Red Hook Fest returns Friday, June 4 bringing three nights of live performances, family-friendly activities and more. Photo courtesy of Hook Arts Media
Red Hook Fest returns Friday, June 4 bringing three nights of live performances, family-friendly activities and more. Photo courtesy of Hook Arts Media

Best Things To Do in NYC in June With Kids

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top things to do with kids in New York City this June, and many are FREE. The first month of summer brings a slew of incredible outdoor activities—and this is the month we celebrate Juneteenth, Pride, and Father's Day.

Festivals making a comeback include the Red Hook Fest and Drums Along the Hudson. Proof that you can never have too much of a good thing: There are not one, but two immersive Van Gogh exhibits to explore. One on Vesey and one at Pier 36.

Want more? Harry Potter New York makes its debut in the Flatiron District. The NY Philharmonic performs in Bryant Park. And, in addition to the new Creatures of Light exhibit, the Hall of Gems is reopening at the American Museum of Natural History with a pair of huge amethyst geodes.

Find more great happenings this June on our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide for NYC families.

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:


American Museum of Natural History
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 2, 2021 - Sun Sep 5, 2021) Creatures of Light
(Wed Jun 2, 2021 - Sun Sep 5, 2021) Creatures of Light

Harry Potter Store NYC

Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

Skylight on Vesey
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 5, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021) Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Pier 36
upcoming events
(Thu Jun 10, 2021 - Mon Sep 6, 2021) Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit - NYC

Bryant Park
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 9, 2021 - Mon Sep 20, 2021) Picnic Performances in Bryant Park

Various locations in Red Hook

American Museum of Natural History
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 2, 2021 - Sun Sep 5, 2021) Creatures of Light
(Wed Jun 2, 2021 - Sun Sep 5, 2021) Creatures of Light

Old Stone House
upcoming events
(Fri Jul 16, 2021) Basement Friends
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Dream Child
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) We Got Beth

Jamaica Performing Arts Center

Poe Park Visitor Center
upcoming events

Fort Greene
upcoming events
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Sun Jun 20, 2021) Pop-Up Magazine: The Sidewalk Issue

Riverside Park
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father's Day Dash

The Red Steps in Times Square
upcoming events

Governors Island
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 26, 2021) Porch Stomp

Prospect Park Boathouse
upcoming events

Greenwich Village
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 27, 2021) PrideFest Festival

Little Island
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 16, 2021 - Sat Jul 3, 2021) Creative Break
(Fri Jun 18, 2021 - Fri Jul 30, 2021) Teen Night
(Sun Jun 20, 2021 - Sun Aug 1, 2021) New Victory LabWorks
(Sun Jun 20, 2021 - Sun Aug 1, 2021) Weekend Wind Down
(Sat Jul 10, 2021 - Sun Jul 11, 2021) Little Orchestra Society's Things That Go Bang
(Wed Jul 21, 2021 - Sun Jul 25, 2021) Little Island Storytelling Festival

Online
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 26, 2021) Youth Pride
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Paleo Playdates
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - 10:00 AM Pick
LIC Springs into Summer
Various locations - various times Pick
The Art of Words Art-Based Summer Camp
The Art of Words Community School - 8:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides