FiDi Families on Spring Break

FiDi Families on Spring Break

FiDi Families is on Spring Break, but we will be providing periodic updates for fun, family-friendly activities in lower Manhattan. Whether you are staying local and taking in some NYC sites or taking a trip outside of the City, we hope all FiDi Families have at least one adventure or two and have safe travels. Don’t forget to visit our Bucket List for inspiration on things to do throughout NYC.

Pinocchio at the New Amsterdam Library

Pinocchio at the New Amsterdam LibraryPinocchio at the New Amsterdam Library. Introduce the kids to the magical and intriguing world of Pinocchio at the New Amsterdam branch of the NY Public Library. Presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, this production tells the story of a little wooden marionette who is lovingly created by a master craftsmen named Gepetto. However, Pinocchio is a bad little puppet who turns out to be naughty and tells lies. He doesn’t listen to the good council of anyone: his father Gepetto, a philosopher Cricket, or a Blue Fairy. After many hair raising adventures, Pinocchio finally learns what it takes to become human… kindness, compassion, loyalty, hard work and selflessness.

Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children nationwide for the past 25 years. Their mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations.

The New Amsterdam Library has been hosting children’s programming for years and it’s a great way to introduce your children to the public library system.  Kids can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers from the neighborhood.  Story time is a great way to encourage listening skills, vocabulary and imagination. No reservation is required and the library has easy stroller access.

Date: Monday, April 14th

Time: 3:30p

Cost: Free

Ages: 4 years and older

FiDi Families Insider:  Sign up for a free children’s library card. Children from birth to age 11 can have their own cards; applications must be signed and completed by a parent or guardian.

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Old Seaport Kids Academy Launches!

Old Seaport Kids Academy Launches!Old Seaport Kids Academy Launches! If you have kids in school, then now is the time to make those spring break plans. This year, families have an additional option for their kids; the Old Seaport Alliance is launching its first ever Kids Academy in the heart of the Seaport. There is an amazing lineup of class options that will appeal to the toughest critic. From sushi making to flower arranging and learning the fine art of gnocchi making, the Old Seaport Alliance has outdone itself. Classes vary in length from one to two hours. Kids under the age of 7 do require an adult chaperone.

Dates: April 12th – April 30th

Times/Locations: Vary by establishment

Cost: $25 (20% of the proceeds will benefit the Old Seaport Alliance)

Ages: 5 yrs – 12 yrs

To learn more about each class, please visit

Mary Poppins at the Tribeca Film Festival “Drive-in Theatre”

Mary Poppins at the Tribeca Film Festival "Drive-in Theatre"Mary Poppins at the Tribeca Film Festival “Drive-in Theatre”. The Tribeca Film Festival returns with some fantastic movies for kids of all ages. We are so excited to welcome the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins” to the Tribeca Film Festival. This classic film will attract tons of families so get there early. Introduce this classical tale of a magical nanny, who is charged with taking care of the Banks children and introduces them to the wonders of the world. Their adventures are fantastical and kids will love this feature. Parents will too!

Date: Thursday, April 17th

Time: 8p

Ages: All ages welcome

Cost: Free

Location: Brookfield Place (World Financial Center)

Runtime: 2 hours (approximately)

For more information, please visit

Beyond Mom Mixer Featuring Patricia Moreno

Beyond Mom Mixer Featuring Patricia MorenoBeyond Mom Mixer Featuring Patricia Moreno. This mixer will feature Patricia Moreno, Founder of the the renowned Inten Sati movement. In the spirit of the Spring Season, the event theme is Renewal. We all need the fuel to empower our own evolving sense of self.  To offer a powerful and unique perspective, this amazing guest has been invited to present as an entrepreneur, visionary and Mom. Patricia Moreno is the founder of Inten Sati and Sati Life. She will absolutely redefine and reinvigorate your own desire to Renew! It will be an evening of meaningful connections, with wine from Napa Valley provided by Uproot Wines, and hors d’oeuvres made by NYC favorite, Chef Daphne Cheng.

In addition, they are conducting a fun Instagram contest. Want to win a ticket to the Beyond Mom Mixer: Renewal? Just follow these easy steps:

1) Snap a photo of yourself on Instagram as going “Beyond Mom” (Example: your workout, your time with your girlfriends, date night, your YOU time- but DEFINITELY GET CREATIVE!)

2) Follow and tag @randizinn and hashtag #BeyondMomRenewal

The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on April 21st! If you’ve already purchased a ticket you can always bring along a favorite Mom Friend or the winner can be reimbursed!

Date: May 1st

Time: 7p – 9p


Cost: $40

To learn more and to register please visit

The Great Downtown Egg Hunt

The Great Downtown Egg HuntThe Great Downtown Egg Hunt. Kids love hunting for Easter eggs and with a positive forecast for nice weather, this spring event will be sure to draw a lot of families. The Lower Manhattan Community Church is holding its annual Easter egg hunt and its a lot of fun for kids of all ages. The event typically attracts 500 families who participate in this free, community event.  Get the kids gussied up and mingle with your neighbors. Be on the lookout for face painting, carnival style games, and photos with the Easter Bunny.  No need to preregister.


