Our guide to cultural events in New York City for families with children and teenagers.
‘CAMPFIRE’ at the Clark Studio Theater, Lincoln Center (April 1-30). It may be a little early to take sleeping bags outside, but the Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, which lives up to its name, is now offering a summer experience indoors. It will perform its show, commissioned by Lincoln Center Education, for general preschool audiences from Saturday through April 9, and in a version for children over 5 who are on the autism spectrum April 15-30. An immersive piece presented as part of the LC Kids program, “Campfire” will gather young audience members under a tent for fun that encompasses stargazing, puppetry, viewing the world through binoculars and entertaining porcupines.
FAMILY PLAY DAY at the Brooklyn Historical Society (April 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Children taking part in this event will explore the past at the same time that they help determine the future: They will be trying out activities for a new exhibition about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront that the society plans to open this year. The celebration on Saturday will include coloring postcards of the Brooklyn Bridge; constructing puzzles of the waterfront and drawing murals that capture it; playing with child-size versions of World War II-era tools from the Brooklyn Navy Yard; and dressing up in uniforms like those of that period’s workers.
‘MATZAPALOOZA: REIMAGINING PASSOVER’ at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (April 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.). Biblical scourges aren’t usually anything to laugh at, but on this occasion, they’re sure to bring smiles: Children will be invited to dress up as some of the plagues that are said to have been visited upon the ancient Egyptians when the pharaoh refused to free his Jewish slaves. (A photo booth will be provided.) Other activities will include making Haggadot, the books containing the…