Central Park Carousel

Choose from 57 horses and two chariots on a charming carousel built in 1908 (but installed in the park in 1951). Look for fun art throughout including silly clowns. Covered by a lovely brick structure with side openings but still closed on rainy days. Interesting history: the current carousel is the fourth in this location.…

Suggested Ages: All
🎟 $2.50

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK

Lincoln Center W 65th Street & Broadway,

A free, GPS-enabled work of public art uses music to illuminate the natural environment. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, the experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same. After installing the free app and…

Central Park Boathouse

Central Park, The Loeb Boathouse Mid-Park at E 72nd Street,

Weather permitting, rent classic rowboats for a unique view of Central Park, available April through November. Each boat holds up to 4 people. Life jackets provided. Must be at least 3 feet tall to ride. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Expect lines on weekends. 🍽 A counter service cafe café is…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
🎟 $25/hour (cash only)

Bessie’s Big Shot

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Central Park at W 79th Street & West Drive,

See a fun and high-flying, family-friendly adventure at the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Marionettes and music tell the story of Bessie the cow, who dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 9
🎟 $15, $10/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt

Central Park Carousel Mid-Park at 65th,

Kids and adults team up to roam the paths and fields of the park below 72nd Street while answering tricky, humorous questions. To score points, find Stuart Little, stick your tongue out at a rude animal, learn the motto of a hidden eagle, decipher a secret code by the pond seen in Home Alone 2,…

Suggested Ages: 7 to 13
🎟 $21.50/ages 18+, $17.50/ages 7-17
Event Series SummerStage

SummerStage

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Fifth Avenue & E 69th Street,

Established and emerging artists present distinctly New York genres including salsa, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, pop, global, contemporary dance, and many more in an outdoor arena in Central Park  (plus 12 local community parks across the city). Check out weekly free shows are splurge for benefit shows that support City Parks programming.…

Event Series Family Tour of the Ramble

Family Birding Tour

Central Park, Belvedere Castle Mid park around 79th Street,

Learn about the beauty and fun of birding with this hands-on birding experience for the whole family. Expert guides lead young birders and their grown-ups on an adventure to learn the ins and outs of finding and identifying birds. Along the way, discover the magic of the Park’s castle and one of its charming woodland…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 13
🎟 $15/1 child & 1 adult, $5/additional child

Central Park Vegan Night Market

Wollman Rink Central Park E 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue,

Discover delicious food and drink options from local artisans, sample new vegan products, and connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for sustainability and ethical living.For both seasoned vegans and those just curious about the lifestyle.

Event Series Gladiators NYC

Gladiators NYC

Metropolitan Museum Of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street,

Watch knights with authentic medieval steel weapons and armor battle in full-contact MMA (1 vs. 1 and team vs. team).  An epic afternoon of chivalry, bravery, and excitement with minstrel performances. Outside the SW corner of the Met Museum, next to the Greywacke Arch. Presented by non-profit GladiatorsNYC, the oldest armored combat school in NYC.

Heirlooms: An Evening of Ukrainian and Folk Music

Central Park W 63rd St Entrance W 63rd St & Central Park West,

Trio Fadolin plays music from Eastern Europe, including a rediscovered work by the revered Ukrainian klezmer violinist & composer, Yehiel Goyzman. Audience members are welcome snacks and beverages plus blankets or lawn chairs for comfort, or reserve provided blankets and chairs ($9). Family or date night friendly. Location: near the West 63rd street entrance to…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
🎟 $16