Memorial Day Weekend Events: Governor’s Island Family Festival, Victorian Gardens Opening, Dinosaur Safari, and Lots More!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

The unofficial start of Summer is here and there are lots of great events to welcome it! This is the final weekend for the Kings County Fair as well as Rennie Harris RHAW at New Victory Theater so be sure to schedule some time in to check them out if you haven’t done so. Celebrate the holidays by heading to NYC’s biggest backyard (Central Park, of course) for the Victorian Gardens Opening. It’s Manhattan’s only amusement park so grab the family and enjoy the ride. (No pun intended.) If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the Bronx Zoo for the Opening Weekend of Dinosaur Safari. Governor’s Island is opening this weekend so you can also enjoy the Family Festival there. It promises to be spectacular. Per usual.

Also, be sure to visit our events calendar for more fun activities! Have a great long weekend!

FRIDAY MAY 24TH

Friday, May 24th — May 27th: various times
Kings County Fair at Aviator Sports (FLOYD BENNET FIELD)
The FUN is coming to Brooklyn! The 4th Annual Kings County Fair will include a variety of rides and games for kids of all ages, yummy treats including cotton candy and funnel cakes, and so much more!
Details: 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $5/General Admission with various prices for activities and rides. FREE/kids under 36″. Contact: 718-758-7500. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 10am — 11am
J Yum and Hum at Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace (WINDSOR TERRACE)
Join Tehilah and Gilad in a journey through Jewish communities around the world with music and food! J-Yum & Hum provides engaging, dynamic and interactive program for parents and their infants (up to crawlers), exploring culture and tradition through stories, music, foods, storytelling of the Jewish Diaspora. Learn about the cultures and lifestyles of their Jewish counterparts around the world.
Details: 1224 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages  and under. FREE for all. Contact: Nadira at 718.407.6377. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 10am — 5pm
Summer Salute to Heroes at INTREPID Sea, Air, and Space Museum (MIDTOWN)
What a great way to celebrate Memorial Day! The Intrepid will honor our service men and women. Pier 86 will be filled with displays, hands-on activities, and live performances. There will also be a free screening of Top Gun on the Flight Deck (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER), a Memorial Day Ceremony featuring the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, a panel discussion focused on African Americans in WWII (POSTPONED TO LATER DATE), and more.
Details: Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all, but some activities require admissions. Contact: 212-245-0072. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 10am — 9pm
Opening Weekend: Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th at 11am
Drop-in Story Time with Spellbound Theater (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Visit It Takes A Village on Fridays for drop-in story times with music, stories, puppets and more. Hear songs, books and fables, and classic nursery rhymes with a special twist into an interactive and stimulating story time specially crafted for babies and toddlers.
Details: 500 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $5/suggested donation. Contact: spellboundtheater@gmail.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 2pm — 2:30pm
Animal Encounter at Audubon Center (PROSPECT PARK)
Curious as to how “Snappy” the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join one our trained staff in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. Learn what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and even assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal with our box turtle!
Details: Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 287-3400. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th at 2:30pm
Sing-A-Long with Jarrod at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)

Join in for the kids section for 40 minutes of favorite songs and stories for the littlest booklovers, led by Greenlight bookseller Jarrod and his trusty guitar.
Details: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and under. Contact: (718) 246-0200. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th at 3pm
Yoga Story Time at Karma Kids Yoga (CHELSEA)
Story time comes alive with puppets, songs, and yoga poses. Babies through 6 year olds (and their grownups) are invited to help lift stories off the page as they read and play yoga together, building literacy skills and healthy bodies in this action-packed class.
Details: 104 West 14th Street, NYC. Ages 6 and under. FREE for all. Contact: (646) 638-1444. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridys at Klub4Kidz (WILLIAMSBURG)

It’s an all-you-can play buffet! Rock climbing, face painting, tattoos galore! And… access to all Klub4Kidz, including painting and drawing in the art studio, board games, video games, and dancing! Fun!
Details: 159 North 4th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15 per kid; $12 for 3 years and under; $10 for each additional kid; additional $5 if doing the holiday craft. Contact: 718.599.5900. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program (LITTLE ITALY)
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th from 7pm — 9pm
Family Fridays at The Museum of Mathematics (FLATIRON DISTRICT)
From the organizers: “The Museum of Mathematics is pleased to announce a special Family Friday workshop for parents and kids on Friday, April 26, at 7 pm. Dr. Daina Taimina, mathematical artist, author, and mother of two, will present “Crackers, Oranges, and Pringles” – a creative, hands-on exploration of surfaces with different curvature. Dr. Taimina, known for creating “hyperbolic crochet,” will start by transforming flat sheets of paper into surfaces with different curvature and then exploring what happens on those surfaces.  For those familiar with two basic crochet stitches – chain and single crochet – she will go on to demonstrate how to crochet various hyperbolic surfaces.”
Details: 11 East 26th Street, NYC. Ages 7 and up. Cost: $10.00. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

