9 free things to do with kids in NYC on Labor Day weekend 2013

This Labor Day weekend, head to your nearest city pool or beach before they close on Tuesday, or celebrate the holiday with a fun (and free!) outdoor festival.
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Photograph: Michael Skigen1. Roll on over to Governors Island for the NYC Unicycle Festival, where even newbies can try one-wheeling.
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Mitch Waxman2. Cheer for tugs as they battle bow-to-bow and stay for a spinach-eating competition at the Great North River Tugboat Race.  
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Photograph:Eduardo Patino3. Attend the last event of the Harlem Meer Performance Festival for a free outdoor show by Ballet Hispanico's BHdos company.  
4. Choose your own adventure when the Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre perform an audience-selected fairy tale.
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Photograph: Syd London5. Cheer for dancers and munch on Caribbean fare at Crown Heights' West Indian-American Day Carnival.
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Photograph: Luciana Golcman6. Enjoy an extra dose of Governors Island (plus one of our fave summer fests, Fête Paradiso!) when both stay open for the holiday.
7. Get free school supplies and delicious Cuban food at Habana Outpost's Back to School Bash.
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Photographer: Jena Cumbo8. Take a final dip in one of the city's free public pools—they close for the season on Tuesday!
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Photograph: Alvina Lai9. And on a similar note, so do the city's beaches! Plan a quick trip to one of our favorites.
By Rebecca Jennings |

Labor Day weekend may recall expensive trips and hiked-up prices, but this year, make it cheap and easy with city events that don’t cost a dime—we’re talking about an entire weekend devoted to unicyclists, a tugboat race and spinach-eating competition on the Hudson and a raucous Caribbean fest in the streets of Brooklyn. Plus, hurry over to your favorite beach or pool—sadly, they’ll be closed for the season starting Tuesday. Scroll through our slide show to see more free things to do over the holiday, and have a great three-day weekend!

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