May GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

April showers bring May flowers, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of outdoor activities happening all over Long Island this month. From Huntington's annual Tulip Festival and a May Day celebration, to Hofstra's annual Dutch Festival and celebrating turtles, it's time to enjoy everything Long Island has to offer this season. And don't forget to take a look at the other Spring Festivals happening this month, as well as our Event Calendar for other family-friendly activities throughout May. Have fun!

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: May GoList

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. Head to Astoria for New York On Location, a television and movie-themed event, or the very first 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.

May GoList - Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

We’re feeling festive this month! For our May 2016 edition of the GoList, we’re highlighting fabulous and free spring festivals, annual Mother's Day traditions, and performances you won't want to miss.

As you check out our top ten picks for things to do with kids in Boston this month, click through to the event listings so you can add them to your calendar. Plus, we'll still send our free e-newsletters with our family-friendly event picks every week.

Arcade Age Exhibit Is a Blast From Your Video Game Past

For parents and kids who love video games, there's a new must-do. The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island, is now home to a retro video game exhibit where, for a flat fee, you get a 90-minute window to play as much Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Mortal Kombat II as you can.

The Arcade Age exhibit consists of over 50 authentic video game machines from the 1980s. Atari, Midway and Sega are in heavy rotation here. You'll find popular throwbacks like Dig Dug, Pole Position, Missile Command and Breakout that will defintiely take you back. It's also fun discovering some of the more eclectic games you may have missed and your children certainly have never heard of before now. Read on for more on our recent visit.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

Philadelphia welcomes the month of May with spring fever in full effect. Our Event Calendar is filled with ways to get outside and enjoy the season, including many festivals and garden celebrations. Of course, our top picks for May wouldn't be complete without a special Mother's Day event and a host of parades on Memorial Day.

Looking for indoor fun this month? Several classic tales are being performed on stage in May, with shows customized for young audiences.

Here are our top picks for the best things to do in the area this month (besides thanking those April showers for bringing May flowers).

Best NYC Family Festivals and Street Fairs This May

There are street fairs and then there are street fairs. We don't mean those random ones selling irregular socks and fried Oreos; we're talking about true community festivals. Each one is unique, reflecting the character of its neighborhood, and many feature rides, performances, activities and food. The hard part, of course, is knowing which is which, but don't worry, we've taken the guesswork out of it for you.

We've gone through the city's list of festivals, street fairs and carnivals for the month of May and put together our roundup of top picks. Most of these fetes are FREE or cost just a couple of bucks, and in many cases your dollars go to support a local charity or school. Here are 25 awesome fests happening in NYC this May from the always popular tot-friendly Touch-a-Truck to a brand-new family fest at the Children's Museum of the Arts to Lincoln Center's annual Kids Spring Fling.

You can find even more seasonal activities in our Spring Fun Guide.

Spring Fairs in Fairfield County

Aaaaah, spring is in the air! It’s like the entire world is waking up from a long winter’s nap and is ready to party. You and your family can join in on the fun with these festivals, fairs, and special events located around Fairfield County this season.  If all that fresh air has awakened your sense of wanderlust, make sure you hop over to Westchester and check out some of their Spring Festivals  too!

12 Things to Do with Your NYC Baby Before They Turn 1

The whole "New York City is a terrible place to raise babies" debate seems to continue, especially in conversations on local parenting groups. But as a mom of three who had all my babies right here in NYC, I disagree. Yes, it can be a nuisance to find subway stations with working elevators and contend with tiny spaces and noisy neighbors, but there are so many enriching first-time experiences to share with your baby in the city that make it worth muddling through the inconveniences.

So stock your diaper bag, strap your infant into a stroller or carrier and try these 12 things to do with your baby before age 1—one "first" per month before toddlerhood.


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