Summer for NYC Kids: Our Guide Has the Best Free and Fun Things to Do All Season Long
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. The beaches open, the sprinklers turn on (assuming it's over 85 degrees), Governors Island begins welcoming visitors and kids start having trouble focusing in school. (Funny, we have the same problem with work.)
In anticipation of a wonderful season full of fun and free activities and cool destinations, we've updated our Summer Fun Guide. Highlights include:
A roundup of eight New York City beaches, all accessible via public transportation.
Our top five suburban beaches, including Sandy Hook and Jones Beach
A list of playgrounds with amazing water features
A roundup of nearby water theme parks, most of which open Memorial Day weekend
A roundup of NYC carousels, including the return of the long-closed Forest Park Carousel which begins turning again Memorial Day weekend
Places to play a round of miniature golf
Over the next few weeks, we'll update our roundups of outdoor performance festivals, free outdoor movies and kids' concerts, and outdoor pools, which open for the season on Thursday, June 28. And we'll be posting about a lot more summer fun throughout the season. So bookmark our Summer Fun Guide: You'll be using it for a while.
- This Week: Memorial Day Weekend Means Beaches, Governors Island and Dinosaurs; Plus Strawberry Picking and Free Summer Sports
- This Week: Memorial Day Weekend in NYC and Beyond, Beaches After Sandy, Family Day Trips, Mommy Poppins App
- This Week: Ways to Cool Off, More Fireworks, Playgrounds with Shade, Summer Museum Exhibits for Kids
- This Week: New Public Pools, Pay for the Day Private Pools, Free Summer Play Streets