Friday, May 25, 2012

Revel in NY: Weekend Happenings May 25th ~ May 28th

It's officially time to get out those bathing suits and let BBQ season begin. I am certainly not ready for a bikini but I am always ready to eat, but from the looks of the weather and the predicted thunderstorms us New Yorkers may have to celebrate our 3 day weekend indoors. I'm hoping there will be just a few quick passing showers, but nonetheless I've included some indoor and outdoor family fun for your enjoyment. We aren't sure what our Saturday has in store (Governor's Island or Brooklyn Bridge Park) but on Sunday we will more than likely be at the NY Hall of Science. I'm glad to finally have a Weekend Happenings post back up for you guys. It does take a bit of time, but I know it's useful to have events listed all in one place. Feel free to stop by the Facebook page for events in the city that I think are just as awesome but aren't listed below.

Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27- The 17th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Cost: FREE
Where: Shows are held in various spaces:  Johnson Theater, Cabaret Theater or Outside     
When: (May 25th) Johnson Theater 6pm-1am/ Cabaret Theater 7pm-1am 
               (May 26th) Johnson Theater 2pm-5pm & 6pm-1am/ Cabaret Theater 12pm- 
                 12am/ Outdoor festival 12pm-5pm
                 (May 27th) Johnson Theater 6pm-1am/ Cabaret Theater 7pm-1am 
Who:  Everyone {Family, Date Day, QT time with friends}

The theme of this years art festival is LEGALIZE FREEDOM: ART AS ACTIVISM. Performances will include, theater, poetry, comedy, music, dance, video and art. 
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Friday, May 25 through Tuesday, May 29- Fleet Week NYC 2012

Cost: Most events are free with admission, a select few may have additional costs.
Where: Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Pier 86, West 46th street and 12th Avenue.
When: Fri. May 25th 10am-6pm, Sat. May 26th - Mon. May 28th 10am-7pm & 
               Tuesday May 29th 10am-5pm
Who: Everyone {Family, Date Day, QT time with friends}

In honor of the men and women of the United States armed forces, The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum is celebrating the 25th NYC Fleet Week.  This year's Fleet Week also marks the bicentennial of the war of 1812 and will welcome tall ships from around the globe.  Celebrate with special performances from Broadway and Off Broadway shows, Sesame Street Characters. Enjoy hands n interactive displays, and kick off their annual summer movies screening on top of the flight deck.
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Saturday, May 26th  Opening Day of The Victorian Gardens Amusement Park 

Cost: There is a $6.50 entrance fee on weekdays, and a $7.50 entrance fee on weekends. 
           Unlimited ride wristbands are $14 on weekdays $16 on weekends. Kids under                
            36 inches are FREE.
Where: Wollman Rink in Central Park. Enter Park from 59th street and 6th avenue.
When: Everyday Sat. May 26th - Sept. 9th 2012 various hours of operation. This Saturday 10am-9pm
Who: Everyone/ Kids 12 and under.

At Manhattans only outdoor amusement park, spend the day with family enjoying great rides and carnival games in  Central Park. The boys and I have gone once and I think, although somewhat pricey (we got a deal on Groupon last year) it's perfect for toddlers and kids up to the age of 12 because it isn't as crowded as Luna Park (both parks are managed by the same company) or Great Adventures. Enjoy live entertainment on the weekends from local performers and the usual carnival fare, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream etc. 
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*My boys, nieces and I at the Victorian Gardens last year, we had a great time & rode everything at least twice.

Saturday, May 26th The Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt
Cost: $22 for adults/ $17 for kids ages 7-17
Where: Central Park 5th avenue and 64th street is meeting point
When: 10:30AM
Who: Ages 7+ {Family, Date Day, QT time with friends}

Watson Adventures has created a scavenger hunt for kids and adults to explore the park below 72nd street. To score points you'll have to find Stewart Little, stick your tongue out at a rude animal, learn the motto of a hidden eagle, decipher a secret code by the pond seen in Home Alone 2, and more. 
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Saturday, May 26th The Governors Island Alliance Family Festival
Cost: Event and Ferry to the Island are Free!
Where: Governors Island 
When: 12pm-4pm
Who: Everyone {Family, Date Day, QT time with friends}

Celebrate the 8th annual Governors Island opening day festival at Nolan park, for theater, music, dance, arts and crafts, face painting, activities and performances from Astrograss, the Maybelles, Arm of the Sea Theater and the Quantico Marine Corps Band.  The Department of Transportation will also be on hand for helmet fittings and helmet giveaways while supplies last. 
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Saturday, May 26th & Sunday, May 27th  Opening Weekend of Field Station: Dinosaurs
Cost: Adults $20/ Kids (3-12) and Seniors $17.50/ Children 2 and under FREE
Where: Laurel Hill Park, One Dinosaur Way Secaucus ,NJ
When: 10am-5pm 
Who: Everyone {Family, Date Day, QT time with friends}

Head 9 minutes away from New York and travel 90 million years back in time to meet the most amazing 30+ realistic looking, animatronic dinosaurs (there's a 90 foot long Argentinosaurus, the world's largest animatronic ever made) your eyes will ever set sight on. Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-a- kind experience that's thrilling, educational and fun through workshops, games and activities.
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Saturday, May 26th through Sunday, May 27th  The 5 Boro PicNYc on Governors Island
Cost: $25.oo/ For every paying adult a child gets in Free
Where: Governors Island 
When: 11:30am-4pm
Who: Everyone {Family, Date Day, QT time with friends}

Enjoy this new 2 day only celebration of gourmet food & craft beers while grooving to live music. With over 20 food stations and a wide selection of craft beers to try & you can enjoy music all day! Check out the Grilled cheese cook off and the hot sauce tasting. 
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 Sunday, May 27th  Spiderman Live at The NY Hall of Science
Cost: Free with admission/ museum entrance is free on Sundays btwn. 10am-11AM
When: 12pm & 1pm
Who: Everyone

Find out what Spiderman can teach us about the strength of webs, gene-splicing and more. Join NY SCI for special guest appearances and science demonstration by cast members of Broadway show, Spiderman Turn off the Dark. Members can also take pics with Spiderman during an exclusive meet and greet. Tickets will be handed out on the day of the event on a first come first serve basis.
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Whether you plan to hit the beaches, have a picnic in the park (if the weather holds up) or you decide to check out a new or old favorite exhibit or even just a lazy day at home, enjoy & live in the moment!

Bunches of Xoxo's

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