Editors' Picks for Culture Craver Kids: May 13 - 20

It's an exciting week of arts and culture for NYC's Culture Craver Kids — from a "birdathon" at the Zoo to a wordless performance at the New Victory to a giant art installation at Madison Square Park. CRAVE what excites you and your family. Rate it once you've been to keep track of the memories. 

Do you have a little music craver? Friday, May 13 through Sunday the 15th is the Bayou ‘n Brooklyn festival. Expect an amazing lineup of Louisiana musicians for three full days of music, dance, workshops, community jam sessions, and food in Red Hook. It’s for all New Yorkers — big and little.  

It’s Spring Teen Night at the Whitney. Expect gallery visits and performances from 6 to 8:30 on Saturday, May 14.

There are more than just pigeons in NYC. This time of year, warblers, vireos, thrushes, woodpeckers, and more are flying through, and the Bronx Zoo is celebrating. Saturday, May 13 is the Bronx Zoo Birdathon. Expect live bird shows at 11:30 and 2, “Bird Watching 101” between 11 AM and 4 PM, and a DJ who creates music using bird sounds.

Storm King Art Center’s summer special exhibitions — Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio and Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson — open this Saturday, May 14. They both run through November. Take a picnic. Storm King is a wonderful day trip for NYC families.


Exploring Frieze with a Toddler (This is Not a Satire)


Kids dig contemporary art. This was abundantly clear when I visited this year’s Frieze Art Fair on Randall’s Island with my toddler, Naomi.

We loved it: for me, it’s one of the most elegant, sophisticated, brightest venues for viewing contemporary art. I was thrilled that Naomi connected with many of the works on her own level.

If you can, take the ferry. Leaving Manhattan by boat sets the tone for an exotic adventure — and the views of the city and the Islands are fascinating for both kids and adults. Disembarking, we were beaconed by a giant helium-filled baby by Alex da Corte. It hovered above the entrance, part of Frieze Projects, curated by Cecilia Alemani. We loved to be welcomed by a baby.


Celebrate Your Mom: Experience NYC Culture Together

You really should be celebrating your mother every day of the year, but this Sunday is Mother's Day, so celebrating mom is an imperative. We're biased, but we think that a culture-filled Mother's Day is the best kind. So, we picked some craveable events — from a Mother's Day-themed cabaret to Cindy Sherman's new work at Metro Pictures to Japan Day in Central Park — that would make the day special for moms and kids. Happy craving.


Editors' Picks for Culture Cravers and Culture Craver Kids Opening in NYC May 6 - 13

From gorgeous fashions at the Met to a 30th birthday installation at Socrates Sculpture Park to a one-minute play festival, it's an exciting week of culture in NYC. We've picked the events opening this week that we like the looks of. Crave what excites you and rate what you've seen. And most of all, enjoy.

If you loved seeing all the celebs decked out for the Costume Institute Gala this week, you should head to the Met Museum this weekend to see the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. “Fashion and technology are inextricably connected, more so now than ever before,” explained the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell. “It is therefore timely to examine the roles that the handmade and the machine-made have played in the creative process.”

Craving art? This weekend is Frieze New York at Randall’s Island. Explore art from more than 200 galleries from around the globe.

Jasper Johns: Monotypes includes 41 monotypes created between 1978 and last year. Monotypes are printed with a single application of ink, making them unpredictable and experimental.

The town of Hamelin is suddenly overrun with rodents. Can a mysterious stranger lure the pests away with a song? See Milan’s Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company’s version of The Pied Piper (with 300 puppet rats!) at The New Victory.


Which Tony Nominees Are You Still Craving?

The American Theatre Wing today announced the nominees for the 70th Tony Awards. Hamilton received a record-smashing 16 nominations — not surprisingly — making it the big winner before the awards are even awarded. What have you seen? What’s still on your CRAVE list? Here’s the full list:

Best Play


The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

Best Musical

Bright Star


School of Rock—The Musical

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed



Editors' Picks for Culture Craver Kids: Opening in NYC April 29 - May 6

Oh hi, Culture Craver Kids! We picked our favorite NYC kids and family events in the week ahead to help you plan your culture going. On our iPhone app, you can CRAVE what excites you, and RATE events once you've been to keep track of your familly culture craving.  

Start the weekend by hugging a tree — or two. Here's our list of Arbor Day events around NYC that help you to explore the trees of our beautiful city. 

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Brooklyn Museum starts Friday. In the show, artists play with the idea of masks transforming people and revealing hidden realities. It's not just for kids — but has themes that could lead to some interesting discussions or projects. 

It’s the Annual Children's Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the National Museum of the American Indian. Experience the fun and games that children experienced on the Great Plains of North America — from a hoop throws to dance. The festival comes in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains. The festival is free from noon to 5 PM on both days.

On Saturday and Sunday, celebrate spring at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri. Expect spring blooms, performances, demonstrations, and exhibits.