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Two Days Until The New York Baby Show! There are a thousand good reasons to join us this weekend at Pier 92 in NYC. Plus this: tickets are only $20/family and $10/person--online or at the door. Visit for all the highlights and to reserve your seats. (P.S. The latest news is that The CuteKid will hold a casting call.)

Bonus Tip

The Learning Experience Children's Academy is hosting its grand opening this Saturday, May 19. The new downtown facility is a complete child development center offering quality care and education for children ages six weeks to five years, and after-school care for children up to eight years of age. Plus, enroll by June 1 and you'll get one month free! For more information, click here


Tennis aces ages 8-16 can try out for entry into a free, six-week program held July-August, at the City Parks Foundation's Annual Reebok Junior Tennis Academy Tryouts this Saturday, May 19 at 3pm at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. To sign up, call 718-760-6999. And for more information on the City Parks Foundation, click here

Weekend Plans & More   

Tents are provided at the New York Restoration Project's first summer campout at Swindler Cove Park. Enjoy an evening hike plus a traditional campfire meal. (Friday-Saturday)


Party animals should head to The Concert Hall for Laurie Berkner's Animal Party--an hour-long concert filled with costumes, music and stuffed animals. (Friday-Saturday)


Celebrate the remaining days of NYC Wildflower Week. Families can take an Industrial Green Roof Garden tour in Brooklyn, experience life as a plant in Manhattan or paint a butterfly portrait in The Bronx. (Friday-Sunday)


Channel your inner James Bond at the Discovery Times Square's newest exhibit, Spy: The Secret World of Espionage. Ages four and up can check out spy gadgets, create a disguise and navigate through laser beams. (Friday-Sunday)


Explore the unknown and frozen world of the Arctic at The Children's Festival Arctic Blast! hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian. Music, dancing and arts & crafts--like DIY Eskimo yo-yos--round out this all-ages family fest. (Saturday)


Ring in spring at the Children's Festival of Flowers at the Jefferson Market Garden in Greenwich Village. Kids will enjoy arts & crafts, giveaways and live entertainment, including a show from Dave the Worm Guy. (Saturday)


Sail past the Statue of Liberty as part of the Circle Line Cruise Series' big summer kick-off at Pier 83. Enjoy performances by roaming jugglers, magicians and balloon artists while entertainment greats Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell seal the deal. (Saturday)


FAMILY FUN IN CENTRAL PARK: With warm weather on our side, do your part at Central Park's Family Volunteer Day. Plant, rake, paint and even enjoy a little boating. If feathered friends are more your child's forte, discover the On A Wing: Family Festival at the Belvedere Castle Terrace. Take a bird tour, craft an owl and view feathers through microscopes. (Saturday)


Watch a sheep get sheared and see how wool is spun into a useable textile at Prospect Park Zoo's Fleece Festival. Stick around for a Barnyard Hoedown with music from the Otter Brothers Band, and be sure to play the sheep-to-sweater game. (Saturday)


Hope for wind at Long Island City's Socrates Sculpture Park during their 10th Annual Kite-Making Workshop. Children can construct a homemade kite out of recycled materials and then test out their new creation. (Saturday)


Don't miss the New York Dance Parade while it grooves through the East Village. Colorful floats featuring salsa, the samba, tango and waltz will fill the streets as the afternoon boasts lessons for all ages. Over 60 styles to be showcased during the day! (Saturday)


FOODIE FAMILY FUN: NYC has not one, but two great food fests to choose from. Sample fare from Poland, Italy, Spain, Greece and Thailand at the 9th Avenue International Food Festival--complete with a Children's Pavilion. Downtown families should check out Taste of Tribeca 2012. The event raises money for neighborhood schools and features vendors from esteemed local restaurants. The Kids Zone will feature demos from Super Soccer Stars, ExerBlast and Modern Martial Arts. (Saturday)


Bring the entire family--dogs included--to PAW Day 2012 at Carl Schurz Park for pet health and awareness tips. The children's area features a jewelry-making workshop. (Saturday)


Bring the whole crew to Madison Square Park for the annual Spring Kids Fest, a day filled with magic, pie-throwing contests, storytime yoga and treats. Promising performances include The Fuzzy Lemons, The Rockdoves and songs for seeds. (Saturday)


Explore fire trucks, bulldozers and trolleys at the West Side YMCA's Touch-a-Truck Street Fair Fundraiser. Children of all ages can discover these giant drivers, along with food, arts & crafts and face painting. Proceeds benefit YMCA scholarships and facility improvements. (Saturday)


Happy 5th Birthday, Bilingual Birdies! Celebrate at the Children's Aid Society's Imaginasium with a Concert & Benefit Show featuring four languages from Hebrew to Mandarin. All proceeds benefit the 108 Lives Project and every ticket includes a free CD. (Sunday)  


Watch Tony-nominated actress and author Elizabeth Swados as she performs Jewish Books Cooking at The JCC in Manhattan, a play based on her popular children's books. (Sunday)


The 9th Annual Mamapalooza at Riverside Park South will feature food, vendors and arts & crafts. Parents With Angst and Erin Lee and The Up Past Bedtime Band are among the free and full day's line-up. (Sunday)


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

Contests & Giveaways

One of our favorite kids' activity centers, NY City Explorers, is offering a great camp giveaway for our readers. One lucky winner will receive one free week of camp! And everyone who registers by May 25 for any of their summer camps and mentions New York Family will receive 10% off. To enter this amazing giveaway, send us an email at with the subject line "NY City Explorers." Deadline to enter is Friday, May 25. And for more details on their various camp programs, click here.  


The beyond-the-wrapping present wizard Gift Hero takes the stress out shopping by NJ Camp Fair Datesnarrowing down the top toy picks by age, gender and price. For a chance to win a $100 gift card, post on our Facebook page, telling us about a great gift idea. Then, send us an email at with the subject line "Gift Hero." Deadline to enter is Friday, May 25.

May 17-23, 2012

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