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April may bring showers, but in NYC, it apparently brings a ton of other stuff, too. Lots of places are back in action and welcoming visitors as the city gradually reopens. Whether you want to climb a wall, kick a ball, take to the water and feel the wind in your hair, or soak up arts of all kinds outdoors, there’s something happening in NYC this month for you! Read on to see our favorite happenings, free events and things to do with kids in NYC right now!

photo: Ceylan-A.-Sahin-Eker

Restart Stages Comes to Lincoln Center!

Missed live arts performances over the past year? (Who hasn’t?) Buckle up, because Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages kicks off on April 7, and there’s a lot to see! This sweeping initiative will create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces on the Lincoln Center campus and additional outdoor civic venues as part of the effort to kickstart the performing arts sector and contribute to the revival of New York City. It will feature a dedicated family and kids' areas with arts activities for young people; an outdoor reading room, created in partnership with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; a cabaret-style stage on Hearst Plaza, outdoor film screenings, and workshops with the New York City Ballet, to name just a few aspects of the programming. Plus: blood drives with the New York Blood Center and food drives with the New York City Food Bank. 

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Other NYC Venues 
Upper West Side
Online: restartstages.org

photo:  ©AMNH/D. Finnin 

The American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium is Back Open! 

The museum’s incredible planetarium is open again after closing in March 2020, with timed ticketing and reduced capacity. (It usually holds up to 429 people; now, audiences are capped at 48.) 

Now screening is  Worlds Beyond Earth, narrated by Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o. The show features immersive visualizations, groundbreaking space missions, and breathtaking scenes depicting the evolution of our solar system—all rendered in 8K on the most advanced planetarium projection system in the world.

200 Central Park West
Upper West Side 
Museum of Natural History
212-769-5100
Online: amnh.org

photo: iStock

Easter Egg Hunts!

The Easter Bunny is hop hop hopping along. Find your egg hunt here! (Some are even free!)

photo: Shipwrecked Mini Golf

Shipwrecked Mini Golf and Escape Rooms are back! 

Everyone’s favorite pirate-themed mini golf spot is open again as of March 26. Safety is first at the Red Hook spot, with timed ticketing, upgraded air filtration, sanitizing and social distancing. 

Click here to book your spot now!

621 Court St.
Red Hook 
718-852-4653
Online: shipwreckednyc.com

photo: Drag Queen Story Hour

Free Drag Queen Story Hour with 92Y

Join Drag Queen Harmonica Sunbeam on Zoom to hear her read a selection of books, sing songs, and chat with kids in this virtual Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) program for kids of all ages. DQSH teaches children about gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give them the confidence to express themselves. Advance registration is required. 

April 6, 4 p.m.
Free
Online: 92y.org

photo: Circle Line

The Circle Line Sets Sail Again!

The classic NYC sight-seeing boat cruise is back in action as of April 1. Capacity is reduced to allow for social distancing, and masks are required. (But there’s lots of room on the outdoor deck to spread out!) Choose from the “Best of NYC” tour (2.5 hours), NYC Landmarks (90 minutes) or quicker trips to take in the Statue of Liberty. 

Tours leave from Pier 83 in Midtown and an Express Statue of Liberty tour leaves from Slip 6 in Battery Park. Snag some introductory rate tickets through April 11! 

Tickets: $19-27 through April 11; $37-$44 after

Online: circleline.com

photo: iStock

Free Earth Day Celebrations Citywide!

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22, and the NYC Parks Department is offering lots of ways to show some respect for our home planet. Plant a tree! Clean up your park! Take a hike! 

See all the events happening here!

photo: Brooklyn Flea

The Fleas Are Back & There's a New One!

If your family has been looking to get your flea market on, start your engines. The popular Brooklyn Fleas in Williamsburg (open Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and DUMBO (open Sundays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) return the weekend of April 3. (The Chelsea Flea, which has been operating throughout the pandemic, is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

The new addition to the Flea empire is Hester Flea, previously known as the Hester Street Fair. Located on the Lower East Side on Essex Street, the market will open on Saturdays mid-April, with Sundays to likely follow in May. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Hester Flea
26 Essex St. (at Hester St.)
Lower East Side
Online: hesterflea.com

Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg
51 N. 6 St. (at Kent Ave.)
Online: www.brooklynflea.com

Brooklyn Flea Dumbo
80 Pearl St. (Manhattan Bridge Archway)
Online: brooklynflea.com

Chelsea Flea
29 W. 25 St. (btw. 6th Ave. + Broadway)
Online: chelseaflea.com

photo: BAM

Modern Dance on Ice From BAM!

The Brooklyn Academy of Music returns to live performance with the debut of Influences from Le Patin Libre at LaFrak Center at Lakeside. The piece is a unique work of choreographed movement on ice that explores human interconnectivity and the relationship between a group and its individuals. Recommended for kids ages five and up. 

April 6-10, 8 p.m.; April 10 & 11, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $45
LaFrak Center at Lakeside
Prospect Park
Online: bam.org

photo: VRBO

A Chance for an Epic Dream Vacation!

Hey, if you don't enter, you can't win. VRBO and Netflix are celebrating the release of Yes Day with a sweepstakes giving away an over-the-top vacation at dream properties like a sprawling outdoor ranch (pictured), a luxury canopy treehouse and a farm escape with a private bowling alley. Plus: you get $5,000 to spend. (The catch is the kids call all the shots—i.e., you say yes to everything—although its unclear how that's enforced.) 

 Click here to enter. You have until April 12 to do so! 

photo: Mimi O'Connor

There's a New Nailed It! at Home Experience!

Yes, it's true: you can bring the experience of massively failing to recreate a complicated pastry to your kitchen. It's not cheap (or easy), but it is a lot of fun. (You get a baking kit mailed to you, and then log on for the live event. Jacques Torres himself was advising bakers when we did it!)

April 17, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $64
Online: feverup.com

photo: Bob Krasner

RBG Statue!

Swing by Downtown Brooklyn's City Point to see the recently-unveiled  bronze statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Created by artists Gillie and Marc, it is part of the duo's Statues for Equality effort, which works to increase the representation of women in public art. 

City Point
445 Albee Square 
Online: citypointbrooklyn.com

Cliffs at Harlem Has Arrived!

The rock-climbing empire of The Cliffs has extended uptown! The Cliffs Harlem opened in March and claims the title of the largest bouldering facility in NYC. Covid-19 safety is in effect, and Harlem residents get the first visit free. Check out the learn to boulder intro pack for $49, which gets you two lessons, gear and unlimited bouldering for a month! 

256 W. 125th St. 
Harlem
646-933-7625
Online: harlem.thecliffsclimbing.com

Sofive in Brooklyn is Booking Fields!

Brooklyn indoor soccer facility Sofive is open and booking field rentals as of April 1. Plus, they’ve got an outdoor cafe and bar to chill after the game. Many, many Covid-19 precautions are in place, including health checks, sanitizing, improved air quality, reduced capacity and more. (You don’t have to wear a mask while playing, they are required everywhere else.) 2015 Pitkin Ave. Brownsville 347-745-7544 Online: sofive.com

—Mimi O’Connor

 

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