Eric Carle's stories come to life in puppet form during a special summer-long programming series at the Bronx Zoo. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of WCS
Eric Carle's stories come to life in puppet form during a special summer-long programming series at the Bronx Zoo. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of WCS

Best Things To Do in NYC This July With Kids

July always brings some heat, but who cares? In addition to the glorious return of Independence Day fireworks all over town—including the big Macy's 4th of July display—we have tons of amazing things to do with kids in New York City all month long, and many are FREE.

Shakespeare is back in the parks, and in addition to the Merry Wives at the Delacorte, fans of the bard can catch Love's Labour's Lost in Riverside Park and Seize the King (an updated take on Richard III) uptown.

We've got carnivals, complete with rides and diet-busting foods, in Queens and Brooklyn. City of Water Day is once again getting our calendar delightfully damp. And there's a storytelling festival on Little Island, the Poetry Fest on Governors Island, and an ode to Eric Carle in the Bronx.

Want more? Seasonal fun abounds in our Summer Fun Guide for NYC Kids, swimming pools are open citywide, and we have found 100 FREE things to do all summer long. For more fun, bookmark our Activity Calendar.

As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: In NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked up quickly, especially these days, so buy your tickets ASAP.

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Places featured in this article:


Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

P.S. 26 and Showplace Entertainment Center

Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Riverside Park

Delacorte Theater

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park

Queens Botanical Garden

Pier 17, South Street Seaport
Queens County Farm Museum's Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Photoville 2021
Citywide - various times Pick
SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival
Pier #40 West Houston Street & West Side Highway - various times Pick
Welcome Week at NYPL
Citywide - various times Pick
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides