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Things to do in The Bronx (and nearby)

I am sure I’m like a lot of moms, especially those like me…. it feels like there is so little going on in the Bronx. Of course, Manhattan is where it’s at, but getting there and back home with kids can become a mission.

I’ve actually found that there is a lot more to do in the Bronx and Westchester than you can imagine, especially when you do a little digging. While I love websites like Mommy Poppins, there aren’t many listings for local happenings in our area (Bronx/Westchester/Lower CT). Some of the events listed here may be last minute pop-up events or ongoing.

Upcoming events

December 14 – Family Art-Palooza at Wave Hill from 4:30-7:00pm.

December 15 – Hibernation – hosted by Rocking the Boat from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

December 19 – Hart Island Tour. The lottery for this event opens on December 6th. You can register for the lottery here. 2024 dates are January 16 and January 30.

The Bronx Vegan Bazaar hosts an ongoing event on Wednesdays from 4-9pm at The Andrew Freeman Home near the 167th St. (4/B/D) stop.

Regularly Scheduled Programming


For more information on Homeschool Hangout click here. This is a FREE program on Monday and Friday from 12pm-2pm at the Parkchester Library.

Craft Related

Sewing classes are often offered at Blossom Holness (1374 Castle Hill Ave). Call for class fees.

Nature & Outdoors

Bronx Equestrian Center – While prices have gone up in recent years, you can still get a pony ride for $10.00 and horse rides are $15.00. The stable is usually open daily from 9am-6pm.

Bronx Zoo – Free general entry on Wednesday (reservation required)

Check in with NYC Parks, Urban Park Rangers to find family camping dates throughout the year. This a free experience where you are selected via lottery.

NYRR Youth Events – These are FREE race events for children ages 2-18 around NYC. They are held throughout the year. There are three stages, with youth being able to compete in timed races at age 12.

Randall’s Island Urban Farm  – Free access

Wave Hill  – (Free on Thursdays, Family Art Project on Weekends)

NYC Parks family camping programs with Urban Park Rangers

Past Events Below

These are events that have already taken place. Check back to see if there events happen again so you can catch them next time!

Saturday-Monday, October 7-9 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration on Randalls Island, just off the South Bronx. To register click here.

Sunday, October 15 – The New York Mycological Society is hosting Fungus Festival 2023 on Randalls Island.

Saturday, October 21 – Fall Festival at Soundview Park (12-4pm). Games, sports, small crafts and more.

Thursday, October 26 – Skate Party at the Kwame Ture Rec Center (3-6pm) near the Mt. Eden (4) stop. Skate will be provided while supplies last.

Friday, October 27 – Movies Under the Stars: Insidious: The Red Door will be shown at the Kwame Ture Rec (8-10pm)near the Mt. Eden (4) stop.

Saturday, October 28 – The Bronx River Alliance has free community paddling at Starlight Park (11:00-3:00pm) near the Whitlock Ave (6) and 174th St. (2/5) stop. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

Saturday, November 4 – The Bronx Alliance is hosting its Community Banquet at Concrete Plant Park.

December 9 – Family Day: Winter Wonderland at the Bronx Museum.

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