The end of summer is nigh, as public school students report for roll call on September 9. The question now is: How do we make the most of the remaining summer days?
We’ve created a bucket list of exciting free or cheap activities for you and the kids. Which is your favorite must-do summer activity?
4. Enjoy an outdoor movie. The Friends of Greenwood Playground are hosting a screening of Finding Nemo at the handball courts on Fort Hamilton/E 5th Street on Sunday, August 25 at 8pm, a quick trip on the F/G trains. The last Flicks on the Beach event at Coney Island is “Little Fugitive” on August 27. Free summer movies sponsored by NYC Parks continue through September 6.
5. Sample a variety of Caribbean food at the West Indian Day Parade. Events begin Thursday, August 29 culminating with the parade down Eastern Parkway at 11am on Labor Day.
6. Frolic in our neighborhood greenspace, Prospect Park. The carousel offers free rides on Thursdays in August for kids under 12. Otherwise a ride is $2, or $9 for a book of five rides. Other free Prospect Park activities include volunteering for park maintenance with the Wednesday or Thursday Corps, rowing (on Saturdays, August 24 and September 7), or creating a nature journal (Thursdays and Fridays through the end of August).
7. Boogie down during Park Slope 5th Avenue BID’s Dancing Under the Stars every Thursday night through September 5 on 5th Avenue at 4th Street. Local favorites Role Polie Guacamole play a set for kids at 5:45pm, and then a live band plays tunes everyone can dance to.
Take the Q, B, F, or D to Coney Island
8. Splash in the water at New York City’s playground, Coney Island, or visit one of its main attractions.
11. The Brooklyn Cyclones’ last home game will be Sunday “Funday” September 1. Fans are welcome on the field for a pre-game catch; kids can run the bases after the game. Can’t make it on Sunday? The Cyclones host fireworks after every Friday and Saturday home game.
Day Trips By Borough
12. Enjoy the view, but not the hustle and bustle, of Manhattan by taking a free ferry to Governors Island. There are gift shops and classes, art workshops and biking, and lots of other interesting events coming up before the end of the season on September 29.
15. For a taste more rural than a county fair, visit New York City’s “largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland.” The Queens County Farm Museum reaps 10 dozen eggs daily from its rare, heritage laying hens.
16. For neighbors interested in horticulture rather than animal husbandry, the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx has tips for urban gardeners. Learn how to put your garden to bed at their Home Gardening Center.
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