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Summer Programs: Lower Manhattan
Say hi to the Statue of Liberty (maybe from a free Staten Island Ferry) then enjoy art, dance, drums, gardening and other family fun with a view.
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Strings on Hudson

August 3 – August 24
Thursday, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Battery Park, Battery Place between State Street & Whitehall St

Watch – and try – different ballroom dance styles accompanied by live music in Battery Park City’s new al fresco classical music series on the Hudson Waterfront.

Light Play

June 15 – August 24
Thursday, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
Governors Island, Governors Island

Explore light, get creative and play in the HoloCenter on Governors Island. This kids program encourages creativity and scientific investigation. Take the 10 am or 11 am Governors Island Ferry from 10 South Street, Manhattan.

Preschool Art

July 6 – September 7
Thursday, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, River Terrace & Warren Street

Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, paint, and everyday recyclable materials, transforming them into age-appropriate projects planned by and art educator/artist.

Children’s Basketball

July 11 – September 18
Monday, 3:30 am–5:15 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, River Terrace & Warren Street

Perfect your jump shot, develop you on-court vision, and play. Adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun and challenging drills to improve skills. Closed-toe shoes required. Ages 5–6 at 3:30pm, 7 & older at 4:15 pm.

Art + Games

July 12 – September 7
Thursday, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, River Terrace & Warren Street

Kids ages 5 & up are invited to participate in creative art activities including painting, collage, clay, group art projects, and partipcate in lawn games such as tag, hula hoop races, running games, and tug-of-war or kids can make up their own games using everything from parachutes to asteroid-balls.

Soccer in Rockefeller Park

July 18 – September 12
Tuesday, 2:45 pm–5:30 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, River Terrace & Warren Street

Learn the pass, dribble and shoot. Close-toed shoes required. Ages 3-4 at 2:45 pm, 5–7 at 3:30 pm, 8-11 at 4:30 pm.

Young Sprouts Gardening

August 1 – September 26
Tuesday, 3:15 pm–3:45 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, River Terrace & Warren Street

Children 3-5 years old (with accompanying adults) learn to plant and do nature projects in this weekly introduction to organic gardening. Space is limited; arrive early.

Preschool Play

July 10 – October 31
Monday–Wednesday 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park, 20 Battery Place

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.

Sunset Jam on the Hudson

July 14 – August 25
Friday, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park, 20 Battery Place

Join a drumming circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided or bring your own.

Family Ecology Sail

June 18 – September 10
Sunday, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
South Street Seaport, Fulton & Front Streets

See the sights of New York Harbor from the decks of the historic 130-year-old schooner PIONEER. Explore what lives under the surface of the harbor and sail past the Statue of Liberty. Drag a trawl net and bring up fascinating organisms to meet (before they are let go). Bring your own food and drink.

Seaport Summer Music

July 6 – September 7
Thursday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
South Street Seaport, Fulton & Front Streets

Catch cool sounds from emerging local artists at the Seaport District’s Summer Stage, located on the corner of Fulton and Front Street.

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