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Free and Cheap After-School Programs for NYC Kids and Teens

Tis the season for after-school program enrollment. Families looking for reasonably priced enriching and fun programs for their children have tons of sports, arts, academics, and other kinds of classes to choose from. In fact, a handful of high-quality after-school programs are actually free or super inexpensive!

Some places, like the New York City Parks Department, offer after-school coverage Monday through Friday. Other programs like those found at the Children’s Museum of Art (CMA) only meet once or twice a week. We've rounded up organizations that offer complimentary or reasonably priced classes to kids, tweens and teens throughout the five boroughs. Lots of the programs on this list have multiple enrollment periods per year. Check in with Mommy Poppins regularly to stay on top of enrollment options during the fall, winter, and spring.

50+ Free Family Events This September in NYC

Ready for fall, but still savoring summer? September packs plenty of summer fun, with Labor Day weekend events plus the final few concerts and outdoor movies of the summer. This month also marks the kickoff of fall festivals around NYC, with faves like the Atlantic Antic, the Breukelen County Fair, and the sweet NYC Honey Fest. The FREE family fun doesn't stop there: September brings rope courses, arts workshops, and unicycling fun for New York City kids. 

Read on for over 50 FREE things to do this September in New York City, including events in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Find more top events in our September GoList, or our always-packed daily NYC event calendar.

Since NYC schools kick off this month, get a jump on fall planning with our NYC Day Trips Guide or Family Travel Guide.

After-School Registration Now Open for Free NYC Program

We've told you all about the lottery for swimming classes operated by the NYC Parks Department, but did you know it also has you covered after school? Registration for the FREE after-school program run by the Parks Department opened on August 21, 2019 for NYC kids ages 6 to 13, and we've got details on what the program offers and how to sign up.

Find more after-school options in the Mommy Poppins Classes Guide.

21 Free Things To Do with Long Island Kids in September

September brings backpacks, changing leaves, and pumpkin-flavored everything. With kids back at school, maximize the enjoyment of their spare time with these FREE events and activities across Long Island. 

Animal-loving kids won't want to miss touring Catapano Dairy Farm or Dogfest Long Island at the Deer Park Tanger Outlets. The whole family can enjoy one of September's many FREE fairs, such as the Harbes Apple Orchard Festival and the Seaford Harvest Fair.

Free Things to Do with Boston Kids in September

With all the money parents spend on back-to-school supplies, it should come as a relief to know there are a lot of fun and free family-friendly events in Boston this September. From street fairs and festivals to cruises and concerts, getting the most out of Boston with the kids won't cost you an arm and a leg. Here are our picks for free fun this September with the kiddos (and be sure to check our calendar for even more activities added daily).

Free Things to Do With Chicago Kids This Fall

Fall is one of the best seasons to live in (or visit) Chicago—there's a fun neighborhood festival practically every weekend, and most of the seasonal festivities are totally FREE. Between outdoor fairs, harvest festivals, concerts and performances, cultural celebrations, and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving, Fall in Chicago is jam-packed with no-cost family fun.

We'll update this list all season long with the best FREE things to do with kids in Chicago, so bookmark this page and watch this space. Looking for more free ideas? The city's playgrounds and parks are always free, and there are free days at most museums and even some restaurants. Our list of 100 Things to Do With Chicago Kids Before They Grow Up is full of free or low-cost ideas for local and visiting families, and of course you can always find more free activities in our Chicago Event Calendar.

Free Things to Do With Houston Kids in September

The beginning of fall means that awesome events are on the horizon! Fall festivals, corn mazes, and all things outdoor are showing up this month, and tons of them are free to attend. Now is the perfect time to get out your calendars and start planning your next family adventure, and we're here to help. Our event calendar is packed, and we've highlighted some of the amazing free events and activities below that you and your family won't want to miss.

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