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The Guide to Summer in the City with Kids
by GP Marketing

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

© NY Post and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, respectively 

On a clear summer day, this is the place to be. The memorial that pays tribute to Franklin D. Roosevelt is a perfect spot to spend an afternoon lounging on the grass, while eating a Build-Your-Own Farmer’s Bowl from Katchkie Truck. Or, if the little ones are feeling a bit more energetic, bring them to the Imagination Playground, where they can construct awe-inspiring monuments of their own from oversized, architectural blocks. Then, sit down and enjoy a book (or two!) at the Uni Project. Four Freedoms Park offers activities the whole family can enjoy together for a day of creativity and learning.

Wave Hill

©Wave Hill 

Wave Hill’s Summer Art Project series is a family event that cannot be missed! Every Saturday and Sunday, 10AM -1PM, artists lead families in a variety of workshops, ranging from Papermaking with Lavender to creating Handmade River RaftsIf you’re interested in getting your hands a bit dirtier, join naturalist Gabriel Willow for a Nature Walk during which you will ramble through Wave Hill’s gardens and woodlands and learn about the area’s native species.

Throughout the summer, our GP chefs will lead cooking classes that are suitable for all ages, ranging from Cooking with Edible Flowers to a Pie, Cobbler and Grunt Cooking Class. Mark your calendars now for the Cooking with Lavender Class that will take place June 12th at 1 pm. 

Brooklyn Museum

©Brooklyn Museum

Beginning July 15th, Brooklyn Museum will be showing “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present,” an exhibit with appeal for any age group; it is the most comprehensive presentation of sports photography every organized and illustrates the “unforgettable moments of drama and excitements from around the globe.” After exploring the museum, grab lunch to-go at BKM Bowl or BKM Café and dine outdoor in the recently re-opened Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden. Or, sit down and eat lunch in a room inspired by the secret storage spaces of the museum at The Norm.



Caramoor’s summer concert series kicks off June 18th, and the American Roots Festival the following weekend is perfect for a family outing. The day is jam-packed with performances, ranging in genre from folk and bluegrass to creole and singer/songwriter. Bring a blanket, grab picnic boxes from the Katchkie Truck, and enjoy a day of music, food, and family fun. If you aren’t able to make the American Roots Festival, don’t fret! Concerts will take place throughout the summer at Caramoor; see the calendar here

Museum of the City of New York

©Museum of the City of New York 

Kids can craft and bind their own books at the museum on June 5th in collaboration with the Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs exhibition. Before or after making your books, feel free to explore the museum and its exhibits (all family programs, like book making, are included with museum admission). Later in the month, create a decorative frame for Father’s Day inspired by the Gilded New York exhibit. And don't forget, Central Park is just a few steps away. Grab lunch at Chalsty's Café and eat in the park for an al fresco dining experience! 

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