40+ Free Things To Do in NYC This May With Kids

The Great Dumbo Drop returns to Brooklyn this month. Photo courtesy of the event
The Great Dumbo Drop returns to Brooklyn this month. Photo courtesy of the event

This month is all about the great outdoors, and we've got the lowdown on all the great FREE things to do in NYC this May, including the start of the annual outdoor movies and music season.

Summer's unofficial start might not happen until month's end, but plenty of summer-like fun is popping up on our Family Activity Calendar with season-long series like Summer on the Hudson Play Dates making their debut. We're also thrilled to welcome back annual favorites like Dance Parade and Fleet Week.

Read on for more than 40 FREE things to do this May in New York City, including fun events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Find more top events in our list of the best things to do this May.

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As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including address and time. And keep in mind, in NYC, really cool things to do with kids often book quickly. In the case of these FREE events, arrive as early as possible.

Places featured in this article:


Central Park (W 85 th St Entrance)

Old Stone House (outside)

Virtual, via Zoom

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Washington Street between York and Plymouth Streets

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Various locations
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides