Preschoolers

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.

Nature-Based Preschools in Connecticut

A child’s early years go by fast, and should be filled with adventure, exploration, and joy. Nature-based preschools are a great option for parents interested in offering their children a learning environment without walls. Below are 10 preschool recommendations that allow children to learn and explore outdoors, warmed by sunshine, and stimulated by the natural world around them. Also, the Montessori  curriculum typically incorporates nature as well and we've listed some Montessori preschools here.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Fireworks, Magic Show, June 25-26

Kick off summer vacation this weekend by enjoying a magic show or taking in spectacular skies at a fireworks show. Take your crew under the sea to learn about dolphins at The Whaling Museum or aquariums at The Long Island Children's Museum.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Bumblebees, Shakespeare, and Fireworks, June 25-26

It is officially summer so we've dusted off our beach chairs and stocked up on a supply of sunscreen. We're ready for some adventures! This weekend, we could hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, catch the kickoff of one of our favorite summer concert series at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton, or spend the night at the New Canaan Nature Center, a fun and easy camping experience for even very young children.

Believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Branford, Hebron, and Bridgeport, to name just a few. For a little historical context about the origins of American independence for next weekend, check out the 17th Century Encampment at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum or the Revolutionary War Encampment at the Denison Homestead.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun: SummerStage, Pride, Puppets, Laurie Berkner

The final June weekend before NYC public schools let out offers a slew of warm-weather events for the whole family, including annual favorites like the Astoria Park Festival, the Harlem Arts Festival, and Park Slope's Puppetry Arts Festival. Plus you can enjoy no-cost entertainment in Betsy Head Park during SummerStage Family Day, celebrate Pride month with the NYC parade, or watch the season-opener of Word for Word Kids in Bryant Park with Justin the Magician.

Other highlights for weekend fun in NYC include Laurie Berkner in concert aboard the Circle Line, playing on the car-free Grand Concourse during the Boogie on the Boulevard festival, and exploring Staten Island's soon-to-be public green space Freshkills Park.

This weekend is predicted to be a hot one in NYC, so consider testing out a new-to-your-kids water playground, grabbing the subway to the beach, or even heading out of town to one of these nearby water parks. We've also rounded up 40 Things to Do in Brighton Beach and Coney Island with Kids, all the best spots in the Adirondacks for an upstate family getaway, and checked out a new dinosaur park just across the river in New Jersey.

All of our best bets for this weekend are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

NY Kids Club to Open Three New Locations in 2017

NY Kids Club will open three new enrichment centers and three more of its accredited NY Preschools in January 2017, bringing to 15 the number of locations across NYC. These new tot learning spots will be situated in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dumbo and Cobble Hill, as well as Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Each will be equipped with state-of-the-art gymnasiums for ongoing enrichment classes and open play for members, as well as classroom space for the preschoolers.

The Dumbo location at 135 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn will house five classrooms contained within an 8,400-square-foot floor plan, while the two-story Cobble Hill location at 299 Court Street comes in at 6,000-square-feet with five classrooms. Greenwich Village's 11 Fifth Avenue location will be cozier at less than half that size and three classrooms. 

Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

Once the summer sun sets, it creates the perfect starlit backdrop for enjoying movies outdoors. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a few snacks, and snuggle up with the kids for some wholesome family entertainment. No lines or expensive tickets—these family-friendly screenings are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early. Before heading out, be sure check each venue's website for up-to-date information on possible weather-related cancellations.

For more family-friendly activities, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

The Coop: Toddler-Friendly Cafe Opens in Bay Ridge

The Coop in Bay Ridge goes beyond high chairs and French fries to deliver a truly kid-friendly cafe that families adore. This cozy cafe has a bar-like vibe and friendly staff, delectable food and drinks, and plenty of space to sit back and relax. What really sets it apart from other cafes, though, is the kid-friendly play area in the back. The Coop welcomes parents to relax and dine while their children play in a safe and fun space—all within arm's reach. Peace for the parents, fun and games for the kids.

25 Places Families Can Take Mommy and Me Music Classes in Westchester

It's never too early to get started on music appreciation with your child. Taking a Mommy and me—or Dad and me, or Grandparent and me, or nanny and me—music class can boost your tot’s brain power, help develop social skills and foster creativity. It’s also the perfect excuse to let your guard down and boogie to your favorite kid tunes.

Here's our comprehensive list of the best music classes for babies and toddlers in Westchester. Looking for even more classes for kids? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters!

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