Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Amusement Park opens for the season Friday, April 9. Photo by Matt Nighswander
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Amusement Park opens for the season Friday, April 9. Photo by Matt Nighswander

Here are the Things You Want To Do This Weekend in NYC: Coney Island Reopens, Kusama Debuts at NYBG

Is there anything better than sunshine, spring temps, and the great outdoors? What if the great outdoors was sprinkled with the brilliant artwork of Yayoi Kusama? Or Coney Island was springing back to life? Or how about being able to visit the Staten Island Children's Museum, snag some free ice cream (in Union SquareGreenpoint—or both!) or take a magical evening walk through Central Park? This is how weekends should unfold.

This weekend also brings Tartan Day, if you have a hankering for bagpipes. BAM chills out with ice dancing in Prospect Park. And you can see movies outdoors in Queens (anime hit Your Name) and Brooklyn (Ratatouille and more).

Rockefeller Center's annual Spring Sunday fest is mostly virtual this year, but you do need to sign up in advance for some of the activities, including the Brooklyn Robot Factory's flashlight-making session.

Of course, there's more. Amble through our Event Calendar for the latest word on what's happening for kids in NYC. Check out our April GoList, wander through beautiful cherry blossoms, and don't miss our list of spring day trip ideas. Last, don't forget to book those summer camps. Slots are going fast for the 2021 season! Learn more about local and virtual summer camps with our upcoming Online Camp Fair. Visit virtual booths and watch live camp demos.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Please plan your outings in advance, as many venues require timed-entry tickets or reservations to limit crowd size.

Places featured in this article:


Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
upcoming events

Luna Park
upcoming events
(Fri Apr 9, 2021 - Sun Apr 11, 2021) Luna Park Opening Weekend

The New York Botanical Garden
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Kusama: Cosmic Nature
(Sun May 30, 2021 - Sat Jun 12, 2021) Yayoi Kusama - Polka Dot Picnics

Alley Pond Environmental Center
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021) Eggcellent Animals
(Sat Apr 10, 2021) Earth Day Celebration
(Thu Apr 22, 2021) Earth Day Park Clean-up

Staten Island Children's Museum
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Sun Apr 11, 2021) Staten Island Children's Museum Reopens

Union Square Farmers Market
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021) Free Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Pelham Bay Park Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021) Hawk Watch

Central Park Info Kiosk
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021) Spring Nocturnal Hike

Historic Richmond Town
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 3, 2021 - Sat Apr 24, 2021) Spring Chores 'n' Tours

LeFrak Center at Lakeside
upcoming events
(Tue Apr 6, 2021 - Sun Apr 11, 2021) Influences

Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley
upcoming events
(Sun Apr 11, 2021) Nature Exploration: Frogs

Skyline Drive-In
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 24, 2020 - Fri Apr 30, 2021) Skyline Drive-In

St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery.
upcoming events
(Wed Apr 7, 2021 - Sat May 22, 2021) New York Theater Ballet: LIFT Lab Live

LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park

Governors Island National Monument
Eggcellent Animals
Alley Pond Environmental Center - 9:30 AM Pick
Family Farm Volunteer Day at The Battery Urban Farm
The Battery Urban Farm - 9:00 AM Pick
Green Meadows Farm Easter Egg Hunts
Aviator Sports And Events Center - 10:00 AM Pick
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Blessing of the Rides
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park - 11:00 AM Pick
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