There’s always something fun happening – performances, classes, games, ice skating in the winter and an outdoor reading room the rest of the year – at this lush midtown oasis with perhaps the cleanest public bathrooms in the city.
* See the daily calendar for upcoming family-friendly activities, from juggling lessons to lunchtime piano concerts.
* Take an indoor break and check out free exhibits at the grand in-park New York Public Library.
This small, charming carousel, specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, is an homage to both European and American carousel traditions. Its 14 delightful animals, replicas of classic carousel horses plus frogs, bunnies and and more, revolve to the sounds of French cabaret music. The rounding boards, inspired by Bryant Park’s elegant barouque-style torchères along 40th Street, blend into the leafy canopy of the park’s London Plane trees.
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To-go kiosks feature favorite savory and sweet treats in one lovely location. Choose from bureks and chocolate Babka from Bread Bakery, salad and mint lemonade from Le Pain Quotidien and wafels and ice cream from Wafel and Dinges (or all of the above). Lots of tables and chairs available or picnic on the lovely lawn.
If the weather is not cooperative with al fresco dining, take the food to the leaf-covered lobby of the Citibank on the northwest corner of 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue or visit Danish bakery Ole & Steen and French patisserie Angelina Paris across 40th Street at Sixth Avenue.
Relax and recharge at outdoor restaurant The Porch, located near the southern end of the Fountain Terrace. Dine on burgers, salads and more (plus a full bar for grown-ups) on swings and lounge furniture (daily 12-9 pm, weather permitting).
The more formal Bryant Park Grill features New American-style dining set behind the New York Public Library on the park’s Upper Terrace Bryant. Reservations suggested for the dining room, but the outdoor patio garden and rooftop garden are first-come-first-service. From mid April to November (weather permitting), the adjacent Bryant Park Café features a more casual new American-style menu and bar (daily 11:30am-8:30pm).
* Read books, newspapers, and magazines for all ages in the Reading Room open-air library among pretty flowers.
* Borrow chess, Connect Four, Sorry and other board games on the Fifth Avenue Terrace and play on ping pong tables, pétanque courts and putting greens.
* Get inspired by the urban life, flowers, and monuments of Bryant Park and create with free drawing and craft supplies for kids and adults. Materials are always changing, but drawing pencils, brush pens, charcoal, erasers, and sketch boards are generally available plus craft supplies, including crayons, colored pencils, markers, ribbon, glue, construction paper, stencils, beads, yarn, and coloring sheets.
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Bring a blanket and sit on Bryant Park’s lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a feature film.
The gravel area surrounding the Lawn opens 4 pm. Be prepared right to rush for a seat right at 5 pm when the Lawn opens. Films start at 8 pm.
Food and beverage curated by Hester Street Fair will be available for purchase on the Fountain Terrace starting at 4pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from Stout on the eastern end of the lawn starting at 5pm.
Family-friendly options include Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (June 13) and Hairspray (June 27) and Star Trek VIII: First Contact 9 (August 1).
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Enjoy live and in-person music, dance, and theater events produced in partnership with a diverse and storied lineup of New York City’s performing arts institutions including Carnegie Hall, Jazzmobile, New York City Opera, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Joe’s Pub, Emerging Music Festival, Accordion Festival, Asian American Arts Alliance, Steinway Artists and more.
Limited capacity on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ample seating available and free picnic blankets to borrow. Attendees may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the Lawn.
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All levels and ages are invited to experience the joy of movement and dance in weekly free classes led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company Limón Dance accompanied by live drumming.