Free Things To Do with NYC Kids in August 2016

Free Summer Festivals, Concert and Events for NYC Families 2016

Free Things To Do in August 2016

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Monday, August 1 Learn how to shoot hoops in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. Children ages 7 and older can drop in to this no-cost basketball training program every Monday (except Labor Day and Columbus Day) through October 26. FREE

Tuesday, August 2 Stroll through the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which offers no-cost admission on Tuesdays all summer. FREE

Wednesday, August 3 Explore the Staten Island Zoo at no cost today and every Wednesday from 2 to 4:45pm year-round. FREE 

Thursday, August 4 Tinker at Hudson River Park's drop-in Maker Space. The pop-up spot is open Thursdays through August 25. FREE 

Friday, August 5 Catch an alfresco screening of the Penguins of Madagascar at Hudson River Park's Pier 46. Watch free flicks every Friday night through August 19. FREE

Set your lantern afloat at the Hindu Lamp ceremony along the East River. Photo by Julienne Schaer/courtesy of BBP.

Saturday, August 6 Make a lantern and set it afloat on the East River during Brooklyn Bridge Park's Hindu Lamp Ceremony. FREE

Sunday, August 7 Head to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the annual weekend-long Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, filled with boat races, kite flying, and cultural performances. FREE

Monday, August 8 Borrow a book from the Brooklyn Public Library’s Kidsmobile while it's parked in Sunset Park. The mobile library is on the go throughout Brooklyn all summer. FREE

Tuesday, August 9 Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park for an alfresco storytime with the librarians from the Brooklyn Public Library. FREE

Wednesday, August 10 Explore parts of the New York Botanical Garden at no cost—grounds-only admission is free all day on Wednesdays year-round. FREE

Thursday, August 11 Learn how to kayak at Brooklyn Bridge Park today and every Thursday evening and Saturday throughout the summer. FREE

Friday, August 12 Hit a local library to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge 2016. Some of our faves are the Children's Center at 42nd Street, the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Prospect Heights, and the Children’s Library Discovery Center in Jamaica, Queens.

Saturday, August 13  Stroll, scoot, or cycle your way through the streets of Manhattan during Summer Streets. The car-free fun happens the first three Saturday mornings in August.  

Sunday, August 14 Head to East River Park's Amphitheater for Manhattan's second Summer Stage Family Day of the season. Hear DJ Spinna celebrate Earth, Wind and Fire and enjoy a concert from the soulful kindie band Shine and the Moonbeams. 

Monday, August 15 Catch the '80s comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the Astoria Park great lawn. Family flicks are screened Monday nights through August 22. FREE

Tuesday, August 16 Register for Kids Bowl Free at Queens' Astoria Bowl and Jib Lanes or Brooklyn's Shell Lanes. Children younger than 16 can play up to two free games per day (times vary and shoe rental is not included). FREE

Wednesday, August 17 Get your play on at West Harlem Piers Park during Summer on the Hudson's Game Days. Giant tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch, jump rope and more are on tap every Tuesday and Wednesday in August. FREE 

Thursday, August 18 Check out the new attractions at Governors Island, namely the cool adventure playground, and the awesome slides. The island is FREE but the ferry will cost adults during certain times.

Friday, August 19 Get your dancing shoes on for an outdoor concert by the effervescent Robbie K and Friends at Staten Island's Bloomingdale Park. FREE

The creative sand sculpting contest at Coney Island always wows. Photo by Salon NYC via Flickr.

Saturday, August 20 Head to Coney Island to compete in the annual Sand Sculpting Contest or just gawk at the amazing entries. FREE

Sunday, August 21 Gawk at classic bugs and vans at the NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governors Island. FREE

Monday, August 22 Hit one of NYC's beautiful beaches before they close for the season on Labor Day.

Tuesday, August 23 Go stargazing with astronomers on the High Line tonight and every Tuesday throughout the summer. FREE

Wednesday, August 24 Watch sparklers erupt over Staten Island's South Beach during its weekly fireworks display. Every Wednesday night between June 22 and August 31. FREE

Thursday, August 25 Take a dip in one of NYC's many outdoor pools before they close for the season on Sunday, September 11.  FREE

Friday, August 26 Drop into the Sunset Park Recreation Center for a rousing game of soccer, basketball and other sports. The fun happens daily through September 16. FREE

Saturday, August 27 Help kick off the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day with tennis clinics, pro meet-and-greets, and game play. Tennis activities are FREE (the concert costs extra and always sells out in advance).

Sunday, August 28 Visit Green-Wood Cemetery to experience what life was like in colonial America in honor of the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. FREE

Monday, August 29 Romp in one of NYC's awesome sprinkler parks and splash pads before the water is turned off for the season. FREE

Tuesday, August 30 Try no-cost juggling lessons for all skill levels at Penn Plaza Park. Juggling sessions take place all season on Monday afternoons.

Wednesday, August 31  Join in on a no-cost art making session with El Museo del Barrio at Manhattan's Martin Luther King playground.  FREE

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Check out our Summer Fun Guide and our Events Calendar for additional suggestions.

Top image: High diving at Slide the City at Summer Streets. Photo courtesy of NYC DOT.