2021 Guide to New York City Summer Activities for Kids
Updated: Jun 18
School’s out is a strange thing to say after this last school year of remote learning for months, followed by a mix of in-person and online classes for many. But here we are, entering the long hot summer holidays, and if you, like many, are stressed about scheduling activities for your children this summer, take a look at StudyBuddy’s summer fun in the sun suggestions.
Our guide to New York City Summer Activities for Kids this year includes many recommendations for outdoor activities. After months of social distancing, as the city opens up, it’s important to get outside, soak up that vitamin D and have some fun in the sun. And many of our recommendations this summer have educational benefits too - after all, there’s always an opportunity to learn something new, especially through play!
For a fun-filled day outdoors, Governor’s Island, with its 120 acres of open space, public artworks, play activities and educational events, is at the top of our list. Rent bikes to explore as much of the island as you can, taking in surprise views and do some bird watching along the way. Stop off in Hammock Grove for a rest. Bring a picnic. Take a fast trip down on Slide Hill, and maybe even do some urban gardening or take a historic photo tour. The perfect place to pack a range of activities into a short space of time. All you need to do is book a ferry in advance (free for children under 12). This is a fun and affordable way to spend the day.
Hit the beach
A New York summer wouldn’t be a proper summer without at least one day at the beach. With 14 miles of beach to choose from, you are spoiled for choice, but for StudyBuddy, we love Staten Island’s Midland Beach. It’s a little less busy than other beaches and perfect for swimming, sand castle building or even a little fishing. Younger children love the Sea Turtle Fountain, while older children can enjoy handball, tennis, skateboarding and volleyball.
Urban Park Ranger Programs
Did you know that New York City has over 1,700 parks and playgrounds? That’s right. Check out the Urban Park Ranger programs for a great way to explore the city’s natural world, learning about the environment every step of the way. Activities include park hikes, kayaking, family camping, astronomy, wildlife spotting and outdoor skills. Take your pick from a huge number of activities, with the added bonus that all of their events are free!
High up on every young child’s summer fun list is the newly opened Legoland in Goshen. For a special day out, book ahead for what’s bound to be a popular place this season. Explore the themed lands of Miniland and Bricktopia. Join workshops to become a master builder. Test your speed and skills in the Ninja Training Camp and learn about robotics with Lego Mindstorms.
Get some free tutoring with StudyBuddy
OK, so this isn’t an outdoor activity, but it is educational. StudyBuddy will be launching its new app soon and we’re inviting students and parents to join our free program over the summer. StudyBuddy matches students with their best fit tutor and we’d love to know what you think of the app, so we’re offering free tutoring sessions to the first 100 people who sign up. It’s your chance to get ahead of the school year in September - sign up today!
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