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Definitive Russian Parents Guide to Spring Break in NYC Apr 6 - Apr 15

What shows to see, what to do, which museums to visit, etc

The Definitive Russian Parents World guide to Spring Break 2012 in NYC.
Shows to catch:
1.      UniverSoul Circus at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
Tickets $20 - $30 plus fees.
Acts feature talents from various ethnic backgrounds. Chile dogs, Chinese bicycle acts, Belarus acrobats, and Ethiopian contortionist plus lots of US talent, hip-hop music, breakdancing and elephants. A unique circus event not to miss!!
 
2.      New York International Auto Show, Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan Fri, 4/6 to Sun 4/15. $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 2-12.
 
3.      Macy's Flower Show Macy's Herald Square in Manhattan- Sat 4/7 is the last day to see Brazil Garden in Paradise exhibit. Experience the lush wonders of the Amazon rainforest as you walk by towering palms, tropical plants and exotic birds. After you leave Gardens in Paradise tent, be sure to visit the Carnaval celebration in the Flower Show windows across from the tent! Then, head around the corner to the windows on 34th Street, where you’ll find Macy's Bouquet of the Day, a series of unique floral presentations by some of New York's most celebrated designers. Inside Herald Square, you'll find a series of specialty gardens, including a special Gucci garden inspired by their new Flora fragrance collection and an interactive kid's garden presented by Colonial Williamsburg.

4.      Circus act Ahhh HA! at the New Victory Theater The New Victory Theater  209 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Aerialists that act! Comedians that fly! Acrobats that dance! Do Jump!'s multi-talented ensemble enthralls audiences with their incredible physical skill, hilarious comedy and moments of heart-stopping beauty, all set to live music by the Afro-Hebrew ensemble Klezmocracy. AHHH HA! takes you on a transformational journey from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again, fusing athletics with aesthetics, choreography with creativity and theater with illusion to create a whole new world of wonder. Do not miss your chance to jump into the action!
 
5.      Stinky Kids: The Musical at Vital Children's Theatre's 2162 Broadway (at 76th St, fourth floor) Ends 4/22
Based on an award-winning book series by mother Britt Menzies, StinkyKids the Musical follows the adventures of six friends, all of whom stick to the same motto: "Always be a leader of good." Ages 4 to 8.
 
6.      Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service at the Swedish Cottage Puppet Theater in Central Park, Manhattan. Sat and Sun 4/7 and 4/8.  Little Miss Muffet’s Monster-Sitting Service tells the story of Molly Muffet and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion.
 
7.      Little Red Riding Hood at Puppetworks Theater in Park Slope, Brooklyn  338 Sixth Avenue  (at 4th Street), Tickets: Children $7, Adults $8. Call for reservations: 718-965-3391. Dates Sat 4/15 and Sun 4/16
 
8.      The Orchid Show at NY Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy (at Fordham Rd)  Ending: Sun Apr 22 10am–6pm.
Now in its 10th year, join French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc presenting “The Orchid Show.” Get lost in the stunning display of blooms and exotic plants, and don't forget to make a pit stop by the Shop in the Garden for your very own orchid to take home! All ages.
 
9.      Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! at Madison Square Garden Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave) (between 31st and 33rd Sts)
Take the whole family on a wild adventure with Disney's Phineas and Ferb as they try to make the last day of summer "the best day ever." Since the duo has too many ideas, Phineas and Ferb must invent an idea mash-up machine to combine their favorite things to do into ultra-energetic musical and dance.
 
10.  Pinkalicious, The Musical at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W 60th St (between Amsterdam and West End Aves)
A tot obsessed with eating pink cupcakes finds herself turning her favorite rosy hue in this musical with book and lyrics by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann and music by John Gregor. Teresa K. Pond directs. Ages 2 to 10.
 
11.  Voca People at New World Stages 340 W 50th St (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
This multitalented cast of musically inclined aliens combines singing, comedy and beat boxing—all sans traditional instruments. Kids can clap along as the alien performers use music to refuel their spaceship. Ages 4 and up.
 
12.  Angelina Ballerina the Musical at Vital Children's Theater 2162 Broadway (at 76th St, fourth floor)
The rosy-hued dancing mouse takes to the stage in this adaptation of the popular PBS show (and book series!). The tuner follows Angelina as she enters her school's dance competition, despite the fact that all the ballet spots are taken. Ends 4/22. Ages 3 to 12
 
13.  The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things Manhattan Movement & Arts Center,248 W 60th St (between Amsterdam and West End Aves)
During this family magic show, the Amazing Max amazes audiences with science-defying tricks, comedy, and juggling. Kids may be called onstage to assist during the show. All ages.
 
14.  The Berenstain Bears Live in Family Matters the Musical at Marjorie Deane Little Theater  5 W. 63rd St (Between Columbus Ave and Central Park West)
The bear family that was celebrated in 300+ books by Stan and Jan Berenstain gets the stage treatment in a tuner that adapts three of the books teaching about how to deal with strangers, eating healthy and how to avoid trouble in school.
 
