Sun 1 Take advantage of the 3,000-square-foot playground on the roof of the JCC on the Upper West Side—it’s free to the public Sundays in July from noon to 4pm.
Mon 2 Unfurl the picnic blanket and lawn chairs in Bryant Park for a free alfresco showingof the classic film The Wizard of Oz.
Tues 3 Watch wacky circus acts, ride a Ferris wheel and learn about sharks at New Jersey’s State Fair Meadowlands.
Wed 4 Happy Fourth of July! Watch the 36th Annual Macy’s Fireworks from a spot along the Hudson River.
Thu 5 Groove to the tunes of bilingual Brooklyn band Moona Luna at Madison Square Park’s free concerts for kids.
Fri 6 Bring the kids to “Wendy by HWKN,” the C02-banishing giant blue star that’s taken up residence in the MoMA PS1 courtyards.
Sat 7 Chow down on some of the city’s best BBQ at Governors Island’s Cook Out NYC.
Sun 8 Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players headline SummerStage’s Central Park Family Day.
Mon 9 It’s hot out! Escape the summer heat at a city beach.
Tue 10 Literally Alive’s first free summer of theater kicks off with Tico Tales, a bilingual musical adaptation of Costa Rican folktales.
Wed 11 Take a dip in a city pool, including the newly reopened McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn.
Thu 12 Check out the retrospective of Japanase artist Yayoi Kusama at the Whitney, including her enchanting installation “Fireflies on the Water”.
Fri 13 The animated flick Ice Age 4: Continental Drift hits movie theaters.
Sat 14 Learn the basics of ballroom, tango and swing from instructor Rodney Lopez at the Midsummer Night Swing Kids’ Day.
Sun 15 Celebrate Bastille Day in midtown with kids’ pétanque contests, crepes and Belgian waffles.
Tue 17 Skippyjon Jones, Theatreworks USA’s free summer production, starts performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Wed 18 Rock out to Astrograss, a bluegrass-inspired band for kids, at a free summer concert in Carroll Park.
Fri 20 Watch the Brooklyn Cyclones face off against the Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park; stick around after for postgame fireworks.
Sat 21 Play in the sand and build elaborate creations at Coney Island’s 22nd Annual Sand Sculpting Contest.
Sun 22 Rent a pair of roller skates from the Skate Truck NYC, which meanders through a different park each weekend.
Mon 23 Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods, starring Donna Murphy and Amy Adams, debuts at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.
Wed 25 Say hi to some of the Bronx Zoo‘s newest arrivals, including a trio of black-necked swan cygnets.
Thu 26 Head to Pier 40 or Pier 96 for a complimentary kayak ride on the Hudson River.
Sat 28 ”Spiders Alive!,” packed with live spiders including a Western black widow, opens at the American Museum of Natural History.
Sun 29 Gawk at toys, clothing and games created specifically for kids at the Museum of Modern Art‘s ““Century of the Child: Growing By Design, 1900–2000″.”
Mon 30 Go back in time to the days when T.rex roamed the earth at Field Station: Dinosaurs, a new prehistoric theme park in New Jersey.
Tue 31 Spend the afternoon exploring the water tables and sandbox at the Pier 6 playground in Brooklyn Heights.