Hi everyone! The weather today makes it hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is here but it sounds like the weather will improve for the weekend. Whew!
If you are in NYC this weekend there is so much to do so take the kids and enjoy Fleet Week Events in various locations, Family Fun Day on Governor’s Island, Cirque-tacular Presents: Spring-A-Ding-DING! at the 14th Street Y, Memorial Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at St. John’s Recreation Center, DanceAfrica 2017 and Bazaar at BAM, Summer on the Hudson: Mamapalooza – Sing Out Sister in Riverside Park South, Brooklyn’s 150 Kings County Memorial Day Parade, Centennial Saturdays: Go on Expedition with the AEF! at New-York Historical Society, Le Ballon d’or at BAM Rose Cinemas, Songs for Extraordinary People at National Sawdust, Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre, Fleece Fun at Lefferts Historic House, Family Day at BRIC, Screening & Live Event: The Muppets at Walt Disney World at the Museum of the Moving Image, Memorial Day in Prospect Park, Annual Memorial Day Concert in Green-Wood Cemetery and Summer Movie Series: Top Gun at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
There are some fun long running events opening this weekend like Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink and Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park so get out and enjoy them this long weekend.
Happy Memorial Day weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday May 26th
Fleet Week: U.S. Navy Dive Tank in Times Square
Friday-Saturday May 26th-27th 10a-5p. Event is free and open to the public. Location: Times Square – 43-44 St. Plaza. U.S. Navy divers will hold demonstrations in a dive tank on the plaza in Times Square. See the website for all the Fleet Week events.
New Parent Play Date at SPARK (DUMBO)
Fridays 10-12n. $15/per child. Friday morning play date offers an open session for parents and caregivers with young children ages 0 to 24 months. Meet other parents and caregivers, while your babies and toddlers explore sensory materials. Join for the whole session, or for just a portion of it. Walk-ins welcome. Admission free with Passport Membership.
CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at St. John’s Recreation (Crown Heights)
Friday May 26th 1030-1130a & 1230p-130p. Free. For all ages. Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.
Summer Movie Series: Top Gun at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (UWS)
Friday May 26th 7p. Free. Museum members can reserve tickets and receive priority admission for the Summer Movie Series. Watch a free movie under the stars! Sit back on the ship’s flight deck, and take in a great movie, the city skyline and a view of the Hudson. You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the show. The flight deck opens at 7:00pm, and the movie begins at sunset, weather permitting. Admission tickets (free of charge) will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis before the screening. Space is limited. See the website for future movie titles this summer. Top Gun: PG 1h 50min Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young naval aviator, is sent to train at the elite Fighter Weapons School, but his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots.
Saturday May 27th
Splash Pad Opening Day at Lakeside in Prospect Park
Saturday May 27th 10a-7p and will be open daily until September 4th. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10a-7p and Sunday 10a-6p. Free. One Brooklyn’s coolest summer spots, the Splash Pad is designed for children under 12 and their parents and care-givers. With over 20 water jets, the Splash Pad provides state-of-the-art water play and admission is free to the public.
Opening Weekend at Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink (Central Park)
Saturday May 27th 10a-9p and everyday until September 10th at various times and admission & ride prices varies by day. See website. Enter park from 59th St. and 6th Avenue and walk north. Victorian Gardens is a traditional family amusement park featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted rides, games of chance, classic concessions, face painting and live entertainment.
Centennial Saturdays: Go on Expedition with the AEF! at New-York Historical Society (UWS)
Saturday May 27th 11a-4p. Free with Museum admission. Recommended for all ages. We’re commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s official entry into the First World War by bringing New York in 1917 to life! Each Saturday (except Independence Day Weekend), stop by the Museum to meet different personalities from the home- and war-fronts of the United States a century ago. Each week is different—you might discover the uniforms of army doughboys, run into a famous leader, or march with suffragists! On Saturday, May 27, June 10, and June 17 kick off Centennial Saturdays and deepen your immersion into our new exhibition, World War I Beyond the Trenches, by meeting US soldiers in the American Expeditionary Forces. Portrayed by Living Historians, the troops will share stories about early 20th-century life on and off the battlefield. Try on the army’s helmet or ‘tin hat’ on your own head, dig into military tools and equipment, and inspect their uniforms from the top of their hooked wool collars all the way down to their special leggings for time in the trenches. Check out our Family Calendar to discover each Centennial Saturday’s special theme!
Songs for Extraordinary People at National Sawdust (Williamsburg)
Saturday May 27th 11a. General admission tickets: $20/adults, $5/children. Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs For Extraordinary People: A highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most fascinating individuals in the world. Subjects include Larry Walters, who used 45 helium balloons to carry himself into the sky; and Marie Curie, who discovered radium, and whose notebooks to this day are still too radioactive to handle.
