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Free Summer Activities for Kids

Here's a list of free facilities and programs around New York City where kids can learn new things and have fun this summer: 

Have some fun in the sun! Bring the kids to one of our 55 free outdoor pools, with lifeguards and Parks staff on duty.

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We're offering free meals to children under 19 years of age at most of our parks, playgrounds, and pools. An ID is not required.

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Our staff lead four to seven hours of free activities, including organized sports, games, and fitness demos, in some parks and playgrounds.

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Want to get the kids outside? This program offers free, drop-in sports lessons for kids of all ages at select parks across New York City.

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During the summer we offer free Learn to Swim classes in all five boroughs. Experienced swimmers can join a swim team at a rec center.

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Our free digital arts programs teach kids and teens helpful tools for multimedia, arts, and digital technology.

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During the summer, our Urban Park Rangers host free overnight camping adventures in our parks. We'll teach you how to set up a tent and start a fire before we take you on a night hike through the park. We'll bring the tents and s'mores!

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We're offering free sports clinics, including street hockey, flag football, wiffle ball, tennis, and basketball, in the Bronx for kids.

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Rec center memberships for kids are free! There are centers in every borough with basketball courts, libraries, game rooms, dance studios, and fun activities that kids will love. Find a rec center near you and click through to the schedule to see what the center offers.

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Free Events for Kids

Find upcoming free events for kids in NYC's parks.

 View the events calendar

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