Best of July: 22 Things To Do in NYC with Kids this Month

Celebrate all things French at Bastille Day when it takes over Madison Avenue with a blocks-long street fest. Photo by Michael George
Celebrate all things French at Bastille Day when it takes over Madison Avenue with a blocks-long street fest. Photo by Michael George

Cue the fireworks, because July is here, bringing with it tons of 4th of July fun, plus plenty more family-friendly things to do in New York City. 

We're welcoming the glorious return of Independence Day fireworks all over town—including the big Macy's 4th of July display—and we have found tons more amazing things to do with kids in New York City all month long. Many are FREE, including Shakespeare in the parks: Twelfth Night gets an Afrofuturistic makeover in Marcus Garvey Park and Much Ado About Nothing is playing at several spots in Queens and on Staten Island.

Rocket Park mini golf has reopened at the NY Hall of Science. Trucks proliferate on Randall's Island. City of Water Day, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Fest, and Randall's Island's Waterfront Fest are all getting our calendar delightfully damp. And the 43rd Annual Thunderbird Midsummer Powwow welcomes more than 40 Native American nations for three days of dance performances.

Find more top July fun on our list of 100 FREE things to do all summer long, our summer bucket list for teens, and our picks for the most family-friendly festivals this month.

We’re adding more events to our Family Activity Calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.

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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 quickly, especially these days, so buy your tickets ASAP.

Places featured in this article:


Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park

Pier 17, South Street Seaport

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Socrates Sculpture Park
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