Kick off the spring season by treating your kids to a fun-filled festival in a Lower East Side community garden. The New Amsterdam Early Childhood Center is hosting its Second Annual Spring Fair, a three-hour event packed with games, craft-making, face painting, and special surprises for kids and their families, including a silent auction offering prizes like local restaurant gift vouchers, preschool camps at the Chelsea Piers, and sustainably-made toys. The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, and it is guaranteed to be a fun time for kids ages 2 to 6.

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The first part of the fair will include a puppet show, craft-making, and games, and it will take place at the school, located at 1 Avenue B. There will also be a “Crystal Cave,” a dedicated room of wonder where kids can use all of their senses to explore, and the Pocket Fairy will be making rounds to give out special treasures to the kids. While the kids play, parents will be able to peruse the silent auction. The items, which range from handmade toys to restaurant gift certificates, can be viewed online here. For lunch, the fair will move to the school’s community garden located on East 4th Street between Avenues C and D. A healthy, light meal will be served, and there will be a sandbox and face painting for the kids.

Family tickets are $35 and they can be purchased tickets online or at the door. For families of more than five, $5 tickets must be purchased for each additional member. One dollar activity tickets can be added to your package in packets of 10 or 20. Activity tickets are used for all of the fair’s events and games.

The New Amsterdam school is part of the worldwide Waldorf education program, based on the ideas of the scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The school strives to meet the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of children at each developmental stage, while recognizing children’s individual spirits, giving them plenty of room for imagination.

New Amsterdam Spring Fair
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The New Amsterdam Early Childhood Center
1 Avenue B (at Houston Street)

El Jardin del Paraiso
311-321 East 4th street, (Between Avenues C and D)

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