Summer is a great time to get kids involved in activities around town. New York City (NYC) has a plethora of free summer fun to get kids moving, involved and connected with other kids. Check out some of the best ways to help kids enjoy the summer.



NYC outdoor pools open on June 29, 2016 while indoor pools are open year-round. Thousands of people visit the city’s free public outdoor pools to cool off, relax and have fun. Kids can enjoy a number of programs including swim lessons, join a youth swim team or just bring friends and enjoy the water. Being in the water is a great way to beat the summer heat and have lots of fun.


Food Program

Children and young adults are invited to participate in a free School Food Lunch Program which provides healthy alternatives to junk food. Lunch is available for children under 19 years of age. Breakfast is served during the Learn to Swim program at pools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Meals are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support nutritious habits for kids.


Kids in Motion

Kids in Motion helps children get ‘off the couch’ and into playgrounds. By introducing physical activity in a fun, non-competitive environment, Kids in Motion can help support active kids through adulthood. Organized sports, games, fitness demos, guided walks, board games and more are part of the day. Instructors provide hours of fun, engaging programming for young people of all ages which supports growth in social-emotional, physical and mental abilities.


Summer Sports Experience

Kids will learn sports skills through an instructional youth program run by knowledgeable staff who train kids in sports such as baseball, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, track and volleyball. Recommended ages are between 8-14 years old. Participants may drop in for one or more sessions. Registration is recommended and kids are invited to stay for the whole season to get the most benefit from the program.



The Tiger Tennis Academy offers educational kids tennis programs on Long Island, Queens and New York City. Kids will learn the fundamentals of tennis but also have lots of fun learning. All of the equipment is kid-sized and safe for play. Many schools, tennis clubs and public facilities offer courses. Tennis provides kids an opportunity to learn social and technical skills while under the supervision of trained, professional staff who love teaching young people how to play a sport that can be enjoyed for years to come.