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6 Things To Do With Your Kids In New York City's Neighborhoods This Weekend

 All of this weekend's action is happening in the parks and gardens of New York City.
6 Things To Do With Your Kids In New York City's Neighborhoods This Weekend
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Saturday, May 14
Volunteer at your local park
Where? Dozens of parks across all five boroughs
When? All weekend
How Much? Free
Spring is a great time to get your hands dirty while helping to revitalize New York City’s gardens and parks. NYC Parks and their many partners are holding dozens of organized events this week asking New Yorkers to pitch in and paint, clean, rake and generally take care of New York City's vast park system. Check all the locations at the NYC Parks website.

Circus Workshop with Grins & Grins
Where? Waring Playground, Bronx Park East between Waring Avenue and Thwaites Place, Allerton
When? 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
How Much? Free
Join an interactive circus skills training workshop with Erin and Ray Grins, the co-creators and married partners behind the small-scale circus team Grins & Grins. The duo brings over 40 years of combined performance and theater education experience to the stage.

Summer on the Hudson: Girls Season Opener Jam
Where? Skate Park at 108th Street in Riverside Park, Upper West Side
When? 12 to 4 p.m.
How Much? Free
The Girls Riders Organization is celebrating the season's opening of Riverside Skate Park at 108th Street with an open skate, a clinic for beginner skaters and a board decorating workshop.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Where? Field 62 - 63 in Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island
When? 12 to 4 p.m.
How Much? Free
With the Hell Gate Bridge and the Urban Farm close by, the Randall's Island Park Alliance’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival presents a big lineup of events and activities inspired by Japanese culture including live music, games, exhibitions, face painting and five new site-specific installations by artists.

Sunday, May 15
Discovery Day at Freshkills Park
Where? Freshkills Park, 350 Wild Ave., Travis
When? 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How Much? Free
As a former landfill, Staten Island's Freshkills Park, at almost three times the size of Central Park, is the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years. On Sunday, eight miles of trails will offer views of the park’s hills, creeks, and wildlife. Also available at the park are free bike rentals, tours, music, activities for kids, shuttle buses into the park, and a shuttle to the top of a hill offering panoramic views of New York City.

Parking will be in the lots near 350 Wild Ave. in Staten Island. A free shuttle will also make trips to and from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George during the event.

Catch-and-release Freshwater Fishing
Where? Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue in Kissena Park, Flushing
When? 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participation is first-come, first-served
How Much? Free
Join NYC Parks Rangers on the idyllic Kissena Lake as they teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways. All equipment is provided and it's recommended for ages 8 and older.