NYC Parents: (FREE, low-cost) 10 things to do with kids May 25-27


#1 Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day Fair

Scale an obstacle course, hop in a bouncy castle and chow down on barbecue at this outdoor fair. FREE

#2 Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Attend a street fair jam-packed with entertainers and watch a group of youth performers inside the Theater for the New City. FREE

#3 Governors Island Family Fun Festival

Celebrate the seasonal reopening of Governors Island with live music, lawn games, art making and treats.FREE

#4 Aquarium Re-Opening @ New York Aquarium

This weekend sees the partial re-opening of the NY Aquarium after it was significantly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. ADMISSION FEE APPLIES.

#5 Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park @ Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit, and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Ages 8 – 12. FREE


#6 Big City Fishing On Pier 84 @ Hudson River Park

Each summer, Hudson River Park offers Big City Fishing, a free program, to those as young as five who are eager to learn how to fish and learn more about the Hudson River environment. FREE

#7 Summer on the Hudson: Sweet Spot @ West Harlem Piers Park

Musical Directions and the legendary NYC DJ Herbert Holler bring you a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures & music lovers of all ages. Soulful House music is the cornerstone of this public dance-party, blended with classic R&B, Disco, Funk, Soul, and Afro-Beat. FREE


#8 Dinosaur Safari Debuts @ Bronx Zoo

This new attraction will include a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar and spit. FREE with FULL EXPERIENCE TICKET


#9 Omar's Summer Blast Off at Fantasy Forest
Scope out Queens’ first amusement park, watch a free magic show and take part in a dance party.

#10 Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood Cemetery
Listen to the ISO Symphonic Band while picnicking on a grassy spot.

SOURCES: New York Loves Kids (com); Time Out Kids (com)

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