East 4th Street Between Bowery and 2nd Ave
NY, NY 10003

Carnegie Hall
Resnick Education Wing 881 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019

On Stage at Kingsborough
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY

Kings Theater
1027 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Clark Studio Theater
165 West 65th Street Rose Building, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio
165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY

Lincoln Center
61 West 62nd Street, David Rubenstein Atrium
New York, NY 10023

Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

BAM Fisher Fishman Space
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Teatro SEA at The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002

Riverside Park South
Pier I at W 68th Street
New York, NY

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Queens, NY

Clark Studio Theater
165 West 65th Street Rose Building, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10023

The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

PS295
330 18th Street between 6th & 7th Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Clark Studio Theater
165 West 65th Street Rose Building, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Galli Theater
74 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

Various locations
New York, 10036
Holiday Under The Stars
The Shops at Columbus Circle - 4:00 PM Pick
Annual Park Avenue Tree Lighting
Park Avenue Malls - 6:30 PM Pick
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: Opening Week
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
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