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It’s Island Time! Family Weekend Picks for May 4 and 5

The 10 best and boat-y things to do with your kids this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Inventgenuity Festival

The city’s largest playground—we’re talking 172 acres!— just opened for the season.

1. Big news in familyland: Governors Island is open! Take the ferry on over to this car-free urban oasis to ride bikes, slide, zip-line, navigate the Amazen’ Maze, play with old tires at the junkyar…er, playground, see art, and learn to compost. Or maybe just laze in a hammock all day?

Photo courtesy of Adventures at Governors Island/Facebook

2. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. with live mariachi music at Nitehawk Prospect Park, followed by a screening of The Book of Life. Get Mexican food for lunch afterward at the nearby Elora’s.

Photo courtesy of Elora’s Mexican and Spanish Restaurant/Facebook

3. Visit Sesame Street! The city bestowed the intersection of 63rd Street and Broadway with a “Sesame Street” street sign in honor of the show’s 50th birthday. OK, you won’t find Big Bird or the monster who had a horn for a nose there, but Elmo fans might love taking a photo under the sign nonetheless.

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Photo by Sayaka Ueno

4. What does music look like? That’s the question behind Glimpse, the trippy new musical performance at BAMkids that immerses children in sights and sounds.

5. If your kid had a growth spurt since last summer and is in need of new wheels, head to the Bike Expo New York at Basketball City all weekend to peruse hundreds of models, play bike-related games, hear live music, and maybe win some freebies.

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6. Bring your young inventors, makers, and visionaries to the best STEM event in the city, the Inventgenuity Festival 2019, on Sunday in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Kids ages 8 and older will learn about animation, electronics, solar power, and more through fun, interactive projects—including helping to create two of the world’s largest mechanical, solar-powered flip-books.

Photo courtesy of Inventgenuity Festival

7. Watch step dancers, a samba drum line, and musical performers from around the world on Saturday when Lincoln Center hosts the block party of the year in honor of its 60th birthday.

8. If your kid asks you when her day is every Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, bring her to the Japan Society on Sunday to celebrate the Japanese holiday of Children’s Day. You can decorate your own carp streamers, watch samurai sword demonstrations, dress up in authentic samurai helmets and armor, watch a musical play about Momotaro the Peach Boy, and eat yummy bento-box lunches.

Photo courtesy of Japan Society—Education Programs‎/Facebook

9. Fingers crossed the weather holds for one of the first outdoor kids’ movie screenings of the year. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will play under the actual stars at the Upper East Side’s St. Catherine’s Park on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. There will be lightsaber battles before the flick!

10. Don’t get to Queens enough? We’ve got a plan for that. Spend a day museum-hopping and arepa eating in the city’s largest borough with our full family itinerary.

Photo courtesy of Arepas Cafe

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