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  1. Photograph: Luciana Golcman
    Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Governors Island Opening Day Family Festival

  2. Animation Saturdays @ Beam Center

  3. Photograph: Michael Kirby
    Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Front Row Cinema Series at South Street Seaport

  4. Photograph: courtesy Harlem Eats
    Photograph: courtesy Harlem Eats

    Harlem Eats

  5. "Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street" at CMOM

  6. Photograph: Marcos de Castro
    Photograph: Marcos de Castro

    Music in the Garden at QBG

  7. Forces at Streb Lab for Action Mechanics

  8. 5th Annual Kings County Fair

  9. Harvesting our History at Queens Botanical Garden

  10. Courtesy Museum of the City of New York
    Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

    Mural Mural on the Wall at the Museum of the City of New York

  11. Photograph: courtesy Puppetworks
    Photograph: courtesy Puppetworks

    Puppetworks presents Peter and the Wolf

  12. Photograph: The World's Fair Train Show
    Photograph: The World's Fair Train Show

    World's Fair Train Show at QBG


  13. Pop-Up Audubon at the Prospect Park Boathouse

  14. courtesy Teatro SEA
    courtesy Teatro SEA

    My Superhero Roberto Clemente at Teatro SEA

  15. Smorgasburg


  16. Photograph: courtesy Glamor Kids
    Photograph: courtesy Glamor Kids

    Glamor Kids Yoga and Soccer

  17. Photograph: courtesy Brooklyn Academy of Music
    Photograph: courtesy Brooklyn Academy of Music

    BAMkids Movie Matinees

  18. Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New York
    Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New York

    Gilded New York: Jewelry Making

  19. Photograph: courtesy South Street Seaport
    Photograph: courtesy South Street Seaport

    KidAround at South Street Seaport

  20. Photograph: courtesy Children's Museum of the Arts
    Photograph: courtesy Children's Museum of the Arts

    CMA Art Island Outpost at Governors Island

  21. Photograph: Todd Muller
    Photograph: Todd Muller

    PowerHouse on 8th Kids Readings

  22. Sweet Spot Festival

  23. Photograph: Fiora Watts
    Photograph: Fiora Watts

    "A Year with Children 2013" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  24. Photograph: Aaron Brashear
    Photograph: Aaron Brashear

    Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery

  25. Memorial Day Ceremony at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  26. Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New York
    Photograph: courtesy Museum of the City of New York

    Paint and Plant

  27. Courtesy Liberty Science Center
    Courtesy Liberty Science Center

    "Beyond Rubik's Cube" at Liberty Science Center

  28. Courtesy the Bronx Zoo
    Courtesy the Bronx Zoo

    Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo

  29. Photograph Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films
    Photograph Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films

    Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk in 3D at the New York Hall of Science

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.

Written by
Time Out Kids editors

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!

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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