Family Day at BRIC (Fort Greene)
Saturday May 27th 12n-3p. Free with RSVP. RSVP here. Location: Gallery at BRIC House. (Enter on Rockwell Place). Join some of BRIC’s Teaching Artists for an imaginative adventure in art-making! There will be tours of the student exhibition and BRIC television studios, digital animation, screen printing, bookmaking, refreshments, and more! The program is taking place in conjunction with The 29th Annual Contemporary Art Education Exhibition, on view at BRIC House May 19 – June 18, 2017.
Sunday May 28th
Family Fun Day on Governor’s Island
Sunday May 28th 11a-4p. Free. Kick off an exciting summer on Governors Island! Family Fun Day celebrates the season’s opening and the Island’s playful nature and free-range attitude. All performances and activities are family-friendly and FREE to the public. Improvise with Story Pirates, be amazed and inspired by Mario the Magician and his inventions, show off your mad dance moves to Grammy-winning Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets, march with Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, and goof around with Loony Toony the Clown! The festival takes place in the Island’s historic district. With its open grassy areas, tall shady trees, and charming 19th century cottages, it’s the perfect place for watching the performances, playing games and picnicking! See the website for all the details of the event.
Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday May 28th 11a. Tickets: $5 kids/$10 adult/$25 family. Join award-winning NYC family performer Suzi Shelton along with special guests and she returns to her favorite theatre in Brooklyn for a monthly family show! Sip on a coffee or Bloody Mary while your little one delights in the show, and then head next door to the Jalopy Tavern for brunch. Hear new songs, meet new friends and have a grand ol’ time!
Summer on the Hudson: Mamapalooza – Sing Out Sister in Riverside Park South (UWS)
Sunday May 28th 12n-5p. Free. Location: Pier I. Celebrate all families at our annual festival featuring music, wellness activities, art, activism, and fierce feminist vendors. Get inspired to sing out a message of peace, acceptance, and equality. This year’s “Sing Out Sister” theme inspires all to find their voice and bring a message of peace, tolerance, and equality. Fierce feminists, as well as families of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, are welcome. See the website for all the details of the event.
Screening & Live Event: The Muppets at Walt Disney World at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Sunday May 28th 1p. Tickets: $15. All tickets include same-day admission to the Museum. Hosted by Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy. Dir. Peter Harris. 1990, 46 mins. Digital projection. With Charles Grodin, Raven-Symoné, Jim Henson, Frank Oz. Start your summer vacation with “The Muppets at Walt Disney World.” The Muppets storm the gate at the Walt Disney World Resort and security guard Charles Grodin is hot on the chase. This rarely seen 1990 TV special, an episode of the series The Magical World of Disney, also includes an appearance by a very young Raven-Symoné and the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse. Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin will share memories and snapshots from the set, as well as outtakes from the show. In addition, The Muppet Show episode featuring Jim’s fellow Disney Legend Wally Boag will round out the program. Program duration: 85 mins.
Le Ballon d’or at BAM Rose Cinemas (Fort Greene)
Sunday May 28th 2p & 7p. General admission: $14 ($10 for 2p screening), Members: $7 (free for Level 4 and above), Children 12 and under $7 (2pm screening only). Part of BAMkids and FilmAfrica 2017 series BAMkids Movie Matinees. This joyous French-Guinean production chronicles the adventures of a spirited young boy named Bandian (Sumah) as he goes from small village to big city to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. Bursting with kinetic sports sequences and an infectious energy, Le Ballon d’or paints a vivid portrait of growing up in West Africa.
Monday May 29th
Memorial Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Monday May 29th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join us at the Children’s Museum in remembrance and patriotism this Memorial Day. Star-Spangled Wind Chime: Celebrate the American flag in honor of Memorial Day by designing your own patriotic wind chime at 10am & 1pm drop-in for ages 5 & younger. Also Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad: Celebrate Memorial Day with a fun and fabulous fruit salad at 11am & 12pm for ages 6 & older (due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.)
Brooklyn’s 150 Kings County Memorial Day Parade (Bay Ridge)
Monday May 29th 11a. Free. Sponsored by the United Military Veterans of Kings County. The parade route is from 78th St. and Third Ave., along Third Ave. to Marine Ave., up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park on 101st St. and Fourth Ave. for the memorial service.
Memorial Day in Prospect Park
Monday May 29th 12n-4p. Free. Join the Prospect Park Alliance this Memorial Day for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the 1912 Carousel.Nature Exploration 12–4pm at Prospect Park Audubon Center (Free) Programs are: Nature Play, 1–2 pm: Join Alliance naturalists and learn to appreciate the beauty of nature and develop self-reliance, creativity and problem-solving skills through different outdoor play-based activities. Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around trees. Nature on the Go!, 3pm–4 pm: An Alliance naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project! Annual Memorial Day Potato Planting, 1-4pm at Lefferts Historic House $3 suggested donation). Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House, and get a taste of what life was like on a Flatbush farm in spring. Join us in planting our annual potato crop, race against friends and family in organized potato sack races and take a tour of the Lefferts historic rooms. Also enjoy Carousel Rides, 12–5p ($2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets).
