Family activities to do in NYC before summer ends

Have you decided on your late summer plans with your children yet?

Don’t worry if you haven’t; there are still great activities that can help your whole family learn, grow, and have fun at the same time. Read on for Dearest’s top picks for fun New York City summer activities for you and your children.



Broadway Hits for Free in Bryant Park. Watch scenes from some of the most exciting Broadway shows this year. Just stop by Bryant Park and indulge you your kids. Previous offerings include Wicked, Chicago, Matilda and Something Rotten! The best thing about it is that it’s completely free. The event is ongoing until August 11, 2017.


Summer in the Square. Summer in the Square returns to Union Square Park with a line-up of free family-friendly activities and entertainment. Children’s shows, books to read, coloring activities, games, kids yoga and fitness classes, sing-a-longs, and dancing with kids bands like Hot Peas n’ Butter, story Pirates, Josh & The Jamtones… find all of the above and more every Thursday. This runs until August 10, 2017.  

Outdoor Play. Before the cooler weather of Fall sets in, enjoy the warm days of summer while they last. Enjoy the outdoors to the fullest while getting vitamin D. Explore the top 25 playgrounds (according to TimeOut) in NYC with your children.

Exhibitions & Museums. Museums in New York offer exciting programs for children of all ages during the summer. Take your children to a museum of their interest, and they’re bound to have their curiosity satisfied! Check out the Met’s family activities section or MoMA’s fantastic Art Lab, or explore these special exhibits below:

Let’s Dance! @ Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Bounce, glide, or leap your way to CMOM’s exhibition and dance space. Let your children engage in interactive video installation and be immersed in the various histories, styles, and forms of dance. They can experiment with dancing in colors and shadows projected onto a “stage” wall while exploring light design with child-friendly lighting boxes.  Be a choreographer with your child and create beats and rhythms with them. If your children like dance, music, or art, or simply want to hang out in a joyful space, this is where to go.

Mummies @ American Museum of Natural History. Have your children ever wondered about the secrets of mummies when you read them myths of pharaohs and stories of archaeological discovery? This special exhibition at AMNH will bring you face to face with some really ancient mummified individuals, and reveal how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning insights about mummies and their cultures. Compare how ancient Egyptians and Peruvians were mummified and figure out who they really were in life. Sounds exciting? Take your little scientists there now - it’s open until January 2018.

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