Skippy's Picks


MAY 14, 1PM: What if there was a whole month devoted to bicycles? In New York, we call it May. Yes, MAY IS BICYCLE MONTH in this town, and there's a bike event every day, including a bike parade on May 14, starting in Madison Square Park. Round up some bikes, put on some flashy duds, and join in:

MAY 15, 22, 29, 1-4PM: Ready to learn about all the animals living in the estuaries around NEW YORK CITY? Lucky for you, the South Street Seaport Museum has just the thing every Sunday afternoon. It's called SEAPORT SUNDAY SMARTS and it's held at Pier 16's Living Harbor Wetlab:

MAY 15, 21, 28, 10AM -12PM: Are you CRAZY FOR CATERPILLARS? Hey - who isn't? The Alley Pond Environmental Center's Crazy for Caterpillars class will teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about caterpillars - and send you home with your very own, along with care instructions. Classes cost $19 Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, NY. For more info call 718-229-4000

MAY 21, 10AM-6PM: Join the Rites of Spring Pageant and parade as it
makes its way through the Lower East Side's community gardens. You'll be
in the company of giant puppets, actors, poets, and bands belting out
tunes from around the world. Take a look at last year's pagent here:, review the pageant
schedule at the bottom of the page here: — and get shaking.

MAY 21, 2-4PM: Haaappy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge, Haaaappy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge! Take a tour of the 122-year-old bridge in honor of it's big day, with bridge experts from the South Street Seaport Museum for $12 a head. Reservations suggested, call 212-748-8786

MAY 22, 2PM: Do you know what a birder is? Its a human being who is crazy about birdwatching. Howie Fisher is one - and you can join him for a walk around Staten Island's Greenbelt Park, which will be chock full of migrating and full-time New Yorker birds. Bring your binoculars! Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue (at the intersection with Brielle Avenue), Staten Island.

MAY 21-22: At last — it's WORLD TURTLE WEEKEND! Celebrate at the New York Aquarium:

MAY 28-30: It's BUTTERFLY BLAST WEEKEND at the Bronz Zoo, in honor of the opening of their new Butterfly Garden. There will be performers, storytellers and scientists on hand - they can tell you about butterflies (and, if you made it tow Turtle Weekend, you can quiz them about turtles). Head to for more info.