Your June Must-Do List: Free & Fun Things to Do with Kids in NYC

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Sun’s out fun’s out! Welcome to summer in NYC, when people come out to play in parks, beaches, city streets and beyond. Things to do with the kids this month include Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, the Pride Parade, free music courtesy NYC Park’s Summerstage and BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, free movies in the parks and a whole lot more. Check out our favorite events and happenings this month, then consider packing up a picnic, dining outdoors or perhaps escaping to the Hamptons for a seaside day or two.

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Check Out The World Series of Darts
Big across the pond (where they take their dart games very seriously), competitive darts is coming to NYC. The players are colorful, the fans are even more so and one of the world champions is a lady! 

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Get rolling at World Biking Day
Join people for a leisurely spin on Randall’s Island to celebrate getting around on two wheels.

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Disney

See Moana at the Queens Botanical Garden
The Garden welcomes back its Movies in the Garden film series!

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Rock Out, Groove, Chill at Summerstage

Some shows are ticketed, but many are free! (And yes, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are playing June 15.) See the full lineup here.)

Take a Free Tour of Central Park’s Seneca Village
Seneca Village was the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre–Civil War New York.

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Hypnotica Studios via Wikimedia CC

Head to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade
It’s back! Hit the boardwalk on June 18.

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Kids Rock for Kids

Rock Out for a Good Cause With Kids Rock for Kids’ Come Together Festival featuring Laundry Day
Kids Rock for Kids, the organization that puts on rock shows by kids to benefit kids in need, presents COME TOGETHER from June 18-20. The first multi-day International Teen Music Festival, the event brings kids from around the world to perform in venues across New York City. The concerts will raise money for kids in crisis in both Ukraine and New York City. Come Together will include a free, outdoor concert at Brooklyn’s Old Stone House on June 18, and ticketed, all-ages shows headlined by Beacon High School’s own internationally acclaimed pop band, Laundry Day, at Roulette (June 19) and The Bell House (June 20).

Tickets for June 19 & 20 shows: $25 and up
June 18-20
Online: kidsrockforkids.com

See Free Outdoor Movies All Over the City

So, so, so many movies to see outside this summer. The Parks Department’s “Movies Under the Stars” series screens movies throughout the city. See the full lineup here. The Queens Botanical Garden welcomes families for kid-friendly Movie Nights this summer. Bryant Park’s popular film series returns starting June 13, and FYI, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View is back in July.

Support Local Makers at FAD
You can shop a rotating roster of handcrafted goods from over 50 makers, designers, and small businesses each weekend at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn’s Bococa.

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Celebrate Pride!
The NYC Pride Parade is on June 26 this year, but events are happening all month long, including ones for kids and families. See our family Pride picks here.

 

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Go Back in Time at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island
It’s not cheap, but it is fun! (This is the only one this summer.)

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Make Music New York

Take Part in Make Music New York
Now in its 16th year, Make Music New York is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. All of the performances take place annually on June 21st, the first day of summer and longest day of the year. Music makers of all ages and abilities perform in public plazas and parks, on sidewalks and in front of shops, and in partnership with cultural institutions and businesses across all five boroughs.

June 21, dawn to dusk
Throughout NYC
Online: makemusicny.org

 

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See GATHER: A series of monuments and rituals at Lincoln Center 
Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s participatory installations take over the outdoor spaces of Lincoln Center, filling the campus with color, light, dimension, and heart. More now than ever, art can remind us of our humanity, heal wounds, and bridge divides. Grounded in healing rituals from her Southeast Asian heritage, Phingbodhipakkiya invokes emotions of grief, hope, catharsis, joy, and connection in four moving installations. Visitors will reclaim space, foster belonging, and express their truth—finding a path forward. The installations are open to the public all day, and artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya will host scheduled interactive events each week on June 11, 12, 18, 25, 26 and July 3.

Throughout June, ending July 3
Lincoln Center
Upper West Side
Online: lincolncenter.org

 

Join Tinkergarten for a Free Day of Fun in Long Island City
Make nature crowns, contribute to community art, move and sing and make wishes for the summer season.

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Drop In For a Free Storytime in a Brooklyn Urban Meadow

Join librarians from the Williamsburgh Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to hear great books about nature read aloud. Everyone who comes will receive a gift bag with a blank notebook, a box of colored pencils, and a birdwatching guide by North Brooklyn birder Heather Wolf.

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