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12 free things to do in NYC with kids this weekend: Sept 28–29

This weekend, head to the Dumbo Arts Festival, geek out in Fort Tryon Park or hurry over to Governors Island before it closes.


Try not to be overwhelmed by the amount of great (and more importantly, free!) things to do this weekend with the family—we’ve covered the best ones right here. Scroll through our slide show for the details on a three-day arts gathering in Brooklyn, the city’s largest street fair, a medieval festival in Fort Tryon Park and a new installation at Madison Square Park.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    1. Be part of performance art, interact with kid-approved installations and see the Ship of Tolerance at the Dumbo Arts Festival.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    2. Score free admission to the Children's Museum of Manhattan and many more at Smithsonian Magazine's Annual Museum Day.

  • Photograph: Tom Callan

    3. Stroll through the city's largest street fair, Atlantic Antic, and be sure to stop by the Transit Museum's festival of vintage buses.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    4. Hang with other families at Hip Tot Family Day for storytimes, beer garden munchies and a giant dance party.

  • 5. Assess the progress at Staten Island's future Freshkills Park while taking in bike rides, food trucks and live music.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    6. Say it isn't so! Hurry over to Governors Island for its last weekend of the season to bid Fête Paradiso adieu.

  • Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

    7. Collaborate on a new artwork in Madison Square Park with inspiration from the Ideas of Stone installation at Family Art Workshop: Boulder Bash.

  • Photograph: Yvette I. Turner

    8. Nerd out with real jousts, period music, authentic costumes and chicken-on-a-stick at the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park.

  • 9. Try regional delicacies or watch a French bulldog show at Taste of France in Bryant Park.

  • 10. Enter hula-hoop and bubble gum–blowing contests, sample restaurant fare and take a spin on rides at the Battery Park City Block Party.

  • 11. See dancers perform in the streets of the East Village at the FAB! Festival.

  • Photograph: Richard Blum

    12. Celebrate National Estuaries Day with free canoeing and outdoor games at the Little Neck Bay Festival.

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

1. Be part of performance art, interact with kid-approved installations and see the Ship of Tolerance at the Dumbo Arts Festival.


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