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Nature, science, sports: how to have free fun with children in New York


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Every parent wonders what to do with their children during the two long months between the end of one school year and the beginning of another. Gothamist highlights free things to do in New York City for the whole family.


Archery, hiking, canoeing are some of the main free activities available in the city for children and adults.

For nature and sports lovers

Free sports sections. City Parks Foundation offers free уроки football, tennis and golf once or twice a week in all areas from early July to early August, as well as daily fitness classes. Those interested must register online in advance.

The Parks Department provides outdoor activities at playgrounds throughout the city as part of the program Kids In Motionand Seminars and events.

Free kayaking. You can kayak in Manhattan on Pier 26 и Pier 96.

Kayak Staten Island run by volunteers. Here you can use kayaks for free throughout the summer.

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There is one in Queens Long Island City Community Boathouse и Community Boathouse in Rockaway.

In Brooklyn, visit Brooklyn Bridge Park, Red Hook Boaters or North Brooklyn Community Boathouse.

Free fishing. В Dana Discovery Center on 110th Street Kids can bring fishing rods and corn kernel bait for free fishing in "catch and release" on the river Haarlem-Meer.

Fishing is also available in Hudson river park.

Free trips. Go through the trail and explore urban forests, wetlands and grasslands in the Natural Areas Conservancy. Free trainings and excursions are held here.

Free garden. You can visit the picturesque Wave Hill in the Bronx and its lush gardens free on Thursdays.

For art lovers

Learn from the best. If your child is interested in the performing arts, visit Summer for the City at Lincoln Center. Here professionals from the New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey teach choreography.

Lincoln Center's program also includes musical stories with Thorgy Thor from “RuPaul's Drag Race” и Big Umbrella Festival, as well as workshops and performances specifically for children and families.

Theater. Famous for now Delacorte Theater in Central Park is under reconstruction, public theater will introduce Shakespeare in the Park in areas throughout the city until June. Hip to Hip Theater Company will present productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Winter's Tale in Queens in August. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be shown in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. IN Brooklyn Bridge Park will pass Free productionsdesigned for the whole family.

Museums. Visit MoMa for free for children under 16 years old. Here you can find audio guides and art quests that are convenient for them. Brooklyn museum Available free for children under 19 years of age. The Metropolitan has made free admission for children under 12 years old, and children and their guardians can visit 81st Street Studio.

Puppet shows. PuppetMobile will take place throughout June from Cinderella Samba.

For science lovers

Aim for the Moon. Intrepid Museum in Manhattan holds summer Fridays from 17:00 pm to 21:00 pm. The entrance is free.

Visitors can watch films in the cockpit. This year's films revolve around the moon.

She is the subject of the museum’s newest exhibition: “Apollo: when we went to the moon».

Do it yourself В New York Public Library children can learn about gravity, acceleration and force in special workshops on ziplines, fundamentals of engineering using robots or having built Metro. Queens public library offers art balloons, magic and more. Harlem Week in Manhattan will host a youth hackathon for middle and high school students in mid-August.

Closer to nature. Children who love to tinker with plants can go to Heritage Farm Snug Harbor on Staten Island on Saturdays. On Sundays they have the opportunity to visit for free Brooklyn Grange Rooftop in Sunset Park, where they have to explore insects.

Animal world. Bronx zoo offers free admission on Wednesdays. They give visitors access to the park, but not to the rides. New york aquarium at Coney Island, free on Wednesday afternoons. Visitors must register in advance.

For lovers of reading

Get busy books. Brooklyn Public Library conducts “Read with a Therapy Dog” in various time and in different places.

В Queens public library there are plenty of book clubs and events, from teen manga to creative writing workshops. Children will be able to lobby for their favorite novels in library book battle.

For lovers of history and communication

Help your neighbor. Collaborate with non-profit organizations Service Collective for support local community.

Listen for inspiration. The city just launched a new one audio tour entitled "More Than A Brook: Brooklyn Abolitionist Heritage Walk" It tells the story of the resistance and Underground Railroad in Brooklyn Heights, Fulton Ferry, Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene Preservation.

Commission also organizes walking tours by Crown Heights, Grand Concourse and Times Square.

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