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Memory Making Getaways

noble maritime collection summer fun!

Depending on your gang’s threshold for travel, we’ve got three summer getaways that should hit the mark.

Target: Staten Island, New York
Time: 30 minutes
Board the Staten Island Ferry for the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (1000 Richmond Terrace; 718-448-2500), a beautiful 83-acre property that includes the Staten Island Children’s Museum (718-273-2060). Kids can explore pirate ships and rain forest canopies before hitting The Noble Maritime Collection (building d; 718-447-6490). Eat lunch on the water at nearby R.H. Tugs (1115 Richmond Terrace; 718-447-6369) and watch the boats sail by.

storm king wavefield!

Target: Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York
Time: 1 hour
Pack a picnic and head north to the Storm King Art Center (Old Pleasant Hill Road; 845-534-3115), where an incomparable collection of 20th-century sculpture is set amidst rolling fields. Maya Lin’s majestic Storm King Wavefield, eleven acres of undulating grass, is the perfect place to wear them out before taking them home.

winvian summer treehouse!

Target: Litchfield County, Connecticut
Time: 2 hours
Welcome to the quaint town of Washington. Hike in nearby Steep Rock Reservation and enjoy Lake Waramaug State Park for kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in pristine waters. Feast on sandwiches and freshly baked cookies at Nine Main Bakery & Deli (9 Main Street, New Preston; 860-868-1879), before checking into the Treehouse cottage at Winvian (155 Alain White Road, Morris; 860-567-9600). Kids will love the complimentary bikes and game room; you’ll head straight to the spa.

this week in new york!

PLAY
Fleece Fest

What: Watch sheep get shorn at Prospect Park Zoo.
Why: Afterward, head to a historic house to learn about washing, carding, spinning, and weaving wool.
When: Sat. & Sun. Shearing, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; lessons, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn (718-399-7339); Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, Flatbush Ave., at Empire Blvd., Brooklyn (718-789-2822). Admission is free.

SHOP
Bklyn Designs
What:
This expo features the best in kids’ furniture design by some of Brooklyn’s finest, including Argington, Iglooplay, and CasaKids.
Why: Sunday features a lounge with face painting and Mother’s Day fun.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water St., at Dock St. Info at 718-243-1414. Tickets ($12) online at bklyndesigns.com and ($15) at the door. Children under 16 are free.

HEAR
Green Golly & Her Golden Flute
What:
Introduce classical music through a fun take on the classic tale of Rapunzel.
Why: The music of Mozart, Schubert, and Chopin comes to life for kids.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. (Also May 16, 23 & 30.)
Where: T Salon, Chelsea Market, 459 W. 15th St., b/t Ninth & Tenth Aves. (212-243-0432). Admission is free.

Photos: DB Lampman / Courtesy of The Noble Maritime Collection; Jerry L. Thompson / Courtesy of Storm King Art Center; Courtesy of Winvian

LOCATIONS
Lefferts Historic House
Flatbush Ave
@ Empire Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Nine Main Bakery & Deli
9 Main St
New Preston, CT 06777
860-868-1879
Lake Waramaug State Park
30 Lake Waramaug Rd
New Preston, CT 06777
1000 Richmond Ter
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-2500
R.H. Tugs
1115 Richmond Ter
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-447-6369
T Salon
459 W 15th St
@ 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-243-0432
Storm King Art Center
Old Pleasant Hill Road
Mountainville, NY
845-534-3115
1000 Richmond Ter
bldg d
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-447-6490
155 Alain White Rd
Morris, CT 06763
860-567-9600
Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-399-7339
1000 Richmond Ter
Staten Island, NY 10310
718-273-2060
38 Water St
@ Dock St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-254-8779
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