FREE Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan Week of June 19

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FREE Events for Kids in Manhattan Find FREE kids events and family events in Manhattan this week, June 19, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on this week in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any free fairs or holiday festivals happening this week. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Swedish Midsummer Festival - Wagner Park
June 21, 2017 - Battery Park City

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. Photo courtesy of Jen Rodewald/Consulate General of Sweden in New York.

Make Music New York - Various venues citywide
June 21, 2017 - New York

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.

Summer on the Hudson: RiverFish Celebration - West Harlem Piers Park
June 24, 2017 - West Harlem

Summer on the Hudson and the Urban Park Rangers connect you to the life living within the Hudson River with catch-and-release fishing, The Fuzzy Lemons, Music with Patrick, and river-related arts and crafts. Fishing equipment will be provided.

Saltwater Fishing - West Harlem Piers Park
June 24, 2017 - West Harlem

Catch and release fishing in the Hudson River. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served

NYC Dance Week - Various New York City dance studios
Through June 24, 2017 - New York

NYC Dance Week is a project by Tendu Inc, organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, to promote diversity of dance in the City of New York. The organization provides free dance and fitness lessons to the community by partnering with local dance and fitness studios. There are also performances to watch. Advance registration required.

Family Camping - Inwood Hill Park
Through June 24, 2017 - Inwood

Camp out in the park with your family! Tents are provided. Space is limited and families are chosen by lottery. To enter your family in the lottery visit on Wednesday, June 14th.

SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series - Jackie Robinson Park
June 24, 2017 - Harlem

Rising star singers, soprano So Young Park, tenor Petr Nekoranec, and baritone Hyung Yun perform favorite arias and duets in a program, presented by the Met Opera with pianist Dan Saunders.

Storytime at Strand - Strand Book Store
Through June 24, 2017 - Union Square

Meet your favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities.

Discovery Walks for Families: Towering Trees - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
June 24, 2017 - Harlem

Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses.

Make It Verde! - High Line
June 24, 2017 - West Village/Meatpacking District

The High Line's monthly event for families returns. The first event is a co-presentation with the Lower East Side’s Loisaida Center. It will kick off the series with a day of dancing, music, and creating with recycled materials.

Sweet Spot POP + SHOP! - Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
June 24, 2017 - Sugar Hill

Sweet Spot Festival will once again partner with the the museum to celebrate the opening day of the Sugar Hill GreenMarket season. Featuring music, farmers with fresh produce, the Sweet Spot Pop-Up Shop's food & vintage vendors and interactive art making workshops for the kids.

Summer on the Hudson: SunGaze - Pier I, Riverside Park South
June 25, 2017 - Upper West Side

Gaze at the central star of our solar system using special safe scopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association.

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live - Riverside Park South
Through June 29, 2017 - Upper West Side

Musical story time for ages 5 and younger. Hosted by Moosiki Kids.

Swale, A Floating Food Forest - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 6
Through June 30, 2017 - Brooklyn Heights

Built from recycled materials and set atop a 130x40 foot barge, Swale was created with two goals in mind: to highlight the function of food as a public resource in cities and to show that recycled materials can be made into productive and aesthetically pleasing structures. Visitors to Swale will see persimmon, bok choy, yucca, onion, tomatillos, herbs and other perennial fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. Water to nourish the plants is taken directly from the East River and filtered through slow sand and activated carbon filters. Rainwater is collected from the rooftop of the Biome Arts Greenhouse Theater, a pavilion on the barge that serves as a performance space, activist meeting area, and artist gallery. Partnering with local schools and organizations, Swale will host a variety of interactive progams and events focused on sustainability and the environment, arts and culture, and health and wellness. Throughout its stay, visitors can attend yoga classes, performances, lectures, and workshops.

Madison Square Concerts for Kids - Madison Square Park
Through July 27, 2017 - Flatiron District

A series of interactive concerts on the Farragut Lawn as part of the Mad. Sq. Kids series. A fun mix of today's top kindie musicians. June 8: Tim & The Space Cadets. June 15: Michael & The Rockness Monsters. June 22: Alastair Moock. June 29: Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards. July 6: Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights. July 13: Mister G. July 20: The Not-Its! July 27: Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band

Free Shows at the Carousel - Pier 62 Carousel
Through July 30, 2017 - Chelsea

Every Sunday there are two performances next to the carousel, featuring fun magicians, jugglers and clowns. See website for listings.

Summer Movie Series - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through August 08, 2017 - Chelsea

Watch a free movie under the stars! Sit back on the ship's flight deck, and take in a great movie, the city skyline and a view of the Hudson. You're welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the show. The flight deck opens at 7pm, and the movie begins at sunset, weather permitting. Admission tickets (free of charge) will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis before the screening. Space is limited. The first movie of the season is of course Top Gun! July 11: Good Morning Vietnam. July: 18: Anchorman. July 25: Cocktail. August 1: The Martian. August 8: Back To The Future.

Citi Summer in the Square 2017 - Union Square
Through August 10, 2017 - Union Square

Every Thursday during the summer catch a mix of kids performances and activities in Union Square. Full schedule to be announced.

Open Play Community Day - ATLAS Foundation for Autism
Through August 12, 2017 - Chelsea

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children (in multiple communities) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*. However despite these numbers, families living with autism find it more difficult to get out and about. Every other Saturday ATLAS opens the doors of its 7,300 sq. ft. facility and welcomes members of the autism community and their families to drop in, play, gather & connect in a worry-free environment where acceptance is the norm. This event is free but donations of any amount are appreciated will help provide refreshments and materials for Open Play Community Days. Jan. 14 and 28 *Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children aged 8 years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2010.

