Are you sticking close to home this Memorial Day Weekend? Get ready to add to your plans—we have some pretty exciting events lined up just for you. Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with a visit to a state-of-the-art Splash Pad, let the kids get down and dirty at a new playground on Governor’s Island, or go on a family adventure in Alley Pond Park. Have off on Memorial Day Monday, too? Check out our event listings for an extra day of fun. Scroll down to get planning.

photo: Dominick Totino Photography


Play:GroundNYC on Governor’s Island
This adventure playground is 50,000 square feet of space in which your kiddos will have materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. Expect your child to get messy! Sat.­–Sun. Event Details.

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes Workshop
Plain old vanilla? Bore-ring! Bring on the the pizzazz, the color, the fireworks! Learn how to make an oh-so-delicious cupcake with patriotic cake colors. Dying to know how the secret? Sign up and find out. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! Sun. Event Details.


Family Fun Day on Governor’s Island
Family Fun Day celebrates the season’s opening and the Island’s playful nature and free-range attitude. All performances and activities are family-friendly and free to the public. Sun. Event Details.


STEM Saturday Workshop
Teachers, students, and parents are welcome to drop by the store to participate in this 30-minute project-based learning experience (no registration required). Learn how to build a flex sensor that lets you control a robotic finger with your finger. Sat. Event Details.


The Jelly Dome Jellyfish Experience
Want to know what it’s like to be a jellyfish? The Jelly dome is an inflatable dome set up in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life as part of the Milstein Science Series. In the dome, there is a projection of continuously airing footage of Jellyfish for an immersive experience. Fri.­­–Sun. Event Details.

Summer on the Hudson: Learn to Ride
New riders ages five and older learn to balance, ride, and enjoy life on two wheels. Reservations are required. First-come, first-trained; there may be a wait. Sat. Event Details.

Family Festival at The Met Cloisters
A Taste of the Middle Ages: a celebration for the whole family at The Met Cloisters, with gallery workshops, projects, and a self-guided art hunt. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.


Splash Pad Opening Weekend
One Brooklyn’s coolest summer spots, the Splash Pad has over 20 water jets and provides state-of-the-art water play – for free! Sat. Event Details.


Make it Friday Workshop at NYSCI
Explore different materials, concepts and ideas while making and tinkering with your family. Activities cover a wide range of topics including simple circuits, wind-powered racers, hand sewing and much more. Fri. Event Details.

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course
Who’s ready for adventure? This is an outdoor course that fosters trust, problem solving, and team building right in your own backyard at beautiful Alley Pond Park in Queens. Be sure to check out the website before you go, and dress for an adventure. Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Celebrate World Turtle Day
Head over to the zoo for a fun filled day full of everything turtle. Turtle races, animal presentations and encounters, crafts, games, and more. Sat. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Palisades in Plaster
Take a look at the rock formations that make up the magnificent cliffs of the Palisades that face Wave Hill. What minerals make up the soil around us? Use plaster made from the mineral gypsum to create your own sculptural rock formation, and tint with your choice of color. Sat. Event Details.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a staycation? Tell us about it in the comments!

—Jesseca Stenson