On any given sunny day, East Village families flood the lawns and benches of Tompkins Square Park, and the warm-weather months provide even more reason to flock. At 40 feet by 20 feet, the shallow, three-foot-deep pool may be small, but it’s easily accessible, absolutely free and a one-stop shop for kids who want a bit of water play as well as time in the park. A playground, game tables, and basketball and handball courts will keep them running around all afternoon—just make sure to bring a sturdy combination lock to keep your belongings safe. With so many parkgoers milling around and the kids to keep an eye on, you want to have somewhere to stash your iPad and other valuables. Good news for dog owners: The family pooch can get a bit of exercise too! Canines get three bone-shaped pools to cool off in.
|Venue name:||Tompkins Square Park Mini Pool|
500 E 9th St
|Cross street:||at Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–3pm, 4–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to 1 Av; F to 2 Av; 4, 6 to Astor Pl|