As the nice weather has decided to stick around for the weekend, let's make the most of it and get outside! Taking advantage of these sunny days is not only good for your mind and your mood- it's the perfect opportunity to get moving. Physical activity is a key ingredient to keeping your system regular and there is no lack of activities to keep you from get moving (inside and out!) this Spring. Below is a list of fun activities to get you out of your stuffy apartment and under the sun! Enjoy!
Stretch Out In Socrates Sculpture Park
Bring a mat and stretch out in the fresh air with the sun warming your back! The open-air sculpture museum offers free yoga classes on the weekends (Sat 9:30–10:30am, 11am–noon; Sun 10–11am). They also offer tai chi classes on Sundays (11am–noon). (www.socratessculpturepark.org)
Skate The City
Meet dozens of skaters at 7:45pm at the south end of Union Square for a 2 hour skate around the city along a different route each week. All skill levels are welcome as long as you can stop and turn, and because you'll be rolling on the road, helmets and wrist guards are a must. Post-skate keep hanging with your new friends at Mumbles bar and restaurant! (www.unionsquarenyc.org)
Hang Out On The High Line
Stroll down the High Line and enjoy the the design-minded, elevated green space with snacks from an amazing lineup of local vendors. Tuesday night stargazing is a great after-dark activity and will start up again on May 7th. (www.thehighline.org)
Stop and Smell the... Cherry Blossoms
The Japanese have a term for appreciating cherry blossoms from bud and bloom to the blankets of fallen petals: 'hanami'. This cycle will be on full view as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s over 200 cherry trees show their colors. Tours of the collection—the largest of these trees outside of Japan—along with other Japanese plants on the grounds, take place at 1pm on Wednesdays and 11am on Saturdays during the show. (www.bbg.org)
Get On Two Wheels- It's Bike Month!
Check out pedal-powered events such as Bike Expo New York (May 3, 4) and the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (May 5), plus a bunch of classes where you can learn to ride or improve your road skills and confidence. Locations and times vary. (www.bikemonthnyc.org)
Visit 5 Pointz
Beginning May 4 the Institute of Higher Burning hosts a full lineup of parties, scratch battles and live art. You can also explore the area and check out a spray-painting demo on a guided tour (www.sidetour.com)