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Kid Shows: Theater For Children and Families in New York City Spring 2010

No matter what age they are, kids really have good theater in this town. New York City is uniquely set up to provide top quality children’s entertainment, thanks to its host of actors, musicians, puppeteers and storytellers happy to perform for the little ones. Better yet, these productions are created to specifically engage a young child and many of the shows are interactive, usually about an hour in length and generally affordable.

The season is starting to wind down so if you haven’t taken your child to a theater performance yet this year – now is a good time to do it – there are plenty of great shows this spring - even some that are brand new.

Below is a pretty comprehensive list of what is playing around town for in the next few months, sorted by borough.  You will be able to find this list and all our cool kid culture finds in our Culture Guide.

Playdate 5/3/2010: I'm Speaking at Prenatal 101, New East River State Park Playground, Postcard Project

Photo of the Week: My daughter walked on stilts at the Tribeca Family Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival's annual street fair, handing out cards for her tumbling class. The Family Festival was better than ever this year, spidering out onto several adjacent blocks because there were so many different activities and booths. The ESPN zone was particularly a big hit with the kids as well as mini-golf, imagination playground, hair spraying, and a free screening of the film Snowmen. While the fair was unbearably crowded right in mid-day having he activities on the side streets helped bring some relief.

Kid Show: Stanley's Party at Manhattan Children's Theater

Sit. Stay. Don't jump on the couch. There are an awful lot of commandments that apply to your dog and your kid. That's the beauty of Stanley's Party, the latest production at Manhattan Children's Theater. The musical, based on the Stanley book series by Linda Bailey, features the title pooch wrestling with house rules, but it could just as easily be your pre-schooler. Stanley wants to be a good boy, but when his people leave home for a few hours he just can't resist squeezing under the fence. After rounding up his friends, the dog pack take off for adventure that concludes with a house party Stanley's owners won't soon forget.

Wildflower Week in NYC - May 1 - 9, 2010

Because I live in the concrete jungle, or perhaps in spite of it, I am crazy about getting my son involved in nature activities and events in the five boroughs.  I don’t want him to think he lives in a place devoid of nature - because it just isn’t true. Here in New York City we have many diverse natural environments and thankfully we have lots of groups full of passionate people dedicated to preserving them.  One of these groups is the Torrey Botanic Society, who is sponsoring Wildflower Week in New York City.  A week of educational program all around the city devoted to exploring and hopefully conserving the plants indigenous to New York City.

Saturday is the kick off and there are a lot of really cool and interesting things scheduled for adults, kids and families.  Here are some highlights of  NYC Wildflower Week 2010:

Kindiefest 2010: Brooklyn's Family Music Festival

There's no reason kids should get left out of the all-day music festival scene. Kindiefest is a three day festival of kids music. The first two days are industry only (talks, panels, and showcases around today's family music market), but the third day is a huge public family music festival with tickets just $15 for all six shows.

Spring Festival and Hands on History at King Manor Museum

If you’re looking for an enjoyable afternoon of stories, crafts, and a little bit of American history, all for free, do pay a visit to King Manor on a Saturday for either their upcoming Spring Festival on May 1st or one of their monthly children’s Hands on History days.  We attended one of the Hands on History events and found the crafts thoughtfully presented, the guides warm and welcoming, and the special presentation just the right length to be entertaining.  The free house tour we took after was also worthwhile.
 
Read on for more about this little-known locale and their upcoming children’s events.
 

Mothers Day Weekend 2010: 10 Things to Do for New York City Moms With and Without Kids

Mother's Day is Mom's day so shouldn't she get to pick how to spend it? Some moms want to spend it with their families all together, but what some moms secretly crave is a day to themselves—hey, no guilt, it's perfectly understandable.

We've lined up a whole weekend of activities that are great whether you want to do something just for you or run amok with your kids — or whether you want dad to run amok with the kids while you do something just for you. So plan your own day, you know, for after you kvell over the lovely home made cards and macaroni necklaces. And if you choose to sit home and do absolutely nothing – well that is just fine, too. Read on and have a Happy Mother’s Day no matter what you decide to do.

Second Hand Children's Gear Pop-Up Store in Tribeca

I stumbled upon this children's used clothing and toy store that is opening today, April 26, 2010 for just 4 weeks. Rondo says it is to benefit the Church Street Music School, a great music and art school with preschool alternative in Tribeca.

I don't know if they are taking donations or selling on consignment (I assume they are taking donations), but I love shopping for kids gear second hand and it looks like they already have lots of cute stuff in the window.

Take a peek:

5 Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals in New York City 2010

There are tons of fab free things to do to enjoy Mother's Day with your kids in NYC...and we don't mean spending the day cleaning out your closets (although that does sound exciting). Lots of places celebrate Mother's Day with deals, discounts and freebies just for mom. Here are a few no- and low-cost treats and activities moms and their lucky offspring can share together over Mother’s Day weekend.

 

Visit New York City's National Parks, Really!

When you think of National Parks you probably think of places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and other parklands out west. But did you know . there are actually 10 National Parks in New York City and Northern NJ, and over 30 historic sites, parks, monuments, trails, memorials, and heritage areas right here in New York State?

This week (to April 25) is National Park Week, and all 392 National Parks offer free admission in celebration of "America's Best Idea" so it's a perfect opportunity to check out some of these awesome destinations with your kids. (Tours and other fees may still apply).

Read on for everything you need to know for a family-friendly, historic, and beautiful visit to these local gems.

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