After that endless winter it’s hard to believe that the unofficial start to summer is finally here. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend by saluting our troops during Fleet Week ship tours, build and launch a rocket, attend a one-day Frozen-themed drama camp, forage in Central Park and more. Read on for all of the details. Happy weekend!
Photo: Treasure Trunk Theater
Learn About Asia’s Big Cats
The American Museum of Natural History is hosting a family-friendly day celebrating members of the genus Panthera (aka tigers, lions, leopards and more!). See a traditional mask dance from Indonesia, see musical performances and try hands-on activities. Sat. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Forage with Your Family in Central Park
Explore Central Park in search of wild edibles and learn about Central Park’s seasonal wild plants during Butter Bean’s Foragers Feast adventure led by master forager Leda Meredith. Sat. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Midtown. $45 for parent + child; $25 for each additional child. Ages 5-11. Event details.
Tour Ships at Fleet Week
US Navy, US Coast Guard and Tall Ships arrive in Manhattan via the Parade of Ships down the Hudson River on Wed., May 20 and after that you can get on board and tour the range of vessels first hand for free. Get there early to (hopefully) avoid long waits. Wed.-Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Midtown West. Free. All ages. Event details.
Drop Into a Yoga Pop Up for Shopping, Free Lessons and Story Times
Drop in to shop yoga gear and goodies, color prints of Yoga Teddy Bear, participate in free yoga lessons and enjoy a Yoga Teddy Bear Story Time (12 p.m. & 6 p.m. daily). Fri.-Mon., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Lower East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Learn Drama and Dance Skills at a Frozen Themed Workshop
Students will learn essential theatre skills and terms, engage in dramatic play, explore dance and movement, all to favorite FROZEN songs. Plus, they’ll make a Frozen-themed craft project. Mon. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Brooklyn Heights. $75 each, 20 percent off for siblings. Ages 3-7. Event details.
See a Train Show at the QBG
All aboard! Watch working G scale model trains make their merry way through an outdoor display that includes a miniature of the World’s Fair Unisphere, presented by the Long Island Garden Railway Society Inc. Sat.-Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flushing. Free with Garden admission. All ages. Event details.
Build and Launch a Rocket
Help your toddler or preschooler build a high-flying rocket – and launch it! – at this Little Makers workshop. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Corona. $8. Ages 18 months and older. Event details.
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Governors Island
Governors Island opens up with a bang and a whole festival of fun for families. You’ll find crafts, music, food, composting lessons, bouncy castles, face painting, puppet-making, story making with the Story Pirates, a performance by Arm of the Sea’s Hook, Line, and Sinker and more. Sun., 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. Governors Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.
— Julie Seguss