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Free summer concerts for kids in NYC

Break it down with the kids at cool summer concerts in NYC parks and other outdoor venues throughout the season

Photograph: Robin Schatell
Christine Campbell and Frank Field play at Summer on the Hudson

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Outdoor summer concerts are a great excuse for NYC families to post up on blankets in the grass, enjoy the music and let the little ones run around. The shows aimed at adults are often fair game if you're looking for an alfesco hangout spot, but you won't want to miss out on these seasonal concerts designed just for kids! These live performances in NYC parks and other outdoor venues are a must when it comes to free summer activities for kids. They'll get acquainted with all different musical styles and jump in on plenty of outdoor activities—the upbeat artists will even have parents tapping their toes to the tunes!

Summer concerts for kids in NYC

SummerStage Global Family Day

There are tons of concerts for adults at SummerStage, but this show is geared to the peanut gallery. Headlining the Central Park mainstage's family day are Shine and the Moonbeams, a funky, family-friendly group providing R&B tunes. The Noel Pointer Youth Orchestra, high-energy acrobatics crew The Red Trouser Show, dance troupe Batoto Yetu and a movement performance by Ziporah Roney and Collaborative Arists round out the lineup. For a complete schedule, visit cityparksfoundation.org. All ages.

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SummerStage Bronx Family Day

Families can marvel at a genre-bending performance by Latin musician, Mister G, then check out high-energy moves from Soul Street Dance and jam to hip-hop–inspired tracks from DJ Asho. Visit cityparksfoundation.org for more information. All ages.

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FAB Concerts for Kids

Once a month during the spring and summer, FAB Alliance hosts live outdoor concerts for tots. This year's series kicks off with singer-songwriter and music therapist John Samson (May 15), followed by an interactive jam session with Moozika (June 19) and a fun class combining music, movement and dance from Shake, Rattle & Roll (July 17). Ages 1–5.

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SummerStage Queens Family Day

This Family Day kicks off with Alvin Ailey dancer and teacher Samuel Coleman who will teach a dance master class (3pm). Family Day entertainment includes Wycliffe Gordon, a trombonist known for his jazz arrangements with friends, followed by a genre-blending dance performance of B-Love's Hip Hop Jazzy Groove. Karisma Jay (of STOMP) & Abun Dance break it down to close out the day. For more information, visit cityparksfoundation.org. All ages.

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