School’s Out! What to Do with Kids in NYC this Summer



As summer break approaches, there’s no better way to spend quality time with the kids than cartwheeling your way around NYC. Parks and beaches, shopping and eating, the city has everything you need for your day in the sun. Here are the essential places to take the kids in New York this summer.

Conservatory Water


Channel your inner Stuart Little and bask in the Parisian-inspired glory of Central Park’s Conservatory Water this summer. The model boat pond brings together scores of children and adults looking to dive into the pleasure of boating, without the lifejackets. Boating season blooms from April to October, with races held on Saturday starting from 10a.m.

Conservatory Water; E 72nd st.

Broadway in Bryant Park

Image by @bryantparknyc via Instagram.

A picnic in the park is only made more perfect with the excitement and candor of live performances. Pack your baskets and stroll over to Bryant Park for a current selection of Broadway’s favorite acts. And hey, if you’re really impressed, why not go the extra mile and splurge on tickets for the whole family?

Broadway in Bryant Park; Bryant Park, New York.

Coney Island and Luna Park


Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to every child’s favorite holiday destination: the amusement park. And you don’t have to travel very far for one of New York’s most beloved attractions. With rides, shops, games and dining, be sure to add Coney Island’s Luna Park to your to-do list this season. Trust us, it’s worth the trek from Manhattan, especially since the subway drops you off right at the beach and the amusement park.

Luna Park; 1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn.

Ice Cream

Summer in New York can be an absolute scorcher, and there’s no better method for cooling off than treating yourself to a delicious cone of the city’s best ice cream. Sprinkled around Manhattan are a number of boutique, artisan and all-round delicious ice cream parlors that will be sure to make you (and the children) scream.

Check here for a few recommendations.

Free Kayaking



If you’ve grown tired of all the walking and subway-hopping we recommend giving the legs a rest and letting your arms take charge. The Manhattan Community Boathouse offers free kayaking at Pier 96 for all those looking to glide along the city’s river.

Kayaking; Pier 96, W 55th St.

Looking for more NYC activities? Check out the Roger Smith Blog for our family-approved guide to NYC.

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