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Saturday, Aug. 19 (See map view)

Kids under 12 years old ride free on all NY Waterway ferries, including those serving The Hudson Loop, a 10 mile biking and walking trail. and visit urban waterfronts - the West Side of Manhattan and the Hudson County waterfront in Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City, linked by NY Waterway ferries. The Loop runs from Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan, north on the Hudson River Park walkway/bikeway …

Various times.

Nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation.

7 am to 1 pm.

Families can volunteer with the Stewards of Henry Hudson Park. Start your Saturday mornings and help to amplify its beauty and sustain community with general cleanups and gardening. Rain or shine, there will be something for everyone to do at this unique park! Volunteers under 18- years-old are required to present a signed guardian’s consent to participate or have a chaperone present. Walk-ons …

8 am to noon.

Join us for free yoga for children and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children’s instructor. All children are welcome with a parent or caregiver. Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat.

9 am to 9:45 am.

Visitors of all ages are invited to design and build with an array of blocks including Magna-Tiles, Imagination Playground, Kapla Planks, and more. Block play supports critical social and cognitive skills in early childhood- everything from team building, creative thinking and problem solving to spatial reasoning and pre-engineering concepts. Different scales of blocks enable hands of all sizes to …

10 am to 1 pm.

Children make inspired artwork. Learn about Kehinde Wiley, Titus Kaphar, Alma thomas and Ebony Patterson.

10 am to noon.

Paddle in the East River. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

10 am to 3 pm.

As part of Wave Hill’s Honey Weekend, this classic Family Art Project lets kids outfit themselves with wings, antennae, a pollen cup and a kazoo to buzz with. Join in a bee parade and do a bee dance in a cardboard hive.

10am to 1 pm.

Artwork created by the world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly is on view at the New York Botanical Garden, in a show that features 20 installations and includes the artists’ drawings and early works. The Garden’s dramatic landscape becomes the living canvas for works showcasing Chihuly’s signature shapes in brilliant colors.


Bike riding classes and bike skills training for family and adults of all ages: 10 years and older. Please note:

10 am to noon.

Using Chihuly’s glass sculptures as a foundation, kids can explore the shapes and colors of plants in the Garden. Find inspiration in the vivid colors and patterns of nature throughout the Garden’s landscape, and craft a habitat to house your own air plant.

10 am to 5:30 pm.

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30’x50’ pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

10 am to 6 pm.

The exhibit explores pilotless aircraft and the history of drone technology. Visitors can fly actual drones and explore the use of drones in police and fire departments, fashion, and art.

10 am to 6 pm.

This U.S. premiere of the exhibit uses hands-on activities to explore mass, energy, simple machines, architecture and other science topics. Twenty hands-on exhibits place museum visitors inside the world of the Angry Birds games. Using giant slingshots, kids and adults of all ages can propel balls adorned with the images of Angry Birds characters to test structures. Visitors can also build and race …

10 am to 6 pm.

Using Chihuly’s glass sculptures as a foundation, explore the shapes and colors of plants in the Garden. Find inspiration in the vivid colors and patterns of nature throughout the Garden’s landscape, and craft a habitat to house your own air plant.

10 am to 5:30 pm.

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

10 am to 4pm.

Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. Create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention with Discovery Docents. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages.

10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

This free workshop is designed for children aged 3 – 5 with autism spectrum disorder, and their parents and siblings. Families will explore the fascinating world of insects and use materials to create their own crawly friend. Educators at the workshop are trained to work with kids with differences. The workshop includes a small teacher-to-student ratio. preregistration required.

10:30 am to noon.

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre presents three classic tales from Hans Christian Andersen "The Princess and the Pea," “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Ugly Duckling.” For children ages 3 to 9.

10:30 am and 2 pm.

Discover new tools to make bubbles of all sizes. Design and make your own bubble-making tool from everyday objects and materials.

10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

The South Street Seaport Museum has a new exhibition, "Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners." The exhibit features ship models, artifacts and memorabilia from ocean liners, giving visitors an in-depth look at the dramatic differences between ship travel for millionaires in First Class and immigrants in Third Class.


Explore and learn about the great variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, chickens, and even rice paddies at our Urban Farm. Ask our Urban Farmers about all that’s growing!

11 am to 5 pm.

New Yorkers of all ages have listened to Andersen tales and other stories, folktales, and fairytales from around the world told by a group of brilliant storytellers at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park.

11 am to noon.

History comes alive as you explore a new theme in the garden or historic farmhouse each month. Educators assist you and your family to explore what life was like in rural Brooklyn and investigate clues to the past. Touch old artifacts, examine the historic architecture, and get to know one of Brooklyn’s first families, the Wyckoffs. Come back each month to try out new hands-on or seasonal activities …

11 am – 3 pm.

Make art during the summer with hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences! The open outdoor space of the Free Arts Island Outpost beckons you to come collaboratively create! Young artists will be inspired and challenged to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums. This is a space to invent, adapt, and transform your relationship to art and the art making …

11 am to 3 pm.

Come fly a kite at this festival for all ages! Celebrate simple fun with live music and free kite-making for children (kites while supplies last).

Noon to 5 pm.

Presented in partnership with The Queens Bookshop Initiative There’s nothing like a good story to get the imagination working. Join The Queens Bookshop Inititative every third Saturday from June through September for Storytime in the Park! They will begin with traditional storytime, reading children’s books that explore the joy of art and creativity, with some even written by local Queens …

Noon to 2 pm.

Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park and visit the giant aquarium filled with East River critters, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the reading corner, and so much more.

1 pm to 5 pm.

Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.

1 pm to 2:30 pm.

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software! Space is limited, recommended for children 10 years and older.

1:30 pm.

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