The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo by Julie Markes
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events. Photo by Julie Markes

Best Preschool and Toddler Events in NYC This Spring

Spring may be the most exciting season of the year for parents of preschoolers and toddlers who have been stuck inside for what feels like 5,000 weeks of winter. With the arrival of warm weather, it's like New York City itself wakes up from hibernating, and families stream out of their apartments and onto the sidewalks, scooters in tow, ready to take advantage of all the city has to offer in the springtime. There are so many exciting things to see and do in April and May, and we've taken the time to round up the best preschool and toddler events this spring.

We've got cool outdoor festivals, stunning, age-appropriate theater picks, fun museum exhibits, and much more, all perfect for the under 5 set. What's not included? The piles of Easter celebrations, ideas to celebrate Mother's Day, and Passover observances. But, fear not—we're covering the spring holidays in-depth in the coming weeks. Without further ado, here are our top springtime picks for New York's tiniest city slickers.

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Teatro SEA (call) 212-529-1545 (map ) 107 Suffolk Street New York, NY 10002
Soho Playhouse (call) 212.877.3111 (map ) 15 Vandam St New York, NY 10013
St. Luke's Theatre (map ) 308 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
The Duke on 42nd St (call) 646.223.3010 (map ) 229 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036
6th Avenue (map ) 6th Avenue from W. 45 Street to W. 55 Street New York, NY
Old Stone House (map ) 336 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215
The Flea Theater (map ) 20 Thomas St New York, NY 10007
The Players Theatre (call) (212) 475-1449 (map ) 115 MacDougal Street New York, NY 10012
Puppetworks (call) 718-965-3391 (map ) 338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215
St. Ann's Church (map ) 157 Montague St Between Henry and Clinton Brooklyn, NY
6 River Terrace (call) 212-267-9700 (map ) New York City, NY 10282
La Mama (call) (212) 254-6468 (map ) 66 East 4th Street Between Bowery and 2nd Ave NY, NY 10003
Carnegie Hall (map ) Resnick Education Wing 881 7th Ave New York, NY 10019
On Stage at Kingsborough (map ) 2001 Oriental Boulevard Brooklyn, NY
Kings Theater (map ) 1027 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
upcoming events
(Fri Nov 13, 2020) Wild Kratts - Live!
Carnegie Hall (map ) 57th Street and Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019
upcoming events
(Sat Jan 23, 2021) Musical Explorers
(Sat May 15, 2021) Musical Explorers
Clark Studio Theater (call) 2128755000 (map ) 165 West 65th Street Rose Building, 7th Floor New York, NY 10023
Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio (call) 212-875-5788 (map ) 165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor New York, NY 10023
Lincoln Center (call) 212-546-2656 (map ) 61 West 62nd Street, David Rubenstein Atrium New York, NY 10023
Kings Theatre (map ) 1027 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
upcoming events
(Fri Apr 9, 2021) Masterchef Junior Live
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BAM Fisher Fishman Space (map ) 321 Ashland Place Brooklyn, NY
Teatro SEA at The Clemente (call) 212.529.1545 (map ) 107 Suffolk Street New York, NY 10002
Riverside Park South (map ) Pier I at W 68th Street New York, NY
Clark Studio Theater (call) 2128755000 (map ) 165 West 65th Street Rose Building, 7th Floor New York, NY 10023
The New Victory Theater (call) 646.223.3010 (map ) 209 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036
PS295 (map ) 330 18th Street between 6th & 7th Aves Brooklyn, NY 11215
Clark Studio Theater (call) 2128755000 (map ) 165 West 65th Street Rose Building, 7th Floor New York, NY 10023
Galli Theater (call) 212 731 0688 (map ) 74 Warren Street New York, NY 10007
Various locations (call) 2122450072 (map ) New York, 10036
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