50 Free Things To Do this Summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley with Kids

Paddle away at the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club kick-off event. Photo courtesy of the event
Paddle away at the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club kick-off event. Photo courtesy of the event

Looking for FREE things to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this summer? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list.

With school getting out soon, it's time for summer fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! With amazing parks and beaches offering hundreds of acres of outdoor space, it's no wonder that there are tons of FREE activities to keep kids occupied all summer. We've rounded up more than 50 of our favorite FREE things to do with kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this summer, including summer festivals, family fun days, and kids' movies under the stars. 

Many FREE summer festivals are back after a long hiatus, including multicultural festivals at Kensico Dam celebrating Indian, Hispanic, Muslim, and many more cultures, as well as the Summer Kick-off Riverfront Festival, and the Annual Firefly Festival. Many towns are offering FREE children's activities in the parks throughout the summer, including magic shows, animals, juggling, and more at Peekskill Riverfront Children's Entertainment and Nights in the Park in White Plains. On warm summer evenings, catch a movie under the stars at one of the many parks offering FREE family-friendly outdoor movies all summer, including Harbor Island Park, the Cortlandt Waterfront, and Under the Poughkeepsie Walkway

You can find even more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide and our Activity Calendar

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Many events in this listing occur on multiple dates, so be sure to read through the entire description and click through for addresses, times, and any reservation requirements. 

Places featured in this article:


Willson's Waves (and additional locations)

Anthony Wayne Recreation Area at Harriman State Park

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Turnure Park (and other locations)

Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park

White Plains Public Library Plaza

Ruby Dee Park (in front of downtown New Rochelle Public Library)

White Plains Public Library Plaza

White Plains Public Library Plaza

Beacon Riverfront Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (and other locations)
Philipsburg Manor Holiday Boutique & Activities
Philipsburg Manor - 9:00 AM Pick
Train Time
Harrison Public Library - West Harrison Branch - 10:30 AM Pick
FIESTA! With Flor Bromley
Hendrick Hudson Free Library - 11:00 AM Pick
Preschool Story and Craft
North Castle Public Library - 11:00 AM Pick
Kids Learn Italian/Portuguese
Harrison Public Library - Richard E. Halperin Building - 3:30 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides