Friday 29th of April 2016

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.

Meet Me at the Fountain, a site-specific interactive adventure for kids 7 and up is at Lincoln Center starting Saturday, April 30. It runs through May. Stop a diabolical plot to sabotage an opera diva on her opening night.

On Sunday, May 1 from noon to 4 PM, celebrate India with Bollywood and Classical dance, an elephant festival (minus the live elephants), textiles, a clay bar, and collage. It’s the Indian Cultural Festival!

In Japan, Children’s Day is on May 5. In New York City, celebrate Folklore Family Day: Celebrating Children’s Day on Sunday, May 1 with folktales, workshops, and art at the Japan Society.

On Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 4 PM, children aged 3 and up can create 3D theater sets inspired by Issac Mizrahi’s costume and set designs.

On Sunday, May 1 at 3 PM, the New York Theatre Ballet is presenting Alice-in-Wonderland Follies at the 92nd Street Y. The eclectic ballet draws on everything from Irish Step to African Juba to classical ballet.

Monday morning at 10:15 and 11:15, bring preschoolers (2.5 to 5 years old) to the Natural History Museum for storytime in the Discovery Room. It’s free with museum admission.

The city’s newest public artwork, Martin Creed’s Understanding, which features a 25-foot-tall rotating neon sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park, is arriving on Wednesday, May 4. Find our full list of public art in NYC here.

For designers in training, the Met’s Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition, Manus x Machina, is beginning on Thursday, May 5. The exhibition explores how designers are reconciling the handmade and machine made to create new and innovative looks and it will examine the impact of machines on creativity.

If you’re feeling a little wild, get ready! Where the Wild Things Are, a children’s show based on the classic by Maurice Sendak, has performances beginning Thursday, May 5 at NYU’s Skirball Center.

Hundreds of rat puppets will sweep across the stage of the New Victory in a new production of The Pied Piper, which is coming to the New Victory on Friday, May 6.