15.   "Newsies" musical at Nederlander Theatre, newsiesthemusical.com  $93–$125. 
Older kids can see this musical depicting The 1992 Disney film about the Newsboy Strike of 1899. Featuring music by Academy Award winner Alan Menken and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, the story follows Jack Kelly, a teenager with his sights set on life beyond the New York City newspaper scene. When Jack and his fellow newsies learn of a rise in distribution prices, they must rally together to fight against the big-name publishers. Ages 8 and up
 
OTHER EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO

  - BROOKLYN -
 Musical "Sharin' a Ride" at the Transit Museum – Brooklyn Heights
Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street
Tue 4/10, Wed 4/11, Thu 4/12, Fri 4/13 at 11am and 1:30pm;  Sat 4/14-Sun 4/15 at 1:30  & 3:30pm. Admission to museum: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 2-17
Carbon Footprint Man and The Professor star in this interactive historic / comedic tale of public transportation in the Big (Green) Apple. Kids will be participating and humming along. Approximately 30 minutes long. Ages 4+. Here's what else is happening at the Transit Museum
http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/pdf/NYTM_ccalendar.pdf

Spring Break Discovery Drop-in Program at Brooklyn Botanical Garden
 – Crown Heights 900 Washington Avenue at Crown Street
Tue, 4/10-Fri 4/13 11am-1pm;  $10 for adults, free for children under 12 (Tue is free!)
Get up close and personal with native plants and explore the indigenous wildflowers blooming in the garden. Afterward, kids will create nature crafts to take home.
***Tip: On Tuesday 4/10, admission to the BBG is free.
 
Spring Break at the Brooklyn Children's Museum – Crown Heights
145 Brooklyn Ave at St. Marks Ave. Fri 4/6-Fri/4/13 9:30am-5pm. Admission: $7.50
Lots of activities are happening at the museum during the Spring Break, such as arts/crafts, meeting Peter the Rabit, Pattern Wizardry exhibit and more. Earth Festival on Saturday, April 14. See the April calendar here: http://www.brooklynkids.org/attachments/BCM_Calendar.pdf
 
Coney Island's other attractions are up and running.
Luna Park or Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. See the calendar of all happenings on Coney Island

New York Aquarium. Tip: On Fridays after 3pm, admission is pay what you wish at the fish spot.

- QUEENS -
BubbleMania show at:New York Hall of Science – Corona, Queens, 47-01 111th St, btw 47th & 48th Aves.  Mon 4/9-Sat 4/14 at 1 and 2pm; Sun, 4/15 at 12pm and 1pm  $5 plus NYSCI admission: $11 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-17
Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary in this 30-minute show. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! This year's show will feature fog-filled bubble sculptures, the science of bubble popping, funny foam jewelry, and a big band bubble bonanza. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance. Afterward, stay and explore the museum, including the new Animation Exhibit where kids learn about animation in interactive kiosks - learning the history of cartoons to today's 3D animated movies. Kids will spot their favorite Cartoon Network characters on the walls.
 
Spring Recess at the Museum of the Moving Image – Astoria
36-01 35 Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets
Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 15. Times vary.
3 Stooges movies screenings are free with admission: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-17. Get silly over break with screenings of classic Three Stooges flicks.

Kids ages 10+ can also learn how to make Gumby-style movies in one-hour Claymation Workshops. Add'l $10.

Spring Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm; Sat-Sun 10am to 5:30pm. Admission: Adults $8, Children $5.
Egg hunts, Easter activities, meeting giant bunnies and more. For more info, visit this link:  http://www.queenszoo.com/plan-your-trip/events-calendar/easter-egg-hunt.aspx
 
Queens County Farm - Spring Break events. 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park NY
Sat 4/ 7 - Barnayard Egg Hung -  The Farm Museum will hold its annual egg hunt. Bunny character will hop around greeting children, posing for photos so bring your camera. Play egg rolling games, visit farm animals and take a hayride.
4/14-4/15 Children's Carnival  - join for a carnival in the apple orchard. Carnival rides, games, food, hayrides and a magic show!(show times: 2,3,4 & 5 in the barn). For more information, visit http://www.queensfarm.org/events.html

-STATEN ISLAND -
 
Staten Island Children's Museum – Staten Island 1000 Richmond Terrace.  Fri, 4/6-Fri 4/13 10am-5pm  Free with admission: $6.
Tots can play with clay, all chidlren can cook with the FDNY and create artwork.  
***Tip: Enjoy free admission on Fridays April 6 and April 13.

- MANHATTAN -
 
Crafts, Games & Shakes at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden – Upper East Side
Fri, 4/6-Sun 4/15 11am-4pm. $8 for adults, free for children under 12
Make dolls out of yarn and play colonial games in the beautiful garden.

Family Films at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
11 West 53rd St., New York NY 10019  12:00pm - 1:00pm.
To see all the film screennings showing during the Spring Break, visit this link: http://www.moma.org/learn/kids_families/films#course-642

J-CATION: Sakura at Japan Society 33 East 47th Street, New York NY 10017. 11:00am - 11:00pm $10 for adults, $5 for Children under 12, FREE for 2 yrs & under.
The Society-wide series Sakura—Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms culminates in Japan Society’s annual all-day j-CATION culture fest. Guests are transported to a cherry blossom-filled springtime haven, with activities including a Japanese-style game show (grand prize: one roundtrip ticket to Japan), live bands, art, cinema, workshops, origami, printmaking, karaoke, language lessons, family activities, a hana-mi (cherry blossom viewing) lounge with drinks and snacks, and more. See all events here: http://www.japansociety.org/j-cation_2012

"The Butterfly Conservatory"
at American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West (at 79th St)  10am–5:45pm
It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. See all other exhibits events at AMNH here: http://www.amnh.org/

- BRONX -
Pay What You Wish Wednesdays at Bronx Zoo