Top 5 Family Friendly Activities to Do With Children in NYC This Summer

Summer is a magical season in New York City, with warm weather and long sunny days making it an ideal time to get outside and enjoy yourself. The summer is a particularly exciting time for families, as a wealth of fun new activities crop up around the five boroughs. From outdoor festivals to exciting museum exhibits, these New York events are sure to keep the whole family entertained.

Go Green! Brooklyn Festival: Teach your kids about the great things they can do to help save the planet with a trip to the Go! Green! Brooklyn Festival at McCarren Park in Williamsburg on June 2nd. At this unique eco-friendly fest, kids can enjoy local food, music, and art, and participate in everything from fitness challenges to demonstrations about eco-friendly living.

Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History: Want to foster a lifelong love of learning in your children? All it takes is a trip to the American Museum of Natural History this summer. The museum’s Discovery Room is a particular source of fascination for little ones, who can explore fossils, skulls, minerals, and artifacts, in addition to participating in exciting activities, like putting together a life-sized model of a Pretosuchus, a Triassic reptile.

Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show: Enjoy a fun night out with your little ones in Riverside Park by catching a screening of a beloved children’s movie. Throughout July and August, you can catch some of your kids’ favorite films, like Toy Story 3CocoWALL-E, and Up while hanging out and enjoying a picnic under the stars.

The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image: If your kids can’t get enough of The Muppets and Sesame Street, they’ll be blown away by The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. This exciting exhibit explores everything from Henson’s work on Sesame Street to Labyrinth, with a massive collection of 300 objects from his career—including 47 of his famous puppets—on display.

Science Saturday at Hudson River Park: If your little ones love science, they’ll flip for Science Saturday at Hudson River Park. This summer, on June 2nd, July 14th, and August 11th, kids can explore the natural world around them, from checking out things they’ve found under a microscope to watching science experiments put on by the event’s educators. Better yet, this exciting event is free, making it a perfect budget-conscious activity for families big and small.

Regardless of whether you’re there for a week or call the city home full-time, summer in New York City can be an exhilarating experience for the whole family. This summer, there’s a fun, family-friendly activity to suit virtually interest—all you have to do is head out.

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