5+ FREE activities to do in NYC with your family this Summer


I love getting media updates from the people at NY  Waterway.  This month's calendar (some activities through September) has a lot of great family friendly activities I just had to share.  I mean... how can you beat a FREE activity in NYC?

City of Water Day


Saturday, July 15th 10am-4pm

Free Family Festival City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Govenors' Island and elsewhere.

Get out on our waterfront—and on the water—with the Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day! Now in its tenth year, this free, family-oriented celebration of the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront has grown into the region’s biggest harbor festival.

Held on Governors Island, New York and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun.

Information about multiple locations can be found online.



Through September 22nd

Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks.

The calendar of events and details are online.

NYC Locations as listed online.

Broadway in Bryant Park


July 6th - August 10th

Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits on Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park.

Bryant Park, W42nd St.


Summer Movie Series


July 11th - August 8th

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 7:00pm, 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.

Pier 86, W 46th St. & 12th Ave.




July 9th - 30th

Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes. The Sculpture Garden closes at 10:00 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Museum’s 54 Street entrance will open at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden. The Garden Bar, located on the northeast end of the Sculpture Garden, features a selection of homemade snacks, as well as wine, craft beer, and cocktails. In the event of rain, the Garden Bar is closed.


Kids Ride the Ferry FREE


July 5th - September 4th

All summer kids under 12 ride free on ALL NY Waterway ferry routes.

NY Waterway Website

*Kids Ride Free offer valid for children under 12 years of age for ALL routes.  Except for the NJT Special Hoboken Ferry service. Restrictions apply. Limit two children for each paying adult. No limit to the number of free trips. Offer good July 5th through September 4, 2017 and may be changed without notice. Ferry frequency and trip lengths vary.

You can also find some great savings by booking tickets with the NY Waterway "Your Key to the City" program.  Make sure to check it out!