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20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

Make the most of summer's last days with our list of the best things to do in New York City before the leaves change color.

The summer's not over yet! While you may already have started your family's back-to-school shopping, there's still plenty of time to enjoy some of our favorite warm-weather activities. We've put together a list of 20 things to do in New York before the summer ends—everything from one last splash in the city's pools (our favorite is the Brooklyn Bridge pop-up) to a tennis-themed day for kids at the US Open.

  • Photographer: Jena Cumbo

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    1. Spend the day at one of our favorite outdoor city swimming pools, including the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool and McCarren Park Pool, before they close for the season on Labor Day (Sept 2).

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    2. Ride vintage carousels at Fête Paradiso on Governors Island—the summer's big festival runs through September 29.

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    3. Take in a free outdoor movie before the seasons change. Three of our favorite end-of-the-summer options take place on Friday, August 23: Karate Kid at the Intrepid. the Adventures of Tintin at RiverFlicks for Kids and Hook at the Central Park Film Festival.

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    4. Families have one more chance (Aug 17) to experience this year's Summer Streets. Lines are long for the fest's star attraction, Voice Tunnel, so arrive early. Also on tap for the final weekend: the soon-to-be-launched Museum of Food and Drink's cereal-puffing machine.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    5. While we feel like the Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari just opened (the attraction arrived over Memorial Day weekend), it's almost time to say farewell to the life-like creatures. Visit before September 8 to get one last dino-fix.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    6. Haven't made it out yet to see MoMA PS1's Party Wall yet? Plan a trip to Long Island City to see the awesome installation—complete with cooling stations. It's open through the end of August.

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    7. Schedule a few more trips to nearby beaches to enjoy sand and surf before Labor Day—beaches close for the season on September 2.

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    8. Get into the US Open spirit during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day (Aug 24). Kids can take part in free tennis workshops and watch the pros practice their swings all day long.

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    9. The Unicycle Festival (Aug 30–Sept 1) rolls into town with a 13-mile ride from City Hall to Coney Island. Over the weekend, head to Governors Island for two full day of raches and a chance to test your skills in a workshop.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    10. Dress tiny gents and flappers in their finest 1920s garb for the final Jazz Age Lawn Party (Aug 17 and 18) of the summer.

     

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    11. After a return to the city earlier this summer, Making Books Sing's Wanda's Monster, with music by Laurie Berkner, plays its final show on September 8. Listen up for Berkner's tune "Monster Boogie."

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    12. In lieu of a costly trip to an amusement park, head to the Brooklyn Children's Museum instead for its interactive "The Big Adventure." You have till September 15.

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    13. Before the ice of Trump Rink returns to Central Park, take a spin on the rides at Victorian Gardens (open through Sept 8).

     

     

  • 20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    13. Head to one (or both!) of the two beautiful parades that make of the QBG's Festival de las Flores, a traiditional Colombian rite of summer. First up, a celebration in Corona Park (Aug 18) followed by a fest in Manhattan the following weekend (Aug 25)

     

  • Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    14. Don't miss this year's City of Dreams Pavilion on Governors Island through SEptember 22. At first glance, it appears to be a fluffy cloud in the middle of a lawn. Look again and you soon realize that not only is it made of recycled, gallon-size water bottles but also that you can enter it.

  • 20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    16. Watch the city's boldest sand artists compete in the annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest (Aug 17).

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    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    17. It's not too late to make summer vacation plans—take a weekend beach trip to Narragansett, go surfing in Montauk or set sail on a pirate adventure in Baltimore.

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    18. See the colorful wavy walls that make up Red, Yellow and Blue by Orly Genger (through Sept 18) in Madison Square Park before the green space's next installation "Ideas of Stone" Opens on September 26.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    19. Sing along to tunes by two of the biggest names in kids' music—Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell—as they celebrate the release of their joint album, Turn Turn Turn, during a concert at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (Aug 24).

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

    20. Tilt your head back and watch a stunning fireworks display on the Coney Island Boardwalk (Fridays through Aug 30).

Photographer: Jena Cumbo

20 things to do in New York City with kids before summer 2013 ends

1. Spend the day at one of our favorite outdoor city swimming pools, including the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool and McCarren Park Pool, before they close for the season on Labor Day (Sept 2).


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