Summer Guide

Have fun, stay healthy

Summer may look a little different this year, but it can still feel like summer! This Summer Guide can help your family make the most of the warm weather while staying healthy with free indoor and outdoor activities, updated information on the coronavirus, and more.


Getting Support

COVID-19 has impacted New Yorkers in many different ways. If you need information or support, you can visit our Coronavirus Updates page to learn about:

  • School updates
  • Free food options
  • Applying for cash and benefits
  • Mental health support
  • And more

 

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Summer Activities

Check out the free things you can do indoors and outdoors this summer with your family. Check back for new activities! For programs accepting applications this summer, visit our Summer Programs Guide. For activities and information for Teens and Young Adults, visit Fun at Home.  

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Open Streets

Daily, 8am–8pm

Get out of the house and enjoy over 40 miles of car-free streets through the boroughs. Bring a bike, skateboard, scooter, or just your feet—but don’t forget a mask!

 

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Brain Building Tips (Birth–5)

The time you spend with your child helps them learn! Discover how and explore new ideas for daily learning with the Vroom Tips™ below.

Spot the Color

Ask your child, “What color is your shirt today (or pants or dress)” Then ask, “What other things are that color” Add your ideas, too, and make it a back and forth game. See how many things you can think of.

See what your child is learning
Playing the “Spot the Color” doesn’t just teach your child colors. You’re also giving them the chance to practice focusing on an idea and a task with another person. The ability to focus is very important in life and in school.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Summer

Because the city is working to stop the spread of COVID-19, this summer may be a little different than usual. From wearing masks to playground closures and free food, find out the answers to your summer questions below.

  • Do you still have to wear a mask outside? Where can you get a mask for free?

    • New Yorkers over two years old should continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public where they can’t stay 6 feet away from others. This includes walking on a busy street, going to the grocery store, and going to the doctor, among other places.
    • NYC will continue to give out face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement.
  • Where can families get free food this summer?

  • Can your family spend time outside?

    • Yes, you can go outdoors with your children. The fresh air and change of scenery is good for you and them! But avoid activities that involve other children and families, since it’s hard for children to keep a safe distance.
  • Are parks, playgrounds, beaches, and pools open?

    • City parks are open, but make sure you take care to stay healthy. Stay 6 feet away from others, and avoid gathering in groups. Team sports like basketball, football, and soccer are not allowed at this time, and grilling areas are closed.
    • Playgrounds are now open. Families visiting playgrounds should wear masks, try to stay at least 6 feet away from others, and wash or sterilize their hands often.
    • Beaches will open for swimming on July 1. If you visit, you should try to stay at least 10 feet away from others and only swim when lifeguards are on duty. Before July 1, you can walk, run, or exercise on sand and boardwalks during regular park hours.
    • Pools are closed at this time.
  • It’s very hot. How can your family stay cool?

  • What’s the plan for summer school?

    • Summer school will happen remotely. For more information on dates and other plans, visit the NYC Schools website.
  • Can you set up playdates for your kids?

    • As NYC reopens, you can decide whether or not you're comfortable spending time with other families. If you do gather with others, make sure you do it safely. Keep gatherings under ten people, consider meeting outside, and limit contact. Learn more about how to gather safely.
  • What will the return to school look like next fall?


Talking about Racism and Activism

Speaking with children about racism and current events isn’t easy—but it’s a necessary conversation to help us move forward, make change, and have better outcomes for our youngest New Yorkers, especially Black children. These resources can help start and guide your family’s important conversations.

 

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