Grab your heavy-duty umbrellas because outstanding kid’s concerts are pouring down all over the city this April. But, in a rare scheduling conundrum, music loving families will be forced to make hard choices (or zip around town in taxis!) as the majority of April’s top-notch kindie concerts are taking place during the first weekend of the month. Take you pick from the following options.



When: Sat., Apr. 5, 11 a.m.

Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Upper West Side

Cost: $20/adults, $15/kids

Astrograss hit the stage to close out another yet wonderful season of family events at Symphony Space’s Just Kidding series, and do so with foot-stomping urban bluegrass greatness. Expect to hear songs from the band’s latest CD, The Colored Pencil Factory, including the stellar title track which ranks as one of the best family songs of the past few years.

Get Astrograss concert details here.

Elena Moon Park Carnegie Kids

Elena Moon Park and Friends

When: Sat., Apr. 5, 1 p.m.

Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights

Cost: Free

For all of the quality in modern family music, there still exists a wide gap for authentic diversity. Fortunately, Elena Moon Park has recorded the wonderful Rabbit Days and Dumplings, a folk album of East Asian sea shanties made with familiar rock-n-roll instruments. The result is an enchanting collection of songs that adds much range to the modern kindie tableau. This free Carnegie Kids concert will feature special guest vocalist Sonia De Los Santos, another one of Dan Zanes’ Fine Friends, and another reason you and your kids should be in the crowd.

Get Elena Moon Park concert details here.

Mama Doni’s Passover Palooza

Mama Doni’s 3rd Annual Passover Palooza

When: Sun., Apr. 6, 1 p.m.

Where: Streit’s Matzo Factory, 150 Rivington St., Lower East Side

Cost: Free

Passover Palooza is turning into an annual city tradition and this year will one again include a free Mama Doni concert and tours of the Streit’s Matzo Factory where you and your kiddos will see matzos being made. Need more convincing? How about songs with hilarious holiday titles “Mission Immatzoble” and “Shabbat Shaboom,” and Passover trivia breaks during the set with delicious prizes for correct answers. This will be the best tasting concert you’ll attend this year.

Get Passover Palooza concert details here.


Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower

When: Sun., Apr. 6, 11:30 a.m.

Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave., Upper East Side

Cost: $18/adults, $13/kids

It’s a family affair at the museum this month when Elizabeth Mitchell, husband and acoustic guitar whiz Daniel Littleton, and their talented daughter Storey, visit with a fresh batch of hand-spun traditional folk music. Special guests The M Shanghai String Band will be on hand too, adding rich harmonies and more rustic instrumentation to Mitchell’s precious songs.

Get Elizabeth Mitchell concert details here.

Joanie Leeds Solo Photo

Joanie Leeds

When: Sun., Apr. 27, 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Where: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side

Cost: Free, with museum admission

It’s a real treat to see an Unplugged-esque show from an act who usually perform big, bright and bombastic concerts, and that’s exactly how you should finish out the month — with a pair of intimate, 45-minute concerts by the city’s resident kindie pop star plus Dan, her trusty drummer. Both sets will be followed by Q&A session, photos & autographs.

Get Joanie Leeds concert details here.

What concert will you be rocking out at this month?

–Jeff Bogle