RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Saturday, May 26
Travel to Hawaii through Georgia O’Keeffe’s art created during a visit to its lush landscapes in 1939. More than 15 of O’Keeffe’s paintings, which haven’t been seen together in New York since their debut in 1940, will be on display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery. Film screenings, lectures, readings, and an interactive guide will round out the exhibit and cultural activities—live music, hula and chant performances and artisan demonstrations—will take place on weekends throughout the garden. Kids will learn about the plants captured in O’Keeffe’s paintings, receive field notebooks to draw in as they follow a trail and create their own botanical works of art. All ages.
Fleet week is here, and with it some great events for families! Watch the Naval ships roll in on May 23, enjoy a night of swing dance on May 26 and pay tribute to those who served the U.S. with a ceremony on the holiday itself. A wide range of Fleet Week events also take place at the New York Harbor, Pier 92 in Manhattan, USS The Sullivans Pier in Staten Island, Military Island (Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets), Eisenhower Park, the Flagship Brewery and the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument. All ages.
Audience members will get their hearts racing with Elizabeth Streb’s SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) at Brookfield Place. The see-it-to-believe-it stunts will take everyone aback, but believe it or not, there is a way for viewers to get in on the action, too. A complimentary kids' class from 9–11am on May 26 will teach little ones those stellar moves. Register online to reserve a spot for your kiddo. All ages.
The venerable epicurean extravaganza spends Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park. No matter your preference, there's a little something for everyone. While kids can delight in sweets like fried cookie dough, those with a more expansive palate can opt for offerings such as seafood from Lobsterdamus, Boutros' pork shawarma tacos or PopdUp brewed teas, among seemingly hundreds of other dishes.
Wool was a part of daily life for the farmers of yore who once lived in the Lefferts Historic House. Kiddos can learn how people of yesteryear worked with the material by brushing the wool with carding paddles, spinning yarn on a drop spindle, and creating felt rag dolls stuffed with wool. All ages. Doll workshop first come, first served.
Marisa Morán Jahn is bringing her artwork to the U.S. with the exhibit, Bibliobandido: Story Eater, which focuses on a bandit who terrorizes little ones for the stories they've written. Ah! In this multimedia, interactive experience, kiddies will be lead into a dark space by battery-powered candles and enter a rainforest-like area (where the literary villian resides) and even create their own stories to apease the scary (yet loveable) bad guy. All ages.
Celebrate Memorial Day with America's favorite pastime—plus fireworks! Kids can munch on hamburgers and hotdogs, ride on the Miners Express trackless train and play in the Backyard Place, which features a bounce house, carnival games, an interactive mining tower and more. All ages.