Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FREE things to do in NYC with your kids

Free Things to Do August 2011

Monday August 1 Arrive early to snag a spot at the Bryant Park Film Festival. Tonight's movie: Cool Hand Luke, a great way to introduce tweens to the work of the late, great Paul Newman. FREE
Tuesday, August 2 Stroll through the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden gratis. The flower spot offers free admission on Tuesdays all summer. FREE
Wednesday, August 3 The Bari Koral Family Rock Band croons in Seward Park on the Lower East Side. FREE
Thursday, August 4 Catch an outdoor screening of An American Tale at Brooklyn Bridge Park's annual summer movie series, which continues on Thursdays through September 1. FREE
Friday, August 5 See last year's hit animated flick How to Train Your Dragon in the West Village at River Flicks for Kids. The series continues on Fridays through August 19. FREE
Saturday, August 6 Walk, run or bike ride through Manhattan's car-free but activity packed Summer Streets, which kick off today and continue for two more consecutive Saturdays. FREE
Sunday, August 7 Enjoy no-cost admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Zoo in honor of Heart of Brooklyn's 10th anniversary. FREE
Monday, August 8 Head to the Bronx's Slattery Playground for the Roz & Val Show. FREE
Tuesday, August 9 Hit the NYPL's Children's Center to make a card for Winnie-the-Pooh, who turns 90 this month. FREE
Wednesday, August 10 Explore the Staten Island Zoo gratis from 2-4:45pm. The animal spot offers free admission on Wednesday during those hours all summer long. FREE
Thursday, August 11 Learn the basics of Brazilian martial arts form Capoeira in Inwood Hill Park. The complimentary classes take place on Thursdays through August 24. FREE
Friday, August 12 Go stargazing in Inwood Hill Park tonight and every other Friday evening all summer long. Equipment provided. FREE
Saturday, August 13 Punch buggy! Check out the vintage vehicles on display at the NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governors Island. FREE
Sunday, August 14 Head to Flushing Meadows Park for the annual weekend-long Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. FREE
Monday, August 15 Hot enough for you? Better hit one of these awesome city sprinklers to cool down. FREE
Tuesday, August 16 Hit the High Line for silly stories told by the New York Public Library. FREE
Wednesday, August 17 Learn how the Brooklyn Bridge was made courtesy of CityScience. R.S.V.P. required. FREE
Thursday, August 18 Marvel at the magic of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, which mounts a show in Riverside Park today. FREE
Friday, August 19 Rent a bike for free on Governors Island, part of Bike and Roll's Free Bike Fridays. FREE
Saturday, August 20 Go make then fly a kite at Riverside Park's FlyNYC Kite Festival. FREE
Sunday, August 21 Take advantage of car-free streets in Astoria thanks toWeekend WalksClick here for a complete schedule of summer dates. FREE
Monday, August 22 Explore Section 2 of the High Line now that the hubbub has died down.
Tuesday, August 23 Take the A train to Harlem for the Uptown Open: Summer Edition, starring members of Urban Word NYC's newly crowned 2011 Slam Team. FREE
Wednesday, August 24 It's the last week to enjoy a free family flick at Clearview Cinemas Summer Kids' Club. Today, catch Shrek 4 in Chelsea and Marmadukeon the Upper East Side. FREE
Thursday, August 25 Visit the always free National Museum of the American Indian. FREE
Friday, August 26 Try your hand at juggling with a no-cost lesson in Bryant Park. Equipment is provided. FREE
Saturday, August 27 Help kick off the US Open at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Families can enjoy free tennis clinics, meet the pros and even play a game or two. FREE
Sunday, August 28 Enjoy art and haiku at Central Park's A Clearing in the Forest family performance series, which occurs every other Sunday throughout summer. FREE
Monday, August 29 Go natural at Staten Island's Salt Marsh Nature Center or one of the other city-run institutions. FREE
Tuesday, August 30 Join 300 New York's Kids Club at Chelsea Piers and bowl for free once a day before 5pm through September 4. The shoes are free, too! FREE
Wednesday, August 31 Kiss August goodbye with a double header in the Bronx:The Bronx Zoo offers pay-what-you-wish admission on Wednesdays and theNew York Botanical Garden is free all day. FREE

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