During select times, many museums offer free admission. The New York Hall of Science is free on Fridays from 2-5 pm and Sundays from 10-11. On the
second weekend of each month, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is free before . And on Thursdays from , pay what you wish at the Children’s
Museum of the Arts. Visit your favorite museum’s website to see if it offers
free or pay-what-you-wish admission on a particular day.
Whether it’s The Never Ending Story at
or Monsters v. Aliens at
parks will keep your children on the edge of their picnic blankets. Check out
this summer lineup here.
the summer! A free ferry departs from downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge
Park on Friday to Sunday. Take advantage of Free Bike Fridays, relax on
or embrace your artistic side with the Children’s Museum of the Arts Free
Island Outpost Program—build rocketships, make costumes and more!
This year the
birthday this year! Tour the gardens and learn all about plants in the
Discovery Workshop “Botany for Kids,” running through July 29. Admission is
free on Tuesdays!
The opportunities for free fun are endless at Central Park—kids
can make crafts and learn to play chess at the Chess and Checkers House, listen
to famous fairytales during “Statue Tales,” or explore one the park’s many
offers free workshops for kids taught by a diverse group of artists. Kids can
create their own soccer ball, design maps and even build a solar cooking
Through August 15, Lincoln Center Out of Doors offers an
array of free programs and performances. Enjoy the energetic sounds of the
Asphalt Orchestra, jam to old-time music and watch puppets reenact popular
Drop by Sony Wonder Technology Lab to immerse your child in
the world of technology. Kids can play with robots, experiment with sound and
learn how to make animated films. Admission is free, with additional free
workshops on select dates.
a super-fun playground and a spectacular view. For nature lovers, year-round,
park-focused programs encourage kids to learn about the environment.
The Today Show’s Toyota Concert Series is among the most
popular outdoor concerts in
Upcoming performers include Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood and more!
Good Morning America hosts a similar series which will feature the Black Eyed
Peas and The Jonas Brothers with Demi Lovato. Arrive early for the best view!
Catch up on summer reading with a visit to The New York
Public Library’s Children’s Center, which maintains a comprehensive collection
of books and media. Upcoming events include film screenings, story time and
game night! Barnes & Noble also hosts readings and other free children’s events.
Soak up the sun at any of the many free outdoor pools the
city has to offer. Check out
Park Pool in
converted into a pool, now stationed in the
Go camping right in the heart of the city—for free! Through
August, families can register with the New York City Parks department for a family camping excursion at a park in one of the five boroughs. Activities include cookouts, hiking and
campfire story time. Registration required.