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NYC Parks: Free and Low-Cost Events

 
nyc-parksnycgovparks.org/events
Dial 311 | 311 online | Text 311-692
 
Get up, get out, and do something! Just about any day of the year, you can find something fun, informative, and healthy to enjoy at an area park. Feel free to browse the listings at nycgovparks.org/events, or use the search tools to find an event that matches your interests and location on the right side of the nycparks website.
 


 
nyc-parksnycgovparks.org/events/kids
Dial 311 | 311 online | Text 311-692 | 212-504-4115
 
Get your little kiddos up and active! Take part in fun and interactive activities run by NYC Parks throughout the summer. With several events, and programs, you’re bound to find something your little one would enjoy! Just browse through the listings at https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/kids and register as needed for a summer of fun!
 
Updated on June 8, 2021
 


Art Courses by Cooper Union for High Schoolers (Saturday Program)

 
cooper.edu/academics/outreach-and-pre-college/saturday-program
(212) 353-4108
saturdayprogram@cooper.edu

 
The Cooper Union’s Saturday Program offers eight free studio art courses of 2 semesters in length. All classes meet remotely for a few hours on Saturdays and one hour of office hours with their instructor during the week. For high school seniors, the two-semester Senior Studios provide support to successfully compete for admissions to art and architecture colleges.
 
Eligibility
Students from 9th to 12th grade. No prior experience is required.
 
Courses
Architecture, Digital Media, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Senior Studio: Visual Art (12th grade only), and Senior Studio: Design (12th grade only).
 
How to Apply
An online application must be submitted to be considered for the program by January 21st, 2021. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waitlist.
 
Updated on May 19, 2021
 


Find Public Parks & Recreation Centers

 
nyc-parksnycgovparks.org/parks
311 | 212-NEW-YORK outside the five boroughs
twitter.com/nycparks | facebook.com/nycparks
 
Visit nycgovparks.org/parks and click “Search by Location and/or Facilities” to tailor your search to your zip code, borough, or recreational interest.
Locate recreational centers at https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/recreationcenters.
 
Participants at recreational centers must be registered members. Learn how to register at nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation-centers/membership. Membership is free for youth under 18 residing in New York City!
 
Other parks in New York City: In addition to City parks, the five boroughs of New York also possess beautiful state and national parks, waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Get to know where they are and discover beaches, piers, museums, and landmark attractions! Go to https://www.nycgovparks.org/park-features/other-parks-in-nyc
 
Updated on March 28th, 2021
 


Enrichment for Children and Families

 

 
 

 

SCIENCE

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Wonderopolis Invites children to explore intriguing questions about the world around them with fun and engaging activities. Available in 60 languages

wonderopolis.org

LIVE NATURE CAMS

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EarthCam Offers views of city skylines, local landmarks, beaches, zoos, and landscapes from popular tourist destinations throughout the world

earthcam.com

Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute See giant pandas, elephants, lions and naked mole-rats on animal cams streaming live, 24/7

nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

Monterey Bay Aquarium Experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are with the Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

ARTS

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Skillshare Skillshare offers 13 free online art classes for kids that range from doodling sessions to hour-long drawing sessions for kids of all ages

skillshare.com/browse/art-for-kids

ArtsEducation@Home The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offer online arts education resources for students of all ages kennedy-center.org/education/artseducationathome
The Kitchen Table Classroom The Kitchen Table Classroom was created by a 20-year veteran art teacher with a collection of free online art classes for kids kitchentableclassroom.com/online-art-classes-for-kids
Filmed On Stage Broadway shows online for free filmedonstage.com. On the top menu, click on “FREE SHOWS”
Google Arts & Culture Tour and see free exhibits from 2,500 museums and galleries from all over the world

artsandculture.google.com

COOKING

America’s Test Kitchen Young Chefs’ Club Every week it creates a series of recipes, hands-on activities and kitchen STEAM experiments, and fun food quizzes americastestkitchen.com/kids/activities/kitchen-classroom
Real Food 4 Kids Offers online cooking school through providing recipes and narrated, kid-led instructional videos added each month realfood4kids.com/online-cooking-school-plan-selection

DANCE/ACTIVE

GoNoodle Mobile app full of free games and activities designed to get kids moving

gonoodle.com

Cosmic Kids Yoga Youtube channel with yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation videos for kids youtube.com/c/CosmicKidsYoga/videos
Haschak Sisters The Haschak Sisters are four sisters ranging in age from 13-18 with different dance tutorials youtube.com/c/HaschakSisters/videos
Just for Kix Digital Dance Digital Dance online training for $6.99 a month, giving you access to hundreds of dance videos by expert dance teachers digitaldanceinstruction.com/#under-hero-banner

