The flowers are blooming and cold days are behind us! It's May. Full of bright spring colors and the promise of summer. I don't know about you, but I'm just thrilled that playground weather seems to be here to stay. Both Sesame Place and Dutch Wonderland officially open for the season and festivals and fairs abound! Not to mention all the fun our event calendar has in store for this month. From carnivals to crafts, there's a little something for everyone this month.
There's a new option in Westchester for watching those summer blockbusters or going on a date night: iPic Theaters in Dobbs Ferry.
The eight-screen luxury movie theater is the newest in a chain of iPic Theaters throughout the country—and the first of its kind here in Westchester. With other nearby locations in Manhattan and Fort Lee, N.J., the Dobbs Ferry theater marks the company’s 16th location and is set to open on Friday, May 5.
The weekends of May are packed with activity; there's Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and that one weekend without a holiday. There are parades, festivals, shows, and people eating bugs. With so much going on, it's easy to miss something. To help you keep track, here's a list of the biggest, most once-a-year-ish events happening this month. We'll keep adding to our Event Calendar daily, and it's a good idea to make sure our weekly recommendations arrive in your inbox, but we figured you'd appreciate some advance notice on these May favorites.
May is bursting with springtime fun. It's the perfect month to fly a kite, celebrate moms, and check out the gazillion fairs and festivals happening across the state. You can celebrate New Jersey's amazing shore at Ocean Fun Days, or travel back in time to the Renaissance and the Wild West. When the weather's not cooperating, head indoors to see one of the many performances on NJ stages this month, including Alice in Wonderland, Annie, and Pete the Cat. It all culminates in Memorial Day weekend, which marks the start of summer fun with the opening of many water parks and amusement parks, including the tot-friendly Land of Make Believe.
Read on to see our top picks for the merry month of May. For even more things to do, be sure to check out our Event Calendar, with new activities and events added daily, as well as our Spring Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids. Have a great May, NJ!
The Greek god Maia is said to have inspired the month of May. Officially, Maia ruled over spring, yet it is during her 31 days that we on Long Island see the first evidence of summer.
True, summer doesn’t begin until mid-June, but if East End congestion is any indication the change of seasons starts on Memorial Day weekend, when parades, barbecues, pickup softball games, and more usher in a sample of summer Americana.
Not so fast, however. Before the warm-weather season beckons we pay tribute to the mothers and grandmothers in our lives on their special day. We also celebrate the pageantry of spring cherry blossoms and the wonderment of children’s theater.
So enjoy this transition month and remember to check out our Spring Fun Guide for the best in family adventures this season. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.
May is beloved in NYC for the return of warm weather, alfresco dining options, and family-centric holidays such as Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend. The latter marks the unofficial start of summer as beaches, water parks, and amusement parks open for the season.
But you don't have to wait until 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 16 things to do with kids in New York City this month, a host of which are FREE. Enjoy no-cost annual favorites such as Governors Island Family Fun Day, the New York Dance Parade, and the Children's Museum of the Arts' Kids Fair. Or check out new events such as a Sound of Music sing-along led by a Hamilton star, a stand-up comedy show just for families, and a cool Drones exhibit.
May is a festive month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! We continue to celebrate spring with lots of festivals and fairs, but it isn’t all daffodils and tulips. Take note of the Gardiner Cupcake Festival, which boasts three times the number of cupcakes than the residents of the town that hosts it.
Numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment return, such as the multi-venue Yonkers Arts Weekend and the ultra-hands-on Family Arts Bash. Historic Hudson Valley has announced a new event called Djembes and Dance (replacing Discover Pinkster! of years past), celebrating African-American customs and arts, with drumming, dance and historical relics.
In May we also celebrate Mother’s Day (our calendar will soon be bursting with ways to honor Mom!) and Memorial Day, with not only a roundup of parades but also larger-scale events like the Annual Memorial Day Races & Fair.
We've rounded up our top picks for family outings this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, below. If you're looking for even more options, check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay in the know!
We’re feeling festive this month! For our May 2017 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.