Slowly but surely, NYC is starting to emerge from PAUSE, right on time for summer. Playgrounds are opening (find the best ones here), day camps are booking for summer 2020, and if you’d still prefer virtual options, you can choose a virtual camp or one of the virtual events still happening across the city. We’ve rounded up our faves happening this weekend below. Scroll down for what to do this weekend with the kids!

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Independence Day Party

It’s a red, white and blue-berry Independence Day party and you’re all invited! Join CAMP and Kroger for an hour of creativity and fun including DIY tie-dye, an interactive magic show, and dance!

Little New-Yorkers at Home

Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home.

Virtual Family Day

Celebrate Independence Day with the New-York Historical Society. They have a whole day’s worth of programming planned, including a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered by historical interpreter Joel Cook, a deep dive into Jackie Robinson’s legacy of activism with the Jackie Robinson Museum, and sing-alongs that give voice to struggles and hopes throughout American history.

Uptown Drive-In

The Uptown Drive-In will deliver fun and affordable activities, ranging from trivia nights to karaoke sing-alongs, comedy shows, live performances, dance showcases, food from NY’s top food and beverage vendors. Tickets are a must – get on the waiting list for your chance for tickets.

July 4th Oration–The Struggle for Justice Continues

Using the 1852 address by Douglass as a framework, the Oration examines issues of liberty, citizenship, civic engagement and social responsibility from the historical perspective in light of contemporary injustice.

Virtual Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Staten Island youth, a virtual pie baking demonstration and tour of the Guyon-Lake Tysen Farmhouse and host your own pinwheel parade with a craft activity for kids and families.

July 4th With the National Archives

This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment paper and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family.

Virtual Pop-Up: Caribbean Candle Making

Participants will try their hand at every step of the candle making process and create a custom candle of their very own, and then join Boyce for a moderated conversation about growing up in Flatbush, her art and practice.

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

From living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join a round-robin of shared songs, featuring members of the New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear during a Virtual Chantey Sing.


There are tons more virtual events on our calendar – be sure to check them out all week long!


–  Jesseca Stenson


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