Free things to do with kids in the City

Christine - posted on 10/27/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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With our not so rosy economy, I think a list of free or nearly free things to do with our kids in the city would be a great idea...My older daughter LOVES taking a ride on the



Staten Island Ferry



Any other ideas?

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LOreal - posted on 02/26/2009

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Sony Wonder Lab. its free and there is sooo much to do and see there! At the end you get to print out a certificate and take it home! its very cool!

Nitsa - posted on 02/20/2009

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try new york library is free and theyh have things for them to do almost everyday there  my  girl go to the library for lap time then toddlers time and when she old their are so much for her to do there

Julia - posted on 11/05/2008

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Diane -We joined Appleseeds. It is located on East 25th street in Manhattan. They do offer classes like cooking, building, music, gymnastics, etc, but those are pretty pricey, in my opinion. They are usually twice a week for 3-4 months and break down to about $30-50/session.... Gymboree seems to be everywhere. I haven't been to one, but they do offer classes, I checked out their website and one class comes out to about $25 per session. I'll do some digging and try to find some cheaper places.

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Julia - which play area - do they have structured programs for kids. I'd love to get Claire into something like that.

Julia - posted on 11/04/2008

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Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is free for kids under 12 and free for all on Tuesdays all day, Saturday 10am-12pm and free weekdays from Nov 20-Feb 29. Normal adult admission is $8. Plus, I know that if you take the B or Q the Prospect Park station is wheelchair accessible (aka stroller friendly!!).



There is also the Prospect Park Zoo, kids under 3 are free, yrs 3-6 is $2.00 and adults are $6.



I often see kids at the local farmer's market at Union Square on scavenger hunts and interviewing the venders and that is free, or the cost of a fresh baked cookie....



There is also the fascinating walk along the promenade on the Hudson River, where there are great playgrounds, helicopter landings to be seen (and felt) up close, skateboard parks, the trapeze school to behold and all sorts of diversions. This is probably best for the stroller set or kids with bikes.



I joined an indoor play area. My son isn't walking yet and is no match for the big kids on the playgrounds near me. While it seemed a pretty big expenditure, it breaks down to about $2.50 a day, which has proven to be really worth it to me as he just loves it there and it really breaks up the day.

Tiffany - posted on 10/29/2008

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The Green Meadows Farm in Queens, while not free, is great and inexpensive. Kids can learn about and touch farm animals, go on pony rides, a hay ride, and pick pumpkins.

Christine - posted on 10/28/2008

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That sounds fun, Diane! If I ever have off on a Friday, I will have to check it out. Now that you mention it, there are a bunch of museums that are free on certain days of the month or week....I know the Bklyn Museum is free the first Saturday of the month...

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We love the NY Hall of Science, out here in Queens. It's easy to get to on the subway or if you drive, and it's FREE on Friday afternoons from 2 til the close at 5. They have fun, hands on exhibits and a great toddler area called The Preschool Place. (To get there on the subway, take the 7 local to 111th Street, and walk south along 111th, til you get there. It's also adjacent to Flushing Meadows Park.

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