If you crave an escape from the city that won’t land you in debt, head to the ever-changing urban oasis of Governors Island, NY. Photo courtesy of Governors Island
If you crave an escape from the city that won’t land you in debt, head to the ever-changing urban oasis of Governors Island, NY. Photo courtesy of Governors Island

Almost 50(!) Free Things to Do in May With NYC Kids

This month is all about outdoor spring fun, and we've got the lowdown on all the great FREE events happening in NYC, including some stellar street fairs and festivals, and even the start of outdoor movies and music. There's also the opening of Governors Island, a Memorial Day Weekend concert, and Kids Food Fest. With most of the events happening alfresco, New York City families will have a bit more space to spread out, throw down a blanket, and enjoy the (late!) arrival of the warmer temps.

Read on for more than 50 FREE things to do this May in New York City, including in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Find more top events in our May GoList, or our always packed daily NYC Event Calendar.

Finally, get ready for the summer season with our roundup of the city's best beaches (opening Memorial Day), and a handy list of nearby water parks.


Melrose New Generation Community Garden
377 E 160th St
Bronx, NY

Governors Island
New York, NY

Basketball City
299 South Street
New York, NY 10002

Aaron Davis Hall
138 Convent Avenue City College Campus; between 133rd and 135th
New York, NY 10031

Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters
CPF Lawn 172nd St and Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY

Comic Book Shops in NYC
Citywide
New York, NY

Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
W 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
New York, NY 10019

Randall's Island Urban Farm & Fields 62/63
20 Randall's Island Park
New York, NY 10035

BRIC Arts Media House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Lincoln Center
61 West 62nd Street, David Rubenstein Atrium
New York, NY 10023

Central Library Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Riverside Park South
Pier I at W 68th Street
New York, NY

Court Street
Court Street Between Union Street & West 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dock Street School
19 Dock Street
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Washington Market Park
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

Bank Street Bookstore
2780 Broadway (at West 107th Street)
New York City, NY 10025

Vernon Boulevard
5oth Avenue and 46th Avenue
Queens, NY 11101

Riverside Park
76th Street - 143rd Street and Riverside Drive
New York, NY

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5
Where Joralemon Street ends
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Al Oerter Recreation Center
131-40 Fowler Avenue in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY

Brookville Park
Brookville Boulevard and Caney Road
Queens, NY

Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO
55 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veteran's Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY

Central Park, Bandshell Area
69th and 5th Avenue
New York, NY

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368

21st Street and Broadway to
Tompkins Square Park
New York, NY

El Jardin Del Paraiso
East 4th Street Between Ave C & D
New York, NY 10009

Washington Market Park
Greenwich Street between Duane and Chambers streets.
New York, NY

Essex Street Market
88 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002

Rosemary's Playground
Woodbine St Madison St. bet. Woodward Ave. and Fairview Ave.
Queens, NY

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

9th Avenue
42nd - 57th Streets
New York, NY

Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY

5th Avenue
Sterling to 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Washington Market Park
Greenwich Street between Duane and Chambers streets.
New York, NY

Various locations
New York, 10036

Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Ashland Pl / Lafayette Ave
between Hanson Pl and Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Pier I, Riverside Park South
Riverside Drive between 65 St. and 72 St.
New York, NY

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street at 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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

Industry City
274 36th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232

FEED DUMBO
55 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Stapleton Library
132 Canal St.
Staten Island, NY

Greenlight Book Store (Fort Greene)
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106