SATURDAY MAY 25TH

Saturday, May 25th — May 27th: various times
Kings County Fair at Aviator Sports (FLOYD BENNET FIELD)
The FUN is coming to Brooklyn! The 4th Annual Kings County Fair will include a variety of rides and games for kids of all ages, yummy treats including cotton candy and funnel cakes, and so much more!
Details: 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $5/General Admission with various prices for activities and rides. FREE/kids under 36″. Contact: 718-758-7500. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 8am — 4pm
Free Saturdays at Red Hook Recreation Center (RED HOOK)
Activities will include fitness activities, board games, billiards, access to the cardio and weight room, and more!
Details: Halleck St., Bush St., between Otsego St. and Court St., Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 722-3211. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 9am — 11:30am
Open Play Drop-Off at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)
This should be fun! There will be open play drop off where kids will have the opportunity to build obstacle courses for robots, craft robots out of clay and found objects, create marble runs, giant lego creations and much more.
Details: 303 Third Avenue (between 1st and Carroll Street), Brooklyn. Ages 5-9. Cost: $15/hour. Contact: (347)762-6840. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 9:30am — 11am
Out of Shabbox at Union Temple (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Out of the Shabbox is Brooklyn’s newest cross-cultural, interfaith arts based program designed to explore themes such as peace and charity through movement, music and storytelling. Featuring Avodah Dance’s Julie Gayer Kris (movement), Backyardigan Live!’s Shawn Shafner (storytelling) and Ruach Rocker Jay Rapoport (minstrel). Come join an interactive, fun filled programming where families can come together to sing, dance and tell stories about the things we value and which unite us.
Details: 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Ages 6 and under. FREE for all. Contact: uniontemple@uniontemple.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th at 10am
ReOpening of the New York Aquarium (CONEY ISLAND)
The NY Aquarium partially reopens to the public… for the first time after suffering great damage during Hurricane Sandy. How exciting! The exhibits expected to be open are: Glover’s Reef (featuring the sea life found in Glover’s Reef, Belize); Exhibits in Conservation Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon;) Outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); And a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.
Details: 602 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with paid admissions. Contact: (718) 265-3474. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 10am — 4pm (Postponed until Sunday due to forecast)
Family Festival on Governors Island (GOVERNORS ISLAND)
The Governors Island Alliance hosts a fun family fest featuring live music by Astrograss and The Maybelles and performances by Arm of the Sea Theater. There will be other activities too, which will include arts and crafts, face painting, a free bike helmet giveaway, a giant harbor map and lots of other fun harbor themed activities. Pretty sweet, right?!
Details: Nolan Park, Governors Island. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 646-241-2670. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday through May 27th from 10am — 5:30pm
Opening Weekend: Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo (BRONX)
Participants can ride through a land of huge dinosaurs! They may seem life-like and totally real, but don’t be alarmed — it’s only pretend. There are special opening weekend activities such as:
Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical: With the help of a friendly tortoise, future paleontologists Marsh and Cope take a trip back in time to discover the adaptations that allowed dinosaurs to survive for millions of years. When the boys stumble upon a gigantic T. Rex, they must learn to adapt quickly so they don’t become extinct! Details: Asia Theater at 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, and 3:30pm.
Meet & Greet: Celebrate opening day of Dinosaur Safari with costume characters Sid and Scrat from the hit movie, Ice Age. Details: 4-D Theater on May 25–26 at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.
Please note: Ticket price includes unlimited access to Dinosaur Safari ride, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, Jungle World, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Zoo, Zoo Shuttle & Wild Asia Monorail.
Details: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. All ages welcomed. Cost: Total Experience Tickets — $33.95 (Ages 13 & up), $23.95 (Ages 3-12), $28.95 (Ages 65+). Contact: (718) 220-5100. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 10am — 6pm
Summer Salute to Heroes at INTREPID Sea, Air, and Space Museum (MIDTOWN)
What a great way to celebrate Memorial Day! The Intrepid will honor our service men and women. Pier 86 will be filled with displays, hands-on activities, and live performances. There will also be a free screening of Top Gun on the Flight Deck, a Memorial Day Ceremony featuring the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, a panel discussion focused on African Americans in WWII, and more.
Details: Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all, but some activities require admissions. Contact: 212-245-0072. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 10am — 8pm
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park at Wollman Rink (CENTRAL PARK)
Manhattan’s only amusement park is opening its door this weekend! Grab your little ones and enjoy the ride. Literally!
