The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents the Music of  Bob Marley. Photo courtesy of the Rock and Roll Playhouse
The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents the Music of Bob Marley. Photo courtesy of the Rock and Roll Playhouse

30 Free Things to Do in NYC with Kids This January

The holiday festivities have fizzled, the bank account has been maxed out, and the winter weather has set in. But worry not: We have the lowdown on 30 awesome FREE events for New York City families happening throughout January 2020.

Though most of the big holiday attractions in NYC are packing up the tinsel this month, January celebrations of the Three Kings and Martin Luther King, Jr. are just getting started. Many NYC parks offer outdoor and indoor nature programs like the Nature Scavenger Hunt in Queens, and there are great events for older kids like the Seventh Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Looking for more FREE fun? Escape the cold with our guide to 20 indoor places where kids play for FREE. Know what else doesn't cost a thing? Signing up for our newsletters to get more posts like this delivered to your inbox!

Read on for 30 FREE activities for NYC kids and consult our NYC Event Calendar for a slew of alternative options. Find plenty more winter to-dos in our NYC Winter Guide for Families.


Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza)
Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

Van Cortlandt Nature Center
Van Cortlandt Park
Bronx, NY

Prospect Park
3rd Street and Park Circle Entrances
Brooklyn, NY

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY

Industry City
274 36th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232

El Barrio
route begins at 106th St. and Park Ave. and ends at 115th St and Park Ave.
New York, NY

Teatro SEA at The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002

Temple Israel Reform Congregation
315 Forest Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10301

Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Marcus Garvey Park
Madison Ave., E. 120 St. to E. 124 St.
New York, NY 10027

Fort Totten Park
422 Weaver Rd
Queens, NY

Greenlight Bookstore (Prospect/Lefferts)
632 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

McCarren Play Center
776 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY

Alley Pond Park
76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard
Queens, NY 11364

Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park
East 33rd Street and Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY

Fort Greene Park Visitor Center
Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park
Brooklyn, NY

Bam Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Central Park West and West 110th Street
New York, NY 10027

Grace Reformed Church
1800 Bedford Avenue (corner of Bedford and Lincoln Rd.)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Prospect Park
Prospect Park Lefferts Historic House, Audubon Center
Brooklyn, NY

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center
93-29 Queens Boulevard
Queens, NY

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 E. 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Queens, NY 11355

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veterans Rd W
Staten Island, NY 10309

Juniper Valley Park
Juniper Boulevard South and 80th St
Queens, NY

Audubon Center
Located in the park at the Lincoln Road / Ocean Avenue entrance Prospect Park Boathouse - Prospect Park
New York, NY

Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley
700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue
Staten Island, NY