Where To Watch The World Cup With The Kids

Does your family have World Cup fever? Luckily, NYC has no shortage of great spots to catch the Cup games for free in public spaces. So grab some snacks and hope for a goooooal with our fave places to watch some summer soccer!

Governors Island: For the first time ever, Governors Island is throwing an official public viewing party for the world cup! Catch your favorite teams to the back drop of the New York City skyline. Kids will love the “fun zone,” designed by the city’s newest professional soccer team, New York FC, complete with soccer-themed games and activities! Schedule here. govisland.com

Bryant Park: For a viewing spot closer to home, visit Bryant Park’s Southwest Porch. Monday through Friday the park will air select games in the fresh open summer air. You can even vote on the games you want to see here! In addition, every Sunday, kids can fill up their sticker albums with the Panini Sticker Swap! Due to other park events, not all games with have audio. Check here to see which ones will be mute. bryantpark.org

Paley Center New York: Come watch live screenings of the Cup on the Paley Center’s big screen, for a comfortable indoor viewing experience. Games will air live now through July 11 and are free of charge to the public! Schedule here.  paleycenter.org

Restaurants Around the City: It’s no secret that plenty of NYC’s eateries are offering fun specials for the Cup games–and there’s no shortage of great listings online to consult. Many publications even list their favorite spots categorized by where to watch based on the team you’re rooting for. Check out DNAinfo, CBS Local, and Grub Street for great recommendations that go beyond just bars (which obviously aren’t conducive to family fun).

Under The Archway: In creative DUMBO, the space under the Manhattan Bridge has been commandeered for World Cup viewing.  Schedule here.