FREE Big City Fishing
WHEN: Sundays, June 4-Oct. 15, 11am
WHERE: Hudson River Park, Pier 25, 225 West St., Tribeca
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: Each summer, Hudson River Park offers Big City Fishing, a free program, to those as young as five who are eager to learn both how to fish and about the Hudson River environment. Rods, reels, bait and instruction is provided. Beyond teaching fishing, the program also provides participants with a first-hand opportunity to learn about river ecology and the many fish species that can be found in the river.
WANT TO GO? 212-627-2020. hudsonriverpark.org.
Gateway Storytime at the AMNH
WHEN: Select dates through June 19, 10:15am and 11:15am
WHERE: American Museum of Natural History: Discovery Room, Central Park West and 79th Street, Upper West Side
AGES: Story hour for ages 2-5
WHAT: Space is limited and tickets are distributed at the Discovery Room on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 10:15am and 11:15am. All visitors must have general admission tickets to obtain Gateway Storytime passes.
WANT TO GO? $25; $17 seniors; $12 students; free for children younger than 12. 212-769-5100. amnh.org.
FREE The Great Randall's Island Treasure Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, next to the Urban Farm, Field 62-63, Randall's Island
AGES: Young elementary and older
WHAT: Have an adventure on Randall's Island as you search for treasure. Learn to use a map and compass in this event in partnership with Hudson Valley Orienteering. It includes two orienteering courses—one for adults and one for children. There will also be arts and crafts, as well as light refreshments provided.
WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722. randallsisland.org.
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
WHEN: June 10-11, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, Madison Square Park
WHAT: The biggest food festival dedicated to all things BBQ returns to Madison Square Park. Founded in 2002 by Danny Meyer, Chef Kenny Callaghan, and Mark Maynard-Parisi, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party exists to bring America’s most destination-worthy barbecue to the heart of New York City. Featuring the best of U.S. pitmasters and chefs. There will also be free music to enjoy.
WANT TO GO? Free admission; food prices vary. 212-661-6640. bigapplebbq.org.
FREE 39th Annual Museum Mile Festival
WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, 6-9pm
WHERE: Museum Mile, Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th streets, Upper East Side
WHAT: Don't miss the 39th annual Museum Mile Festival, an open house stretching from 105th Street all the way down Fifth Avenue to 82nd Street. Attendees can walk the Mile between 82nd and 105th Streets while visiting seven of New York City's finest cultural institutions, which will be open free to the public throughout the evening. Several of the participating museums will offer outdoor art activities for children and entertainment, both inside the museums and on the streets.
WANT TO GO? 212-606-2296. museummilefestival.org.
FREE Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: 'Eschering Around' with Jürgen Richter Gerbert
WHEN: Friday, June 16, 6:30pm
WHERE: National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St., Murray Hill
WHAT: A monthly event where you can have fun at MoMath for free. Family Fridays are designed to bring families together to enjoy a diverse array of engaging mathematical activities, promoting interest and enthusiasm among kids and adults alike. The activities are designed so that all attendees, regardless of age, can participate on an equal footing.
WANT TO GO? 212-542-0566. in.momath.org/civicrm/event/info?id=1046&reset=1.
FREE Adventures NYC
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Central Park - Naumburg Bandshell, Mid-Park at 72nd Street, Central Park
WHAT: You don't have to leave the city to get adventurous this summer. Get ready to hike, bike, climb, and paddle at this event that celebrates the great outdoors. Full lineup TBA. A good Father's Day weekend activity. Activities will include zip lining, rock climbing, surfing using VR, and outdoor survival training. Expect crowds and lines so arrive early.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.
FREE Discovery Walks for Families: Living Laboratory
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 10am
WHERE: Central Park, Chess and Checkers House, 64th Street and Central Park, Central Park
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: Guided walk for families. Venture into the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, and investigate the design of this living laboratory. Discover what plants and animals call this secluded Park woodland their home. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? centralparknyc.org.
FREE Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 12-4pm
WHERE: Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge St., Lower East Side
WHAT: This annual block party celebrates Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican culture. From klezmer and Peking opera, to bomba and plena music. Plus kosher egg rolls, egg creams, empanadas, and other tasty traditional foods.
WANT TO GO? 212-219-0888. eldridgestreet.org.
FREE Freshwater Fishing
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 2-4pm
WHERE: Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues, Central Park
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Learn about fishing and the water ecosystems of New York. Participation is first-come, first-served.
WANT TO GO? 212-628-2345. nycgovparks.org.
Ice Cream Garden Social
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 1-3pm
WHERE: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 E. 61st St., Upper East Side
WHAT: Learn about ice-cream making, period toys and games, and historic tunes.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 for children 10 and younger. 212-838-6878. mvhm.org.
FREE NYC Kids Fest
WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 2-7pm
WHERE: Morningside Park, 113th Street and Manhattan Avenue, Morningside Heights (Enter Morningside Park at Manhattan Avenue and West 113th Street, behind The Cathedral of St. John the Divine)
WHAT: Uptown culture festival featuring performances and activities. This year's lineup includes the Galli Theater, Peruvian Scissor Dancers, NY Arabic Orchestra, Classical Theater of Harlem, face painting, and Zumba with professional dancer Karen Arceneau.
WANT TO GO? nyckidsfest.org.
Summer Garden Concert
WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St., Upper East Side
WHAT: Listen to this child-friendly live music while relaxing in the garden. Toma Iliev, a graduate of the Juilliard School, will enchant with a historically informed performance on Baroque and classical violin. Historic wooden toys will be placed in the garden after the concert for children to play with. Museum tour and complimentary beverages included.
WANT TO GO? $15; $5 for children younger than 12; free for children younger than 1. 212-838-6878. mvhm.org.
FREE Swedish Midsummer Festival
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, 5-8pm
WHERE: Wagner Park, Battery Place, Battery Park City
WHAT: Celebrate Midsummer, one of Sweden's most important days of the year, at this festival. At this unique celebration, adults and children come together to picnic in the grass, decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games and dance to authentic fiddle music.
WANT TO GO? swedenabroad.com.
FREE Make Music New York
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, see website for times
WHERE: Various venues citywide, see website for addresses
WHAT: Celebrate midsummer day with a festival of 1,000 plus free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs, on the longest day of the year. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 700 cities around the world making it a global celebration of music making. All of the events are free and open to everyone, making it a great day to make music, or just listen and watch, with all the family.
WANT TO GO? makemusicny.org.
FREE Outdoor Movie Night
WHEN: Sundays, June 11 and June 25, 8:30pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, Field 81, Randall's Island
WHAT: Throughout the summer catch outdoor movies surrounded by great views from Randall's Island. Close to Father's Day watch Despicable Me on June 11 and Sing on June 25.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899. randallsisland.org.