Summer in the City – Family Edition

A guide for NYC families to get outdoors – stay safe, stay active, earn some cash and stay informed this summer

Summer is back in NYC!

It may look a little different this year, but it can still feel like summer! Get the most of our summer in the city with your family. Explore:

  • Free or low-cost short-term programs (such as camps, sports clinics, STEM, coding, etc.);
  • Free events and activities happening throughout the summer;
  • City venues that are open such as pools, beaches, gardens, museums, etc.;
  • Volunteer, work experience, and other opportunities for youth
  • Other supports including COVID-19 updates, how to get free food, childcare, mental health & emotional support, and more.

Featured NYC Destination


Little Island Park

Open daily from 6am to 1am, Little Island Park a new, free public park pier on along the Hudson River near W.13th Street.

  • It hosts arts activities and workshops that are free and open to families and visitors of all ages.
    Events calendar
  • Families can also explore the park’s landscape with a self-guided audio tour and learn about the unique variety of plants, trees, and flowers on the island.
    Audio tour and map
  • Every day through September 30, timed entry reservations will be offered every half-hour starting at 12:00 through the remainder of the day. Once you enter the park, there is no time limit to your stay.
    6:00 am to 12:00 pm: No reservations required for entry. | 2:00 pm and on: Free timed entry reservations required for entry.
    Reserve your free timed-entry tickets


Learn More about Little Island Park

Getting Support

If you need help finding and paying for child care, feeding your family, extra cash for utilities, someone to talk to, or more, the resources below can help you and your family.

  • Child care
    Find child care options so you can return to work and know your child is safe.
    Find child care options
  • Emotional & mental health support
    NYC Well can help you, a family member or friend find someone to talk to in a crisis and find longer-term support.
    Call: 1-800-NYC-WELL | Text:  Well to 65173 | Chat: Chat online
  • Food and cash help
    • Cash Assistance: Get additional support to help pay for food and cash for other essentials.
      Get help
    • Community Meals: Free Take-Out & Community Meals available daily for all New Yorkers.
      Find meal locations
  • Employment
    Get help training for and finding a job with WorkingNYC.
    Explore programs and jobs
  • Covid-19
    Get back to doing what you love and keeping your friends, family and community safe by getting a Covid-19 vaccine (for ages 12 and older).
    Learn more about the vaccine | other pandemic resources

Summer programs and camps

Find short-term summer programs, including indoor and outdoor, such as camps, sports clinics, academic programs, and more to keep your family engaged. Filter by age, location, activity type, and more.


Explore programs and camps


Featured this week

CityPark Tennis

Kids ages 6-17 can get free tennis instruction in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs.


  • Who: Ages 8 – 17
  • When: July 6– August 16
  • How often: Twice Weekly, Free 

Learn more and register

Free events and activities

Find free activities and events happening everyday through the summer

Featured this week

Outside of the Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway


Outdoor Art-Marking with BkM Teens

Get your creativity flowing with art-making activities on the plaza, led by our teen Museum Apprentices. Kids, families, and artists of all ages are welcome to join in, and each project is inspired by a work of art in our collection.


  • When: Every Wed, Thurs, Fri until August 6th | 3:30pm – 5pm
  • Where: Brooklyn Museum Plaza, Bronx | Directions


Learn more

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Beaches and Pools

Kids and families on the shore at South Beach, Staten Island


NYC beaches are open! Lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.




Staten Island



NYC’s dozens of pools are open!

  • Hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. daily
  • There is a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m
  • Pools are open through September 12, 2021


Find a pool near you to cool off