Details: 59th St. and 6th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 entrance fee; $24 unlimited wristband. Contact: (212) 982-2229. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 10am — 9pm
Opening Weekend: Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 10:30am — 11:45am
Body Buildings: Woolworth Workshop at The Skyscraper Museum (BPC)
Kids  start with the 100-year-old Woolworth Building, subject of our current exhibition, as they work together to make a New York City skyline with their silhouettes and learn about all different skyscraper shapes and designs by using poster paper to turn their “skeleton frame” into a drawing of their very own building.
Details: 39 Battery Place, NYC. Ages 3 to 9. Cost: $5/child. Contact: 212-945-6324. RSVP to education@skyscraper.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 10:30am — 11:45am
Music and Playgroup at Brooklyn Doodles JACK Theatre (CLINTON HILL)
Brooklyn Doodles will be hosting a Memorial Saturday Playgroup.  The toys will be out and Greg will be dropping the beats.
Details: 505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 3 years and under. FREE for all. Contact: Brooklyndoodles@gmail.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th at 11am
Story Time at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning that’s also the perfect pre-nap activity?! We’ve got you covered! Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit on Saturdays to present their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too.
Details: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 246-0200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 11am — 3pm
Kids Corner at Habana Outpost (FORT GREENE)
Eat delicious food, drink, and enjoy a kid-friendly planned activity! This weekend’s activity: Plastic Bag Jelly Fish.
Details: 757 Fulton, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 25th from 11am — 3pm
Free Art Island Outpost at Nolan Park (GOVERNOR’S ISLAND)
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, puppetry, animation, and performance!
Details: Building 11 and 14, Governor’s Island. Ages 12 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 212.274.0986. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th at 12pm
Ample Hills Creamery 2nd Anniversary (PROSPECT HEIGHTS)
Celebrate the 2nd anniversary and each time a flavor sells out, the price of a scoop is reduced, until the ice cream is free!
Details: 623 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 12pm — 5pm
The Prospect Park Carousel (PROSPECT PARK)
It’s a great weekend to ride the carousel! The 101 year-old carousel features 51 carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots.
Details: Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $2 per ride, $9 book of 5 tickets. Contact: (646) 393-9031. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 12pm — 4pm
Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)
Bowling. FREE admissions from noon until 4pm. Need we say more?!
Details: 61 Wythe Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE admissions. Contact: 718-963-3369, Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th at 1pm
Cloth Diapering Made Easy at Caribou Baby (GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG)
Take the confusion out of cloth diapering, it is easier than you think! This free 45 minute seminar will teach you about the various types of cloth diapers, how many you need, how much it will cost, and what to do with the poop! Babies welcome!
Details: 272 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn. Adults welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (347) 460-BABY (2229) or info@cariboubaby.com . Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th at 1:30pm
Junior Engineer: Clocks at New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
When Grand Central Terminal opened, there were 75 clocks you could see and many more behind the scenes! Discover why clocks and schedules are so important to railroads, learn the story of Grand Central’s Jake the Clockmeister, and design your own Grand Central clock face!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brookyn. Ages 4 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th from 2pm — 4:30pm
We Build NY at New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Using SketchUp software and images from the museum’s archives, budding designers and engineers converge on the Technology Lab for an afternoon of big-city creativity and computer-assisted designs. Please note: there is a limited capacity for this event.
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and up. FREE with paid admissions. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th at 2:15pm
Babywearing for Newborns at Caribou Baby (GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG)
People have used baby carriers for thousands of years for a reason. Babywearing allows parents to attend to the needs of their baby while also getting things done. In this free 45 minute seminar we will introduce the five best carriers for newborns, show you why we love them, and help you choose the best one for your family.
Details: 272 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn. Adults welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (347) 460-BABY (2229) or info@cariboubaby.com . Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th at 3pm
America, the Beautiful at The Scholastic Store (SoHo)
Storytime featuring America the Beautiful, a picture book highlighting American values such as diversity, unity, and freedom. Then make a star-spangled flag craft and Uncle Sam hat!
Details: 557 Broadway, NYC. Ages 5 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 212-343-6166. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY MAY 26TH

