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Download our August 2013 calendar and get a head’s up on the best end-of-summer events, like FringeJR, Sprinklerfest and Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

  • August 2013 calendar: Free rides at the Prospect Park Carousel

  • August 2013 calendar: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at the Intrepid

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    August 2013 calendar: Summer Streets

  • August 2013 calendar: "Pirate School: Follow Your Compass" at Waterfront Museum Showboat and Barge

  • August 2013 calendar: "Tesla's Wonderful World of Electricity" at New York Hall of Science

  • Photograph: Meredith Zinner

    August 2013 calendar: Suzi Shelton at Madison Square Park



  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    August 2013 calendar: Monika Grzymala's Volumen at the Morgan Library & Museum

  • August 2013 calendar: Broadway in Bryant Park

  • Free things to do with kids

    August 2013 calendar: Sprinklerfest

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    August 2013 calendar: Great Jazz on Great Hill

  • August 2013 calendar: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

  • Photograph: Darial R. Sneed

    August 2013 calendar: Downtown Dance Festival



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    August 2013 calendar: Disney's Planes

  • Photograph: Sarah Perlin

    August 2013 calendar: Sarazad and the Monster-King at FringeJR

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Children's Museum

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    August 2013 calendar: Free Fridays Jam at Brooklyn Children's Museum

  • August 2013 calendar: Sand Sculpting Contest on Coney Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    August 2013 calendar: Jazz Age Lawn Party

  • August 2013 calendar: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

  • August 2013 calendar: Rosh Hashanah Buzzz at the Jewish Children's Museum



  • Photograph: Sanjay Suchak

    August 2013 calendar: The Young Olympians and the Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever at FringeJR



  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    August 2013 calendar: Wanda's Monster

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    August 2013 calendaer: Family Night at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    August 2013 calendar: Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

  • August 2013 calendar: Hip Tot Family Day at Greenwood Park

  • Photograph: Courtesy Museum of Modern Art

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    August 2013 calendar: "American Modern" show at MoMA

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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    August 2013 calendar: Summer Discovery Tuesdays at BBG

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    August 2013 calendar: Butterfly release on the High Line

  • Photographer: Jennifer Broski

    August 2013 calendar: Potted Potter

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    August 2013 calendar: Coney Island fireworks

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    August 2013 calendar: Governors Island Unicycle Festival

August 2013 calendar: Free rides at the Prospect Park Carousel

The summer may feel like it's flying by, but there's still plenty of time left to enjoy the season! Our August 2013 calendar is full of tons of free things to do with kids (the annual Summer Streets kicks off on the first Saturday of the month), new children's theater shows (FringeJR is back with three great offerings) and lots of no-cost outdoor movies (E.T. plays at Bryant Park, Hook in Central Park). How is your family spending the month of August? Use the hashtag #Augustplans on Twitter and let us know!

RECOMMENDED: Summer activities for kids in New York City

August 2013 calendar

Thu 1 Go for a spin on the Prospect Park Carousel—rides are free on Thursdays in August!

Fri 2 Catch a free screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone aboard the Intrepid.

Sat 3 No cars allowed! Take advantage of vehicle-free roads during Summer Streets.

Sun 4 Ooh and aah at a pirate-themed show at the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge.

Mon 5 Gawk at working models of Nikola Tesla's inventions at the New York Hall of Science.

Tue 6 Listen to a gratis concert by kid favorite Suzi Shelton at Madison Square Park.

Wed 7 Gaze up at Monika Grzymala's snowflake-like installation at the Morgan Library.

Thu 8 Listen to popular tunes from Annie and Wicked at Broadway in Bryant Park.

Fri 9 Run through water and make bug-themed crafts at Snug Harbor's Sprinklerfest.

Sat 10 Enjoy live music, family games and snacks at Great Jazz on the Great Hill in Central Park.

Sun 11 Celebrate Chinese culture at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens.

Mon 12 Tap your way to Lower Manhattan for the Downtown Dance Festival.

Tue 13 See Disney's Planes, which flew into theaters last week, on the big screen.

Wed 14 Get tickets to see Sarazad and the Monster-King, one of this year's FringeJr offerings.

Thu 15 Follow the story of a nine-year-old boy who inherits his village's throne in Timmy the Great.

Fri 16 Visit the Brooklyn Children's Museum for free Friday afternoon and evening activities.

Sat 17 Watch the city's boldest sand artists compete in Coney Island's Sand Sculpting Contest.

Sun 18 Sample old-time amuseuments from the decade of Gatsby at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Mon 19 Attend a showing of 1982 classic E.T. at the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.

Tue 20 Learn how a shofar is made at Rosh Hashanah Buzzz at the Jewish Children's Museum.

Wed 21 Meet teen versions of mythological heroes (Hercules!, Perseus!) at the Young Olympians and the Mostly Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever.

Thu 22 Catch an encore of Laurie Berkners's musical about a little girl and her furry friend.

Fri 23 You voted! Readers' choice Hook screens at the Central Park Film Fest's family night.

Sat 24 Take part in free tennis clinics and get the pros autographs at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

Sun 25 Head to Greenwood Park beer garden for a special performance by Rolie Polie Guacamole.

Mon 26 Introduce kids to the iconic artworks in MoMA's "American Modern" show.

Tue 27 Go on a hunt around the Fragrance Garden at a free BBG workshop.

Wed 28 Take part in a butterfly release at a Wild Wednesday workshop on the High Line.

Thu 29 Watch as two actors condense the entire Harry Potter saga into a wacky 70-minute show.

Fri 30 Head to Coney Island for the last fireworks extravaganza of the season.

Sat 31 Be amazed by the one-wheeled wonders at the NYC Unicycle Festival on Governors Island.

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