Free Summer Activities and Festivals for Kids – NYC – GoBambino

Looking for fun and free things to do with your kids? Here are some of our favorite upcoming activities! Download and browse the GoBambino app to book these activities free and stay updated with your family calendar on the app.

Museum Events

  1. The Rubin Museum – Family Sundays: Fire Bird Masks and Lanterns
    Rubin Museum Family Sundays
    • Who: Children ages 3 and up
    • What: Themed family-friendly crafty and artsy activities allowing children to explore their creativity. They can even take home their work after creating their masterpiece. Different themes every month –  “Treasures on Earth” (April), “Transcendent Tales” (May), “Spectacular Starscapes” (June), and “Inner Voyages” (July).
    • When: Sunday May 6 – Sunday July 29 (Every Sunday at 1:00 pm)
    • Where: Rubin Museum of Art Birthday Parties, Chelsea (150 W 17th St., New York, New York, 10011)
    • Link on app:  Family Sundays
  2. A Closer Look for Kids at MoMA
    • Who: Ages 5-10 with parent/caregiver
    • What: A unique opportunity for children and parents to engage in lively discussions and fun activities while examining modern and contemporary art. Introducing a new theme every month!
    • When: Saturday, May 5th 10:20 am
    • Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St., New York, New York)
    • Venue website:
    • *Note: Free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65+ with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Free tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 am the day of the program at the information desk in the Education and Research building (4 West 54th St.)
    • Link on App: MoMa Kids


  1. Urban Wildlife Festival
    • Who: All ages
    • What:Join NYC Parks, the Urban Park Rangers, and the Fort Tryon Park Trust at the Urban Wildlife Festival to get up close and personal with owls, hawks, porcupines, tortoises, and more at this free festival in Highbridge Park.

      Learn about their traits and behaviors from New York State licensed rehabilitators and the Urban Park Rangers. Come and enjoy relay races, animal-themed arts and crafts, a free puppet show performed by the City Parks PuppetMobile, and dance to the sounds of live music from Shine and the Moonbeams!

      Rain or shine

    • When: Saturday, May 5th 12:00-3:00 pm
    • Where: CPF Lawn (172nd St. and Amsterdam Ave., New York, New York)
    • Link on app: Urban Wildlife Festival
  2. Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival
    • Who: Children ages 5+
    • What: Kite festival uniting S.T.E.A.M. concepts and outdoor adventures. Children
      Water front Kite Festival NYC

      learn all about the science of flight through kite-flying and experiments; build parachutes and test them in wind tunnels; sample the air’s environment; learn about robotic air propellers and air circulation; and design and create their own rocket, hand kite, and pinwheel!

    • When: Saturday, May 5th, 12:00 pm
    • Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park (Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn, NY)
    • Link on app: Waterfront Kite Festival
  3. MaMaPaLooZa @Summer On The Hudson
    • Who: All ages
    • What: Festival featuring music, family-focused vendors, wellness activities, art, & activism. Theme is “SING OUT SISTER” with mothers and the people who love them inspires all to find their voice and bring a message of peace, tolerance, and equality. Fierce FEMINISTS as well as FAMILIES of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds WELCOME. Interested EXHIBITORS musical performances by students, and an International Cafe! Hosted By: Museum of Motherhood and MaMaPaLooZa
    • When: Sunday, May 27, 2018 12 – 5PM
    • Where: Hudson River Bike Path, New York, New York 10023
    • Link on app: MaMaPaLooZa


  1. PS 84 International Spring Fair
    • Who: All ages
    • What: Come celebrate the start of summer at PS 84 with fun events like rides, crafts, musical performances by students, and an International Cafe!
    • When: Saturday, May 5th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Where: PS 84 Playground (32 W. 92nd St., New York, New York)
    • Link on app: PS 84 International Spring Fair
  2. Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School Spring Fair
    • Who: All ages
    • What: This fair will be filled with games, rides, animals, and family fun! Come for pony rides, great food, and a community-wide rummage sale.
    • When: Saturday, May 5th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Where: Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School (West 116th St. between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive — outdoors)
    • Link on app: Columbia Greenhouse Nursery Fair
  3. St. Joseph’s Yorkville School Street Fair
    • Who: All ages
    • What: Games, prizes, bounce houses, raffles, delicious food, local businesses, and family fun for all! Rain or Shine
    • When: Saturday May 19, 2018 from 12-5PM
    • Where: 87th between York and Lex – full block right in front of the school – 420 East 87th St. New York, NY 10128
    • Link on app: Yorkville School Street Fair
  4. PS267’s street fair
    • Who: All ages
    • What:  Food, face painters, game truck, pie face, book corner, bounce houses, crafts and more!
    • When: Saturday May 6, 2018 from 11AM-3PM
    • Where: E 63rd St between 2nd & 3rd Ave
    • Link on app: PS 267 Street Fair

Parent/Children Mixers

  1. Shababa Saturdays
    • Who: Children ages 6 months-10 years
    • What: This is an event intended for children to explore traditional and non-tradition music, creative art projects, movement, and more.
    • When: Saturday, May 5th 10:30 am (Every Saturday at 10:30 until May 26)
    • Where: 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave., New York, New York, 10128)
    • Link on app: 92nd St. Y Shababa
  2. ECNS Etc. Presents… Baby Mixers!
    • Who: Children ages 0-6 months with parent/caregiver
    • What: Drop-in and play at the 2100 square foot, brightly colored and child-safe gym, age appropriate gym equipment like the slide, balance beam, rollers and in-ground trampoline, and tons of fun toys. Being in the gym builds coordination and body awareness, boosts gross motor development, and provides a social experience, all while having fun! Parents and babies 0-6 months are invited to ECNS’s baby-friendly gym every Friday from 10-11 am. Come meet and chat with other parents while your baby explores our safe environment, plays with toys, or just relaxes.  
    • When: Every Friday 10-11 am
    • Where: Epiphany Community Nursery School (510 E. 74th St., New York, New York)
    • Link on app: Baby Mixers Manhattan

Game, Story and Movie Time

  1. Storytime at “Books Are Magic”
    • Who: All ages

      Story time NYC Manhattan kids
    • What: Authors read children their humorous, heart-warming, and educational picture books in Books Are Magic, a charming independent children’s bookstore.
    • When: Saturday, May 5th 10:30 am (Each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am)
    • Where: Books Are Magic (225 Smith St. New York, New York, 11231)
    • Link on app: Storytime
  2. Itty Bitty Book Buddies at Epiphany Library
    • Who: Children ages 0-12 months
    • What: A brand new baby lapsit program for pre-walking book buddies! This is a  short program involving less movement, and all songs and rhymes promote interaction between caregivers and babies.
    • When: Fridays 10:30 am
    • Where: Epiphany Library (228 E. 23rd St, New York, New York)
    • Link on app: Book Buddies
  3. Movies For Tots at Kips Bay Library
    • Who: Ages 0-5
    • What: The Kips Bay Library will be showing a short cartoon or movie on DVD for young children.
    • When: Friday, May 4th, 11:00 am
    • Where: Kips Bay Library (446 3rd Ave., New York, New York)
    • Link on app: Movies for Tots!
  4. Family Game Time at the 96th Street Library
    • Who: All ages
    • What: Come enjoy board and card games at the 96th Street Library! We have a wide variety of traditional and modern games for children ages 2 to 12.
    • When: Saturday, May 5th beginning at 10:00 am, can drop in at any time
    • Where: 96th Street Library (112 E. 96th St., New York, New York)
    • Link on app: Family Game Time!

Book all these free NYC activities and more on the GoBambino kid activity booking app!




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