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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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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    New York Aquarium reopens

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Victorian Gardens reopens

     

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Governors Island Family Fun Festival

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Memorial Day Fair at Sunnyside Gardens Park

  • Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Summer Salute to Heroes Festival

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    DanceAfrica

  • Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    4th Annual Kings County Fair

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

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Memorial Day Medals workshop at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

  • Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    18th Annual Lower East Side Festival

  • Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    4th Annual Kings County Fair

     

  • Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Tap Your Heart Out

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

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

  • Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    "Block Party" at Liberty Science Center

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    Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

    Doodle for Google at AMNH

Photograph: Luciana Golcman

Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2013

Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

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Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Concert

  • Free

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.

  1. Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Until Mon May 26
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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.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Until Mon May 26
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Thank You Cards at CMOM

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Until Mon May 27
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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.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Mon May 27
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Dinosaur Safari

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society 2300 Southern Blvd, at Fordham Rd, 10460
  2. Mon Jun 2
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Omar's Summer Blast-Off

Opening weekend at Fantasy Forest means magic, dancing and a ride on the park's signature turn-of-the-century carousel. Omar Olusion performs a free magic show (2, 4pm) and kids can also take part in dance contests (3, 5pm). All afternoon, a live DJ will be spinning beats as kiddos ride the Frog Hopper, the Himalaya and Queens' only roller coaster (which still needs a name: e-mail your suggestions to namethecoaster@gmail.com)! Free, ride prices vary. All ages.

  1. Fantasy Forest Amusement Park Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 111th St at 55th Ave, 11368
  2. Until Mon May 27
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4th Annual Kings County Fair

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. Aviator Sports and Events Center Floyd Bennett Field, Hangar 5, 11234
  2. Until Mon May 26
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DanceAfrica

  • Price band: 2/4

Artistic director Chuck Davis oversees another round of the annual DanceAfrica festival paying tribute to the cultures of Africa and its Diaspora. The performances include Zimbabwe's Umkhathi Theatre Works, Atlanta-based Giwayen Mata and New York's own Harambee Dance Company, plus the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble. All ages.

  1. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Until Mon May 27
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"Doodle 4 Google"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The annual nationwide contests asks students (grades K-12) to submit their own version of the Google logo based on the 2013 theme: "My Best Day Ever." In addition to seeing the winning design on the Google homepage for 24 hours on May 23, the top submissions from each of the 50 states, judged on such criteria as artistic merit, creativity and ability to communicate, are on view at AMNH through July 14. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sun Jul 14
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"Block Party"

  • Price band: 2/4

Foam, cardboard and wooden blocks make up this enormous interactive exhibit in which kids of different ages act as imagination engineers. At the Building Blocks station, the littlest kids can play with wooden columns, arches, mini vehicles and human figures to create their own world, while their older siblings can build life-size foam houses, dinosaurs, moats and robots at Imagination Playground or hitch together notched wooden shapes—fabricating the likes of animals, forts or furniture—in the Thinker Linkers area. Finally, at Creative Cardboard, youngsters of all ages put together cardboard boxes and tubes to design anything from space stations to skyscrapers. Ages 2 to 12.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Tue Sep 10 - Sun Sep 15
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"Shipwreck: Pirates & Treasures"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This pirate-themed show presents more than 500 artifacts found by deep-ocean expeditions the world over—from ancient bottles to stashes of silver—and gives kids the chance to explore virtual shipwrecks with various interactive exhibits. A highlight of the exhibition is the shipwreck of the Civil War–era SS Republic, found by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (the show's producer), in 2003; it conveys much of what daily life was like back in the late 1800s. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Sun Jan 5
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Memorial Day Camp at The Painted Cloud

  • Price band: 3/4

Spend the Monday holiday making a masterpiece using paint, clay and cloth at the Brooklyn craft studio. Ages 4 to 10.

  1. The Painted Cloud 168 Marcy Ave, between Broadway and S 5th St
  2. Until Mon May 27
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  1. Taste Buds Camps 109 W 27th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, tenth floor, 10001
  2. Until Mon May 27
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