School's out and summer is in full swing. Whether you're heading down the shore, going on a road trip, or taking a staycation, you'll need a few things to do with the kids to keep them occupied. Warm July weather is great for hiking and camping. Waterparks are open and perfect for staying cool, or head out to one of the city's beer gardens or pop-up gardens. If you're on a tight budget, check out our list of 100 Free Summer Things to do with kids. If you're still not sure what to do, or need a few more ideas, the month of July has so many great events and activities to offer! We've gathered some of our favorites here, but head over to our event calendar for a full listing of nearby events.
It was a gauntlet thrown down at my feet as much as my family's: Let's tour Franklin Park Zoo in under two hours.
Why set the timer at two hours? It seemed the like reasonable window to make our way through the zoo without getting tired while also keeping up a good pace. My pre-zoo strategies included feeding everyone lunch beforehand and packing enough food to avoid the snack shacks within the zoo that could eat away at our time.
Here's a brief journal of how we met our two-hour challenge at Franklin Park Zoo on one recent summer afternoon.
Summer's in full swing, and so are the summer events for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our July GoList features all the best events happening this month, including the pyrotechnic A Night on Fire, the colorful Hudson Valley Balloon Festival and a high-end Jazz Festival developed in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The month kicks off with a slew of 4th of July celebrations, such as the Independence Day Fair. View our guides for what to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley for many more ways to cheer for the red, white and blue. Other top picks for July include pool parties and movie screenings, numerous multicultural performances and the start of the Orange County Fair.
So get your calendars ready and read on for our top picks for July. But don’t stop there: There’s plenty more where that came from in our Event Calendar, and our weekly newsletters deliver all the latest news and events right to your inbox!
Welcome to the first full month of summer! Our monthly GoList of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout July includes some of our favorite FREE annual events—happenings my family and I mark on our calendar every year. Enjoy the always FREE Fourth of July fireworks spectacle, no-cost boat rides as part of City of Water Day on Governors Island, top-notch music and dance performances at SummerStage Family Days in Queens, the Bronx, and Central Park, and the fun-filled Come out & Play Family Day on Governors Island.
There are also some new-this-summer events that we can't wait to check out like Theatreworks USA's musical Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School and the Hills with those awesome looking slides on Governors Island. Plus, there are two family-friendly pop culture musts opening this month: an interactive Star Trek experience that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the franchise at the Intrepid and a cool virtual reality Ghostbusters game at Madame Tussauds. And Harry Potter fans will be lining up for the release of the eighth book in the series.
As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including the price, address, and time. And remember, in NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked up quickly. So buy your tickets ASAP or, in the case of FREE events, arrive as early as possible to beat the crowds.
Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top 16 things to do with kids in New York City this July—nine of which are 100% FREE.
Independence Day is just around the corner, but no need to wait until Monday to celebrate. This weekend, catch Fourth of July fun at Cape May’s Independence Day Celebration, Revolutionary Times Weekend, Montville Fourth of July Celebration, and Randolph Freedom Fest. If you need a break from the heat, spend some indoor time at Morris Museum’s Toothpick World and Freehold Raceway Mall’s Kids’ Club.
With the school year at an end, parents are eager to find enriching activities for kids to keep their young minds stimulated over the summer months. If you're worried about couch potato syndrome setting in too soon, consider taking your budding activist or future politician to the new feature exhibit at the U.S. Constitution Center.
Fairs and festivals and feasts, oh my! It’s non-stop action in NJ this month—read on for our recommendations and choose your favorite (or two). With everything from county fairs to music and food festivals, there’s something to entertain every member of the family. Mark the calendar now and have a blast all month long. For more summer fun, visit our Summer Activities Guide.
Although The BFG isn't as well known as some of Roald Dahl's other books (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda), it definitely has its share of rabid fans. If your family is among them, you'll be happy to hear that Steven Spielberg is quite faithful to the source material in Disney's new CGI/live-action hybrid, The BFG—though some of the Dahl darkness has been replaced by the director's signature wide-eyed wonder. Even so, for parents of younger children the question is, just how terrifying are those tot-eating giants? We've got the answer (and a photo in case you want to see how your preschoolers react), plus the scoop on whether it's worth splurging for IMAX 3D.