Free Summer Sports and Outdoor Programs for NYC Kids

Just because we live in a concrete jungle doesn't mean our kids can't enjoy a summer filled with athletic activities outdoors. The best news: You don't need to be a banker to afford it.

New York City offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and to try swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, kayaking, camping and more for FREE. Of course registering for these FREE programs takes a little legwork and, since many are first-come, first-served, punctuality. We've got the scoop on what's available, and how your kids can vie for spots. You can find more no-cost activities in our Free in NYC Guide, or check out these FREE or inexpensive summer camp options around NYC.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mother's Day, Unplugged, May 2-6

May is here, and with it comes various holidays and special occasions. We’ve gathered our top picks for the coming week to help kick off these festivities.

Don’t have a Mother’s Day gift yet? There are several craft programs that allow kids to make a special gift for a special someone, including Gifts for Mom. Celebrate with a mother-daughter outing at SummerFest Style Lounge, a girls’ night out featuring FREE fashion and beauty activities. For additional ways to spend quality time together, inspire your kids to Celebrate Screen-Free Week with more interpersonal alternative activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Read on for more details and the rest of our top picks—all of which are FREE! View our Event Calendar for many more options, including the chance to meet an astronaut, make a craft project for Cinco de Mayo and many more. 

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Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Star Wars, Blooms, Cinco de Mayo , May 2-6

It's a week of celebration and inspiration as ArtWeek continues, Star Wars Day brings out the Force, teens raise their voices in a poetry slam, and the Mexican Army’s surprising victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 is celebrated on Cinco de Mayo. Flowers are blooming all over the city—both the Museum of Fine Arts and Plein-Air Art Academy are celebrating with special art events this week. Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, and we have some ideas for homemade gifts from the kids (which were a big hit with the grandparents!). 

Our Event Calendar is bursting with more family fun. Keep checking our site during the week for Mother's Day celebration ideas, even for those of us who haven't planned ahead (no judgement here). Have an inspiring week!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parks, Gardens, Cinco de Mayo May 2-6

Philly families have plenty of activities to keep their children entertained in the week ahead. Amid baseball games, piano lessons and scouts, carve out some time to take advantage of the fun that can be found in our Events Calendar.

Take a ride on some amusements at Upper Makefield Fire Company's carnival, meet the chickens at Peter Wentz Farmstead, celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Rey's Street Festival or explore one of our local gardens such as Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, Longwood Gardens or Mt. Cuba Center to celebrate National Public Garden Day. With so many choices, it is challenging to decide. Read on to see our top picks for the week. Enjoy!

Weekday Fun: Toddler Theater, Star Wars Day, Free Museums

NYC kids of all ages will delight in the coming week's activities. Tots are sure to enjoy Treehouse Shakers' Hatched: Life on a Farm, a travel-themed book reading and no-cost visit to the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Older kids will thrill at the international circus troupe NoFit State as they take over Brooklyn Bridge Park with their cutting edge show, BIANCO. And fans young and old can celebrate Star Wars Day on May the Fourth, when Owl's Head Park screens the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Looking to explore a new-to-you spot? Why not hit Central Park, the Upper West Side or Williamsburg? Our in-depth coverage shows you the best places to play, eat and hang at with kids. Discover more to see and do throughout NYC in our Neighborhood Guides.

Thinking ahead to summer? Check out our coverage on awesome family destinations including the best water and amusement parks in the Northeast and our favorite aquariums across the country.

Don't forget, there's more family fun to be found in our Event CalendarNYC Spring Guide and just released May GoList.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Connecticut

May brings Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend, which we all know marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Everywhere you turn throughout the month, there are fairs and festivals. Here are 19 of our favorite things to do with kids in May in Connecticut. If you click through to the full listings, you can add them to your calendar. Of course, our Event Calendar always has more fun listed each and every day. Have fun planning!

Ahoy! 5 Sailing Camps for Kids in Westchester and Rockland County

Before you commit your kids to a traditional camp for the entire summer, you may want to explore some specialized programs. Learning to sail is a great way for children to become self-reliant, learn a life-long sport, and make lasting friendships and memories. Being able to pilot his or own craft will certainly earn your kids bragging rights, so set them on the right course with one of these full- or half-day programs.

May GoList: Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

May is quite the festive month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! We continue to celebrate spring with lots of festivals and fairs like the annual Kite Festival, and there’s a lineup of fun performances like The Olate Dogs and high-tech programs like STEM-tastic Saturday.

Historic Hudson Valley is keeping visitors entertained with two big events in May: Lightscapes, which dazzles with its illuminated flora and fauna displays, and Discover Pinkster!, an African-American celebration of spring.

In May we also celebrate Mother’s Day (our calendar will soon be bursting with ways to honor Mom!) and Memorial Day, with events like the Annual Memorial Day Races & Fair.

We've rounded up our top picks for family outings this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, so get your calendars ready! If you're looking for even more options, check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay in the know.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

The weekends of May are packed with activity; there's Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and that one weekend without a holiday. With so much going on, it's easy to miss something. To help you keep track, here's a list of the biggest, most once-a-year-ish events happening this month. We still send our weekend events newsletters each Thursday and weekday suggestions on Monday, of course, and we'll keep adding to our Event Calendar daily; but we figured you'd appreciate some advance notice on these May favorites.

Click through to the full listings, and you can automatically add them to your personal calendar.

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