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Five fun activities to do with kids on Governors Island

Before the isle closes for the season on September 30, check out these fun activities to do with kids, including a scavenger hunt and a student film fest.

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    Time Out Kids and MasterCard's Beach BBQ and Scavenger Hunt on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Time Out Kids and MasterCard's Beach BBQ and Scavenger Hunt on Governors Island

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    Figment Mini Golf

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Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

Time Out Kids and MasterCard's Beach BBQ and Scavenger Hunt on Governors Island

Haven't ventured out to Governors Island yet this year? No worries. You still have time left to enjoy one of our favorite seasonal activities (the island closes on Sunday, September 30). After taking the free ferry over from either the Battery Maritime Building or Brooklyn Bridge Park, scope out these fun activities to do with kids. Plus, to make your visit even more exciting, we've worked with MasterCard to create the Great Governors Island Scavenger Hunt. Click on and download the PDF below and let the searching begin!

Get a hole in one
Always one of the most popular attractions on the island, this year's free artist-designed mini golf course sports an arcade theme—looks for clever riffs on asteriods and whack-a-moles. Open since June's Figment Festival, the course closes for the season on Sunday, Sept 23.

Play in the interactive sculpture garden
Also through Sunday, September 23, families can pose inside a giant television screen, walk across a replica of the Statue of Liberty's face and climb through a jumbo treehouse made of reclaimed materials from the streets of Brooklyn.

Attend the Big Movies for Little Kids' student film festival
At this second annual fest (Sun Sept 16 11am--3pm), you might find yourself watching a flick made by one of Hollywood's next big directors—at least when they grow up, that is. All the films screened were made by city students, and viewers will cast a vote for their favorite. Afterward, kids can express their own creativity by making videos and art with the Children's Museum of Art. 

Take a bike ride
Bring your family's bikes on the ferry, or rent bikes on the island. Adult bike rentals are $15 for two hours or $25 for the whole day; children's bike rentals are $10 for two hours or $20 for the whole day.

Learn about the island's history
This summer, for the first time ever, visitors can get a look at the interior and roof of Castle Williams, the island's 200-year-old sandstone fort. Park rangers will give guided tours, or you can explore it on your own and imagine what New York looked like during the War of 1812.

 



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