11 Things To Do In May In NYC

April showers definitely brought some May flowers! But there’s really nothing quite like spring time in New York City! We’ve rounded up some fun pop ups and exhibits happening around the city this month, and one of them is definitely checking out the cherry blossoms!

Visit The Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Cherry blossoms are blooming early in NYC this year, and we’re so ready! With its Sakura Matsuri Festival, the most lavish celebration of cherry blossoms in New York City, you can expect to find plenty of Japanese shrubs here during the annual April festival. And that’s not all—there will also be an art gallery, a Japanese tea room and a flea market.

See the Frieze Sculpture in Rockefeller Center 

Frieze Sculpture is a major new public art initiative presented at Rockefeller Center in partnership with Frieze New York and Tishman Speyer. Explore new and significant sculptures across the Rockefeller campus by 14 international artists including Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Joan Miro, Paulo Nazareth, Sarah Sze and Hank Willis Thomas, among many others. April 25 – June 28

Intersect by Lexus!

Sway by Snarkitecture is a must-see new light installation. The installation immerses you in a sensory experience that reimagines the movement of water through rippling light. Sway comes to life with 150 responsive LED spheres and a landscape of mirrors. Varying in height and mimicking the rise and fall of water, this interactive installation prompts the viewer to reconsider spatial perceptions and our everyday experience with nature.

Visit The Apollo 11: Media, Moon, and Beyond Exhibit at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Apollo 11: Media, Moon, and Beyond invites visitors to experience the raw emotion and awe of that historic moment through an imaginative installation of vintage televisions in an ascending tower. The images convey the spectacle and wonder of the milestone through the reactions of households and public gatherings around the globe.

Free Discovery Walk for Families at the Harlem Meer 

Discovery Walks for Families are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the nature and history of Central Park in fun and creative ways. Now at the northeast corner of Central Park, the rocky landscape surrounding the Harlem Meer has a storied history. Join our guides to learn more about how the area has changed over time, the plants and animals that live there today, and how the Conservancy cares for this complex ecosystem. Sunday, May 12, at 11 am.

FunikiJam’s Off-Broadway show Music Garden Celebration

When International Artists, The Agents of Jam accept a mission to celebrate Spring around the world, they don’t need a map … they just “follow the tunes!” This lively show — aimed at kids ages 2 to 10 — invites you to join in on the globe-spanning musical adventure as “new recruits.” Guided by Captain Jam (writer and lead Brian Barrentine) and The Agents of Jam, you’ll explore European and South American cultures, learning lively songs, rhymes and stories. Kids can get out of their seats to dance and sing along when Music Garden sprouts up at the Actors’ Temple Theatre in the heart of the theatre district. May 5th and May 12th. Use code MUSICGARDEN25 for 25% OFF.

Check out the new Dinosaur Safari At The Bronx Zoo 

A safari ride that has been millions of years in the making, has returned to the Bronx Zoo! Visit the biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America. Visitors will embark on a trip back through time and get to ride around the specifically designed two-acre habitat area that features over 40 new dino animatronic creatures. The exhibit will run through Nov. 3.

The ELEPOP, an art installation! 

This experiential pop-up, seeks to raise awareness around elephant conservation, protection, and education.Each year over 20,000 African elephants are killed due to poaching for their ivory. At this rate, elephants run the risk of becoming extinct within 10 to 20 years if we do not actively work against poaching. The 11 immersive art installations are designed to educate and encourage the visitors to become an ambassador for elephant protection.

Teatime at Bluebird in Bloom 

Treat Mom to a floral and spring inspired Afternoon Tea experience. Bluebird London NYC has partnered with Jo Malone London for Bluebird in Bloom; an all-floral cocktail and Afternoon Tea program. Tiny Tea truly special experience for the family is Bluebird London NYC’s Tiny Tea, designed for those who are 10 years old and under. With fun options such as a Decorate Your Own Cupcake, Tiny Strawberry Milkshake, Nutella Doughnut, and more, kids are bound to leave happy and full.

Attend Rock and Roll Playhouse Show at Brooklyn Bowl

The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a weekly family concert series providing kids and parents a place to inspire creativity through music across the country. Upcoming concerts featuring Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Prince, The Beatles, and more! Shows are every Sunday in May and June, and doors open at 11am shows at 12 pm.

Forgotten East Pop-up Expedition

If you are interested in the history of the ancient East, this is the place you must go in this summer! If you are an adventurous person, gather your friends, explore The Forgotten East, you may win a secret present from us! If you want to take killing photos for Instagram, pictures in this place will make your friends jealous! Opened now till July 28, 2019.

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14 thoughts on “11 Things To Do In May In NYC”

  1. I know my kids really want to go to NYC, it’s only a 5 hour drive, so I am thinking about making plans. Glad for some ideas of what to do this month in NYC.

  2. Amy Desrosiers

    Your kids are always dressed like little models. I love how cute that dress is in pic #1. NYC always has the best attractions!!

  3. All of those sound like fun. I’ve never been to NYC before. I’ve always wanted to go though. I hope someday I will be able to.

  4. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Oh wow. NYC has so much to offer to its visitors (and residents)! I would love to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum! That would be awesome. Oh, and that Frieze sculpture is a must see too!

  5. I think that there are so many things to do in New York City that I would be totally overwhelmed if I had to come up with it all on my own.

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