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Free summer activities for kids

Pump up your summer with our picks of the best summer activities for kids, from family-friendly festivals to cool concerts

Photograph: Courtesy Angelito Jusay

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When the balmy weather hits NYC this summer, you'll want to take off on a few weekend getaways with the family, but don't stay away too long! There's so much seasonal fun to be had, and we've rounded up tons free summer activities for kids to keep it cheap. From cool street fairs and festivals to high-energy outdoor activities, these events provide plenty of entertainment to make sure your youngsters' summer days are not so lazy.

Free things to do this summer

Jeppe Hein: "Please Touch the Art"

A standard afternoon in Brooklyn Bridge Park becomes a unique interactive experience when Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s installation takes over the public space. Curious kids will love walking through three separate works, discovering quirky additions to the landscape like benches that twist and curve, a mirror labyrinth that lets visitors see double (or triple) and a grid of sky-high water jets that create sporadic walls of H2O rising up from the ground. Families wander from the Manhattan Bridge along the waterfront to Pier 6, and get their hands on works of art instead of just observing from a distance, so make sure to bring a camera—the crazy-awesome photo opportunities will be more than worth the trip. All ages.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park , Brooklyn Heights Until Friday January 1 2016


Hannah D
Hannah D

Awesome things to do on the cheap!