The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) hosts a variety of free public events that promote fun and exploration for our younger visitors. These drop-in events range from outdoor movie nights to arts and crafts workshops. For those looking for something completely unstructured, the Park offers miles of waterfront pathways, the Scylla Playground, outdoor art installations and many acres of green space. Visit our Events page for information.
Next to the Urban Farm you will find the Scylla Playground. Children will enjoy the spray shower, swings, slide and more. Picnic tables and a nearby restroom make this a great location to bring little ones. Free.
Sports and Recreational Programs
Jesse Owens Track & Field Programs
The Jesse Owens Track & Field Program encourages kids to live active and healthy lives. Offered through a partnership between RIPA and City Parks Foundation, the program works to inspire and motivate ongoing participation in the sport of track & field. Kids receive instructions on proper running techniques as well as health and wellness tips, and are introduced to different aspects of track & field including hurdles, shot put and long jump. This free program for children ages 8-14 is offered on Saturdays during the fall and spring season. Learn more here.
RIPA Summer Camp
RIPA offers a free five-week fun-filled summer camp to local community-based organizations that service NYC children ages 6 -12. The camp offers a wide variety of sports and activities including basketball, tennis, volleyball, kickball, wiffleball, soccer, disc activities, track & field, physical fitness, dance, nature exploration, nature arts & crafts, Capoeira, self defense, biking, FDNY tours, rugby, percussion, softball, and nature lessons at the Urban Farm and wetlands. Enrollment is only available through local community-based organizations. Learn more here.
Sportime Tennis Center, in collaboration with RIPA, offers free tennis classes to children via school-based programs. Sportime’s professional instructors teach all participants, while also building their self-esteem and encouraging healthy living. This program is available on site at the Sportime Tennis Center, or it can be brought to your local school. To learn more contact [email protected] at Sportime Tennis Center.
School-based Environmental Educational Programs
Urban Farm Edible Education Program
The RIPA’s Edible Education program offers free educational activities at the Park’s Urban Farm to students of all ages, in partnership with local schools and groups as well as through RIPA’s free summer camps. RIPA’s Urban Farm and outdoor kitchen give students a deeper understanding of how their food is grown, plant and soil health, and the need for nutritious food in our community. If you are a teacher or representative from a local school or community-based organization and are interested in this program please visit Schools: Educational Programs.
Waterfront Stewardship Program
For nearly 25 years, RIPA has worked to restore, maintain and develop programming along the Randall’s Island waterfront. The Park’s 20 acres of restored natural areas, ten acres of wetlands and nearly five miles of scenic waterfront offer a unique opportunity for community organizations and groups of schoolchildren to explore and learn from the natural world. RIPA offers a variety of free hands-on, on-site Waterfront Stewardship lessons. If you are a teacher or representative from a local school or community-based organization and are interested in bringing your class or group to explore and learn from the waterfront, please visit Schools: Educational Programs.