One of the best parts of our city is the variety of live shows: it’s one of the reasons we love New York! Whether your family is into stand-up comedymusicalsrock bands, or something else entirely, you’re bound to find it  happening around town. And if you’re more in the mood for stargazing or a 5k Donut Dash, we’ve got that too. Scroll down to see our top picks for a weekend you won’t forget.

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Downtown

Billy Kelly’s Family Comedy Show
Get ready for good clean laughs and absurd fun that people of all ages can enjoy together in this new stand up show from Grammy nominated family musician Billy Kelly. Sat. Event Details.

A Children’s Festival Designed for Fun
Celebrate the ingenuity and innovation of Native games, toys and more with an afternoon of family-friendly activities. Also, be sure not to miss traditional Hawaiian dancer Kaimana Chee (Native Hawaiian), who will lead interactive dances. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Donut Dash 5k Run/Walk
Spring sunshine, a fun crowd, and yummy donuts – what could be better? To top it off, you’ll enjoy the beautiful Hudson River Greenway in Manhattan with views of Chelsea, Manhattan. All proceeds to support the non-profit, Ambassadors for Sustained Health. Sun. Event Details.

Midtown

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, The Musical
Rebel Playhouse’s production transports audiences into the faraway world of the Old Turtle and Little One in this immersive, musical adventure about accepting and welcoming differences. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

34th Annual Hippo Playground Fair
An Upper West Side institution, The Hippo Playground Spring Fair features pony rides, bouncy castles, petting zoo, games, prizes, food, entertainment and more. Don’t miss it! Sun. Event Details.

Celebrate a Year of This Funky Rock Band
Celebrate the anniversary of Thunder and Sunshine with live music, funky puppets, fun prizes, and TREATS! FYI- there’s a 2 drink minimum for adults. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY
This stargazing event offers the rare opportunity for attendees to observe the night sky in an area relatively free of glare from the lights of the city. Members bring high-powered telescopes and binoculars through which everyone is invited to look, and will provide instruction on how to find objects in the night sky. Feel free to bring your own binoculars or a telescope as well. Fri. Event. Details.

Treehouse Shakers Presents Olive & Pearl
Olive & Pearl, for ages 2-5 and their families, tells the story of a young girl who is raised by her Granny, Pearl. Centered on thematic elements of home, and what a home means, young audiences are invited into a cozy and gentle world, rich with sensory experiences. Fri.– Sun. Event Details.

Family Night Out Afro Renaissance Ball
Grammy Award winning Neo-soul artist Bilal will perform at black-tie fundraiser for Konjo Isizwe Academy, a vegan African centered school. Not only will childcare be provided for families, so will dinner by Urban Vegan Kitchen, non-alcoholic drinks by Brooklyn Brewed Sorrel and herbal blends by DroppingSeeds. Fri. Event Details.

Queens

Be Amazed at the Universoul Circus
Unlike any traditional circus you’ve ever seen, UniverSoul Circus is interactive, multicultural, and emphasizes global pop culture. Bend, flip and fly with the Havana Company from Cuba, gasp as the Caribbean Dynasty dancers literally dance with fire, watch in awe as West Africa’s Bone Breakers contort their bodies into unimaginable positions and so much more. Fri. – Sun. Event Details.

Bronx

Family Art Project: Climate Kites Parade
Join visiting artist Andrea Lomanto to design a simple paper kite to display your environmental dream for caring for the earth. Carry your kite message in a spring parade or take it home to watch it fly. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

What’s your family’s favorite show to catch in NYC? Tell us in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson