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10 Ways to Have Outdoor Fun in NYC This Summer

Summer’s here!

We know that the warmest season comes with its own set of challenges—and we’re here to help! If you’re looking for the best ways to keep your kids busy and happy and enjoy the warm weather, check out this list of our favorite outdoor activities in parks and on piers near you!

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Jam with Jamie
Carl Schurz Park / Central Park East / Riverside Park / Washington Market Park /
0 – 10 years old

Get ready for a serious jam session that will get everyone up and dancing! Performers come armed with a guitar, parachute, bubbles, shakers, scarves, and more. Jam out to traditional children’s songs, rock n’ roll oldies, and today’s hits. Come ready to ROCK!

Moosiki Kids
Central Park West / 2 months – 4 years old

In these interactive grownup-and-me music classes, Moosiki Kids nourishes development through music, baby sign language, guided play, music appreciation, and exposure to new sounds and rhythms. There’s also a parachute, puppets, and other various props. The number one goal is to have fun and learn at the same time!

Soccer Shots
Brooklyn Bridge Park / Cadman Plaza Park / McCarren Park / Pier 46 West Village / Prospect Park / 2 – 8 years old

Soccer Shots is an engaging soccer program designed to introduce kids to team dynamics, help develop active lifestyle habits, and more! With age-specific classes for children age 2+, Soccer Shots prides itself on positively impacting children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, communication, and curriculum.

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Funikijam
Carl Shurz Park / Central Park South / Hamilton Park / Riverside Park / 0 – 3 years old

Billed as “music exploration for the next generation,” this unique program is part class, part live show—with kids in the starring roles! At each session, FunikiJam-certified teaching artists (Agents of JAM) invite the group to Sing-A-Long, Dance-A-Long, and Play-A-Long with globe-spanning musical adventures—all while enjoying the beautiful parks this city has to offer.

Hands on Hoops
Riverside Park / St. Catherine’s Park / 2 – 7 years old

Hands On Hoops (HOH) is a program where children can develop new basketball and life skills without feeling the pressure to be perfect. Coaches understand that kids need to be free to make mistakes, so they can learn through trial and error in a safe, empowering, and supportive environment.

Juliette & Ella’s Play Date: Baby Music & Ballet
Carl Schurz Park / Central Park East / Central Park West / Washington Square Park /
3 months – 5 years old

These unique classes use the art of storytelling to introduce babies to music theory, ballet technique, and sign language. Classes are also full of fun surprises, like bubbles, balls, parachutes, and puppets, to keep your little one engaged and smiling!

Water Park Splash
Rockaway Beach / 8 – 17 years old

If you’re looking to cool down this summer, head to Rockaway Beach for this water park experience unlike anything else in the city! Jump, swing, dive, and swim your way through the hotter days of the year, all while having a blast!

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Tennis World NYC
Fort Washington Park / 5 – 12 years old

With the motto ‘Have Fun Learning Tennis,’ Tennis World NYC aims to start kids out with good habits at an early age to help them become champions on the court, in the classroom, and in life. It’s the perfect blend of fun and fundamentals! Beginners and more advanced players welcome.

Mamafit Outdoors
Central Park / 1 month – 6 years old

A total body workout combining cardio, strengthening and toning exercises, this class is designed to “get it all in” for the busy mom. Moms may bring their little ones of any age and have an opportunity to meet other moms in Central Park while getting in a great workout.

Pineapple Explorers Club
Marcus Garvey Park / 0– 3 years old

The Pineapple Explorers Club reinvents the classic ‘mommy & me’ class. In this 45-minute activity, you and your little one will travel through time and journey around the globe by dancing, singing, playing instruments, and rocking to music.

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