May is beloved in NYC for warming temperatures, impromptu meals at the city's sidewalk tables and parks and family-centric holidays: Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day weekend, of course, marks the unofficial start of summer as beaches and water parks and amusement parks often open for the season.
But you don't have to wait for the last weekend of the month to enjoy wonderful family outings. There are fairs and festivals everywhere you turn in May, and our GoList includes the top 15 things to do with kids in New York City this month, including FREE annual favorites such as Governors Island family fun day and Lincoln Center's Spring Fling. There are some debut fests this month, too, including Astoria's New York On Location television and movie-themed event and an outdoor Kids Fair at the Children's Museum of the Arts. Also debuting is Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the American Museum of Natural History, and the musical, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown.
But if that wasn't enough, we've even thrown in a bonus spring day trip to Hudson Valley for Lightscapes. Or, head in the opposite direction for these seven must-do family spots on Long Island.
Now get your calendars ready. Here are the top things happening this May in NYC, seven of which are FREE.