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Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day events like outdoor concerts, new exhibits and ceremonies to honor those in the armed services.

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Photograph: Luciana Golcman

Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

2/17
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

New York Aquarium reopens

3/17
Photograph: Gary Gershoff

Victorian Gardens reopens

 

4/17
Photograph: Filip Wolak

Governors Island Family Fun Festival

5/17
Photograph: Kirstin Burns

Memorial Day Fair at Sunnyside Gardens Park

6/17

Summer Salute to Heroes Festival

7/17
Photograph: Whitney Browne

DanceAfrica

8/17

4th Annual Kings County Fair

9/17

Omar's Summer Blast-Off at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park

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Courtesy Brooklyn Children's Museum

Memorial Day Medals workshop at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

11/17

18th Annual Lower East Side Festival

12/17

4th Annual Kings County Fair

 

13/17

Tap Your Heart Out

14/17
Photograph: Aaron Brashear

Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery

15/17
Courtesy Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey's "Shipwreck!: Pirates and Treasure" at Discovery Times Square

16/17

"Block Party" at Liberty Science Center

17/17
Photo courtesy of Google

Doodle for Google at AMNH

More than just high time for buying white shoes, Memorial Day weekend means three full days of activities with the family. With the openings of some of our favorite summer attractions like city beachesGovernors Island (celebrate by hitting up Saturday’s family festivall), Victorian Gardens in Central Park, Queens’ first amusement park, the Bronx Zoo’s wild summer exhibition Dinosaur Safari, and the Sandy-damaged New York Aquarium, this weekend looks to be action-packed with Memorial Day events and activities. Say “Happy birthday” to the Brooklyn Bridge, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this weekend, but more importantly, say “thank you” to the soldiers and veterans at home and abroad at one of the city's special Memorial Day events. Scroll through our picks for each day of the long weekend and have a wonderful Memorial Day!

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Saturday, May 25

Dinosaur Safari

Just in time for summer zoo visits, the Bronx Zoo debuts Dinosaur Safari, a guided wagon tour past life-like, animatronic dinosaur species—from the vegetarian, long-necked Brachiosaurus and imposing Tricerotops to the iconically scary Tyrannosaurus Rex—that illuminates the phenomenon of adaptation. Accompanying the exhibit is a new theatrical show, Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical, which debuts on opening weekend at the Asia Theater (May 25–27 at 12:30, 1:15, 2:30, 3:30pm); various meet-and-greets throughout the summer (including Ice Age's costumed characters Sid and Scrat May 25–26 at 1, 2:30, 3:30pm); fossil impressions, Ice Age crafts or dinosaur-themed projects; and "Dinosaurs Rock," an exhibit of life-size dinosaur artifacts and fossils at Grizzly Corner (July 27–Aug 11 11am–4pm), with special presentations on weekends (Sat, Sun 1, 2,:30, 3:30pm). All ages.

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Summer Salute to Heroes Festival

Head to Pier 86 for a day of musical performances by The Voice's Angie Johnson, the USO Show Troupe, the Manhattan Dolls (Saturday only), Trailer Radio (Saturday only), and the Callbacks (Sunday only). Between shows, check out interactive displays and activity stalls of the Intrepid Museum and other event sponsors. All ages.

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18th Annual Lower East Side Festival

Stop by the weekend-long festival on Saturday for activities designed for families, like the Youth Program in the Johnson Theater (2-5pm). Kids and tweens can catch performances by their peers at local dance schools; afterwards, they can head downstairs to the Cabaret and watch short films, animation and LES-centric projects submitted by neighborhood artists. Composer and satirist Richard West hosts the outdoor block party featuring live music, comedy and poetry performances (with appearances by some yummy food vendors) on East 10th Street. All ages.

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Family Festival at the Cloisters: In Search of the Unicorn

Kids and their families can spend the day at the Cloisters at this mythical-beast-themed festival. Mary Pop Osborne will read from her book, Blizzard of the Blue Moon, about a boy and a girl who travel through time with a unicorn and land in the Cloisters. Kids can also work on mythical art projects and go on a self-guided art hunt through the museum. Ages 4 to 12.

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4th Annual Kings County Fair

Older kids can enjoy a bevvy of stomach-churning roller coasters, while little ones have fun on tamer rides. Other classic carnival treats include a Ferris wheel, cotton candy and funnel cakes. All ages.

