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April 1-7

  • April 1: Choosing an Early Childhood Program, Asphalt Green, Battery Park City, 211 North End Ave., (212)298-2980, ext. 2978, campsagbpc@asphaltgreen.org, asphaltgreenbpc.org. Nancy Schulman addresses how schools differ, the time frame for applying, what to look for in school visits, the application process, and the dreaded interview. 1pm.
  • April 3-6: Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., www.affordableartfair.com. This four-day art fair makes an ideal way for families to gallery-hop within the confines of one venue. More than 50 booths showcase works on the lower end of the price spectrum, many by up-and-coming talents. 11am each day.
  • Opening April 4: Bello Mania, New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Back by popular demand, it's Demetrius Alexandro Claudio Amadeus Bello Nock, the gravity-defying dude with the foot-high hair. Returning to the New Victory stage, he delivers brand new wacky antics and favorite daredevil tricks. Times vary. Through April 20.
  • April 5: Astrograss, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. The Astrograss folks gets kids and their parents dancing and singing together, with a unique blend of bluegrass, old time, and folk music. Each concert features sing-a-longs, dance contests, and plenty of high-energy fiddle hoedowns. 11am.
  • Through April 6: Flower Show’s Secret Garden, Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., http://social.macys.com/flowershow/#/newyork. See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square.
  • April 7: Your 2-Year-Old, 2nd Edition: What More to Expect, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, jmoore@rutgerschurch.org, www.rutgerschurch.org. Facilitated by Anna Mudrick, M.Ed., this discussion helps parents understand more about their two-year-old, behaviorally, cognitively, socially, and physically. Particular attention will be paid to topics like potty training and food. RSVP required. 6pm.

April 8-14

  • April 12: Boy Scout Day at the Intrepid Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, www.intrepidmuseum.org. Boys participate in fun, educational activities with Museum educators. The program is designed to help them gain credit towards their Scouting requirements. Participate in activities related to topics such as aviation, water conversation, civic duty, engineering, and much more.
  • April 12: Otto the Rhino, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53 St., (212)708-9400 2013, www.moma.org. Topper has a vivid imagination and all his classmates think he is a liar— especially when it comes to the heroic stories about his dad sailing the seven seas! Noon.
  • Through April 13: The Lee Family of New York Chinatown Since 1888, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., (212)619-4785, www.mocanyc.org. Take a peek into Harold L. Lee and Sons, Inc., a cornerstone of Chinatown. Founded in 1888, this year marks the company’s 125th anniversary. MOCA presents a selection of photographs and artifacts from the business, tracing its rise from a small foreign exchange business to national insurance brokerage. Times vary.
  • April 13: Birding for Families, Central Park, Enter at E. 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, www.centralparknyc.org. Each spring, Central Park becomes a major migration habitat for birds. You and your family can join experts from NYC Audubon Society and Conservancy Discovery Guides on a walk of the grounds to find out all sorts of fun facts about our local feathered friends and the those who stop by along their way to warmer lands. Binoculars are available to borrow. Be sure to arrive early as space is limited. Ages 5 and older. 10am.

April 15-21

  • April 17-18: Drop-in Workshop, The Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave., www.thejewishmuseum.org. On special days head to the Jewish Museum, where little artists get a chance to make their own artwork by painting, drawing, sculpting or crafting. The art projects are inspired by exhibitions on view and have a different theme each week. In April, they'll make matzah boxes. Ages 3 and older. 1pm each day.
  • April 17-21: Disney Junior Live: Pirate & Princess Adventure, Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, www.ticketmaster.com. Grab your tiaras and doubloons and go see Mickey and Minnie, who are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your children's favorite characters from the hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Times vary.
  • Through April 19: The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W. 60th St., (212)787-1178, www.manhattanmovement.com. During this family magic show, the Amazing Max wows audiences with science-defying tricks, comedy, and juggling. A handful of kids are even called onstage to assist during the show. Appropriate for ages 3 and older. Times vary.
  • April 19: What Does It Mean to Be Free?, Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene St., www.aestheticrealism.org. Children ages 5-12 are invited to this latest edition of Learning to Like the World class, which demonstrates Ellen Reiss's sentences: "Fingers can move freely because the hand is organized; in dancing there is proud pleasure because you let go as your steps have more structure than usual." Explore this topic among others. 11am-12:15pm.
  • April 20: Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street. The outlandish headwear and costumes are back on display: ten-foot-tall hats, costumed pets, bonnets with live birds nestled inside and more. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for everyday artistry. 10am.