Sunday, May 26th — May 27th: various times
Kings County Fair at Aviator Sports (FLOYD BENNET FIELD)
The FUN is coming to Brooklyn! The 4th Annual Kings County Fair will include a variety of rides and games for kids of all ages, yummy treats including cotton candy and funnel cakes, and so much more!
Details: 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $5/General Admission with various prices for activities and rides. FREE/kids under 36″. Contact: 718-758-7500. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 9am — 11:30am
Open Play Drop-Off at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)
This should be fun! There will be open play drop off where kids will have the opportunity to build obstacle courses for robots, craft robots out of clay and found objects, create marble runs, giant lego creations and much more.
Details: 303 Third Avenue (between 1st and Carroll Street), Brooklyn. Ages 5-9. Cost: $15/hour. Contact: (347)762-6840. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 10am — 4pm
Family Festival on Governors Island (GOVERNORS ISLAND)
The Governors Island Alliance hosts a fun family fest featuring live music by Astrograss and The Maybelles and performances by Arm of the Sea Theater. There will be other activities too, which will include arts and crafts, face painting, a free bike helmet giveaway, a giant harbor map and lots of other fun harbor themed activities. Pretty sweet, right?!
Details: Nolan Park, Governors Island. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 646-241-2670. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday through May 27th from 10am — 5:30pm
Opening Weekend: Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo (BRONX)
Participants can ride through a land of huge dinosaurs! They may seem life-like and totally real, but don’t be alarmed — it’s only pretend. There are special opening weekend activities such as:
Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical: With the help of a friendly tortoise, future paleontologists Marsh and Cope take a trip back in time to discover the adaptations that allowed dinosaurs to survive for millions of years. When the boys stumble upon a gigantic T. Rex, they must learn to adapt quickly so they don’t become extinct! Details: Asia Theater at 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, and 3:30pm.
Meet & Greet: Celebrate opening day of Dinosaur Safari with costume characters Sid and Scrat from the hit movie, Ice Age. Details: 4-D Theater on May 25–26 at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.
Please note: Ticket price includes unlimited access to Dinosaur Safari ride, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, Jungle World, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Zoo, Zoo Shuttle & Wild Asia Monorail.
Details: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. All ages welcomed. Cost: Total Experience Tickets — $33.95 (Ages 13 & up), $23.95 (Ages 3-12), $28.95 (Ages 65+). Contact: (718) 220-5100. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 10am — 5pm
Torah Unwrapped at Jewish Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Children explore the process of making a Torah during this interactive workshop. Uncover the history of hundred-year-old scrolls, see and handle unfinished hides for parchment, mix ink, fashion goose-feather quills and watch the scribe as he practices his “scribal scribble” on a piece of parchment!
Details: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Ages 5 to 15. FREE for all, fees for activities. Contact: info@jcm.museum. Visit the website fore more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 10am — 6pm
Summer Salute to Heroes at INTREPID Sea, Air, and Space Museum (MIDTOWN)
What a great way to celebrate Memorial Day! The Intrepid will honor our service men and women. Pier 86 will be filled with displays, hands-on activities, and live performances. There will also be a free screening of Top Gun on the Flight Deck, a Memorial Day Ceremony featuring the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, a panel discussion focused on African Americans in WWII, and more.
Details: Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all, but some activities require admissions. Contact: 212-245-0072. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 10am — 8pm
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park at Wollman Rink (CENTRAL PARK)
Manhattan’s only amusement park is opening its door this weekend! Grab your little ones and enjoy the ride. Literally!
Details: 59th St. and 6th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 entrance fee; $24 unlimited wristband. Contact: (212) 982-2229. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 24th from 10am — 8pm
Opening Weekend: Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
On Sunday mornings, children’s performers keep babies and toddlers under 3 years old entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play. Vered’s music is all about bonding with your little one. Her album Good Morning My Love was named a 2011 favorite by Laurie Berkner, kid-music superstar and fellow mom, in USA Today, and is also a 2012 winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award! Through songs that encourage joyful interaction, accompany daily routine, and give melody and words to the emotional experience of the baby and parent, Vered’s music lends a warm and upbeat soundtrack to the nuances of life with a baby or small child. The songs range from playful to emotive, gentle to silly, and sweet to upbeat, mirroring the experience of the new parent
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 11am — 3pm
Kids Corner at Habana Outpost (FORT GREENE)
Eat delicious food, drink, and enjoy a kid-friendly planned activity! This weekend’s activity: Plastic Bag Jelly Fish.
Details: 757 Fulton, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 26th from 11am — 3pm
Free Art Island Outpost at Nolan Park (GOVERNOR’S ISLAND)
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, puppetry, animation, and performance!
Details: Building 11 and 14, Governor’s Island. Ages 12 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 212.274.0986. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder (CHELSEA)
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 12pm — 5pm
The Prospect Park Carousel (PROSPECT PARK)
It’s a great weekend to ride the carousel! The 101 year-old carousel features 51 carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots.
Details: Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $2 per ride, $9 book of 5 tickets. Contact: (646) 393-9031. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th at 1pm
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts (BROOKLYN COLLEGE)
Get your vocal chords warmed up for this screening of the Academy Award-winning Julie Andrews movie musical, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. Classic tunes include “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” and of course the soaring title song. If you’ve always wanted to be a part of a musical, this is your chance! Please note that this event runs almost four hours and is therefore not recommended for children under six years of age.
Details: 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $15. Contact: 718-951-4500. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th at 1:30pm
Junior Engineer: Clocks at New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
When Grand Central Terminal opened, there were 75 clocks you could see and many more behind the scenes! Discover why clocks and schedules are so important to railroads, learn the story of Grand Central’s Jake the Clockmeister, and design your own Grand Central clock face!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brookyn. Ages 4 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, May 26th from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.

