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Don’t despair if you’re having a sweaty summer in the city – check out our free summer programs guide for cool NYC cultural activities for all ages. We’ve organized the mostly outdoor enrichment and entertainment by day-of-the-week, by neighborhood, and in a searchable calendar. We’re still gathering info on the plethora of public programs around town, so please let us know your favorite summertime events. And lots of special events each week featuring free music, art, and performances fun for the whole family. All events are free unless noted otherwise.

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Wednesday

Hippo Playground Music Series: Sweetbeatz

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Follow up a free concert of soulful songs for city kids by splashing among the fun hippo statues. Music happens rain (inside the Hippo Playground Park House) or shine.

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Uptown Bounce

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

Join the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio for a festival taking place four consecutive Wednesday evenings featuring music, gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, and local food. This week learn the New York Hustle and enjoy live music, chalk art on our sidewalks, interactive performances, and more. Advanced registration required for each event.

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Thursday

Summer On The Hudson Children's Performance Series: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre present ‘Tales of Brier Rabbit’ on scenic Pier 1. The pier is breezy but unshaded, so bring sunscreen.

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Broadway In Bryant Park

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy excerpts from current Broadway and Off-Broadway shows performed by cast members.

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Saturday

Summer Streets

7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lafayette & Park Avenue (Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street)

For the next three Saturdays, nearly seven miles of NYC streets will be car-free so all ages can play, run, walk and bike. Lots of cool activities at the rest stops along the way including free bike helmets and rentals, yoga and fitness classes for all ages, live interactive music, parkour demonstrations, crafts, face painting, free treats and – new this year – a giant water slide (ages 5 & up, register in advance online).

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Madison Square Park Art Yard: Recycled Sculpture Workshop with Cheryl Paswater

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Explore the world of recycled junk art with artist Cheryl Paswater. Create junk boat artwork, while drawing inspiration from Brooklyn-based artist Swoon. Part of weekly summer series.

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Word for Word Kids: Cowboy Sing-a-Long with Hopalong Andrew

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Do-si-do to folk songs, fireside ballads, and cowboy favorites from a one-man band, with guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a vintage Samsonite suitcase drum. Be sure to catch a spin on the charming Le Carrousel ($3).

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SummerStage: Dr. John & the Nite Trippers / Amy Helm

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (Fifth Avenue & 69th Street)

Get down to blues, rock and gospel from Dr. John, a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and singer/songwriter/mandolin-player Amy Helm.

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Sunday

Celebrate American Family Day at CMA

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)

Free with museum admission ($11/ages 1-65, free/ages under 1 & 65+)

Create art as a family. Contribute to larger than life collaborative animal sculpture inspired by Jeff Koons and Robert Bradford, create miniature dioramas of favorite getaway places, participate in WEE Arts workshops, make busts at the Clay Bar, record a Family Jam in the Sound Booth, and more.

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Lincoln Center Out Of Doors: Opening Doors - Celebrating Immigrant New York

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

See music and dance performance traditions from some of the New York City immigrant communities that witnessed robust growth after passage 50 years ago of the Hart-Celler Act, a landmark immigration bill that forever changed the demographic makeup of America and opened doors for immigrants from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and parts of Europe.

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Harlem Meer Performance Festival

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

This summer lakeside concerts series features international and local musicians playing in a variety of easy-to-dance-to styles including Latin and jazz. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to listen on a lawn.

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SummerStage: Brasil Summerfest

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (Fifth Avenue & 69th Street)

Groove to roster of acclaimed Brazilan musicians (Nação Zumbi, Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa and DJ sets by Vinil Pompéia) in a casual outdoor setting.

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Monday

SummerStage Kids: Sugar Free Allstars

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Morningside Park (W 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue)

Enjoy an outdoor concert by Sugar Free Allstars, a Family Funk super duo from Oklahoma City.

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Hudson Riverkids: The Pop Ups

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Pier 25 (225 North Moore Street)

See New York City family performers overlooking the Hudson. This week enjoy an interactive concert by The Pop Ups.

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Tuesday

SummerStage Kids: Ebony Hillbillies

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Columbus Park (55 Mulberry Street)

Enjoy an outdoor concert with one of the last black string bands in the U.S, who bring history alive with the vibrant sound of Americana.

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Wednesday

Wild Wednesdays

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

Explore the natural world with hands-on activities, art, and touchable specimens. The engaging Children’s Workyard Kit is also available for young builders to create vehicles, forts, creatures, and machines out of wood planks, nuts, and bolts. Takes place rain or shine underneath the 14th Street Passage (home of food vendors selling delicious tacos, artisanal ice pops, and other seasonal treats).

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Uptown Bounce

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

Join the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio for a festival taking place four consecutive Wednesday evenings featuring music, gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, and local food. This week learn the New York Hustle and enjoy live music, chalk art on our sidewalks, interactive performances, and more. Advanced registration required for each event.

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Seashore Baby

Get ready for the beach with this adorable board book with delightful rhyming text and flaps hiding a baby and animals having fun in the sun.

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Featured Deals


Extra 25% Off Tea Collection’s Summer Sale

Get an extra 25% off Tea Collection’s sale, which already has savings of up to 65% off the India Collection and more than 50% off the Citizen Blue Collection. We love Tea’s adorable, comfortable clothes for boys, girls & babies and just bought some colorful dresses, leggings, shorts, swim trunks and super-cute baby presents.


Free Shakespeare In The Park Tickets

See the rarely-produce Shakespearean fairytale Cymbeline running through August 23rd at the lovely Delacorte Theater in Central Park. You could have a long picnic with your kids to wait in line for tix, but we prefer visiting publictheater.org each morning (before noon) to quickly enter the virtual ticket lottery. Chances are slim but we have won in the past and enjoyed great theater al fresco.


$5 Off Mabel’s Labels Back to School Combos

School is less than two months away – get ready to keep track of all those books, backpacks, shoes, jackets, and lunch containers with $5 off durable, waterproof labels. Customize with a range of designs and colors. Three packs availble for $37 each for different ages and stuff.


Broadway Week

Get two-for-one tickets to select Broadway shows September 7-20. Kid-friendly options include The Lion King, Wicked, The King and I, Aladdin and Matilda. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 19 at 10:30 am; some shows sell out quickly. Buy at the theater box office if you can to avoid high service charges.



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