Reading Room - Bryant Park
Through August 19, 2017 - Midtown

Summer program featuring music, magic, and visits from favorite literary characters. On June the series kicks off a performance by Justin the musician.

Outdoor Movie Night - Randall's Island Park
Through August 20, 2017 - Randall's Island

All summer catch outdoor movies surrounded by great views from Randall's Island. Every other week starting on May 28th. Most films are family friendly. May 28: 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' June 11: 'Despicable Me' June 25: 'Sing' July 9: 'Sister Act' July 23: 'Race' August 6: 'A League of Their Own' August 20: 'Motorcycle Diaries'

Madison Square Kids: Art in the Park - Madison Square Park, Sol LeWitt Lawn
Through August 22, 2017 - Flatiron District

A series of workshops led by artist instructors, where children can create their own Art in the Park. Children will have an opportunity to express their creativity while exploring the current Mad. Sq. Art exhibition: Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park.

Madison Square Kids: Story Time - Madison Square Park, Sparrow Lawn
Through August 23, 2017 - Flatiron District

Weekly story telling with a nature theme. Featuring a series of different story tellers including Story Laurie, New York Public Library and poet, actor, educator, and author Charles Waters.

CityParks Puppetmobile: 'Cinderella Samba' - Various NYC parks throughout Manhattan
Through August 30, 2017 - Manhattan

The Puppetmobile is back for the summer in parks across Manhattan. Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnival gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her. The lively production features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnival festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnival costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park. There are 12 dates in Manhattan between May and the end of August: May 20: Anne Loftus Playground. May 21: Seward Park. June 14: Jackie Robinson Park. June 18: Bennett Park. July 7: Al Smith Park. July 15: Fred Samuels Playground. July 17: Tony Dapolito Recreation Center. July 20: St. Vartan’s Playground. July 27: Union Square – South Plaza. August 12: at SummerStage in Central Park as a part of Family Day. August 30: J. Hood Wright Park.

Karaoke and Fireworks - Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk
Through September 01, 2017 - Coney Island

Enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel. Then watch the fireworks illuminate the sky! The party starts at 7pm and goes until 11pm. The fireworks show is at 9:30pm.

24th Annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival - Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Through September 03, 2017 - Central Park

Enjoy the best local talent on an outdoor stage at this free festival. Featuring established and emerging local artists in jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music and dance.

Anish Kapoor: Descension - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1 Entrance
Through September 10, 2017 - DUMBO

World-renowned artist Anish Kapoor’s Descension comes to New York for the first time as part of Public Art Fund’s 40th Anniversary season. Kapoor, known for sculptures like Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park, previously installed Descension at India’s Kochi-Muziris biennale in 2014 and at Versailles in 2015. Descension creates a negative space alive with energy, continuously in process, that invites audiences to peer into its depths. Through the piece, Kapoor blurs the boundaries between nature, landscape, and art, allowing us to perceive space differently.

Hudson RiverKids - Pier 62 and Pier 25 - Hudson River Park
Through September 14, 2017 - Tribeca

This popular program of kids entertainment has been extended to run at both Pier 62 and Pier 25 this year. The performances feature the best of kids entertainment on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer (excluding some dates). May 22 and 25: Kid Ace June 1 and 5: Story Pirates June 12 and 15: Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band June 19 and 22: Alastair Moock June 26 and 29: City Stomp July 6: Mil's Trills July 10 and 13: Mike Messer July 17 and 20: Tim Kubart July 24 and 27: Rolie Polie Guacamole July 31 and August 3: Bilingual Birdies Band August 7 and 10: Suzi Shelton August 14 and 17: Penny Jones Puppets August 21 and 24:Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band August 28 and 31: Mister G Sep. 7: Mil's Trills Sep. 11 and 14: The Pop-Ups

Live at the Archway Series - Archway under the Manhattan Bridge
Through September 28, 2017 - DUMBO

This 17-week concert series showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, presenting a broad range of music and performance genres including sizzling salsa, Colombian cumbia, swing dancing, world roots music, sultry R&B, an Italian modern dance troupe, puppetry, funk, DJs and more. It’s always all ages and happens rain or shine.

Art Lab: Nature - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 30, 2017 - Midtown

Discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multi-sensory installation. Create a nature-inspired design, draw and arrange natural materials, and explore nature discovery boxes. All ages welcome.

Storytelling in the Park - Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Through September 30, 2017 - Upper East Side

An annual Summer tradition, now in its 61st season. Gather at the famous statue for stories from a different story teller (or two, or more…). With folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more at this Central Park landmark. Come rain or shine. For listings see website. .

Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Island Park
Through October 14, 2017 - Randall's Island

Come discover the Randall’s Island Urban Farm with these discovery days. Meet the chickens and explore the farm, an expert will be on site to answer questions.

Big City Fishing - Hudson River Park - Pier 25
Through October 15, 2017 - Tribeca

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.

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Rockefeller Park
Through October 25, 2017 - Battery Park City

Energetic lawn games, and art projects, such as clay, collage, painting and group murals. Everything provided.

Art and Games - Rockefeller Park
Through October 26, 2017 - Battery Park City

Make art, play games, make friends and have fun. For ages 5 and older.

Preschool Play - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
Through October 31, 2017 - Battery Park City

Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers at this interactive play group on the lawn. Sing, listen to stories, play with toys and water.