NEW YORK SUMMER IN THE CITY
WRITTEN BY BRIANNE MANZ STROLLERINTHECITY.COM
Summer in the city can be one of the most fun and exhilarating times for kids. School is OUT, which can be a bit of a scheduling challenge for working moms and dads, but if you can swing it, the activities are endless (and all are available on the weekends, too). From art colonies at the Children’s Museum of Art to must-see public parks and everything in between, I’ve compiled a list of fun things to do with your kids this summer.
HUDSON RIVER PARK PIER 25
Historic Governors Island opens every year from May to October for fun activities and art installations. They have a 50,000 square-foot junkyard playground for kids to go absolutely bananas. There is a zip line and wall climb with views of the Statue of Liberty (as well as a beergarden for mom and dad). An Audubon group and summer camp is also located on site. Getting there via the ferry is a lot of fun for the kids, too. Ferry routes start May 1 and run frequently from Manhattan’s South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Families will find great little parks for the kids all along the Hudson River, but Pier 25 in particular has many fun things, from mini golf to beach volleyball. There is a playground with swings, climbing structures, sprinklers and water activities, refreshments and plenty of waterfront seating and tables. Plus, it always seems to be at least five degrees cooler here than in the rest of the city, since it is located on a long pier and gets a cool breeze from the river…as well as unobstructed views of the waterfront.
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