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8 free things to do with kids in NYC this weekend: August 17–18

See Voice Tunnel at Summer Streets, march in a flowery parade and watch a sandcastle sculpting contest—all for free!

Think the best weekend events are the ones that involve long lines and a pocket full of cash? Think again: This weekend, check out kid-friendly happenings, like an outdoor family dance party and a kite festival on the Hudson, all for absolutely free! (So you can splurge on whatever frozen treats the little ones are eyeing.)


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  • 1. Cheer for the adults (and children!) competing in the 23rd annual Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on Coney Island.

  • 2. Set soar a high-flying creation with the help of experts at the Hudson River Park's annual kite festival, FlyNYC.

  • 3. Thrift for vintage threads, nosh on local eats and groove to reggae music in Harlem at Sweet Spot: Rice & Peas.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Drama of Works

    4. Follow friends Sela and Bo on a journey through the Ethiopian desert at the Drama of Works' production, Water.

  • Photograph: Hubert Williams

    5. Celebrate the nabe's rich culture with live music, dance troupes, step shows and (naturally) tons of activities for kids at the Halem Week Children's Festival.

  • 6. Test out the new Disney Infinity videogame with guests, giveaways and live entertainment at both the Nintendo World Store and in Times Square, as part of Disney's Summer of Endless Fun.

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    7. Participate in a traditional Colombian flower celebration with a blooming parade in Corona Park in honor of Festival de las Flores.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    8. Use your voice in an art installation inside the Park Avenue Tunnel or ride bikes for free down empty Manhattan throroughfares at the last Saturday of Summer Streets.

1. Cheer for the adults (and children!) competing in the 23rd annual Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day on Coney Island.


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