Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend In and Near NYC


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Memorial Day Weekend With the Family

Memorial Day weekend is here and we have fun, family-friendly things to do in and near NYC! With the city opening up little by little, there is so much to explore on this holiday weekend. Whether you stay in the city and check out the new park Little Island or take a day trip to LEGOLAND, there is plenty of fun for every one.

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Beaches Opening

After a year plus of social distancing, New Yorkers are more than ready to enjoy the upcoming summer, and thankfully starting May 29th, all New York City Beaches will officially be open from 10 am to 6 pm.

See open New York beaches here!

Coney Island

Things to do at Coney Island have been limited by the pandemic, with a lot being canceled or simply TBD. But what is opening up is still amazing and will deliver fun almost effortlessly to the whole family. Coney island is a place that lots of New Yorkers think of when hot summer days roll around. You not only have the beach, but a boardwalk full of rides and fun eats. What are you waiting for?! Check out these fun things to do at Coney Island!

Intrepid Museum

Starting May 29, the Intrepid Museum is celebrating men and women in uniform. Have a great time with the family exploring a variety of displays, activities and demos from the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard.

Kids Get Cosmic

Spend the weekend at NYBG at their Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids can explore dot patterned plants with a self-guided scavenger hunt or listen in on a Story Time reading of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity.

Little Island at Pier 55

After much anticipation, Little Island is now open to the public to roam and explore with the family. Come stop by and see just how design and nature come together to promote play and creativity.

Little Island is built right on top of the water along the Hudson River, with grassy slopes for kids to roll down on, overlook areas of the water and NYC, and entertainment areas that will invite a multitude of family-friendly performers.

The LEGO Brick entrance to LEGOLAND New York
Photo via LEGOLAND New York


LEGOLAND New York, the highly-anticipated LEGO amusement park set to open for previews on May 29, 2021 and is located 60 miles Northwest of New York City in Goshen, NY. Since the pandemic delayed the opening of LEGOLAND, the next phase of opening will allow Annual Pass and Single-Day ticket holders to experience six of the seven LEGO-themed lands. This includes Brick Street, Bricktopia, LEGO® City, LEGO® Castle, LEGO® NINJAGO® World and MINILAND. The final land, LEGO® PIRATES, will open later this summer, as will LEGOLAND Hotel. Read more about LEGOLAND here!

Time Out Market Opening

Time Out Market will be reopening on May 27, just in time for Memorial Day weekend! This food hub will be back with 12 culinary concepts, including Sugar Hill Creamery, Fornino, Wayla, and Tiki Chick for your family to enjoy all these eats. Along with delicious food, there will be live music and performances, as well as a floral installation by La Catrina Flower Studio.

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Plugged in Band

<div>Plugged In is a nonprofit program that offers online programs to student musicians (Ages 10-18) in a non-competitive environment and provides band and individual performance opportunities in support of community and charitable causes.</div> <div> </div> <div>Our programs include:</div> <div> </div> <div>Rock Band Classes</div> <div>Private Music Lessons</div> <div>Summer Camp</div> <div>Digital/Audio Production</div> <div>Songwriting and Recording Workshops</div> <div> </div> <div>Oh and hey parents, we are now offering private music lessons and our rock band program for adults too. Reach out to us for more information. </div>

Polaris Productions Theater Camp

<p>Kids will learn, rehearse, and perform the wonderful Maurice Sendak and Carole King musical, Really Rosie. For 10 weekdays, campers will take part in physical and vocal warm-ups and learn choreography, staging, and vocal parts. They’ll develop skills in acting, singing, character development, and more. This camp will ignite your child’s imagination and passion for performing, build their self-esteem, and help them form lasting friendships. They’ll have fun! At camp’s end, the kids will perform Really Rosie for family members and friends. Kids of all levels of experience, ages 8 through 13, are welcome to join.</p>

Young Actors at Strasberg

<p>Young Actors at Strasberg offers a comprehensive array of acting programs for students in grades 2 – 12. Classes provide kids and teens with a foundation in Lee Strasberg's Method Acting and the tools to succeed in the professional industry – all while maintaining a fun and playful environment. Programs are tailored to encompass students at all levels, from those just beginning their acting journey to Broadway veterans and professional child actors. Young Actors at Strasberg alumni include Lady Gaga, Sophia Lillis, Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Rosario Dawson!</p> <p>Young Actors Programs are available online and in-person at our New York Campus, located in Union Square. Saturday, After-School and Online classes are offered during the traditional school year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and Monday through Friday day camps and intensives are held in July and August.</p> <p><strong>About The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute:</strong></p> <p>Founded in 1969 by Lee and Anna Strasberg, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is the only school that teaches Lee Strasberg's work in its complete and authentic form. The Institute's goal is to provide students with a craft that will help them create a reality and respond truthfully in imaginary circumstances, regardless of the style or form of material being used. LSTFI is proud to have award-winning alumni from around the world working as writers, directors, and actors in all mediums.</p>