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May events calendar for kids in NYC

Celebrate the season with our May events calendar for kids. Your littles will dig these great festivals, exhibits and more.

Photograph: Courtesy of the World Science Festival

Check out our amazing May events calendar for the very best events for kids this month! Seriously...you won't have a minute to spare. There are brand new kids' museum exhibits to be seen, plays to attend and festivals to explore!

RECOMMENDED: See our full NYC events calendar 

You'll also want to drop by our favorite local water parks near NYC, splash parks and browse our guide to the best kids' playgrounds around the city! 

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Family Fridays at MoMath

The National Museum of Mathematics hosts families for a variety of brainy but fun activities. In April, Two Sigma presents “Ready, SET, go!” with The Joy of SET authors Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon, Hannah Gordon, and Rebecca Gordon. The group will teach attendees how to play the card game SET while explaining the role math plays in the family game (April 14, 6:30pm, Ages 8 and older). In May, Two Sigma returns with “Boxes of Troxes” in which inventor Jonathan Bobrow gives children a sneak peek at his new construction toy, Troxes, and a change to build out forms commonly found in nature (May 5, 6:30pm-8pm, All ages).

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Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) , Midtown Friday May 5 2017

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BAMkids Movie Matinees

Let you kids enjoy some screen-time guilt-free with BAMKids' selection of excellent kid-friendly films that everyone in the whole family can appreciate. On April 9th see the story of a pig who marches (and herds sheep) to the beat of his own drum with Babe or go on April 23 for Studio Ghibli's phenomenal animated adaptation of The Borrowers, The Secret World of Arrietty. If you're family wants to see what's new in film come to the Best of BAMKids festival on May 7th and see the "Bammie" Award-winner for best short film. Screenings take place on Sundays. Ages 2 and up.

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BAM Rose Cinemas , Fort Greene Sunday May 7 2017

Family Fridays at MoMath

The National Museum of Mathematics hosts families for a variety of brainy but fun activities. In April, Two Sigma presents “Ready, SET, go!” with The Joy of SET authors Liz McMahon, Gary Gordon, Hannah Gordon, and Rebecca Gordon. The group will teach attendees how to play the card game SET while explaining the role math plays in the family game (April 14, 6:30pm, Ages 8 and older). In May, Two Sigma returns with “Boxes of Troxes” in which inventor Jonathan Bobrow gives children a sneak peek at his new construction toy, Troxes, and a change to build out forms commonly found in nature (May 5, 6:30pm-8pm, All ages).

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Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) , Midtown Friday May 5 2017

Flight School the Musical

It’s the first day of flight school where birds are taught to leave their nests, but Penguin is told that he isn’t built to be a flyer. With some help from his friends, Penguin will find his wings and join the others in the sky in this theatrical performance. Ages 2–7.

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Theater at Blessed Sacrament , Upper West Side Saturday May 6 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017
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World Science Festival

The annual science bonanza returns for its tenth year, this time highlighting the contributions of women and award-winning science teachers. Taking place in performing arts centers, museums and parks in all five boroughs, this giant fest offers both free and ticketed activities for the whole family. Visit worldsciencefestival.com to learn about the plethora of performances, debates, discussions and interactive demos the fest has in store this year. All ages.

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Various locations Tuesday May 30 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

NYC Holi Hai

Come get colorful at Holi Hai, the traditional Indian Festival of Colors. Wear white and purchase colored powder from stalls. Then have fun throwing the colored powder onto one another and getting messy! The powders represent happiness, love and the freedom to live vibrantly. Celebrate Indian traditions through bright colors, music, dance, food and festivities. Visit the website to register for free. All ages.  

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Governors Island , Governors Island Saturday May 6 2017
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Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220)

Learn about the Qin and Han Dynasties at the Met’s newest family-friendly exhibition “Age of Empires.” The exhibition is an enthralling introduction to ancient culture as it features the terra-cotta army warriors as well as a treasure trove of animal sculptures and figurines. Kids will enjoy spotting miniature horses, elephants, bears, dogs, lions, and more. All ages.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Until Sunday July 16 2017

Tim Kubart & The Space Cadets

Grammy Award-winning entertainer Tim Kubart will teach children how to make paper bag puppets in an interactive art workshop before teaching them how to bring their creations to life. After the workshop, Kubart whisks them away on a musical adventure that mixes a walk down childhood memory lane and the lessons learned along the way. All ages.

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Flushing Town Hall , Queens Saturday May 20 2017

"Drones: Is The Sky The Limit?"

Learn about pilotless aircraft in this 6,000-square-foot pavilion on the Museum's Pier 86! The exhibit covers topics such as drone history, new drone technology and the role drones play in helping to solve large-scale humanitarian challenges. You'll see drones small and large, plus things like computer renderings, model airplanes, historical artifacts and even the world's first flying dress (worn by none other than Lady Gaga). All ages.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum , Hell's Kitchen Wednesday May 10 2017 - Sunday December 31 2017
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LC Kids Spring Fling

Every year Lincoln Center celebrates longer, sunny days and the fresh blooms with their annual Spring Fling for kids. Families descend upon the plazas at in Lincoln Center for a free full day of programming, which includes storytellers, short films presented by the Film Society and special performances by the world-renowned musical artists that call LC home, Hands-on activities like crafts and games also allow little artists to get in on the fun. All ages. 

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Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza , Upper West Side Saturday May 6 2017
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