Governors' Island is always a fun visit for kids, with its historical buildings, including a fort, beach and concessions. Even a quick trip on the water taxi makes for an exciting excursion. But this Saturday kids can experience firsthand science with the World Science Festival. Events will include a hands-on visit with the harbor ecosystem, including the amazing eco-engineering of oysters. Timothy Farris and NASA telescopes will help you and your kids learn firsthand about sunspots and solar weather. Another option is the great Bug Hunt (my favorite!) with Jay Holmes of the American Museum of Natural History. There's a botanical safari, and a birdwatching adventure, meteorology for all ages, and kite flying for all-- including a kite tough enough to lift a grown person.
Best of all is a ride on the Mystic Whaler, setting sail twice tomorrow, with a tour for all in between.
It's easy to get to Governors' Island from Manhattan: just take the Governors' Island ferry, right next to South Ferry at our southern tip. From Brooklyn, take the Pier Six ferry from Brooklyn Bridge Park. See you there!