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What to do Memorial Day Weekend 2010 in NY and Brooklyn

May 27, 2010

Some websites and blogs have compiled nice lists of things to do for Memorial Day Weekend this year. Here they are: Mommy Poppins (great listings for Fleet Week), NYC Kids Arts, (focuses mainly on museums and cultural events) TimeOut NY Kids (have a ton here) and I always check out gocitykids for their extensive listings.

Here are some events that didn’t get on their lists, but think are worth a mention:

1. The new Luna Park on Coney Island opens May 29th- you can walk in for free as the rides are admission-based. I’m just curious about it- not sure it would be worth going during the opening and one of the busiest weekends.
2. The exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History closes on May 31st- this is your last chance to see 50o butterflies in all their glory.
3. The NYC International Polar Festival on Saturday, May 29, noon–5 pm at American Museum of Natural History. In conjunction with the opening of Race to the End of the Earth, this family-friendly fair will feature events and activities with a focus on Antarctica for all ages, including performances, short talks, films, and unique opportunities to interact with scientists and modern-day polar explorers.
4. BAM has a weekend-long bazaar in the surrounding streets featuring food, crafts, and clothes from Africa and the Diaspora. A number of related films will also be screened, with highlights including Movement (R)evolution Africa, about nine African choreographers, and Sex, Okra, and Salted Butter, a domestic comedy from Chad. It is all part of a celebration for DanceAfrica. (I went to the DanceAfrica performance 2 years ago and wasn’t wowed by it, but I did like the bazaar.)
5. Saturday, May 29th: SCORE! Pop Up Free Store. Their last 2 swaps drew over 1,000 people each, so you’re likely to score some good stuff!
6. New York International Children’s Film Festival will have screening Memorial Day Weekend (Sat & Sun, May 29, 30- 11 am) featuring: The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos, 78 min, In English – Recommended ages 7 to adult. I understand it’s like “March of the Penguins” but check the site for a full summary of the film.