Beat the heat with fun activities on a Play Street

Beat the heat, play games, and stay fit at the Police Athletic League Play Streets offered throughout the borough now through Aug. 10.

Play streets and basketball clinics provide a safe space to play in the Police Athletic League-designated closed streets.

Children will have the opportunity to exercise and follow a healthy living lifestyle, with a focus on combating childhood obesity, through citywide fitness challenges. The league’s nutrition education program teaches participants about healthy food choices and alternatives while encouraging them to log their daily water consumption for a site-based challenge.

Basketball clinics take place Monday through Thursday and are open to boys and girls ages 5–17. The clinics are split into three levels: biddies/pee wee, novice/junior, and varsity. Biddies/pee wee clinics are available for children ages 5 to 8 and focus on basic fundamental skills such as footwork, layups, dribbling and passing. Novice/junior clinics are open to children ages 9–12 and focus on skills taught in the biddies/pee wee clinic along with defense strategies, rebounding, and advanced concepts. Varsity clinics are for children ages 13–17 and incorporate high-level team concepts, advanced drills, and age-appropriate skill focus. Competitions, including three-point and free-throw contests and fitness obstacle courses, will also take place. Additionally, special themed five-on-five basketball tournaments are held every Thursday.

Play Streets, 11 am to 4 pm; now to Aug. 10. Free. Visit

• Fox Playground (5324 Avenue H at E. 53rd Street in Flatlands)

• Howard Playground (60 Glenmore Ave. at Pitkin Avenue in East New York)

• Ingersoll Houses (120 Navy Walk at Tech Place, Downtown)

• Bushwick Houses (372 Bushwick Ave. at Cook Street in Bushwick)