Weekday Fun: Make Music NY, Swedish Fest, Free Activities

NYC Beaches, toddler music, free festivals for NYC Kids, June 20-24

Celebrate summer in NYC this week with Make Music New York, a truly unique music festival, hosted throughout all five boroughs. Other weekday highlights include free admission to the Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Swedish Midsummer Festival celebrating the summer solstice.

In case you haven't heard, there's a wonderful new exhibit at Brookfield Place. The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Collaboration is definitely worth checking out. We've also rounded up 10 things to do on Long Island City's waterfront, and we've got the inside scoop on the new water exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Enjoy outdoor eats at these kid-friendly Brooklyn restaurants with spacious yards, patios and other alfresco table options to round out the day. And don't forget to pick-your-own strawberries at a nearby farm before those red berries are gone.

Our top picks for the week are below—all of which are FREE! Also, be sure to check out our June GoList to help you round out the month. As always, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Monday, June 20
Hit the Beach – Citywide
Grab your sunscreen and head to one of NYC's beaches. A weekday outing (especially while public school is still in session) likely means less crowds and more room for little ones to romp. FREE

See all Monday events.


Local musicians play during Guitar Mass Appeal in Union Square Make Music Day 2015. Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Make Music Day.

Tuesday, June 21
Make Music New York – Citywide
Celebrating its 10th year, this unique festival features over 1,000 free concerts in parks and other public spaces in every borough. Musicians of all ages and musical persuasions perform and celebrate music. Use this interactive map to help choose a venue. FREE

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday, June 22
Taino Music with Irka – Financial District
Take your toddlers to learn about Taí​no culture through stories, song, movement, and hands-on activities. Registration required as space is limited. FREE

See all Wednesday events.


Celebrate the diversity of the borough with the hands-on World Brooklyn section at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum.

Thursday, June 23
Free Hours at the Brooklyn Children's Museum – Crown Heights
Explore interactive exhibits like Totally Tots and World Brooklyn free of charge. Can't make it today? The museum waives admission every Thursday afternoon year-round. FREE

See all Thursday events.


Enjoy Swedish folks dances, games, and more at the Swedish Midsummer Dance party. Photo courtesy of the event.

Friday, June 24
Swedish Midsummer Dance – Battery Park City
Learn Swedish folk dances, make midsummer wreaths, and enjoy games, a parade, and Swedish delicacies at this celebration of the summer solstice. FREE

See all Friday events.

Top image: You might come across a full-blown student orchestra on the streets during the Make Music New York. Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Make Music Day.

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