RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Sunday, May 28
Fleet week is here, and with it some great events for families! Watch the Naval ships roll in on May 24, enjoy the Battle of the Bands & Swing Dancing on May 27 (buy tickets here) and check out displays on the pier, including a search and rescue demo by the US Coast Guard and vintage military vehicles. 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.
The museum's star permanent exhibit consists of a maze of kid-sized shops, each containing a fun activity. The boutiques—a Chinese stationery store, a Mexican bakery and a West African import store, to name a few—are modeled after real Brooklyn businesses. The miniaturized community also houses an international grocery store equipped with conveyer belt–propelled wares that tykes can use to restock the shelves, and a theater where children watch recorded performances by Brooklyn dance troupes, then step onstage themselves to replicate the steps.
Get your family involved in art that discusses current issues by visiting THIS LAND IS… presented by BRIC. This exhibition features the work of 800 Brooklyn students and covers a wide variety of political topics such as immigration. The exhibition is always free, but swing by on Family Days (Saturday May 27 and Saturday June 10, 12pm-3pm free with RSVP) where kids can join some of BRIC’s teaching artists to make art of their own. All ages.
See what all the buzz is about at Liberty Science Center's new permanent exhibition exporing the role of honey bees in our ecosystem. Peek inside an observation hive indoors and explore two field hives on the outdoor deck to see how the busy bees convert nectar into honey, how their larvae grow and more. All ages.
Waiting eagerly for summer to arrive? Then join Brianna as she searches for the butterfly that will usher in the new season. Along the way, she befriends a cast of woodland creatures, including frogs, rabbits, dancing flowers and a contortionist earthworm. The intimate circus act will enthrall little ones as the magic happens up close. All ages.
The museum is still open during Memorial Day Weekend! Why not stop by? There's plenty to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, bring your kiddos ages 2 and up to the Imagination Playground Learn & Play Playdate (10am–5pm), where they'll play "engineer" with all kinds of block play. On Saturday, stop in for Holding History (11am–1pm, ages 3 and up), where families can touch pieces of the museum's collection, including crystals, bark, bird nests and insects, or drop by the Touch Tank (12:30pm–1pm, all ages) to meet starfish and sea urchins. Sunday offers a Sensory Room (2–4:45pm, all ages) for children of all abilities to explore through play (also open Saturday 2–4:45pm) as well as an Artist Books make-your-own sketchbook craft (2:30–4pm, ages 4 and up), among other things. There's fun to be had on Monday, too! Check the website for full details. All ages.
It's springtime and that means the weather is improving—some of the time. For those chilly and rainy Sundays, head to Film Forum's popular family-friendly movie series to watch time-tested faves like A Hard Day's Night (Mar 26), Funny Face (Apr 16), Little Women (May 14), Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (May 28) and Summer Stock (June 25) with a bucket of popcorn in your lap and roof over your head. Visit filmforum.org to view the complete schedule and grab your tickets. All ages.
Sign kids up for Little Pulp's energetic Printmaking & Collaborative Art Workshop, where they'll dive into cool art projects individually and as a group. In a 4,000-square-foot Queens storefront at The Shops at Atlas Park, you'll find a fully operational pop-up print studio where kids get to work on their own print projects on a printing press and contribute to large-scale collaborative projects (parents are expected to participate) for 2.5 hours. Visit Little Pulp's website for more information on workshops, open studio and birthday party offerings. Workshops take place at 8000 Cooper Ave, Glendale, NY. Ages 17 and under.
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.
Grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy family-friendly classic films under the stars. Every summer New Yorkers flock to their favorite parks for free screenings and fresh air. The season kicks off on May 28 with the 2016 blockbuster Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in Field 81 of Randalls Park. Then come back for a sing-along to Aladdin. Both movies were picked to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie series—the former takes place in 1992 and the other hit theaters the same year.