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!
Identification Day - American Museum of Natural History
May 11, 2013 - New York
Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and artifacts to the Museum's annual Identification Day. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from their own collections. Items identified in previous years have included a whale jawbone, a green beetle bracelet from Brazil, and a 5,000-year-old stone spear point from Morocco. What will you bring? Note: No appraisals will be given, and gemstones will not be identified.
Mother's Day Plant Sale - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 12, 2013 - Flushing
May 1 through 12 or while supplies last. Give mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or garden! Visit the QBG Store for an assortment of blooms.
Mother's Day Weekend Picnic in the Garden - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 12, 2013 - Flushing
Where: Crabapple Orchard of the Arboretum. Take mom to lunch at QBG! Pack a picnic basket or a brown-bag lunch and spend a delightful afternoon enjoying the flowers. Please -- no barbecues, tents or similar items.
Spring Migration on Randall's Island - Randall's Island
May 18, 2013 - New York
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Victoria O'Neill. With Randall's Island Park Alliance, Inc. Join NYC Audubon and expert Naturalist Gabriel Willow as we explore spring bird migration on Randall's Island. We'll meet at the N.W corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive and walk across the foot bridge to Randall's Island, an under-explored location in the East River that hosts restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh. We'll look for spring migrants (both waterbirds and land birds) as we explore the results of recent restoration efforts. Two miles of walking and some modest climbs. The group meets at the N.W corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive. Limited to 20. $25 To register or learn more about this event, please contact Tod Winston at NYC Audubon's office at 646-434-0422 or email him at email@example.com, or visit http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1123&EID=14556 to register online. Limited to 15 registrants. $30
NYC Wildflower Week Tour - Queens Botanical Garden
May 18, 2013 - Flushing
Fee: Free if you indicate that you are attending this native garden walk. Check out our native plants in bloom! Discover natives in the woodland and perennial gardens and the beautiful fragrance walk with Fred Gerber, QBG's Director of Education Emeritus. See the Green Roof and the native plants around our Visitor & Administration Building -- LEED® certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Celebrate National Bike Month - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 31, 2013 - Flushing
Ride your bicycle to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. NOTE: bicycles are not allowed inside the Garden -- lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers!
Art Exhibit: Fish and Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media - Queens Botanical Garden
Through July 23, 2013 - Flushing
This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. It illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display at the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery from April 22 through July 22. Visitors will be invited to create their own art at an interactive print-making station that will remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, and also to take part in community art projects, open to all ages, at QBG’s April 28th Arbor Festival as well as the June 23rd Summer Solstice Celebration.
The opening reception for this exhibit will be on April 26 from 6-9pm