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

Summer is the season of FREE in NYC—and here it comes. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals, outdoor movies, and concerts, to kayaking, and fireworks. With the public school break upon us, and the kids are itching to play (and swim), we've rounded up FREE things for families to do every single day of summer vacation. Starting with Thursday, June 29 and running all the way through Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 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, including beach day trips, FREE splash pads, and more. Peruse our Events Calendar for more events.

Still searching for a summer camp for a week or two? Check out our NYC summer camp directory and guide.

Great Summer Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families

The smell of funnel cake is in the air as fairs and festivals kick off the summer season on Long Island. Summers are perfect for spending time outside with the family and getting to know your neighbors and community.

From old-fashioned street fairs to ethnic celebrations such as Native American powwows and the Highland Games, these family-friendly events are sure to leave everyone smiling. Festivals take place in Nassau and Suffolk counties and all the way to the East End. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekday Fun: Family Fun Night, Carnivals, Movies on the Beach

Now that school is out, the kids will have plenty of excuses to stay up late, especially with all the evening fun this week has to offer. Spend summery nights at the beach with Jenkinson’s Kiddie Beach Show and Movies on the Beach. After-hours farm fun awaits at Applegate Farm Family Fun Night and Johnson’s Corner Farm Family Fun Nights. And carnivals are popping up everywhere, including the Leonia Sports Booster Carnival and Wall Township Fair.

Read on for our best children's events the week of June 26–30, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide for even more things to do day and night.

4th of July Fireworks Cruises for Families in LA and OC

We landlubbers love our fireworks, don't we? Whether we're in a back yard lawn chair, or pushing the kids up a ladder to the roof, or being wowed by a sky full of flare and color at the local pier, we don't want to miss this very American 4th of July custom. Well, if you think the view from the shore is stunning, try witnessing the spectacle from a boat. That's a holiday memory your kiddos won't soon forget! Several small cruise boats set sail this Independence Day, with 2-3 hour tours to delight you and your first mates. Snuggle on deck under a blanket and watch the sky come alive as the water sparkles below. Read on to find a boat leaving a port near you.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: FREE Fun, Wawa Welcome America June 26-30

With the arrival of summer, Philly parents may be wondering how to keep children engaged in fun without breaking the bank. This week's top picks are all FREE and are sure to put a smile on your face and your wallet.

First, stop into your local library for free programming such as Parkway Central Library's Baby and Toddler Story Time, Wissahickon Library's Guitar Story Time, Fumo Family Library's Mindful Meditation, or Media Library's Captain Underpants Party. Then, make crafts at Linvilla Orchards or Monkey Fish Toys. Dance and sing along at a free outdoor concert at White's Road Park, Debarth Amphitheater, or Narberth Park. Best yet, Wawa Welcome America arrives in town this week! During the festival, young and old can take advantage of free museum admission, Go 4th learning opportunities, and free hoagies, too.

However you spend the week, keep it fun and keep it free! Read on for additional no-cost activities below.

Weekday Fun: Pools Open, Eloise at the Museum, Free Ice Pops

Ready to swim? This week, New York City public schools end on Wednesday, June 28, and public pools open on Thursday, June 29. There's also no school on Monday, June 26; find out why at the Museum of the City of New York's Eid al-Fitr celebration. But it's not all about school: on Tuesday, June 27, Bryant Park launches a super-silly storytime for preschoolers. See our guide to great, free events for preschoolers around the city this summer. 

On that last day of school, by the way, Staten Island kids can grab a FREE ice pop. Then on Friday, June 30, one of the better exhibits of the summer opens: Eloise at the Museum. For more summer activities, see our summer fun guide. Our June GoList enters its final week, but you can rely on our event calendar for your longer term needs. 

25 Things To Do in Denver with Kids, Other than Hiking

My family recently made our first visit to the Mile High City, and I was honestly surprised by just how much we enjoyed the trip. As a native southern Texan, I mainly envisioned Colorado as one giant mountain, where hiking was everyone's only amusement. Ironically, Denver is mostly flat and is surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, which makes you feel like you're standing in the middle of a Bob Ross painting.

Denver offers so much more than hiking—with big city attractions that range from museums and animal sanctuaries to quirky restaurants. There are even hot air balloon rides! Read on for 25 things to do with kids of all ages.

Family Friendly Boat Tours in Connecticut

Sea legs. You either have them or you don't. For some, there's nothing more relaxing than drifting along the open water, catching a sea breeze, spotting marine life. For others...not so much. If you and your family fall into the former category and are hoping to get out on the water this summer, this post is just for you. Check out some of the fantastically fun family friendly (whew, say that five times fast) boat tours Connecticut has to offer and, when you're landlocked again why not grab a bite somewhere along the shore.

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