Free Fun Summer: A free activity a day for the entire summer

Summer days are long, it's hot, and you can't just send your kids out to play in the streets. You need help. You need distractions. You need our Free Fun Summer Activity Planner. With a free activity for every single day of summer in July and August, it's like a do-it-yourself camp for New York City parents.

Free concerts, outdoor movies, museum programs, classes and workshops, story times, festivals, performances, events—the following list isn't just 62 activities, many of these events are recurring, so look out for the stars—which indicate an event occurs on additional dates.

*recurring daily

**recurring weekly

***Check for other dates

And don't forget to check out our Summer Fun Guide for more ideas on the best stuff to do in and around New York this summer.


July 1 Visit the Science Barge *

July 2 Free Wednesdays NY Botanical Garden **

July 3 Union Square Summer in the Square**—Astrograss

July 4 International African Arts Festival, July 3-6

July 5 Free First Saturday Programs Brooklyn Museum and New Museum

July 6 Central Park Clearing in the Forest Series**—The Dancing Bahilla, Middle Eastern dance performance and workshop

July 7 Lower Manhattan River to River Festival *— Sitelines Interactive Environmental Dance

July 8 Tragedy of MacBeth Performance and Family Workshop ***— Battery Park

July 9 Carroll Park Concert Series ***— Lloyd Miller and The Brooklyn Phone Book

July 10 Washington Market Park Concert Series **— Uncle Rock

July 11 NY Philharmonic Concert in the Park ***

July 12 City Parks Dance***—Rennie Harris Puremovement Ballet Int'l Africans

July 13 SummerStage ***— Global Family Day

July 14 The Paper Bag Players: On Top of Spaghetti — Bronx Library Center

July 15 Madison Square Kids Concert**— Audra Rox Concert

July 16 Stuyvesant Town Music on the Oval**— DJ Duane Harriot & Easy Star All-Stars

July 17 MoMA Sculpture Garden Story Time**

July18 Bryant Park Good Morning America Concert Series **— Miley Cyrus

July 19 Macy's Fishing Contest * — Prospect Park

July 20 daydream***— A Midsummer Night's Dream specially adapted for children and performed in Imagination Playground, Prospect Park

July 21 La Caperucita Roja*** — Bi-lingual, revisionist Little Red Riding Hood in Red Hook

July 22 Lucy Lortel Theater***—The Plant That Ate the Dirty Socks

July 23 Laura Vila at Book Culture —Interactive Book event

July 24 Movies with a View** — Curse of the Were Rabbit

July 25 Prospect Park Audubon Center Nestlings Nature Classes**

July 26 Solar One Family Day Environmental Festival

July 27 MoMA Family Program**—Closer Look for Kids

July 28 Kayaking on the Hudson*

July 29 Shakespeare in the Park*—Hair

July 30 Central Park Sandbox Series *— Music Performances, Art Classes, Story-Telling and Music Classes

July 31 Jefferson Market Library Toddler Time**


August 1 Children's Museum of Manhattan — Free First Friday

August 2 Celebrate Brooklyn* — Family Concert

August 3 Queens Museum of Art — Free First Sunday

August 4 Storytime at Babylicious **

August 5 Family Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art**— Start With Art

August 6 Outdoor Cinema Socrates Sculpture Park**— The Red Balloon and Persepolis

August 7 Summer on the Hudson*—Billy B., the Natural Science Song and Dance Man

August 8 SummerStarz**—Crafts, Music and Film in McCarren Park

August 9 International YoYo Open and Contest

August 10 Lefferts Historic House**— Early American Crafts

August 11 Rubin Museum of Art Museum Program*—Word Play (free with admission)

August 12 Story time at Giggle**

August 13 Plant 'N Play at Umoja Garden

August 14 CInderella Samba Riverside Park

August 15 RiverFlicks for Kids **— Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

August 16 Lincoln Center Out of Doors* — Family Day

August 17 Barnes and Noble Union Square Story Time**

August 18 Bryant Park Summer Film Festival** — Superman

August 19 Tales on Tuesdays Carl Shurz Park

August 20 Wednesdays in Teardrop Park

August 21 Preschool Art Rockefeller Park **

August 22 RiverFlicks for Kids **—Shrek

August 23 Walk, bike or roll up car-free Summer Streets**

August 24 Blues and BBQ Festival Hudson River Park

August 25 Moxie Spot Story Time **

August 26 Discovery Tuesdays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden**

August 27 Free Story Time Yoga at Karma Kids **

August 28 Broadway in Bryant Park **

August 29 McNally Rand Baby Storytime **

August 30 Free Bike Rental in Manhattan*

August 31 Books of Wonder Story Time **

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