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10 free things to do in NYC with kids this weekend: September 14–15

This weekend, fly a kite, jam with young rockers, take part in an Italian street festival or craft a glow-in-the-dark underwater creature—all for free!


School is officially back in session, which means your family's schedule is most likely filling up fast! But this weekend, make room for awesome free activities, like the chance to run around outside (and pretend it's still summer!) at the Brooklyn Kite Festival, craft marine-themed lanterns at a Morningside Lights workshop and take a spin on carnival rides in the streets of Little Italy. Happy back-to-school!

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  • Photograph: Etienne Frossard

    1. Catch a breeze off the East River and set high-flying creations soaring at the Brooklyn Kite Festival.

  • 2. Boogie down with children's author Betsy Bird after a reading of her new book, Giant Dance Party.

  • 3. Watch little rockers perform classics by the Who and the Rolling Stones at Lincoln Center's Meet The Artist Saturdays: School of Rock.

  • 4. Introduce kids to the quilted arts with the bold, 15-piece collection "Spaces In Between: Contemporary Textiles".

  • Photograph: courtesy of 92Y

    5. Sample the Upper East Side institution’s fall offerings along 14 Lexington Avenue blocks at 92Y Street Fest.

  • 6. Taste the best of LES grub (think Meatball Shop and Melt Bakery), get face-painted or play croquet at DayLife.

  • Courtesy the New York Transit Museum

    7. Families with special needs gain free admission to projects, performances and demos at the Special Day for Special Kids at the New York Transit Museum.

  • Photographer: Filip Wolak

    8. Kick off Little Italy’s 12-day street fest with carnival rides and buon cibo at the Feast of San Gennaro.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    9. Craft your own marine-themed lanterns before showing them off at next Saturday’s twilight parade at Morningside Lights.

  • 10. Celebrate the release of Peter Brown's Mr. Tiger Goes Wild with readings at two bookstores.

Photograph: Etienne Frossard

1. Catch a breeze off the East River and set high-flying creations soaring at the Brooklyn Kite Festival.


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