100 Free Things to Do Summer 2013 with Kids in New York City
With school break upon us, my kid is singing about the 104 days of summer he heard about in the Phineas & Ferb theme song. I’m not going to tell him that he only gets 70 or so days off (why bum him out?), especially when there are hundreds of things to do in NYC this season.
To get into the spirit of summer, we’ve found FREE things for families to do every day from Monday, June 24 through the end of August. (Many events occur on multiple dates so be sure to read through the entire list.) We’ve also rounded up a bunch of anytime activities your family can try all season long.
Of course this list isn't comprehensive. You can find many more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide and our Event Calendar. Whatever you end up doing this summer in NYC, there's only one rule: Have fun out there!
Free Things to Do June 2013
Monday, June 24 Head to the popular Hippo Playground for Art in the Park projects, and then stay and get wet in the sprinklers. The arts and crafts take place every weekday in the Riverside Park playground through August 31. FREE
Tuesday, June 25 See awesome L.A. kid rockers Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band in Madison Square Park as part of its Madison Square Kids music series. Catch complimentary concerts every Tuesday and Thursday morning through August 8. FREE
Friday, June 28 See CityParks PuppetMobile's touring production of Little Red’s Hood—a retelling of the classic fairy tale set in NYC—at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. The show plays in multiple city parks all season long as part of SummerStage Kids. FREE
Saturday, June 29 Head to St. Mary's Park for SummerStage Kids Bronx Family Day, featuring circus tricks by the Gizmo Guys and Lucky Bob, performances by KR3TS Dance Company and Double Dutch Dreamz, and cool kids' activities. FREE