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New York Family Events

May is Bike Month in NYC and The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show: Benefiting Transportation Alternatives is back! The show takes place this weekend at the Skylight Soho and is a fun and energetic environment where families can learn safe cycling tips, check out one-of-a-kind bikes and accessories, and get details on bike initiatives in the city. For info, visit

Bonus Tips  

The Mommybites Summit is coming up on Wednesday, May 2! They bill it as The Ultimate Moms' Night Out--and we agree. It's a delightful mix of shopping, socializing and learning, and this year includes one of our favorite speakers, The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin. For info, click here.  


The Mamas Network and New York Hall of Science present the Second Annual Mamas Expo on Saturday, May 5. Open to all parents and families with children ages 0-5, the expo provides access to some of the best local services, specialists and products in Queens and throughout NYC. For info, click here. 

Weekend Plans & More 

Witness history as the space shuttle Enterprise swoops over NYC for the very last time. Look for it tomorrow morning around the Statue of Liberty and The Intrepid, where the craft will temporarily reside come summertime. (Friday)


Help Princess Dodgeball stop a band of bullies from terrorizing her school when The New York Children's Theater Festival presents Scheme of the Super Bullies, best for ages six and up. (Friday-Saturday)


A special 35-minute show just for your toddler--the New Victory Theater's interactive Plop! is based on Ursula Dubosarsky's popular picture book about two problem-solving rabbits. (Friday-Sunday)   


Discovery Times Square opens their doors for Terracotta Warriors this weekend. Kids of all ages can peruse life-size ancient artifacts and Chinese warriors at this new exhibit. (Friday-Sunday)


NJ Camp Fair Dates Shining a spotlight on bullies in the midst of a student election, TADA! Youth Theater's new musical, Up To You, has an important message for ages five and up (but is also a lot of fun!). Friday's performance sold out quickly, so get your tickets in advance. (Saturday-Sunday)


With the cherry blossom trees in full bloom, NJ Camp Fair Datesthe Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host its one-of-a-kind Sakura Matsuri Festival full of folk dancing, traditional Taiko drumming, a tea ceremony and martial arts show. (Saturday-Sunday)


CMOM's Art of Chinese Landscape Painting workshop lets ages five and up create a nature-inspired watercolor wonder. (Saturday-Sunday)


Celebrate Arbor Day in Prospect Park with a two-day festival boasting tree-themed games and arts & crafts. (Saturday-Sunday)


At Chelsea Piers' Golf Fest and Open House, hole-in-one fams can test out the latest and greatest golf equipment, learn from the pros and enjoy refreshments in the Kids' Corner. (Saturday-Sunday)


Embrace healthy choices at the West Side Y's Healthy Kids Day. You can attend adult and youth CPR classes, play group sports, float in family swim lessons or learn a new recipe during the snack-making sessions. (Saturday)  


Meet legendary baby photographer Anne Geddes at Destination Maternity's flagship store this Saturday. She'll be showcasing her newest project; a magazine entitled My Pregnancy: A Woman's Story. (Saturday)


In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the American Museum of Natural History will host their New Orleans: Culture Remixed Festival for families. Celebrate jazz music and Cajun culture through DIY masks, Creole language lessons and plenty of music. (Saturday)


Looking to party in Brooklyn? The Fifth Avenue Family Festival, sponsored by Puppetry Arts, promises puppet-making, face painting, rides, food and a moon bounce. Rain or shine. (Saturday)


Save the animals (and their habitats) by participating in the Wildlife Conservation Society's Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo. After the race, families should stick around for food, music and complimentary zoo admission. (Saturday)


Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Park brings back an annual favorite: Street Games Day. Parents and kids can double-dutch, yo-yo and hula hoop. (Saturday)


The 17th Annual Big Swim Meet & Benefit at Asphalt Green is your child's chance to compete in free, age-appropriate swim meets among great company--Olympic swimmers! The evening benefit raises money for Asphalt Green's Waterproofing Program. (Saturday)


The final weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival is upon us. Celebrate by zig-zagging through the Family Street Fair (read: bubble garden!) or taking in the thrills and stunts of BMX riders at the ESPN Sports Day. (Saturday) 

The Kindiefest Family Music Festival at Littlefield in Park Slope is your family's chance to catch a slew of your favorite musical acts under one roof. Just a taste:
Bari Koral Family Rock Band and Big Bang Boom will perform. (Sunday)


Have a recess of a weekend with the popular musical trio Recess Monkey, who will be performing at 92YTribeca from their newest circus-themed CD, In Tents. (Sunday)


In the latest installment of the Meet the Music series from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, don't miss Claude Debussy Meets Sherlock Key. Ages six and up will love this mysterious performance set to live music. (Sunday)


For even more events this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar.  
Contest & Giveaway

Want to introduce your children to the music of Beethoven? The 92Y's family concert for children ages 6 and up, The Cello Was His Forte: Introducing Beethoven's Cello Sonatas takes place on Sunday, May 13. And we have 2 family four-packs to give away! To enter, simply email with "Beethoven" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, May 4.NJ Camp Fair Dates 

April 26-May 2, 2012

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