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13 free things to do with kids this weekend: August 24–25

A snowstorm in Riverside Park, a Brooklyn literary festival and a second dose of Hip Tot’s Family Day are just a few of the best free things to do this weekend.

This weekend, get in on all the grounds festivities at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and the new exhibit dedicated to him at NYSCI (admission is free for the next three weeks!). Plus, check out round two of Festival de las Flores and Hip Tot Family Day—all for free!


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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    1. Tickets to the stadium show may be sold out, but guests of the grounds can practice their serve, get their faces painted and even watch the pros practice at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    2. Turn recycled materials into artworks (just like Red, Yellow and Blue artist Orly Genger!) at a jewelry-making workshop based on the Madison Square Park installation.

  • 3. Listen as neighborhood youngsters debut their poetry and prose alongside professional Brooklyn writers at the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival.

  • 4. Sit Indian-style on colorful cushions while watching South Asian musical and dance performances at Solar One's Sun to Stars Festival.

  • 5. Bring Fido to Riverside Park for a chilly morning surprise—20 tons of snow, to be exact.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    6. Watch a traditional Colombian flower celebration march down Central Park West with musicians, dancing and more at Festival de las Flores.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    7. Hang with other Brooklyn families for stories, crafts and a performance by Rolie Polie Guacamole at the second Hip Tot Family Day.

  • Photograph: Aaron Brashear

    8. Honor the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn with reenactments, tours and a parade in Green-Wood Cemetery.

  • 9. See Hilliard Greene and the Jazz Expressions jam to classical, blues, jazz and tango tunes at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival.

  • Photograph: Geoff Burke

    10. Meet tennis legend Arthur Ashe through virtual motion paintings and interactive exhibits dedicated to him while the New York Hall of Science is free.

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the JCC in Manhattan

    11. View the JCC in Manhattan's fall exhibit "Sol LeWitt: Shaping Ideas", centered around the conceptual artist's installation Wall Drawing #599.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    12. Use sunny forecasts as an excuse to revisit the 19th-century carousels and carnival rides at Fête Paradiso on Governors Island.

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    13. Walk through the NYPL's beautiful children's book retrospective, "The ABC of It" if you haven't already—or even if you have.

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

1. Tickets to the stadium show may be sold out, but guests of the grounds can practice their serve, get their faces painted and even watch the pros practice at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.


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