Best of to do this weekend (May 19/20, 2012)

        Photograph: Robert A. Ripps

Taste of Tribeca Today 11:30am–3pm.Duane St (Between Greenwich and Hudson Sts) New York, NY

Subway: 1 to Franklin St; 1, 2, 3 to Chambers St (West Broadway)
$50, $45 advance tickets
Sample grub from Tribeca's best eateries at this alfresco tasting, which benefits art education at P.S. 150 and P.S. 234. Cost of entry gets you a tasting card that you can use to score six dishes—featured eateries range from stalwarts (Landmarc, Nobu) to hot newcomers (Mehtaphor, Weatherup Tribeca)—while checking out live music and family-friendly entertainment including face painting, arts and crafts and more. All ages.
It's My Park Day takes places on Saturday, May 19, and we've found a great park in each borough where families can volunteer.
 By Maya Asheri

It’s My Park Day, an annual event sponsored by the City Parks Foundationand Partnerships for Parks, takes place on Saturday, May 19. Families gather at parks all over the city to give back to the green spaces that serve them year-round by helping to spruce them up with such tasks as painting equipment and planting bulbs. Many of the parks even have special children's activities planned for the day, including planting tables, nature-themed face painting and garden storytime. While the complete list of participating spots can be found at, we're calling attention to a park in each borough that's worth checking out. Happy planting! More >>

Museum family days in May 2012

Local museums and institutions aren't just for looking: Their family-day programs are great places to get creative as a family, too.
 By Lee Magill

Ezra Jack Keats Family Festival

Artistic-minded families in New York City, rejoice: The family-day programs at museums and other cultural institutions around the city are great ways to bond with your clan, learn about artists and their work, and channel the creative spirit as a family. Even we were taken aback by the breadth and depth of May's family-day offerings.
First Saturdays for Families: All About Paper
Celebrate May's arrival with a New Museum First Saturdays workshop focused on all the things one can do with a single sheet of paper. Kids explore paper's versatility—transforming into a box, a book, a drawing and a wealth of other shapes—and also its limits, watching as the paper loses its edge. Space is restricted, and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Sat May 5 10am–noon. New Museum of Contemporary Art. Free. Ages 4 to 15.

High Line Kids: Museum Morning with Children's Museum of the Arts
Soho's Children's Museum of the Arts teams up with High Line Kids to offer a workshop in which children create work inspired by views of the city from the High Line using natural materials. The collages will then be combined to create a giant mural. Sat May 5 at 11am. The High Line at 14th St. Free; no R.S.V.P. required. Ages 4 and up.