Memorial Day events and activities for New York City kids 2014

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

 (Photograph: Luciana Golcman)
Photograph: Luciana GolcmanGovernors Island Opening Day Family Festival
Animation Saturdays @ Beam Center
 (Photograph: Michael Kirby)
Photograph: Michael KirbyFront Row Cinema Series at South Street Seaport
 (Photograph: courtesy Harlem Eats)
Photograph: courtesy Harlem EatsHarlem Eats
"Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street" at CMOM
 (Photograph: Marcos de Castro)
Photograph: Marcos de CastroMusic in the Garden at QBG
Forces at Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
5th Annual Kings County Fair
Harvesting our History at Queens Botanical Garden
 (Courtesy Museum of the City of New York)
Courtesy Museum of the City of New YorkMural Mural on the Wall at the Museum of the City of New York
 (Photograph: courtesy Puppetworks)
Photograph: courtesy PuppetworksPuppetworks presents Peter and the Wolf
 (Photograph: The World's Fair Train Show)
Photograph: The World's Fair Train ShowWorld's Fair Train Show at QBG  
Pop-Up Audubon at the Prospect Park Boathouse
 (courtesy Teatro SEA)
courtesy Teatro SEAMy Superhero Roberto Clemente at Teatro SEA
 (Photograph: courtesy Glamor Kids)
Photograph: courtesy Glamor KidsGlamor Kids Yoga and Soccer
 (Photograph: courtesy Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Photograph: courtesy Brooklyn Academy of MusicBAMkids Movie Matinees
 (Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New York)
Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New YorkGilded New York: Jewelry Making
 (Photograph: courtesy South Street Seaport)
Photograph: courtesy South Street SeaportKidAround at South Street Seaport
 (Photograph: courtesy Children's Museum of the Arts)
Photograph: courtesy Children's Museum of the ArtsCMA Art Island Outpost at Governors Island
 (Photograph: Todd Muller)
Photograph: Todd MullerPowerHouse on 8th Kids Readings
Sweet Spot Festival
 (Photograph: Fiora Watts)
Photograph: Fiora Watts"A Year with Children 2013" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
 (Photograph: Aaron Brashear)
Photograph: Aaron BrashearMemorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery
Memorial Day Ceremony at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
 (Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New York)
Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New YorkPaint and Plant
 (Courtesy Liberty Science Center)
Courtesy Liberty Science Center"Beyond Rubik's Cube" at Liberty Science Center
 (Courtesy the Bronx Zoo)
Courtesy the Bronx ZooDinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo
 (Photograph Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films)
Photograph Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman FilmsGrand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk in 3D at the New York Hall of Science

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 festival), the Front Row Cinema Series, the Bronx Zoo’s Dinosaur Safari, and the Coney Island Museum (reopening after 18 months of renovations!), this weekend looks to be action-packed with Memorial Day events and activities. Enjoy all the fun happenings the city has to offer, and make sure to 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 for kids!

Arts Island Outpost on Governors Island

Hop on board the ferry to Governors Island, where CMA will be hosting free family art workshops led by in-house teaching artists all summer long. This season's activities will be inspired by the island itself, with projects showing the importance of nature and parks. Get ready to track down natural and recyclable materials, add to installations and interact with the environment. Meet outside Building 14 in Nolan Park. Ages 1 to 12.

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"Beyond Rubik's Cube"

Liberty Science Center is feting the 40-year anniversary of the Rubik's Cube with an interactive, 7,000-square-foot installation where kids can play with the 26-foot-tall Groovik's Cube, which is so big you need three people to work it; check out robots that solve the puzzle faster than people can; play a kid-friendly game called Cube Match; and contribute to a collaborative mural. They'll likely be inspired by the artifacts—rubber bands, paper clips and wood blocks—Hungarian-born Emo Rubik used to come up with the iconic 3-D invention in 1974. All ages.

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World's Fair Train Show at QBG

Watch model trains travel through an outdoor display complete with a mini World's Fair Unisphere. Hop on the "express" for a ride through parts of the Garden at an additional fee of $5 per person, per ride. All ages.

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"Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed"

Dinosaur Safari, a guided wagon tour past life-like, animatronic dinosaur species, returns to the Bronx Zoo featuring our favorite prehistoric pals, plus nine new species. Accompanying the exhibit is a field site where tykes can dig up fossils, a paleontologist's tent complete with a fossil museum and an interactive robot dinosaur demonstrating how the animatronics work. All ages.

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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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Grand Canyon: River at Risk in 3D

This 40-minute 3D adventure takes the audience on a river rafting trip along the Colorado River with Robert F. Kennedy Junior and Wade Davis, accompanied by their daughters and led by Havasupi tribe member Shana Watahomigie. Learn how to make a difference as our planet runs out of clean, fresh water. The film is narrated by Robert Redford and features the music of Dave Matthews Band. Ages 8 and up.

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