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May 1-7

  • May 1: Moms +SocialGood 2015, New York Times Center, 242 W. 41st St.,(212)887-9040, This one-day event dedicated to the power of mothers and families to create a better future for their communities. Drawing attention to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children, this year’s speakers include Jennifer Garner, Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, Anne Geddes, David Muir, and Her Excellency Toyin Saraki. All ticket proceeds will go directly to these initiatives that are improving the health and wellbeing of women and children around the world: MAMA, Shot@Life, Girl Up, and UNICEF’s Ethiopia NICU project. 10am-3pm.
  • May 2-3: NMAI Annual Children's Festival, National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, (212)514-3700, www.nmai.si.edu. This year's family-centric fest is inspired by the upcoming bilingual exhibit, "Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed." Learn about the creatures that live in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and other nations in the region by participating in hands–on activities like print–making, animal bingo and a pendant craft. Appropriate for ages 2 to 12. Noon both days.
  • May 5: Pirate Yoga, 25 W. 23rd St., 3rd Floor, (646)638-1444, www.karmakidsyoga.com. Climb aboard the yoga pirate ship as you set sail on the high seas in search of secret treasure. Kids age 3-6 learn how to talk like pirates, dress like pirates, and do some pirate training to get our bodies in tip top shape. 4:30-5:30pm.
  • May 6-10: Mothers Day Week with the Museum of Motherhood and Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, (212)362-8835, www.mommuseum.org/readers-picks-barnes-and-noble-fundraiser/. Celebrate Mothers' Day with a series of talks and readings with a motherhood theme. Books purchased online during the book fair raise money for the Museum of Motherhood, if special code used. See website for details. May 6-8, 7-9pm; May 9-10, 1-3pm.

 


May 8-14

  • May 9: Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers, Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, 58 Park Ave., (212)779-3587, www.scandinaviahouse.org. Fantasy tales from Scandinavia and the far North come to life thanks to a this series's animated storytellers. Hear enchanting Danish and Norwegian stories. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. 11am.
  • Through May 10: New York City Children's Theater: A Band of Angels, Theater 3, 311 W. 43rd St. 3rd Floor, (646)601-1406, www.nycchildrenstheater.org. Enjoy the story that focuses on Ella, a pop-culture obsessed teenager living in the present day, who is transported back in time to meet the Jubilee Singers and gain a new appreciation for history and education. The show includes traditional African-American spirituals which will be performed a cappella. Times vary.
  • May 10: Brunch Baby, Brunch Spring 2015, Brother Jimmy's Union Square, 116 E. 16th St., (212)673-6465. Kids aren't just welcome at this family brunch bash— they eat for free! Face painting, toy favors, a live DJ, and an arts and crafts table keep the kiddos busy while Mom and Dad enjoy brunch dishes and cocktails (as well as convenient stroller parking). And it’s Mother's Day, so enjoy a live concert from The Trummytones. Call for reservations. All ages welcome. 11am.
  • May 10: Live Music: Tycoon Dog, Washington Square Park, Holley Plaza, University Place, between Tenth and Third Streets, www.nycgovparks.org. This free family concert features local favorite, Tycoon Dog. 1-3pm.
  • May 14: Public Opening for 'Far, Far Away...',The Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., (212)274-0986, www.cmany.org. The new exhibition considers the possibility of alternate worlds, dreamscapes and imagined landscapes- places where adventures occur and fantasy takes over. Explore a world of transformation where anything is possible. 4-6pm.