MONDAY MAY 27TH

Monday, May 27th: various times
Kings County Fair at Aviator Sports (FLOYD BENNET FIELD)
The FUN is coming to Brooklyn! The 4th Annual Kings County Fair will include a variety of rides and games for kids of all ages, yummy treats including cotton candy and funnel cakes, and so much more!
Details: 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $5/General Admission with various prices for activities and rides. FREE/kids under 36″. Contact: 718-758-7500. Visit the website for more information.

Monday through May 27th from 10am — 5:30pm
Opening Weekend: Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo (BRONX)
Participants can ride through a land of huge dinosaurs! They may seem life-like and totally real, but don’t be alarmed — it’s only pretend. There are special opening weekend activities such as:
Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical: With the help of a friendly tortoise, future paleontologists Marsh and Cope take a trip back in time to discover the adaptations that allowed dinosaurs to survive for millions of years. When the boys stumble upon a gigantic T. Rex, they must learn to adapt quickly so they don’t become extinct! Details: Asia Theater at 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, and 3:30pm.
Please note: Ticket price includes unlimited access to Dinosaur Safari ride, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, Jungle World, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Zoo, Zoo Shuttle & Wild Asia Monorail.
Details: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. All ages welcomed. Cost: Total Experience Tickets — $33.95 (Ages 13 & up), $23.95 (Ages 3-12), $28.95 (Ages 65+). Contact: (718) 220-5100. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, May 27th from 10am — 6pm
Summer Salute to Heroes at INTREPID Sea, Air, and Space Museum (MIDTOWN)
What a great way to celebrate Memorial Day! The Intrepid will honor our service men and women. Pier 86 will be filled with displays, hands-on activities, and live performances. There will also be a free screening of Top Gun on the Flight Deck, a Memorial Day Ceremony featuring the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, a panel discussion focused on African Americans in WWII, and more.
Details: Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all, but some activities require admissions. Contact: 212-245-0072. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, May 27th from 10am — 8pm
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park at Wollman Rink (CENTRAL PARK)
Manhattan’s only amusement park is opening its door this weekend! Grab your little ones and enjoy the ride. Literally!
Details: 59th St. and 6th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 entrance fee; $24 unlimited wristband. Contact: (212) 982-2229. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, May 27th from 11am — 3pm
Summer Camp Open House at Kings Bay Y (WINDSOR TERRACE)
Take a tour and meet with the Camp Representatives from the Kings Bay Y.  Find out about the Summer Day Camp, Hebrew Dual Language Summer Day Camp and the  Inclusion Program for children with special needs. Meet the new Soccer Coach for the Y’s soccer program, Nathan Bell.  There will be 30 minute soccer trial classes for kids and parents to get a taste of the Soccer Division from 11am-2pm.
Details: 1224 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 4 to 13. FREE for all. Contact: Nadira at 718.407.6377. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, May 27th from 11am — 3pm
Historic Greenwood Cemetery Memorial Day Concert (Greenwood Heights)
Bring a blanket and enjoy this early summer performance. Food and refreshments will be on sale all day. Directly after the concert, enjoy a special trolley tour with Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman. Click here for more information on the tour, and reserve your spot now – that tour fills up quickly!.
Details: 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY,11232. All Ages. FREE for all. Contact: 718-210-3080. Visit the website for more information.

