50 Free Things To Do in NYC With Kids in July 2022

 Visit Jeppe Hein's Changing Spaces, an interactive public art installation on Rockefeller Center. Photo by Jody Mercier
Visit Jeppe Hein's Changing Spaces, an interactive public art installation on Rockefeller Center. Photo by Jody Mercier

July is hot, hot, hot—but packed with cool FREE things to do in NYC for families. From the Seaport Beach Fest to the Hong Kong Dragon Boat fest and the Randall's Island Waterfront Festival, plus the Macy's 4th of July fireworks, we've found 50 family-friendly FREE things to do in NYC this July with kids.

FREE water play fun in July includes City of Water Day, Asphalt Green's Sprinkler Day, and Jeppe Hein's interactive water sculpture. FREE Shakespeare in the parks includes Much Ado About Nothing and the Twelfth Night. And, of course, you can see tons of FREE outdoor movies all July long.

Need more? We've found 100 FREE things to do in NYC this summer. Find more fun this month on our list of the best things to do this July and bookmark our Summer Fun Guide for NYC Kids for even more fun things to do.

If an event catches your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses, times, and recommended ages. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register ASAP or plan to arrive early.

Please check with each venue for current COVID protocols before heading out to any event.

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Places featured in this article:


Pier 25 at Hudson River Park

Central Park - Naumburg Bandshell

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park

Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens

Pier 26 of Hudson River Park

The Corner (or Zoom)

Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

Flushing Meadows Corona Park - Fountain of the Planets

Pier 17, South Street Seaport

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Socrates Sculpture Park
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