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Sunday, May 26

Dinosaur Safari

Just in time for summer zoo visits, the Bronx Zoo debuts Dinosaur Safari, a guided wagon tour past life-like, animatronic dinosaur species—from the vegetarian, long-necked Brachiosaurus and imposing Tricerotops to the iconically scary Tyrannosaurus Rex—that illuminates the phenomenon of adaptation. Accompanying the exhibit is a new theatrical show, Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical, which debuts on opening weekend at the Asia Theater (May 25–27 at 12:30, 1:15, 2:30, 3:30pm); various meet-and-greets throughout the summer (including Ice Age's costumed characters Sid and Scrat May 25–26 at 1, 2:30, 3:30pm); fossil impressions, Ice Age crafts or dinosaur-themed projects; and "Dinosaurs Rock," an exhibit of life-size dinosaur artifacts and fossils at Grizzly Corner (July 27–Aug 11 11am–4pm), with special presentations on weekends (Sat, Sun 1, 2,:30, 3:30pm). All ages.

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Governors Island Family Fun Festival

Celebrate the seasonal reopening of Governors Island with a fun-filled family extravaganza. Families from all over the city are invited to come out and enjoy the opening festivities, including music courtesy of the Maybelles and Astrograss for Kids, theater performances by Arm of the Sea, puppet-making workshops, face painting, bubbles, lawn games, a bouncy house and crafts from Children's Museum of the Arts Island Outpost. All ages.

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Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day Fair

Spend Memorial Day weekend in Sunnyside Gardens' Park, a lovely location where families can take in some nature and bond with the neighborhood’s diverse and lively community. This free fair will feature a wide range of kids’ activities: a partial list that includes an obstacle course, bouncy houses, kiddie nail salon and clowns. BBQ, beer and juice boxes will also be available. Rain date is Sunday, May 26. Free. All ages.

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Summer Salute to Heroes Festival

Head to Pier 86 for a day of musical performances by The Voice's Angie Johnson, the USO Show Troupe, the Manhattan Dolls (Saturday only), Trailer Radio (Saturday only), and the Callbacks (Sunday only). Between shows, check out interactive displays and activity stalls of the Intrepid Museum and other event sponsors. All ages.

Read more

Family Festival at the Cloisters: In Search of the Unicorn

Kids and their families can spend the day at the Cloisters at this mythical-beast-themed festival. Mary Pop Osborne will read from her book, Blizzard of the Blue Moon, about a boy and a girl who travel through time with a unicorn and land in the Cloisters. Kids can also work on mythical art projects and go on a self-guided art hunt through the museum. Ages 4 to 12.

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Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Concert

Find a grassy spot on the hills of Green-Wood and settle in for a concert by the ISO Symphonic Band, comprised of some of the most talented music students in the city. Following the concert, hop on a trolley for a mini-tour of Battle Hill and the Civil War Soldiers' Lot led by historian Jeff Richman. Registration suggested. All ages.

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Memorial Day Ceremony

Families can join military personnel from all five branches of the armed forces. The event includes a ceremonial wreath laying, a 21-gun salute and the unfurling of a 100-foot-long American flag. All ages.

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Thank You Cards at CMOM

Say "thank you" to those fighting overseas with this card-making workshop in honor of Memorial Day. Kids will personalize cards with their own message; all of their creations will be collected and delivered to men and women in the armed services, both at home and abroad. All ages.

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Memorial Day Medals

Little ones craft their own gold medal to give to a special hero in their life while learning about the importance of soldiers who serve the community. Ages 5 and under.

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Dinosaur Safari

Just in time for summer zoo visits, the Bronx Zoo debuts Dinosaur Safari, a guided wagon tour past life-like, animatronic dinosaur species—from the vegetarian, long-necked Brachiosaurus and imposing Tricerotops to the iconically scary Tyrannosaurus Rex—that illuminates the phenomenon of adaptation. Accompanying the exhibit is a new theatrical show, Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical, which debuts on opening weekend at the Asia Theater (May 25–27 at 12:30, 1:15, 2:30, 3:30pm); various meet-and-greets throughout the summer (including Ice Age's costumed characters Sid and Scrat May 25–26 at 1, 2:30, 3:30pm); fossil impressions, Ice Age crafts or dinosaur-themed projects; and "Dinosaurs Rock," an exhibit of life-size dinosaur artifacts and fossils at Grizzly Corner (July 27–Aug 11 11am–4pm), with special presentations on weekends (Sat, Sun 1, 2,:30, 3:30pm). All ages.

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