Whether it’s spending a day outdoors with the family, eating as much crawfish as possible, or living out your wildest spy-on-the-run fantasies, NYC has a lineup of activities fit for any mom looking to celebrate her big day (or entire weekend!).
When a kite soars, so will your child’s exposure to the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival is the first of many family-friendly recreational activities that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will offer this spring and summer, and it will include lessons in measuring wind speed and how to build wind mobiles, as well as a demonstration of how air pressure is used in jets. Who says learning can’t be fun? Saturday, May 11; noon–3 p.m.; Pier 5 Sports Field, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn Heights
Eating + Drinking
Get handsy during Threes Brewing’s fifth annual Crawfish Boil. Louisiana native Jean-Paul Bourgeois is behind the free-for-all, cooking up as many succulent shellfish as he can during two four-hour sessions. Upgrade your ticket for unlimited beer, and you might as well hang out for both feasts. Sunday, May 12; noon and 4 p.m.; Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Gowanus
It’s a New York tradition at Ensemble Studio Theatre, located way west on 52nd Street: offering three series of short plays by a diverse roster of emerging and established playwrights. In its nearly 40 years, the Marathon of One-Act Plays has premiered new work by David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Leah Nanako Winkler, Anna Ziegler and Qui Nguyen, among others. Begins Sunday, May 12; Ensemble Studio Theatre, 545 West 52nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), Hell’s Kitchen
The last time we saw John Wick, he had a one-hour grace period to hide from a group of killers who was out for his head—and a huge bounty. For one day only, you’re invited to Wick’s safe haven, the Continental Hotel (set in the real interior location seen in the film), for an interactive look at the assassin’s next chapter, where you’ll jump into the story line, interact with staff, and possibly see some familiar faces. Just be sure to watch your 6 while you’re there…and don’t mess with any dogs. Friday, May 10; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; 1 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
You didn’t…you did! You forgot it was Mother’s Day this Sunday. You’re in luck, because Santina still has a reservation open just for you. (But hurry! The restaurant fills up quickly.) You’re in double luck if Mom doesn’t eat gluten—its entire menu is free of the stuff. And triple luck if either of you enjoys a tasty Bellini; we highly recommend the ones here. 820 Washington Street (between Little West 12th and Gansevoort Streets), Meatpacking District