FREE Summer Art in NYC 2017

Family Affair: Summer Solstice (Sponsored by the Bronx Museum of the Arts)

Saturday, June 24, 3pm-6pm

Location: Target Bronx Community Garden, 1025 Anderson Avenue

Celebrate the start of summer with an afternoon of family art-making activities in the outdoors. Recommended for children ages 4 to 12 with parent/guardian.

And remember, The Bronx Museum of the Arts is always FREE! Cool air conditioning and art is a great way to spend the day!

Boogie on the Boulevard 2017

Join Us! ¡Acompáñenos!

Get ready to Boogie! On Sundays June 25, July 23, August 20, September 10 the center lanes of the Grand Concourse from 162nd Street to 170th Street will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond.


¡Prepárate para el Boogie! Los domingos 25 de junio, 23 de julio, 20 de agosto y 10 de septiembre los carriles centrales del Grand Concourse, desde la calle 162 hasta la calle 170, estarán cerrados a la circulación vehicular y abiertos a un mundo de diversión a programas de música, arte y ejercicio gratuitos auspiciados por organizaciones dentro y fuera del Bronx.

Find more information here:


Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling

898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street in Harlem

This new museum is incredible for younger kids. Most appropriate for K-4th grade, it has beautiful interactive exhibitions and unique playspaces. The storytelling is fantastic and the art activities are really fun.

Admission for children 8 and younger is always free. Children ages 9-17 enter for $4; adult admission is $7.

The third Sunday of every month is FREE! (July 16 and August 20)

Find out more here:

Wave Hill Family Art

W 249th St & Independence Ave, Bronx, NY

Enjoy the beautiful gardens and lawns of Wave Hill overlooking the Hudson River in the Riverdale neighborhood. Admission is FREE from 9am-12pm every SATURDAY!

#1 Subway @ West 242nd St.–A free Wave Hill shuttle van meets passengers on the west side of Broadway in front of Burger King at 10 minutes past the hour, from 9:10am to 4:10pm. The shuttle van returns visitors to Broadway in front of Burger King, departing Wave Hill’s front gate on the hour, from 10am until 5pm.

While you are there check out the FREE family art activities every Saturday from 10-1:

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Boulevard Long Island City, NY

This sculpture park in Long Island City in Queens is an excellent destination on a hot summer day–interesting and quirky artwork in a park with room for a picnic. They have awesome kids programing and educational workshops. (You can also plan a trip to the Noguchi Museum down the street–$10 for adults free for kids 12 and under. The sculptures of Isamu Noguchi and family programs

More information about Saturday sculpture workshops for kids here:

The Children’s Museum of the Arts

103 Charlton St. NYC

Pay-what-you-wish Thursdays, 4pm-6pm

It is a long trip down to lower Manhattan, but this museum is FULL of amazing art activities for kids. Sign up to make art at the clay bar, paint or print in the art studio, make a digit recording in the digital studio and so much more!

The museum is pay-what-you-wish on Thursday afternoons from 4pm-6pm. Pay a dollar per person and enjoy!

Find out more here:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY (5th Ave at 84th St.)

Start with Art at the Met (ages 3-6) and Art Trek for Kids (ages 7-11) Family art activities in the galleries, lead by a museum art educator.

Programs on Thursdays and Saturdays all summer long!

These programs are free with admission. Admission to the Met Museum is a suggested donation, and you are free to pay whatever you want. REALLY! Sasha and I always pay a dollar per person, so if the whole family goes we pay $4.

For more information about Art Trek (ages 7-11) follow this link:

For more information about Start with Art (ages 3-6) follow this link:

Public Art Around the City

There are incredible art installations all over the city–in the subway stations, in parks, in plazas and on the street. If you are out and about and want to make art part of the trip, check out these kid-friendly artworks around the city.

City Parks Foundation SummerStage

Come before select shows to participate in our all-ages, family-friendly workshops, from dance, beatboxing and DJ classes to Latin percussion sessions and more! No need to register – just walk up and join the fun!

More information about shows and workshops here:

Summer Streets

For 3 Saturdays in August from 7am-1pm, the city shuts down Park Avenue from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge and hosts performances, art making, music and fun along the street. Bring the family and wander the streets and enjoy the offerings.

Lincoln Center Kids

As part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrations there are a few FREE family activities, including a weekend of double dutch festivities!




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