Randall’s Island Park offers a range of family-friendly events and activities. 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 guided walking tours. 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.
In addition to family fun, RIPA offers athletic programs and environmental education programs for children. Learn more below.
RIPA Signature Events
RIPA’s Signature Events are perfect for families and friends who want to enjoy the great outdoors together. These free large events include a Cherry Blossom Festival, Birding Bonanza, The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt, Get Hooked and the Harvest Festival. Free.
Outdoor Movie Nights
Where better to see a movie than in the great outdoors on Randall’s Island, surrounded by stunning urban vistas! RIPA, in partnership with the NYC Parks Department, will screen multiple critically-acclaimed films during the summer. FREE
Picnic & Play
Bring out your family and friends for fun games like giant Connect 4, Jenga, board games, hula hoops, and more. Art projects, too! Bring a picnic or purchase a burger at the pop-up grill as you enjoy an evening outside and watch the sun set over the city. Free.
FLOW C(ART): The Randall’s Island Art Cart
Pop-up art activities for all ages. The Randall’s Island FLOW C(ART) is full of art supplies to get your creative juices flowing! Different park-inspired art projects each week! April – Oct Check our event calendar and social media for times/locations. Free.
Natural Areas Exploration Day
RIPA encourages families to explore the diverse plants and wildlife that can be found in the restored wetlands and natural areas on Randall’s Island. Bring your child to learn more about how these spaces are improving the environment for wildlife, local communities, and all residents of New York City. Free.
Urban Farm Exploration Day
Come explore and learn about the great variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, chickens, and even rice paddies at RIPA’s Urban Farm. Take a self-guided tour or speak with an RIPA Urban Farmer to gain a better understanding of the important role vegetation plays in our daily life. Free.
Art on the Farm
Join us at the Randall’s Island Urban Farm for unique family art projects. Use the farm as inspiration for creating seasonal projects like nature printing, watercolor painting, nature journaling, and more! Free.
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. Visit our Events page for dates/times and details.
RIPA offers a wide variety of free family-friendly tours that encourage children to explore and learn about the environment. Whether your child is interested in art, flowers and butterflies, or the animals that live in the wetlands, there is a tour for you to take together. Free.
Miniature Golf & Batting Cages
Due to a transition in concessionaires the Randall’s Island Golf Center will be closed until April 2019. The facility will re-open next year with new enhancements.
Snowshoeing is the perfect opportunity to bring your family out to the Island for a fun and healthy winter activity. RIPA will provide the snowshoes and the hot chocolate – we leave the exploring and fun to you! This event is weather dependent; please check our social media after the next heavy snowfall for details. 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.
This program is funded in part by the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area, Inc. and the Venable Foundation.
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. Campers try their hand at many different sports (soccer, rugby, softball, tennis and more!), run on the track at the world-famous Icahn Stadium, bike the Island’s pathways, and explore 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.