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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.

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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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Griffins, Goblets and Gold: A Wizarding Tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here’s something that’s going to age you and fast: the world of Harry Potter turns 20 this year! The Boy Who Lived continues to enchant children around the world and now little New Yorkers can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book series at a Harry Potter-themed exhibit at the Met. "Griffins, Goblets and Gold: A Wizarding Tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art" will explore spaces and art objects that are reminiscent of those found in the books. Search for horcrux-like objects in a scavenger hunt, play games and participate in art activities and then head off with a list of resources to continue the magic at home. In July, the Met will celebrate Harry’s birthday month with costume contests, giveaways and end the whole with a Boy Who Lived Wizarding Weekend July 28-31. It’s a must if you have a Harry Potter fan on your hands! All ages.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Until Monday July 31 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 Until Sunday December 31 2017

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"MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition"

Put some of the world's quirkiest myths to the test with this Mythbusters-themed exhibit! Kids will learn if you can really huff, puff and blow a house down, pull a tablecloth off a fully-set table or if your toast lands butter-side down every time. You'll experience live demos that include visitor participation, plus cool sets and props from the show. Available with Premium Pass or Combination Pass. All ages.

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Liberty Science Center Until Monday September 4 2017

Griffins, Goblets and Gold: A Wizarding Tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here’s something that’s going to age you and fast: the world of Harry Potter turns 20 this year! The Boy Who Lived continues to enchant children around the world and now little New Yorkers can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book series at a Harry Potter-themed exhibit at the Met. "Griffins, Goblets and Gold: A Wizarding Tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art" will explore spaces and art objects that are reminiscent of those found in the books. Search for horcrux-like objects in a scavenger hunt, play games and participate in art activities and then head off with a list of resources to continue the magic at home. In July, the Met will celebrate Harry’s birthday month with costume contests, giveaways and end the whole with a Boy Who Lived Wizarding Weekend July 28-31. It’s a must if you have a Harry Potter fan on your hands! All ages.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Until Monday July 31 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 Until Sunday December 31 2017
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That Physics Show

Physics demonstrator David Maiullo performs scientific magic through a variety of kid-pleasing experiments. Throughout the show, David will captivate the audience as he leads demos on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration. Watch as David takes on experiments like shooting a ping pong ball through a vacuum tube and straight through soda cans! All ages.

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That Physics Theater , Hell's Kitchen Until Sunday November 19 2017

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