Best Things To Do in NYC This July With Kids

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

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 Richard III at the Delacorte, Twelfth Night gets an Afrofuturistic makeover in Marcus Garvey Park, and Much Ado about Nothing is playing at several spots in Queens and on Staten Island.

Rocket Park mini golf is finally back at the NY Hall of Science. Trucks proliferate on Randall's Island. City of Water Day, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Fest, and Randall's Island's Waterfront Fest are all getting our calendar delightfully damp. And the 43rd Annual Thunderbird Midsummer Pow-wow welcomes over 40 native American nations for three days of dance performances.

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 and be sure to keep an eye on our list of free outdoor movies!

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

Delacorte Theater

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park

Pier 17, South Street Seaport

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Socrates Sculpture Park
Storytime at the Park House
Rockefeller Park House - 10:30 AM Pick
BPCA Community Field Day Party
Rockefeller Park - 12:00 PM Pick
Hudson RiverKids Tribeca
Pier 25 at Hudson River Park - 4:00 PM Pick
NoMAA Arts Stroll Concert: HSA All-Stars
Morris-Jumel Mansion - 6:30 PM Pick
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