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A $1.2 million grant helped turn outdoor areas in NYC into play spaces for kids

Slots are available for "Open Spaces in the City's" third session

Written by
Danielle Valente

Now more than ever, New Yorkers have come to appreciate the city's green spaces and slew of outdoor activities

Although it's been tricky navigating this new norm, parents have an option that will (safely) get their kiddos out and about this summer. Thanks to a generous $1.2 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation and The JBP Foundation, the Fresh Air Fund has been able to host a lineup of outdoor programming, including "Open Spaces in the City." This supervised, safe and distanced program for kids offers a little bit of everything: arts and crafts, sports, STEAM activities, yoga and dance parties—just to name a few. Oh, and did we mention it's free?

The third session of the program, which is slated to take place in Pelham Park, Marine Park and Forest Park, will be held for four hours per day from Aug 10–Aug 21. Several spots are still available for the joint effort between the non-profit and City Parks Foundation. Families can register online

As the summer starts to wind down, take advantage of other great things to do outside—from drive-in movies and playground visits to fishing trips and biking adventures

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