Timeout New York Kids

Make the most of your city

Photos: Come out and Play Festival 2013 (slide show)

Time travelers ran amok on Governors Island playing silly games with their very own passports during this year's Come Out and Play Festival.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island

Photograph: Luciana Golcman

Come Out and Play Festival on Governors Island


The short ferry ride connecting the concrete jungle to Governors Island definitely makes New York families feel like they're leaving one world and entering another. This was especially true on Saturday, June 13 when the Come Out and Play Festival  transformed the green space into an out-of-this-world experience.

RECOMMENDED: 50 things to do in the summer with kids

On the island's parade grounds, kids received "passports," then headed to the Time Travel Portal. There, little explorers played games set in different time periods (think 19th-century Japan or the Civil War era). After writing postcards to their future selves, kids took part in wacky games, participated in field day activities and exchanged beads—the "official" currency of time travel. As you can see by our slide show, above, kids also had a blast playing in the ball pit, climbing on the interative art sculptures, trying their hand at mini golf and picnicking on the grassy island lawn.


What do you think? Tell us below!

Share your thoughts
  1. * mandatory fields

Events for kids by date

Americangirl.com for Events!

  1. "The ABC of It: Why...

    The main branch of the NYPL is playing host to an ...

  2. Aladdin

    Charming street urchin Aladdin brings his exotic w...

  3. Anne and Bernard...

    The former Human Biology and Evolution Hall has ev...

51 more events »