Cultural celebrations abound in this month’s free children’s events around NYC. March in the city means Irish festivities, West African music, French art, and so much more. Come out and embrace diversity and acceptance at these fabulous free events for kids in NYC this month!

TILT Kids Festival

The fourth annual TILT Kids Festival is here, bringing with it lots of free events, shows and other goodies for kids and families. Featuring French, Francophone, and American artists, this art, theater, and music festival brings creative ideas to kids without talking down to them. This year's theme is all about diversity, acceptance, and inclusiveness, and free events include Julie Stephen Cheng's Uramado (where you can find fantastical creatures around NYC), Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam, Marc Boutavant's Dumpster Ball (where you dress in your best bits of garbage!), the well-loved Philosophy for Kids, and so much more.

Sat., Mar. 2-Sun., Mar. 31
Various times and locations
Online: tiltkidsfestival.org

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Bridge Over Tree at Brooklyn Bridge Park

A bridge under a bridge over a tree? It might sound perplexing but that's the point of this artwork: to make people question their preconception of the things around them. Bring the kids for a day out and view the artwork by artist Siah Armajani, on display for the first time since 1970!

Now-Sept. 29
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn
1 Water St.
DUMBO
Online: publicartfund.org

photo: Lehmann Maupin/Jennifer Steinkamp

Impeach at Lehmann Maupin

Lehmann Maupin hosts a show from 3D animation pioneer Jennifer Steinkamp featuring four, large-scale video installations. Animated scenes include an expanse of birch trees, colorful shapes, and "a mash-up of stage-diving fruit." One piece, "Womb" features more fruit, but visitors can interact with the art, using a controller to manipulate the 3D fruit—and make them collide at will. 

Through April 14
Tues.- Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
536 W.22nd St.
Chelsea
212-255-2923
Online: lehmannmaupin.com

She's On Point at Various City Parks

Introduce kids — and girls, especially — to sports at this kid-centric event, which celebrates female athletes. Kids will be able to check out a number of sports, both traditional and alternative, through workshops and demonstrations. Information on careers in sports will also be available through talks. This event is taking place throughout March in various city parks, including Sunset Park, McCarren Park, and more. Check out the NYC Parks page to find one happening near you.

Various times and locations
Online: nycgovparks.org

Indoor Block Party at City Point

Not warm enough for a block party? No problem! Just have it indoors. Kids ages 1-10 are welcome to enjoy the free STEM activities, bouncy castle, Lego building, arts and crafts, and so much more — all in the warmth of the indoor City Point space.

Mar. 2
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
City Point
445 Albee Square West
Online: citypointbrooklyn.com

Awa Sangho at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Kids presents the music of West Africa, brought to kids in all its toe-tapping rhythmic glory by Mali-born Awa Sangho. This event is free but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure a spot! Recommended for kids aged 2-5.

Sat., Mar. 2
11 a.m.
Lincoln Center
David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
Broadway, bet. 62nd & 63rd St.
Hell's Kitchen
Online: lincolncenter.org

St. Patrick's Open Day at the Irish Arts Center

Visit the Irish Arts Center for a free day of culture and fun during the center's 20th annual Open Day. Take part in traditional Irish singing and dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, and more. A number of short films will be shown, as well as soda bread-making demonstrations, some language lessons, and so much more. The day is free and open to the public but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

Sun., Mar. 10
12 p.m.
Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st St.
Hell's Kitchen
Online: irishartscenter.org

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Don your best green shirt and come watch the annual St. Partick's Day parade. Music, costumes, performances, and much more will be on display for spectators. For the best view, come early but be forewarned: the areas around the parade get very loud and crowded so we recommend standing further from the festivities with smaller kids.

Sat., Mar. 16
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
5th Ave. btwn 44th St. and 79th St.
Upper East Side
Online: nycstpatricksparade.org

Macy's Flower Show

The yearly spectacular flower show at Macy's is back, and this time, it's going to outer space. The theme for the 2019 flower show is "Journey to Paradisios," or, in other words, an adventure into the cosmos. Otherworldly flower displays will transport visitors beyond the Earth. If you haven't experienced the flower show first-hand yet, stop by to be astounded.

Sun., Mar. 24-Sun., Apr. 7
Macy's
151 W. 34th St.
Herald Square
Online: visitmacysusa.com

GrowTogether Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center

It might be hard to believe but spring is on its way... and so is gardening season! Bring your green thumb to the 35th annual GrowTogether conference, where garden-related workshops, seed swaps, veggie-growing tips and kid's activities will fill the day with leafy-green fun. The event is free but a bagged lunch can be purchased beforehand and picked up on-site. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. 

Sat., Mar. 30
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave.
Korea Town
Online: eventbrite.com

Shababa Saturdays at the 92Y

Nothing to do on a Saturday? Stop by the 92Y for music, games, "creative prayer," art, and get those little ones moving. Everyone from newborns to 10-year-olds are welcome to participate!

Saturdays
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
92Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
Upper East Side
Online: 92Y.org

Spring Jazz Fest at Flushing Town Hall

This year's Queens Jazz OverGround fest will feature an entire day of jazzy fun for the whole family. Enjoy workshops and performances by some of Queens' up and coming artists. During the day, students of the music style will put on shows, while the evening will have six professional bands for visitors to enjoy. Online RSVP is required.

Sun., Mar. 31
12-10 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing
Online: flushingtownhall.org

—Yuliya Geikhman

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