New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!
The Business of Pet Writing Conference - Hotel Pennsylvania
February 12, 2011 -
The Third Annual Business of Pet Writing is becoming as synonymous with February in New York City as the Westminster Kennel Club. Held the weekend before the internationally renowned dog show on Saturday, February 12, the pet writing conference brings together pet lovers who also write for a living with veterinarians, publishing and pet industry professionals. Together they spend an intense day of workshops, seminars and one-on-one meetings focused on the cutting edge of pet journalism and the ever-growing popularity of books in this genre.
Astronomy Day Family Day - Bruce Museum
February 12, 2011 - Greenwich
Visitors learn about the stars and planets through crafts, activities and presentations. STARLAB Planetarium run continuous shows throughout the day featuring local night skies. Members of the Astronomical Society show off telescopes and share information about the Bowman Observatory.
The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 27, 2011 -
Celebrating its 13th year, this highly popular wintertime destination flourishes in 80-degree temperatures and features up to 500 hovering iridescent butterflies, blooming tropical flowers, and lush green vegetation. The Butterfly Conservatory transforms the iciest winter day into a magical escape into summer. Shimmering, multicolored butterflies gently flutter by visitors' upturned faces, land atop their heads, or perch upon their shoulders.
National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -
Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.