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Memorial Day for kids in NYC: Things to do during the long weekend

Your guide to celebrating Memorial Day for kids in New York City, including free events, Governors Island, city beaches and more.

Coney Island

Coney Island Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Summer may not officially start until June, but families can celebrate the unofficial start of the warm-weather season in New York City over Memorial Day weekend. We present the  best Memorial Day events for families, plus information on city beaches, new summer blockbusters (Dinosaur Safari!), seasonal openings of some of our favorite family attractions, day trip ideas and more during the long holiday weekend.

When is Memorial Day 2013?

Memorial Day 2013 takes place on the final Monday of every May. Memorial Day 2013 is on Monday, May 27.

Kids' Memorial Day weekend events

Memorial Day events for families

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day

Summer Salute to Heroes Festival

Head to Pier 86 for a day of musical performances by The Voice's

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Until Mon May 27
More info

Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day Fair

  • Free

Spend Memorial Day weekend in Sunnyside Gardens' Park, a lovely

  1. Sunnyside Gardens Park 48-21 39th Ave, at Barnett Ave
  2. Until Sun May 26
More info

Governors Island Family Fun Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Celebrate the seasonal reopening of Governors Island with a

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat May 24
More info
See all Memorial Day events

Things to do on Memorial Day for kids

Best beaches in NYC

Families flock to these nearby sandy shores to enjoy a day at

25 best playgrounds in New York City

We searched high and low for the city's best playgrounds: Visit

Luna Park

Find rides for family members of all ages at the popular Coney

Central Park guide

A complete guide to Central Park, including playgrounds and

What's opening on Memorial Day

Summer at Governors Island

Summer at Governors Island Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Dino Safari at the Bronx Zoo

Dino Safari at the Bronx Zoo Photograph: Luciana Golcman

New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

Photograph: Gary Gershoff

Renderings of the Crayola Experience

Renderings of the Crayola Experience

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