Date: Saturday, April 12th

Time: 2p – 4p

Ages: Infant to 3rd grade

Location: 201 Warren Street (PS 89)

Cost: Free

FiDi Families Insiders: Registration is on-site. Children will receive a colored wrist band that corresponds to a specific start time.

For more information, please visit

Baby Loves Disco Dance Party for Spring

Baby Loves Disco Dance Party for SpringBaby Loves Disco Dance Party for Spring. It’s the weekend and Spring is finally here. It’s the kick-off of Spring Break for many families. So, why not start it off right, BLD style? Jump on the subway to the West Village for an afternoon of fun. Kids and parents/caregivers will have the chance to listen to fun music at a great venue for kids of all ages.  It’s a spring dance party, complete with great music, and activities galore. Look for goodies for the kids, lots of families and a really fun time.

Date: Sunday, April 13th

Time: 12p – 3p

Cost: $15/person $60/family 4-pack

Ages: 6 months – 7 years old

Location: 158 Bleeker Street at Le Poisson Rouge

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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt

The Fabergé Big Egg HuntThe Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. If you haven’t heard, the beautiful Fabergé public art display is visible throughout NYC and just in time for Easter. There are 260 larger than life eggs on display, each of which were designed by amazing artists, designers, architects and brands. Some of the highly regarded participants include Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Ralph Lauren, Zaha Hadid and many others. The Fabergé eggs are in each of the five boroughs and will be on display through April 17th. It’s a great way to introduce little kids to the art world and are truly awe-inspiring works of art. This public art display is also raising awareness for many charities including the conservation organization Elephant Family and Studio in a School, which introduces visual arts to NYC public school children.

The event is also taking advantage of social media. The general public is encouraged to participate in the Hunt by downloading a smartphone application, available via iTunes and Google Play, which can be used to reveal egg locations across the city. Checking in at each egg will enter hunters in a sweepstakes to win one of three gemstone pendants created by Fabergé.

Don’t despair if you are out of town for Spring Break. The entire exhibit will be on display (for free) at Rockefeller Center from April 18th – April 25th. And, there will be a live auction of some of the eggs to raise additional funds. More information on the auction can be found by visiting 

FiDi Families Insiders: Head to the South Street Seaport and check out several of these works of art. Hint: Cannon’s Walk is a great spot.

For more information on The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt please visit:


Drop In Class at the Children’s Museum of Art

Drop In Class at the Children's Museum of ArtDrop In Class at the Children’s Museum of Art. Children’s Museum of Art in SoHo Drop-In Class. It’s all about the wee ones in the WEE Art Studio. This studio offers a variety of age appropriate workshops, including painting, play dough time, drawing, drumming, story time, music time and much more. It’s a great way to develop social skills and creativity. Check out the amazing media center, fun ball pit and a fun slide to end the day.

WEE Arts Drop in Session- $25 per family ($20 for members) WEE Arts drop in sessions are designed for children 5 and under and occur Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:45 AM-12 PM, before general admission hours begin.  Participants receive half price for general admission after their session.

Wee Art Studio: (Included in ticket price)

Date: Wednesday, April 9th

Time: 10:45a – 12p

Age(s): Infants to 5 years old

Cost: $20 – $25

Address: 103 Charlton Street

Families Insiders: Visit on Thursday’s from 4p – 6p and guests can pay as they wish for entry. Children under the age of 1 are free and adults over 65 are free, too. One last tidbit…there is occasionally a closure due to a renovation, repair or special event. Please check the CMANY website before you go.

To learn about the many other classes offered for kids of all ages, please visit:


Children’s Storytime at the Scholastic Store

Storytime at the Scholastic Store SoHoChildren’s Storytime at the Scholastic Store. Reading to children is a great way to introduce kids to the art of storytelling (and quiet time). It’s never to early to start and the Scholastic Store is a perfect spot to explore the wonderful world of books and imagination. Join the Scholastic Storyteller for readings of classics and new releases from the Scholastic franchise. And, it’s a great indoor activity for children of all ages. Be sure to bundle up and jump on the subway and head to a fun indoor spot! Stop by the checkout counter to pick up their monthly calendar of weekly events, including a Washi sticker party and a visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog.


Date: Tuesday, April 8th

Time: 11a

Age(s): All ages but geared towards babies and toddlers

Cost: Free

Location: 557 Broadway

FiDi Families Insiders: Storytime is held weekly, every Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday

For more information, please visit:

The National September 11 Memorial Museum

The National September 11 Memorial Museum

Courtesy of Inhabitat

The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens May 21, 2014 as the companion to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. A Dedication Period, which includes a ceremony and opportunities for members of the 9/11 community to visit the Museum before its public opening, is planned from May 15, 2014 through May 20, 2014.

This Dedication Period is for 9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders and 9/11 survivors. In addition, both residents and business owners of lower Manhattan are invited and encouraged to attend. 

If you are part of one of these groups, you may reserve a free ticket to preview the Museum during the Dedication Period and enter a lottery for the ceremony. Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: Children under the age of 6 do not need tickets for the Dedication Period. The historical exhibition may not be appropriate for visitors younger than 10. Adults accompanying younger visitors should exercise discretion before entering.

To learn more about the dedication period and to reserve your tickets, please visit