Free Outdoor Family Movies in July for NYC Kids

Every summer in New York City, there are a slew of no-cost outdoor movie screenings. So many in fact, you can probably find at least one FREE alfresco flick per evening somewhere in the five boroughs. But a number of these films are not kid-friendly. If you don't plan ahead, you could end up dropping into Bryant Park for Die Hard, and you really don't want your preschooler repeating Bruce Willis' R-rated variation on yippee ki-yay, do you?

While a few series are aimed specifically at children, including RiverFlicks for Kids, most series sandwich their family films in between grown-up ones. But rather than having you peruse all those different calendars, we've done the work for you. Behold: More than 25 FREE outdoor movies this July, most rated G or PG (with a couple of PG-13 titles for tweens), all organized by date. Expect to find plenty of recent blockbusters such as Minions and Inside Out, with a few classics thrown in.

So pack your picnic, grab a blanket and head out to one of our picks for the best family-friendly alfresco flicks this month.

Weekday Fun: FREE Museums, Father Goose, Ghostbusters Exhibit

School's out for summer! NYC kids start summer vacation this week (Tuesday, June 28 is the last day of the school year), and we have ideas to help kick off summer break. The National Museum of Mathematics is hosting three days of complimentary admission, Father Goose is getting down with the kids in Madison Square Park, the PuppetMobile is touring parks and playgrounds with its production of Puss in Boots, and you can celebrate Pride Month in a meaningful way by dropping a note into the giant acrylic LOVE WINS structure at Brookfield Place. Plus, a cool new Ghostbusters attraction is debuting in Times Square.

Our Summer Guide lists lots of warm weather things to do and ways to have fun in NYC this season including outdoor pools, splash pads, local water and amusement parks, and lots more! We just published our annual roundup of free activities for NYC kids—one for each summer day straight through their return to school in September, so you can enjoy the season on a budget! If the beach is beckoning, many are just a MetroCard swipe away. Heading to the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons? We've got you covered there, too.

With school wrapping up, don't forget to read 20 minutes a day (it's a great way to take a breather between play at the beach or park). For more tips and other stimulating ways to engage the kids this summer, peruse our new Summer Slide Busters Guide. And if you're still looking for a week of camp here and there, check out our list of camps that still have openings.

You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

10 Ways To See July 4 Fireworks and Festivities in the Lower Hudson Valley

The 4th of July is almost here! We've already filled you in on the best places to catch stunning Independence Day fireworks in Westchester. Now we are heading across the county line to round up the top spots for holiday sparklers throughout Lower Hudson Valley. Since many of the 2016 celebrations also include live music, ball games, parades, magic shows and even a carnival, these festivities are definitely worth the drive if you're coming from Westchester.

25 Things To Do with Kids in Palm Beach County, Florida

You might think of Palm Beach as a preppy playground for America’s elite. In truth, Florida’s largest county offers families an array of activities at a variety of price points.

If you want to explore nature on land or at sea, the 38 diverse cities and towns within Palm Beach County are loaded with eco-options. Of course, most people come here to frolic in the 47 miles of Atlantic surf, so slather on the sunscreen and schedule plenty of unstructured time to build sand castles and jump waves.

If you’re seeking a value vacation, you can score big summertime bargains. As the heat and humidity rise, resorts slash their room rates until just before Thanksgiving. Flights to Palm Beach International Airport take about two hours from New York or Philadelphia, with the journey from Boston adding on a few extra minutes. Book a nonstop flight and you can be here in less time than it takes to drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons on a Friday night.

4th of July Fireworks in Connecticut

Who doesn't love fireworks—especially after a sandy day at the beach like the celebration in East Haven? Here in Connecticut, fireworks season starts before July 4th and continues afterward, too. Kick off summer with a bang with our roundup of more than 40 (!) CT pyrotechnic displays in honor of Independence Day. As always before heading out, check the weather forecast and parking restrictions, especially at beaches. Some venues allow nonresidents to pay for parking on-site, but others (I'm looking at you Greenwich) require that passes be purchased in advance at a separate location.

5 Great Mini Golf Courses in and Around Philly

Miniature golf is one of those summertime activities that entertains the whole family. A putter, a brightly colored ball, and the possibility that your three year old will get a hole-in-one, and everyone is bound to have some fun. Although there aren't as many mini golf courses around here as at the shore, there are a few great spots to grab a putter and try your skills. Try one of these to add mini golf to the summertime mix of splash pads and spray grounds, pop up gardens and parks, and free outdoor movies and concerts

Hudson Valley Balloon Festival 2016: Best Places to See the Show with Kids

What kid doesn’t love a balloon, especially a entire sky filled with huge, colorful, hot-air balloons? Every year, families flock to the annual Hudson Valley Balloon Festival, which includes synchronized launches from sites across the area. Even if you don't live in the Hudson Valley, this experience is worth a day trip—spectators come from all over the tri-state area!

This year’s show will feature a big change vs. prior years. Read on for details about this annual favorite, and be sure to check out our Westchester Summer Activity Guide for more fun all season long.

100 Free Things To Do This Summer with Kids in New York City

NYC school break is upon us, and the kids are itching to play, so we've rounded up FREE things for families to do every single day of summer vacation. Starting with Wednesday, June 29 through Wednesday, September 7, we've compiled the best free children's entertainment in NYC all summer! 

Of course, this list isn't comprehensive. There are literally hundreds of FREE fun events happening across our city this school break. You can find more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide, Event Calendar, and Free in NYC Guide.

Still searching for a summer camp for a week or two? Check out our NYC summer camp directory and guide. Plus, we've put together a slew of brainy activity ideas, including FREE at-home STEM fun, in our brand-new Summer Slide Busters Guide.

Many events in this listing occur on multiple dates, so be sure to read through the entire description. We’ve also rounded up a number of anytime activities your family can try all season long. Whatever you end up doing in the city this summer, there's only one rule: Have fun out there.

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