DIY/CRAFTS

Raising Dragons Free resource filled with activities like science experiments, math games, and crafts with items you can find around the house

raisingdragons.com

PBS Crafts PBS offers different free, fun and educational craft activities for children ages 2-8 pbs.org/parents/activity-finder/ages-all/topics-all/shows-all/types-craft-and-experiment
KiwiCo Corner KiwiCo provides hands-on learning through free arts and crafts and science experiments for kids of all ages through a variety of DIY ideas

www.kiwico.com/diy

Bill Nye Bill Nye has experiments you can try at home related to the life science, physical science, and planetary science

billnye.com/home-demos

GARDENING

Kids Gardening Full of free, garden activities that kids of all ages can do at home

kidsgardening.org/garden-activities

National Geographic Explore nature in and around your city for grades 3-12+ nationalgeographic.org/idea/finding-urban-nature

MINDFULNESS

Breathe, Think, Do Sesame free app help teach skills to young children (ages 2-5) to problem-solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence Apple IOS/Android
Dreamy Kid DreamyKid meditation app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmation curated for children and teens Apple IOS: Dreamy Kid App
Headspace Headspace is a guided meditation and mindfulness app suitable for all levels Apple IOS: apps.apple.com Headspace App | Android: play.google.com Headspace App
Smiling Mind Smiling Mind is an app designed to help people pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life for kids ages 7-18 Apple IOS: apps.apple.com Smiling Mind

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Offers an overview of modern and contemporary art and you can view the collection online artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art
Metropolitan Museum Over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy through Google Arts &Culture artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art
The Guggenheim Museum in New York Online programming and activities like at-home art classes or exhibits for both children and adults

guggenheim.org/at-large

The American Museum of Natural History It is now open, but you can still enjoy virtual programming, field trips, virtual tours, and guided hall tours on Facebook Live

amnh.org/explore/virtual-visits

 
Updated on March 28, 2021
 


NYC Parks: Youth and Teen Media Education Programs

 
nyc-parksnycgovparks.org/programs/media/teens
(212) 360-2791
media.ed@parks.nyc.gov

 
Teens have the chance to develop their computational interests or learn valuable lifelong skills for a developing career. NYC Parks offers programs for many young New Yorkers.
 
Programs
Click on the programs below to find out about locations, registration, schedules, and programming.
RecYouth Teen Digital Media
Garden Kitchen Lab
TechOpps Media Certification
 
If you would like to find more information about youth and teen programs, or discuss programs for your child, please email media.ed@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 360-2791.
 
Updated on May 17, 2021
 


Start with A Book

 
startwithabook.org
 
The free resources from Start with a Book build on what young children already like — dinosaurs, building, animals, sports, superheroes, and music — so that parents, camp counselors, and others can have fun and interact meaningfully with children while helping to strengthen their reading skills.
 
Activities
Kid-friendly topics.
► Suggestions for using reading time to build a child’s reading fluency.
Tips for parents in English, Spanish, and nine other languages to support English language learners.
 
Updated on March 23rd, 2021
 


Physical Activities (Online Participation)

 

 

 

AGES 3-9

Program

Services

Link

Cosmic Yoga Club

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids.
Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!

youtube.com/c/CosmicKidsYoga

Tumbletots at Home

offers great weekly 25-minute exercise sessions for kids up to 7 years old

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPy56tmTI89AlYwablw5FPhkJKJNvpjPQ

Just Dance and Kidz Bop Dance Along

Short youtube dancing videos will get kids dancing and having fun!

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMr-d2PLsO95ydptpBnsxdQNSKc9iUNU0

The Body Coach

Short (5-10 minutes) workouts to get up and moving wherever you are!

youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w&list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k&index=1

Simply Soccer

Work on your soccer skills all while in the comfort of your own home!

youtube.com/watch?v=coQdgX1XbEM

AGES 9 -14

DojoGo

Learn Karate with Spiderman, Marvel, and Batman adventures!

youtube.com/channel/UCSf1OJP7WR49-r0VXtBaCSA

JanTimeDanceTV

Dance videos are perfect for teens and tweens who love hip-hop style dancing!

youtube.com/channel/UC2dhpzn1CLxmuMiGcR2iedg/videos

GoNoodle Kids

Dance videos are perfect for teens and tweens who love hip-hop style dancing!

https://family.gonoodle.com | gonoodle.com/blog/gonoodle-games-movement-app-for-kids/

ADULTS

Yoga with Adriene

New yoga videos are posted weekly and are free to all!

youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

PopSugar Fitness

This youtube channel offers a wide range of workouts appropriate for people of all fitness levels.

youtube.com/channel/UCBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg

FitOn: Fitness Workout Plans

The free FitOn app offers workouts of varying types and lengths so you’ll find the one that best suits you.

fitonapp.com

 
Updated on May 15th, 2021
 



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