By Susan Russo
Special Free Events and Short Excursions
Macy’s Flower Show
When: April 1-6
Where: 34th to 35th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
Tartan Day Parade, with bagpipes, kilts and dancers
When: April 5, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Where: 45th to 55th Street on Sixth Avenue
“Pillow Fight in the Park,” teddy bears and pillows, but “no feathers”
When: April 5, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Washington Square Park, West 4th and 6th Street between MacDougal Street and University Place
“Easter Parade” wear or admire fancy hats and costumes
When: April 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 49th to 50th Street on Fifth Avenue
“Celebrating Earth Day” a three-day event, with family activities, films and performances
When: April 22, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Union Square, 14th Street between Irving Place and Fifth Avenue
“Tribeca Family Festival” street fair, music, chefs’ demonstrations, crafts and films
When: April 26, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Greenwich Street between Hubert and Chambers Street
“9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk” Family Day, “to support the memorial and museum”
When: April 27, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Church Street between Cortland and Liberty Street
“Brooklyn Zine Festival” writers, artists and workshops
When: April 26-27, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, corner of Clinton Street
“Family Fun Days” Japanese cherry trees children’s activities, culture and crafts
When: April 12, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00pm
Where: Branch Brook Park, Park Street entrance
“Bloomfest” in Branch Brook Park, Japanese cherry trees, children’s activities, culture and crafts
When: April 13, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Branch Brook Park, 115 Clinton Avenue
Museums – Free at all times (check websites for addresses and hours)
Sony Wonder of Technology (call for tickets and reservations): 212-833-8100
Museums – “Pay what you wish”
American Museum of Natural History (extra cost for special exhibits, movies)
Museums – Free or “Pay what you wish” at certain hours
Museum of Jewish Heritage, Wednesdays 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Museum of Art and Design, “what you wish,” Thursdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Museum of Chinese in America, Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Asia Society Museum, Labor Day through June, Fridays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
International Center of Photography, “what you wish,” Fridays 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Morgan Library and Museum, Fridays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Rubin Museum of Art, Fridays 6:00 to 10:00pm
Whitney Museum, Fridays 6:00 to 9:00pm
Guggenheim Museum, “what you wish,” Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Jewish Museum, Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image, Fridays 4:00 to 8:00pm
Noguchi Museum, “what you wish,” first Friday of every month, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Historic Richmond Town, Fridays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Keep in mind that museums with short free hours get VERY crowded, so you need patience, maybe a companion or an e-book, or a plan to go when lots of people are going away from NYC for holidays. You’ve been warned!