ALL WEEKEND

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 27th: various times
Kings County Fair at Aviator Sports (FLOYD BENNET FIELD)
The FUN is coming to Brooklyn! The 4th Annual Kings County Fair will include a variety of rides and games for kids of all ages, yummy treats including cotton candy and funnel cakes, and so much more!
Details: 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $5/General Admission with various prices for activities and rides. FREE/kids under 36″. Contact: 718-758-7500. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through May 27th from 10am — 5:30pm
Opening Weekend: Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo (BRONX)
Participants can ride through a land of huge dinosaurs! They may seem life-like and totally real, but don’t be alarmed — it’s only pretend. There are special opening weekend activities such as:
Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical: With the help of a friendly tortoise, future paleontologists Marsh and Cope take a trip back in time to discover the adaptations that allowed dinosaurs to survive for millions of years. When the boys stumble upon a gigantic T. Rex, they must learn to adapt quickly so they don’t become extinct! Details: Asia Theater at 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, and 3:30pm.
Meet & Greet: Celebrate opening day of Dinosaur Safari with costume characters Sid and Scrat from the hit movie, Ice Age. Details: 4-D Theater on May 25–26 at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.
Please note: Ticket price includes unlimited access to Dinosaur Safari ride, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, Jungle World, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Zoo, Zoo Shuttle & Wild Asia Monorail.
Details: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. All ages welcomed. Cost: Total Experience Tickets — $33.95 (Ages 13 & up), $23.95 (Ages 3-12), $28.95 (Ages 65+). Contact: (718) 220-5100. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10am — 8pm
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park at Wollman Rink (CENTRAL PARK)
Manhattan’s only amusement park is opening its door this weekend! Grab your little ones and enjoy the ride. Literally!
Details: 59th St. and 6th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 entrance fee; $24 unlimited wristband. Contact: (212) 982-2229. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays through September 29th from 11am — 3pm
Free Art Island Outpost at Nolan Park (GOVERNOR’S ISLAND)
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, puppetry, animation, and performance!
Details: Building 11 and 14, Governor’s Island. Ages 12 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 212.274.0986. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th from 10am — 9pm
Sunday, May 26th from 10am –8pm
Opening Weekend: Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th from 11am — 3pm
Kids Corner at Habana Outpost (FORT GREENE)
Eat delicious food, drink, and enjoy a kid-friendly planned activity! This weekend’s activity: Plastic Bag Jelly Fish.
Details: 757 Fulton, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 6pm
Art Shack at Pier 25 (DOWNTOWN NYC)
This event is such a cool way to get kids engrossed in art and painting! They can enjoy the outdoors and views of the Hudson while creating a masterpiece! From the organizers, “Our Art Shack outdoor art program at Pier 25 dates back to 1996, when artist Xavier Rivera approached our founder, Bob Townley, with the idea for a free outdoor art program. If you’ve been around long enough, you may recall the area to the right just inside the Pier 25 entrance with outdoor wooden sculptures and a shipping container that served both as our Art Shack and as a pedestal for a giant iguana sculpted by Bob “Daddy-O” Wade. Xavier persevered through the demolition and rebuilding of Pier 25 with an art space astride the Hudson River Park bike path, and now our Art Shack once again is a permanent fixture of our Pier 25 programming.”
Please note: Event will take place if the weather permits.
Details: 120 Warren Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays in May from 1pm — 4pm
Pop-Up Audubon: Birds at Binnen Bridge (PROSPECT PARK)
This is a chance to get the entire family involved in outdoor fun! There will be several activities:
Nature on the Go! Bird Bonanza: 1pm & 3pm
Take an in-depth look at the largest organism within this habitat (trees) and discover the important role forests play in providing different habitats for the Park’s wildlife. This program includes hand-on activities and a nature walk through the forest.
Nature’s Helpers: 2pm
Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.
Discovery Tour: 4pm
Learn what birds eat from trees, early spring migration, and discover the layers within the forest!
Details: Lincoln Rd./Ocean Ave. entrance, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 287-3400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays through May 26th from 2pm — 4pm
History in Your Hands: Fleece Fun at Lefferts Historic House (PROSPECT PARK)
Card, spin using a drop spindle, and even make a felt ball to take home with you.
Details: Willink entrance (intersection Ocean/Flatbush Aves. and Empire Blvd.), Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $3/person; FREE/ages 16 and under. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays at 11am and 5pm
Sundays at 12pm
Piggy Nation, The Musical at The Snapple Theater Center (MIDTOWN)
My son and I had the pleasure of seeing this show and we thought it was glorious! It’s a show filled with love and laughter and lessons learned. The intimate theater and the fact that audience members can enjoy a meet-and-greet with the cast makes it a totally a must-see. Based on the award-winning book, Piggy Nation follows Sammy Hamhock, a little pig excited to be on vacation following his Dad to work on Piggy Patrol, issuing tickets for piggy behavior. But is his Dad being a piggy too? Will Sammy lose the girl of his dreams, the lovely Lacey Leppard, because of his Dad’s piggy behavior? Can Sammy teach his Dad not to be a piggy?
Details: 210 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $30-44/standard seats; $60/premium seats. Contact: 212.921.7862. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sunday from 10am — 5pm
The Big Adventure at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Visit the latest exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum,  Big Adventure, where  kids will be able to choose activity adventures that identify challenges, solve problems, make decisions, set goals, enhance creativity, and help them gain confidence.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks:$3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.

