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11 free things to do in NYC with kids this weekend: September 7–8

A back-to-school festival, Jewish New Year activities and outdoor workshops for families are on the menu for free things to do in NYC this weekend.


Public school kids may be heading back to the books come Monday, but free family activities show no signs of slowing down with the start of the new school year. This weekend, check out the Parks and Recreation Department's Back to School Festival, a down-home county fair in Manhattan and an origami workshop led by a nine-year-old wunderkind—all of which are free!

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  • 1. Mark the anniversary of 9/11 with the annual Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon, which this year includes castmembers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

  • 2. Shake off the end-of-summer blues at the NYC Parks & Recreation Department's annual Back to School Festival in Alley Pond Park.

  • 3. Celebrate the Jewish New Year by being busy as a bee at the Rockaway Beach & boardwalk's Honey Festival.

  • Photograph: courtesy Whole Kids Foundation

    4. Spruce up Morningside Park by weeding and planting at the Whole Foods Kids Day of Service.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    5. Find a spot at the South Street Seaport's astroturf–clad film series for a screening of Pixar's Up.

  • Courtesy the New Museum

    6. Explore the New Museum's media archiving project, "XFR STN," then re-create the story of your own life at First Saturdays for Families.

  • 7. Get in on a hodgepodge of outdoor movement classes and performances all day long led by the Indie-Ballet Collaborative.

  • Courtesy Bank Street Bookstore

    8. Learn how to construct a ninja star at an origami demo by nine-year-old guru Asher Epstein.

  • Photograph: Randi Lass

    9. Welcome a four-legged friend into the family and hang out at the Kids' Korner at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park.

     

     

  • Photograph: Donna F. Aceto

    10. Enjoy a fun-filled day of carnival rides, live music, side shows, a greenmarket and lots more at Riverside Park's West Side County Fair.

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    11. Take one last gander at Orly Genger's monumental installation, Red, Yellow & Blue in Madison Square Park before it closes Sunday.

1. Mark the anniversary of 9/11 with the annual Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon, which this year includes castmembers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.


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