Memorial Day Concert in Green-Wood Cemetery
Monday May 29th 230-5p. Free. The concert is free, but RSVPS are recommended. Please make an optional donation with your reservation, to help Green-Wood continue to offer these events free of charge. RSVP here. It’s a NYC favorite, now in its nineteenth year! Bring a blanket and enjoy this free early summer performance. The concert features the ISO Symphonic Band, founded in 1995 to sponsor talented students throughout New York City and led by the band’s inimitable founder and conductor Brian P. Worsdale. Each year we feature the works of Green-Wood’s permanent residents Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, and many others. Enjoy the beautiful landscape with your fellow New Yorkers, as well local vendors selling food and drink throughout the day.
Dynamic H2O Opening at Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Saturday-Monday May 27th-29th . Free with Museum admission. For all ages. Outdoors. Open weather permitting. This summer our splashy Dynamic H2O exhibition, in CMOM’s Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off! With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment. An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds. Children can release a rain shower and place small floating droplets in the resulting river to follow as they progress downstream toward the city. As the water flows past floating lily pads, there’s an area where children can create waterfalls, build dams and pretend to fish. The opportunities for fun and discovery continue as the water streams toward a build-your-own city that awaits future engineers and architects. Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92 mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge! They can even try their hand at water-focused careers playing the role of marine scientist, chemical engineer, or even sewage treatment worker.
Fleece Fun at Lefferts Historic House
Saturday-Sunday May 27th-28th 2-4p. $3 suggested donation. Join Prospect Park Alliance to learn how wool was used on a Flatbush farm. You can brush the wool with carding paddles, spin yarn using a drop spindle and even make a felt ball to take home with you.
DanceAfrica 2017 at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday May 26th 730p, Saturday May 28th 2p & 7p, Sunday-Monday May 28th-29th 3p. Tickets start at $25. The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond! Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement. Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble. Run time: Approx 2hrs with intermission.
DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar (Fort Greene)
Saturday May 27th 12n-10p & Sunday-Monday May 28th-29th 12n-8p. (Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.) Location: Ashland Pl / Lafayette Ave. Free. DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.
Cirque-tacular Presents: Spring-A-Ding-DING! at the 14th Street Y (Stuyvesant Town/East Village)
Friday May 26th 7p, Saturday-Sunday May 27th-28th 11a & 2p and ongoing weekends until June 3rd. See website for details. Run Time: 70 Minutes (No Intermission). Tickets: $28 General Admission, $50 VIP – Priority Seating, Choice of Magnet or Signed Cast Poster & a Concession and $100 Family 4 Pack. Brianna is back! Spring bursts to life through the adventures she shares with a fresh cast of amusing woodland creatures whose stories are told through dazzling circus, dance, and can’t-believe-your-eyes specialty acts. Families and audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy amazing things at Spring-a-Ding-DING!
Drop-in Art Projects: Bright Butterflies at SPARK (DUMBO)
Saturday-Sunday May 27th-28th 1-5p. $15/per child. BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission, Join in the following drop-in art projects and play opportunities taking place on May weekends in our studio. We are feeling the Spring vibes at Spark and cannot wait to play with more unusual materials to get our creative juices flowing. Hooray for Spring! Join us as we soak up the sun and celebrate some festive holidays this month. Bright Butterflies: Butterfly wings are beautiful examples of symmetry. Create painted butterfly wings and be amazed by the way the colors mix together and the unique patterns left behind.
play:groundNYC on Governors Island
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-3p until October 1st. Free. There is a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to our Junkyard play area. Adult supervision is required. Please note that the ages for both the Junkyard Play area (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended. We have 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. Expect your child to get messy! Our junkyard play area is for kids only, with a recommended age of 6 and up. Parents can enjoy a grassy area with some shade to enjoy some time relaxing. Please note, while we do not allow parents into the older kids area, children are free to come and go. It is up to each family to decide if the parents stay waiting outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. Please note there are play:groundNYC playworkers in the JunkYard at all times. Note: Shoes: Closed toe and thick soled shoes are required to enter our junkyard play area. In order to reduce risk of injury, rubber shoes (i.e. Crocs) and shoes with cut-outs (i.e. Keen sandals) and soft soled-shoes (i.e. Converse) are NOT permitted. See the website for all the details.
The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays now until August 20th 1230p & 230p. For 3y+. Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: email@example.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). The Reluctant Dragon: Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 English Mystery adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach.
NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until June 25th. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!
The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p until September 17th. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales. Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck retells storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — bringing the Theatre to life with new marionettes and hand painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly into each story with the original tales that teach important life lessons still relevant to children today.
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p. Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours two afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!