Kids and Families: Virtual & in the Park

All of Fort Tryon Park is your family’s back yard and green gym – a respite from the city’s noise and 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!

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Natural History Programs

The Fort Tryon Park Trust holds workshops for children and families to equip them with knowledge about the abundant natural assets of the park. There are bug and animal activities, natural history walks, and artmaking, as well as wildlife workshops.

Festivals & Parades

We kickoff spring with a community parade through the Heather Garden. Local parents volunteer 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 the park.

The trust sponsors the Urban Wildlife Festival 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 is a celebration on the critical battle of the Revolutionary War fought in part in Fort Tryon Park. Families make Revolutionary War-era crafts, play period games, write with quill pens, travel back in time with Margaret Corbin, participate in drills with costumed experts, and watch a blacksmith at work.

Classes

Classes include Fort Tryon Kids Nature & Art workshops. 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! We also provide printable and downloadable online resources.

birds & trees coloring book

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