Watch kites soar, bump, and glide at Lift Off, a kite festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park .
Watch kites soar, bump, and glide at Lift Off, a kite festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park .

Mother's Day Weekend Fun in NYC: Festivals, Gardens, Kites, Outdoor Films...and Sheep Shearing

Mother's Day weekend is always especially busy and this year is no exception, with a weekend-long celebration at the New York Botanical Garden, plus Wave Hill's mash-up of brunch, picnicking, and kids' workshops and CMOM's gift-prep programs (bath pods and pillows!). We have piles of possibilities on the Mommy Poppins calendar, as well as brunch recommendations and fun ways to spend the day. Happy Mother's Day from all of us!

Kids can give back to their community this weekend, too. Stop by Riverside Park's annual Sandsational event to help get ten playgrounds ready for summer. By the way, Summer on the Hudson's Play Dates and STEAM the Streets programs kick off on Saturday as well.

Movies under the stars are starting to shine: This weekend, bring a blanket and a picnic to FREE screenings of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG) near Lincoln Center or in Brooklyn's Prospect Lefferts GardensSolo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) on Staten Island, or Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) in Greenpoint. And Habana Outpost launches its summer-long free Sunday night movie screenings with Selena (PG).

Just want some fair and festival options? How about the Kids Food Fest (FREE all weekend), Japan Day in Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park's exhilarating Kite Fest, the LIC Springs Block Party, the Sheep Shearing Fest in Queens, or the cool lit programs for kids that are part of the PEN America World Voices Festival? And LEGO fans, don't miss Brick by Brick! The calendar has it all.

As summer nears, get ready with our list of Free and Cheap Summer Sports Programs for NY Kids, the always-helpful May GoList, and 50 FREE things to do this month in NYC!

The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
New York, NY

Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY

City Point
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY

The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Rockaway Artist Alliance’s T-7 Gallery at Fort Tilden
sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden Gateway National Recreation Area
Rockaway Point, NY 11695

West Harlem Park
125th Street and Marginal Street West Harlem Piers
New York, NY

Vernon Boulevard
5oth Avenue and 46th Avenue
Queens, NY 11101

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Queens, NY

Riverside Park
76th Street - 143rd Street and Riverside Drive
New York, NY

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5
Where Joralemon Street ends
Brooklyn, NY 11201

West Harlem Park
125th Street and Marginal Street West Harlem Piers
New York, NY

Wagner Park
16 Battery Pl
New York, NY 10280

14th Street Y
344 E. 14th Street
New York, NY 10003

Samuel N. Bennerson 2nd Playground
W. 64 St., bet. Amsterdam Ave. and West End Ave.
New York, NY

221 West Broadway @Cabaret Space
New York, NY 10013

PS 84 Playground
32 West 92nd Street
New York, NY 10025

Clove Lakes Parkhouse
Clove Rd and Cheshire Place
Staten Island, NY

Parkside Playground
Winthrop St and Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY

50 Kent Pop-Up Park
Bushwick Inlet Park
Brooklyn, NY

Central Park, Bandshell Area
69th and 5th Avenue
New York, NY

New-York Historical Society DiMenna Children’s History Museum
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10028

Books of Wonder
217 W 84th Street Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024

Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY
16th Annual KidsFilmFest
Online - various times Pick
Night Skies in the Observatory at Home
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
Alastair Moock Family FB Concert
Facebook - various times Pick
Goodnight with Dolly
- various times Pick
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