Free Kid and Family Activities in NYC: 10 Free Things to do this Week

Free Kid and Family Activities in NYC: 10 Free Things to do this Week

Free Kid and Family Activities in NYC: 10 Free Things to do this Week

When those lists come out of the most expensive cities to live in, New York City is always on the list, which can all feel a bit crazy. Rent is how much? That sandwich is $20?! With the cost of living increasing, many parents must be more frugal than ever.

But, hey, we aren’t bashing our city; we love it, and what we love most about it is that while expensive, it is one of the best cities that embraces community and offers so many free things for kids and families. 

We always feature events on NYF, and you can find many on our calendar of events, but we are now sharing every week ten things you can do for FREE for the week ahead throughout the five boroughs.

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Floyd Bennett Field! Public Arts Festival  Explore the arts, enjoy family-friendly activities, as well as digital art works projection-mapped on the façade of historic Hangars 3 & 4, live music, a local makers market, food trucks, and more with the main event on Saturday and gain special access to historic sites and aircrafts for guided tours on Sunday. Saturday, April 20, 4 – 10:30 pm; Sunday, April 21, 10 am – 2 pm. All ages. Floyd Bennett Field, 1 Floyd Bennett Field, Bergen Beach, Brooklyn.


Animal Icons: Ornamental Animals On NYC Skyscrapers Discover the animal world that decorates some of New York City skyscrapers, from the dog’s heads and pelicans that ornament the Woolworth Building to the eagle head “gargoyles” on the Chrysler Building. After a slideshow, design your own animal additions to some of the city’s iconic buildings! Saturday, April 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am. All ages. Advanced registration required. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, Battery Park City, Manhattan.


Spring Festival Get outdoors with an obstacle course, jumbo games, arts & crafts, music, and much more! Saturday, 12 – 3 pm, All ages. Highbridge Park, West 171 St. and Amsterdam Ave., Washington Heights, Manhattan.


Woodlawn’s Earth Day Celebration Take part in shrub planting, educational workshops on flower pollination, tree tours, arts and crafts, face painting, yoga, and other Earth-centered activities. Sunday, April 21, 11 am – 2 pm. All ages. Advanced registration required. Woodlawn Cemetery, Jerome Avenue Entrance, 3800 Jerome Ave., Williamsbridge, Bronx.


Earth Day Celebration Celebrate our planet with composting, green roofs activity-demos, pollinators & native Plants activity, reading nook, planting projects, H20 Mad Science, and more. Saturday, April 20, 12 – 4 pm. All ages. Roy Wilkins Park, 177th St & Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.


Bengali New Year at Queens Center Mall In honor of the Bengali New Year, Queens Center Mall is hosting a celebration organized by Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts & Queens Center Mall that will include mesmerizing Bangladeshi songs, dance, and the art of traditional Boishakhi Mask Making. Sunday, April 21, 2 – 4 pm. All ages. Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, Queens.


Earth Day Native Planting Party Experience nature in a hands-on and fun way with a hike discussing pollinators and plants and take home your planted seed to start your own native plant garden. Monday, April 22, 1 – 2 pm. All ages. Blue Heron Park, Poillon Ave., Great Kills, Staten Island.


Nature Puppet Show See some nature-themed puppet shows and learn more about animals that can be found in our local parks. Wednesday, April 24, 1 – 2:30 pm. All ages. Crotona Nature Center, 1702 Crotona Ave., Bronx Park South, Bronx.


Ranger Games. Spend an afternoon of fun playing and learning new and exciting nature games. Wednesday, April 24, 1 – 2 pm. All ages. Walker Park, Bard Ave. and Delafield Place, West Brighton, Staten Island.

Magnetic Archery Aim for an afternoon of fun when you learn the art of archery with the Urban Park Rangers. Wednesday, April 24, 2 – 3:30 pm. Ages 8 and older. Rappaport Playground, 5202 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., Borough Park, Brooklyn.

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