This week NYC rolls into the long-awaited Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. One of our annual favorite activities for NYC kids is watching the sailors arrive during Fleet Week's incredible Parade of Ships in the New York Harbor. Families can also spend a day in the activity-filled Brooklyn Bridge Park, play a round of miniature golf at Shipwrecked, watch an all-star kid cast in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, gape at the incredible circus show Bianco or head to the New York Botanical Garden to explore its latest exhibit.
This is also opening weekend for many of NYC’s popular summer-season spots, including Governors Island, which, with a bunch of new amenities, looks like it will be even more fun than it was last year!
Looking for a day trip or getaway for the upcoming three-day weekend? Visit a nearby amusement park or water park, many of which open for the season on Saturday. My son was a big fan of Pennsylvania's Dutch Wonderland until he graduated to the larger Hersheypark. Or take in some nearby sights, such as Storm King Art Center and the quaint town Mystic, Connecticut, home to one of our favorite aquariums. Or head further afield. I recently visited Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, and was wowed by the myriad activities for kids. Also, we're giving away a trip to Club Med Punta Cana! Find out how you can win here.
And don't forget: NYC's beaches open for the season next weekend. Read about our seven favorites for families.
There's always more family fun to be found in our Event Calendar and Spring Guide for New York City Kids.