All Weekend from 10am — 5pm
MoMath Exhibitions at the Museum of Mathematics (FLATIRON DISTRICT)

There’s a new museum in town and it’s been getting rave reviews — the Museum of Mathematics! More than 30 exhibitions reveal the wonders of math in this 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, the exhibitions invite participation, encourage experimentation, and spark curiosity in visitors of all ages and math skills. They bring math concepts to life in ways that amaze, astound enlighten and entertain. Many have surprising outcomes that stimulate visitors to want to understand why.
Details: 11 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $9/children. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

ONGOING

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 26th: various times
Rennie Harris RHAW at New Victory Theater (TIMES SQUARE)
Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works features a youthful company of nine dancers who pop and lock, b-boy and boogaloo to create funky, upbeat depictions of city life, young love, and growing up.
Details: 209 West 42nd Street, NYC. Ages 6 and up. Cost: $14–$38. Contact: 646.223.3010. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays through August 31st at 3pm
Bargemusic Family Concert at The Brooklyn Bridge Park (FULTON FERRY LANDING)
Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge into a “wonderfully intimate wood-paneled room with thrilling views of lower Manhattan and excellent acoustics.” Experience why critics call Bargemusic “the perfect chamber-music hall” and why artists say it is “unlike any other place in the world to perform.”
Details: All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Ongoing from 12pm — 4pm
Luna Park (CONEY ISLAND)
Take a thrilling ride on the famous Cyclone or one of the new rides debuting for the 2013 season.
Details: 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and up. Cost: Pay-per-ride or POP packages available. Contact: 718.373.LUNA (5862). Visit the website for more information.

Through July 7th from 10:30am — 4:30pm (hourly)
IMAX Flight of the Butterflies at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)

This is a great way for children (and adults alike!) to learn about the 3,000-mile journey traveled every fall by half a billion Monarch butterflies… at one of NYC’s favorite museums! This migration, which begins in Canada and continues through the United States to Mexico, is the longest and most amazing insect migration on Earth.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students and seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Price includes admission to the museum. Contact: 212-769-5200. Visit the website for more information.

Through September 15th 2013: various times
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater (MIDTOWN)
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m been to this twice because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 5, 2014 from 10am — 6pm
Whales: Giants of the Deep at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Get a load of this! Whales: Giants of the Deep brings you close to some of the most massive mammals on Earth. Featuring life-size models, interactive exhibits, films, as well as over 20 whale skulls and skeletons.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $25 adults; $14.50 kids age 2-12; $19 seniors/students (General admission plus 1 ticket includes admission to the museum and Rose Center plus 1 special exhibition). Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more

 

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