May 15-21

  • May 16: Sci-Tech Workshop: Robot Animation Creations, Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave., (212)833-7858, www.sonywondertechlab.com. Lights, camera, cue the robot! Team up to create your very own digital robot animation using stop-motion animation techniques, robot figurines, magnets, paper, scissors, and your imagination. You and your team will make your own animated short to take home. Reservations of up to five children ages 8 and older can be made. Registration opens May 2. 11am-1pm.
  • May 17: 12th Annual Mamapalooza, Pier 1, 68th Street and the Hudson River, www.mamapalooza.com. Celebrate families and the people who love them at this annual music and art-filled festival featuring kids activities, crafts, eco-environmental information, food, vendors, interactive fun, and more. 11:30am-5pm.
  • Through May 17: The Trials of Alice in Wonderland, TADA! Youth Theater, 15 W. 28th St., (212)252-1619, www.tadatheater.com. Based on the classic books by Lewis Carroll, this original musical follows Alice and all the usual suspects in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Come and see TADA!'s version of Alice's adventures. Times vary.
  • May 20-26: Fleet Week 2015, 711 12th Ave., (212)213-3165, www.fleetweeknewyork.com/fleetweeknewyork/events.html. Now in its 27th year, this weeklong celebration of the sea services is a great opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. Enjoy war ship visits, converts, exhibits, and aviation demonstrations. Times vary.

 

May 22-31

  • May 23: Spotlight Asia: Big Cats, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, (212)769-5100, www.amnh.org. Scientists might name an Amur tiger Panthera tigris altaica, Chinese children call him laohu. Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) are the largest land predators in India, and for many Hindus the tiger is a symbol of power, as the tiger is the sacred transport of the Durga, the warrior goddess. Celebrate a day where nature, contemporary culture, heritage, and conservation are woven together in celebration and awe of Asia’s big cats! Noon-5pm.
  • May 25: Memorial Day Parade and Service, Riverside Drive at West 89th Street. Head to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Upper West Side for this annual event to celebrate Memorial Day. 10:30am.
  • May 27-31: World Science Festival 2015, (212)348-1400, www.worldsciencefestival.com. At various locations throughout New York City, this must-do event, sparks curiosity in every corner of every borough. Each year hundreds of thousands will gather for a five-day celebration of science. Programs, schedules, locations, and times can be found online. See separate listings for Night Lights, Big City on May 30 and Ultimate Science Street Fair on May 31.
  • May 30: New York City Children's Theater presents My City Park, 89 Bradhurst Ave., W. 146th St., (646)250-1178, www.nycchildrenstheater.org. This free performance piece was written by Brooke Boertzel and Melissa Gordon the show teaches children the importance of shared community spaces as they sing along to songs that celebrate New York City. This educational performance features puppetry, original songs and audience participation. 1pm.

 

 

All Month Long

  • Every Day in May: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, (212)769-5100, www.amnh.org. If Hurricane Sandy has taught New Yorkers anything, it's that no one is safe from the forces of nature. Now families learn more through hands-on activities about these natural disasters through an interactive exhibit that lets kids bone up on the geological causes, the risks to humans, coping in the aftermath and how to predict future destruction. Appropriate for all ages. Times vary.
  • First Monday of the month: Adoptive Parent Support, 276 Fifth Ave., Suite 507-A, (212)645-7047, www.barbarafreedgood.com. Adoptive parents often hear the refrain that they are a family just like any other. However, adoptive families are formed for different reasons and by different means from biological families. This presents adoptive parents with their own set of parenting challenges such as the ones listed above. 6:30-7:45pm.
  • Second Monday of Each Month: Adoptive Parent Support Group: Nursery and Elementary School-Aged Children, Adoptive Parent Support, 276 Fifth Ave., Suite 507-A, (212)645-7047, www.barbarafreedgood.com. Adoptive parents often hear the refrain that they are a family just like any other. However, adoptive families are formed for different reasons and by different means from biological families. This presents adoptive parents with their own set of parenting challenges such as the ones listed above. 6:30-7:45pm.
  • Second Thursday of Every Month: Group For Parents of Young/Newly Adopted Children, Ages 0-5, Adoptive Parent Support, 276 Fifth Ave., Suite 507-A, (212)645-7047, www.barbarafreedgood.com. Adoptive parents often hear the refrain that they are a family just like any other. However, adoptive families are formed for different reasons and by different means from biological families. This presents adoptive parents with their own set of parenting challenges such as the ones listed above.12:30-1:30pm.