Weekday Fun: Governors Island Opens, Finding Dory, Dance Party

May arrives with loads of outdoor seasonal events for New York City families, including the much-anticipated early opening of Governors Island and the launch of two city parks series: Movies Under the Stars and the PuppetMobile's Cinderella Samba. For indoor fun, head to the East Village for the Bindlestuff Family Circus' A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular.

Hooray, here it is! Our May GoList has arrived, featuring our top picks for the entire month. See our guide to spring theater for New York kids, too. Of course, our trusty Event Calendar is also at the ready with lots of ideas for kid-friendly outings every day. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Gardens, Festivals May 1-5

The month of May has arrived in Philadelphia! Family calendars begin to fill with weekday baseball games, track practices, and dance rehearsals. But, be sure to carve out some family time with many of the springtime activities found in our event calendar.

Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences to learn about winged animals. Explore the historic collections at the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights. Load the kiddos into the stroller to experience Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Or, head to Longwood Gardens to listen to stories and see the springtime flowers in full bloom. Treat the family to rides and cotton candy at Upper Makefield Fire Company Carnival.

Silver Screen in Style: iPic Luxury Movie Theater to Open in Westchester

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.

We received a first-hand sneak peek at this upscale—but family friendly—theater. Looking for even more fun places to visit this spring? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

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 GoList: Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

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!

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

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 GoList: Best Things To Do with NYC Kids

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.

Mommy Poppins is also hosting a Summer Brain Game kickoff party at Luna Park with loads of Coney Island fun. It's also a great month to check out our NYC Parks & Playgrounds Guide.

For more activity ideas, peruse our Event Calendar and our spring guide.


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