New York Family Magazine
Bonus Tip

Use this Memorial Day Weekend to make a special connection between your children and American history. We've assembled a list of history-minded attractions near and far, whether you're travel-bound or staying in the city.

Weekend Plans & More   

Merry-go-round this Memorial Day. Two historic carousels reopen just in time for the holiday weekend. Make your way to Queens' Forest Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to take a spin on either (or both!) of these classic rides. (Saturday-Monday)


The popular exhibit The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter flutters away from the American Museum of Natural History this weekend. View over 500 stunning creatures in tropic-like heat, along with other exotic foliage. (Friday-Monday)


The famed Fleet Week continues at The Intrepid with a jam-packed schedule of ship tours, movies on the Flight Deck, fireworks, tug-of-war and musical performances. (Friday-Monday)


Wizards aged six and up should head to The Little Shubert Theatre for a preview of Potted Potter--a two-man, 70-minute show covering all seven Harry Potter books! P.S. They're also appearing at The Intrepid on Friday at 2pm for a special Fleet Week performance. (Friday-Monday)


GOVERNORS ISLAND OPENS: It's that time of year again (thank goodness)! And if you're keeping it local this Memorial Day, there's plenty to do just a short ferry ride over. Saturday features the Botanical Arts & Stop Motion Explosion promising art projects with both natural materials and clay at The Free Arts Island Outpost. While you're there, be sure and stop by the Governors Island Alliance Family Festival in Nolan Park for face painting, arts & crafts, free bike helmet fittings and performances by Astrograss and The Maybelles. Last but not least, stop by the two-day 5 Boro PicNYC where kids receive free admission for great eats (like shaved ice), drinks and music for the entire family. (Saturday-Sunday)


The Animal Care Trainee Program at the Alley Pond Environmental Center is perfect for ages 8-12 with interest in becoming an animal caretaker. Pre-registered participants will help out with daily tasks of animal up-keep like feeding, brushing and cleaning. (Saturday)


Knights and princesses are invited to The Cloisters for a Family Festival all about The Medieval Artist. The day features kid-friendly art education and self-guided gallery tours focused on medieval stained glass and sculptures. (Saturday)


Get patriotic at The Scholastic Store's Americana event for kids ages four and up. Attendees will take a virtual road trip across America, filled with songs, journaling and a super cool flag collage. (Saturday)


Check out the Paper Towers Workshop at the Skyscraper Museum for a Newsies-inspired tour of their latest exhibit, News PAPER Spires, great for ages 8-13. (Saturday)


Get out those magnifying glasses for this weekend's Watson Adventure. Ages seven and up will love the theme, The Secrets of Central Park, where families have to find famous objects and sites (like Stuart Little) throughout Manhattan's backyard. (Saturday)


Ages 3-11 can have a magical Memorial Day with Mario the Magician's Family Magic Show at Space on White in Tribeca. Part retro, part rock 'n roll-Mario uses physical comedy to wow the crowd with his tricks. (Sunday)


See Spider-Man live at the New York Hall of Science for a performance and science demo with the original cast of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Kids will learn about the strength of spiders and gene splicing. (Sunday)


Honor Memorial Day at the Children's Museum of Manhattan . Monday's events include making thank-you cards for troops, creating a collage out of ribbons and stars for kids four and younger and a mini-boot camp for the older children, ages five and up. (Monday)


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

Contest & Giveaway

It's time to hit the beach! And Melissa & Doug's Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set ( is the perfect sunny day toy for ages 3 and up. This 12-piece sand-molding set turns the beach or the sandbox into an outdoor bake shop! We're giving away three of these amazing sand cupcake sets, just in time for Memorial Day. To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite local beach spot. Then, send us an email to and put "Melissa & Doug" in the subject line. Deadline to enter is Friday, June 1. 

May 24-30, 2012

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