Weekday Fun: Drones, Swale, E.T., Hopalong Andrew

The Intrepid's Drones exhibit, the Philharmonic's E.T., Swale, and other events for NYC Kids,May 8–12

As far as events this spring, New York City families are becoming rain-date experts. Governors Island's first-ever Sunset Celebration was moved from May 5 to May 12 because of the weather, and Preschool Play in Wagner Park, which began May 1, is hoping for dry grass and clear skies for the rest of its season. Speaking of skies, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum opens its new exhibit Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? this week. And speaking of water, the floating food forest known as Swale has finally nailed down its summer schedule.

Reminder: These might be your final days to make reservations for Mother's Day. See our guide to Mother's Day brunch spots in Manhattan and the Bronx, Queens or in Brooklyn, as well as our guide to 25 Things to Do for Mother's Day 2017 in New York City.

For general family fun, see our guide to Best Family Festivals This May and our Spring Fun Guide. Our Event Calendar continues to grow nonstop, and our May GoList remains at the ready for your Mother's Day weekend needs, and beyond.

Monday, May 8
Preschool Play — Battery Park City

If you missed it, this perennial favorite of preschoolers and their parents began on May 1, when the weather wasn't yet behaving. Take advantage of (hopefully) warmer climes this week, when kids can sing, hear stories, or just dart around the Wagner Park grass and play with carefully selected toys and play equipment before going home to nap like royalty. And remember: Really warm weather = water fun! (Note: Preschool Play also takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.) FREE

See all Monday events.

Tuesday, May 9
Stomp, Clap, and Sing with Hopalong Andrew — Prospect Heights

Hopalong Andrew describes himself as an urban cowboy; he caters to city preschoolers' love of the open range as he croons cowboy and songs and other kid favorites. FREE

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday, May 10
Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? — Midtown West

This May GoList pick opening today at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum stays on view through December and features almost anything drone-related you can think of, from model airplanes to a flying dress designed for Lady Gaga. You don't have to be a drone fanatic, but if you are, this is a must-see. 

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday, May 11
Swale Floating Food Forest — Brooklyn Heights

This interactive food forest, located on a barge docked on the Brooklyn waterfront, is open Thursday through Sunday, and features fruit trees and thousands of other edible plants, along with workshops on everything from medicinal healing to natural dyeing. In the case of rain, check the website to make sure Swale is open. FREE

See all Thursday events.

Friday, May 12


This showing of E.T. gets a boost from the New York Philharmonic. Photo courtesy the orchestra.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert — Lincoln Square
Another May GoList pick! The New York Philharmonic plays John Williams's score while Spielberg's cult-classic film plays on a giant screen above the orchestra pit.  

Sunset Celebration — Governors Island
Originally scheduled for May 5, this extra-special late (9pm) closing of Governors Island features FREE live music and extended hours for Little Eva's restaurant and bar. Watch the sunset as you picnic on Governors Island's hills, try out the new zip line or explore the hedge maze, swing in a hammock, and enjoy the rare chance to experience this urban oasis in the evening. Also be sure to check out our Governors Island 2017 preview.

See all Friday events.

Top photo: Preschool kindie favorite Hopalong Andrew drops a free show at the Brooklyn Central Library. Photo courtesy of Hopalong Andrew.

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