City Parks Foundation Announces Free Summer Arts & Sports Programs for New York City Kids in Parks Citywide

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City Parks Foundation's Free Summer Programs for Kids include Tennis, Golf, and Track & Field Instruction along with Music, Theater and Dance Performances

Indigo & Her Rainbow Caravan perform during City Parks Foundation's free CityParks Kids Concerts held in parks throughout New York City.

This summer, City Parks Foundation is proud to continue to offer free sports and arts programming to thousands of youth across New York City. These programs expose kids to the world of arts and culture and encourage healthy lifestyles.

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce its exciting 2010 schedule of FREE performing arts and sports instruction for youth citywide. Throughout the summer, New York City children of all ages can enjoy a wide array of activities from interactive dance performances, storytelling and poetry readings to tennis, golf and track and field instruction. Programs take place in over 50 neighborhood park locations across all five boroughs.

“This summer, we are proud to continue to offer free sports and arts programming to thousands of youth across New York City. These programs expose kids to the world of arts and culture and encourage healthy lifestyles,” said David Rivel, Executive Director, City Parks Foundation. “City Parks Foundation provides free programming that engages children and their families and helps establish neighborhood parks as vital community resources.”

For details and a full list of City Parks Foundation’s 2010 kids programs, please visit


CityParks Kids’ 2010 programming offers over 95 free performing arts events at over 30 locations citywide from June 26th - August 11th for over 25,000 New York City children and their families. The City Parks Foundation’s state-of-the-art PuppetMobile, a traveling extension of the famous Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre located in Central Park, will perform “Sleeping Beauty” in all five boroughs. With dance performances, storytelling, poetry readings, magic shows, musical acts and sing-a-longs, CityParks Kids engages city youth in the arts and culture of the diverse communities of the city. For the complete 2010 CityParks Kids schedule, please visit

Highlights of the 2010 CityParks Kids programming include:

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Hip-hop music for kids with a sound that’s all grown up!
*July 7th at 11:00 a.m.-Pelham Bay Park’s Playground for All Children, Bronx
*July 8th at 10:30 a.m.-Morningside Park, Manhattan
*July 9th at 10:30 a.m.-Sara D. Roosevelt, Manhattan

A captivating display of artistry and athleticism that will take your breath away.
*July 19th at 10:30 a.m.-Haffen Park, Bronx
*July 20th at 11:00 a.m.-Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
*July 21st at 11:00 a.m.-Pelham Bay Park’s Playground for All Children, Bronx

Thaddeus Rex
A performance that blends the energy of rock with the sensibility of folk music.
*July 26th at 10:30 a.m.-Rochdale Park, Queens
*July 27th at 10:30 a.m.-Columbus Park, Manhattan
*July 28th at 11:00 a.m.-Pelham Bay Park’s Playground for All Children, Bronx
*July 29th at 10:30 a.m.-Underwood Park, Brooklyn
*July 30th at 10:30 a.m.-Sara D. Roosevelt, Manhattan

Zany Umbrella Circus
A new vaudeville act that mixes storytelling with circus acts and includes aerial fabric, trapeze, masks, audience interaction and puppetry.
*July 28th at 10:30 a.m.-Sunset Park, Brooklyn
*July 29th at 10:30 a.m.-Alfred E. Smith, Manhattan
*July 30th at 10:30 a.m.-Crotona Park, Bronx
*August 2nd at 10:30 a.m.-Rochdale Park, Queens

Indigo & Her Rainbow Caravan
Sing-a-longs and sharing stories of exciting magical adventures!
*August 3rd at 10:00 a.m.-Courtney Callender Playground, Manhattan
*August 5th at 10:30 a.m.-Ciccarone Park, Bronx
*August 10th at 10:30 a.m.-Poe Park, Bronx
*August 11th at 10:30 a.m.-Willowbrook Park, Staten Island


This summer, City Parks Foundation’s free sports instruction programs for kids will be offered in over 45 locations citywide. Free use of equipment is available at all lessons.

CityParks Tennis presented by Chase provides free tennis lessons to more than 7,000 children, ages five to 16, each year in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs. The program promotes physical fitness while building self-confidence and is designed to make the sport of tennis freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. CityParks Tennis is offered from July 6th to August 11th. The program concludes with an exciting tournament for beginners held at the Central Park Tennis Center and The Chase Aces Tournament for intermediates held at Flushing Meadows Tennis Center in mid-August.

CityParks Golf makes it fun and easy for boys and girls, ages six to 17, to learn to play golf. The free golf lessons and use of equipment, held in public parks and on citywide courses, makes the sport of golf accessible to kids of all skill levels throughout New York City. The emphasis of the program is not only on learning the basics of the sport, but also on developing self-esteem, discipline and sportsmanship. The program gives kids a chance to improve their skills and ultimately try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy–specialized programs for dedicated young golfers available at the CityParks Junior Golf Center, a facility in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that also offers programming for new or first-time youth golfers from New York City.

CityParks Golf is offered in two sessions, running from July 6th through July 29th or from August 2nd through August 26th.

CityParks Track & Field presented by ING gives New York City kids, ages five to 16, the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw. The program, supported by ING Run for Something Better, is held from July 6th to August 11th. All participating youngsters have the opportunity to display the basic skills learned at the end of the season at an organized track meet held at Ichan Stadium, the world class sports complex on Randall’s Island on August 11th.

Youth interested in City Parks Foundation’s Sports Programs are asked to pre-register online at Registration is on a first-come basis, and all participants will receive confirmation of registration by mail or email.

Founded in 1989, City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF’s programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more details, please visit


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