There’s nothing quite like seeing a live show, and how lucky are we to live in a city with so many options for all ages. This weekend you can take the kids to an improv show in the East Village, go vintage with a live take on Tetris at Lincoln Center, catch a dance matinee in Midtown, or fly to new heights with Amelia Earhart in Red Hook, just to name a few. Scroll on for more of our top weekend events!


Photo: Lincoln Center Kids/Savitri Basrian


Show Up, Kids!
The main attraction didn’t show up, but the kids still want to see a comedy show! So, improvisor Peter Michael Marino is gonna make one up on the spot and have the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. What could possibly go wrong? Sat. Event Details.

Annual Children’s Festival: Celebrating Imaginations!
Don’t miss the opening celebration of the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the National Museum of the American Indian – New York, a weekend of activities showcasing the ingenuity of the Indigenous cultures of the Americas. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Parsons Dance Family Matinee
Parsons Dance invites you and the kids to The Joyce Theater to experience a fun-packed program that includes a new David Parsons piece created in collaboration with tabla player Avirodh Sharma, who performs live. Sat. Event Details.


Lincoln Center Kids Presents: Tetris
Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this awe-inspiring performance features an extremely physical quartet of dancers who stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in society. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Fiber Arts Workshops: Warp Painted Wall Hangings
This spring Bard Graduate Center is partnering with Textile Arts Center to run monthly hands-on workshops for adults and kids that respond to their two exhibitions, Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles and The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity. Kids will learn about backstrap weaving, embroidery, bookbinding, and beading. Sat. Event Details. 

Flower Garden Storytime
Listen to stories about planting a garden, and explore the different plants and flowers planted by the museum’s gardener. Afterward make a paper flower to take home. Fri. Event Details.


Amelia and Her Paper Tigers
Using acrobatics, song, dance, and primary sources about Amelia’s life, the production addresses what it means to break the social mode and face one’s fears. Sun. Event Details.

Performance: Birdheart
A delightful and intimate performance about transformation, loneliness, and the urge to fly, Birdheart is a theater piece that uses everyday materials—a sheet of brown paper, found objects, light and shadow, and a box of sand—to create a series of images, right before your eyes. Sat. Event Details.

Fair for the Arts
Join local families for a day of fun, food, and festivities. Music, bouncy castle, BBQ, face painting, silent auction, cool science, arts and crafts, sports challenges, double dutch, and more! Sat. Event Details.


Music in the Garden: Quintet of the Americas
QBG welcomes back the Quintet of the Americas for their seventh annual concert at the Garden. Their 2018 performance, “Americans in Paris and Back Again” will feature selections from American composers. Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Bird Calls Mural
Join returning visiting artist Virva Hinnemo to construct and paint a collaborative mural with sculptural branches—a forest mural that will be animated with bird calls! Make your own individual, lightweight, cardboard bird that will flutter into the mural or hover on sticks on the ceiling. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


What was the first live show you took the kids to? Tell us about it in the comments!

­–Jesseca Stenson