Kids and Families: Virtual & in the Park

All of Fort Tryon Park is your family’s back yard and green gym. Parents and children from northern Manhattan’s many communities come here for respite from the city’s busy streets. This is where children can discover and explore, listen to music, dance, and play. Generations of New Yorkers from the five boroughs have enjoyed birthday parties and have had their prom and quinceañera photos taken here! Fort Tryon Park has events throughout the year that families can enjoy, from yoga for new parents to educational activities for young naturalists.

Though the whole park has much to offer to families with children, the Anne Loftus Playground at the northeast corner of the park deserves special mention. The Fort Tryon Park Trust has partnered with NYC Parks and local elected officials to expand the cultural, educational and recreational programming at this essential community gathering space offering children’s concerts, children’s science workshops, and festivals, such as the Higher Ground Festival.

To be the first to hear about upcoming events for parents and children, visit our Events Calendar.

Natural history events

The Fort Tryon Park Trust holds workshops for children and their families to equip them with knowledge about the abundant natural assets of the park. There are bug and animal activities, natural history walks, and art-making, as well as wildlife workshops such as Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation.

Festivals & Parades

We kick off spring with the annual Shearing of the Heather, a community parade through the Heather Garden. Local parents can work together on neighborhood events such as an Egg Hunt, Harvest Festival, and Halloween Parade. In the summer, children’s concerts and dance classes help activate and enliven the Broadway side of Fort Tryon.

The trust sponsors Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day with the Urban Park Rangers each spring, when families can listen to live music, make animal-themed eco-crafts, and interact with hawks, owls, possums, porcupines, and other animals that are being rehabilitated.

During the annual Medieval Festival, Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a historic village, complete with crafts, demonstrations, performers, a live joust, human chess games, and more. The annual Battle of Fort Washington reenactment educational is a celebration on the critical battle of the Revolutionary War fought in part in Fort Tryon Park. Families can make Revolutionary War-era crafts, write with quill pens, travel back in time to tour the park with Margaret Corbin, participate in Revolutionary War drills with costumed experts, and watch a blacksmith play children’s games from another time.

Classes

Classes include Fort Tryon Kids Nature & Art workshop series. Admire the wonderful colors of autumn, peek into the science of trees and learn the different parts of a leaf through sketching, leaf rubbing, bird mobile-making, and painting with watercolors. All classes are educational and creative!

Online Workshops

Classes include Fort Tryon Kids: Nature & Art workshops presented by the Fort Tryon Park Trust and led by author and naturalist Leslie Day and artist and teacher, Jessica Maffia.

Archway Art Project

Nature Art workshop: painted stones

Nature art workshop: bird mobiles

Your donations keep Fort Tryon Park beautiful and clean and its playgrounds safe and well-lit. Please consider making a donation to the park today.