April 22-30

  • April 24: Neighborhood Poetry Read-In with Brooklyn and Queens Poets Laureate, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, (212)431-7920. Poets Tina Chang and Paolo Javier, and their families, and other special guests welcome you and yours for an afternoon of readings and fun. Poetry lovers of all ages are invited. 4-6pm.
  • April 25: That’s What a Princess Does: Så Gör Prinsessor, Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America, 58 Park Ave., (212)779-3587. Children age 4 and older are invited to explore what a fairytale princess is: delightful and delicate as she awaits her prince. But that is not what Swedish author Per Gustavsson's princess does. You better look out! 11am.
  • April 25: Rescue Rue, Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, 10 W. 64th St., www.newyorkchildrenstheaterfestival.org. Inspired by a true story, this original musical fairytale, with puppets, tells one dog's journey from shelter to adoption, finding her home in New York City. Times vary.
  • Opening April 26: Fluff, A Story of Lost Toys, New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Welcome to the mad, mod world of the Ginghams, a trio who travels to bring long-lost misfit toys into their home. Fluff was dropped under the couch, Squibbly was abandoned in the gutter and Disco Frog was caught in a ceiling fan. With a comedic, quirky and colorful mix of sound, story, video and vacuum, toys get discovered and recovered by the plaid-patterned family. Times vary. Through May 4.
  • April 26: WCS Run for the Wild, Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, www.bronxzoo.org. This spring, make tracks for elephants at the Wildlife Conservation Society Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo. This family-oriented 5K is open to runners and walkers alike. Registration opens 7pm.
  • April 26-27: Green Festival, 711 12th Ave., www.greenfestivals.org. The Green Festival features an organic food court, sustainable beer and wine garden, kids eco-fun zone, yoga pavilion, and hundreds of exhibitors at Pier 94. Go green with the whole family! 10am-6pm.
  • April 27: Spring Art Party, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, jmoore@rutgerschurch.org, www.rutgerschurch.org. Families with children of all ages are invited to an afternoon of creativity, friendship and fun. This “Meet the Artist” themed party allows children to make art based on works by famous artists. Families who attend are invited to donate a children’s book. RSVP required. 1-3pm.
  • April 27: March of Dimes: March for Babies Walk, Finish Line Festival, Lincoln Center Area, 65th Street and Broadway, www.marchforbabies.org. The walk starts on 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and ends at 26th Street and Madison Avenue, where walkers will be treated to a Finish Line Festival with refreshments and fun for the whole family. March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization in pregnancy and baby health. They work to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
  • April 27: Dora the Explorer Live! : Dora's Pirate Adventure, St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, www.ticketmaster.com. Join Dora, her cousin Diego, Boots the monkey, and the rest of their friends as they embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. They need the audience to help them navigate the Seven Seas, get them over a few fun obstacles and help them confront the Pirate Piggies. 3pm.
  • April 27: Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda, United Palace Arts, 4140 Broadway, www.unitedpalacaarts.org. Young audiences can discover classic films set in NYC, selected by Tony–winning composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda. Movies, shown in the ornate theater in Washington Heights, are prefaced by an entertaining stage show. Families are invited this month to watch the epic fantasy: King Kong. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. 5pm.

All Month Long

  • Every Day in April: Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, www.intrepidmuseum.org. This new exhibition explores how for many animals the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage delves into the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat. Remains open through August 24.
  • Through April 27: The Little Prince, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., (212)685-0008, www.themorgan.org. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is a well known piece of children's literature. What is less well known is the story's New York City's ties. Saint-Exupéry wrote and illustrated the story in New York during World War II and it was here that it was first published in both English and French. This exhibit, the most comprehensive yet, explores the story'’s American origins through the original manuscript and watercolor drawings. Times Vary.
  • Fourth Friday of April: Kid’s Night Out, Harlem YMCA, 180 W. 135th St., (212)912-2100, www.ymcanyc.org. Parents are encouraged to take time to have dinner for two, go shopping, or maybe just kick back and relax for a night without having to worry about the children. Bring your kids to the Y for an evening of arts and crafts, sports, swimming, and fun! After all, the Kids deserve a Night Out too! Parents must provide a snack. Advance registration is required. 5-7pm.