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‘Summer Kids’ Free Programming Returns to Hunters Point South Park Next Week

An art class at Summer Kids. (Hunters Point Parks Conservancy)

July 1, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

Starting next week, Hunters Point South Park will be home to a wide array of children’s summer programs thanks to the return of Summer Kids at the Landing.

The programming, co-organized by the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and Gantry Parent Association, is returning for the fifth year in a row. There will be nine activities–all free– that will take place each weekday over seven weeks. 

Summer Kids at the Landing will kick off on Monday July 8, at 10 a.m. with a “jam and jiggle” for kids 7 years of age and younger. Programming changes day-to-day with several special events lined up, and will include art classes, a magic show, an animal show, yoga and story time. 

“We started Summer Kids four years ago hoping to provide fun and educational activities and get the younger members of our community to appreciate our beautiful waterfront parks,” said Rob Basch, president of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. “This has been accomplished with the continued growth and popularity of Summer Kids and we are very excited about this year’s lineup.”

There will be two Sundays when art classes will be held to give working parents the opportunity to attend a program with their children. The classes will be at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday July 14 and 28. 

Last year’s Summer Kids hit record numbers, entertaining more than 3,500 kids. Basch hopes that the programming is able to continue to give these children an enriched neighborhood. 

“Young families continue to make Long Island City their home and it is important to give them a reason to stay here and raise their families,” said Basch. “The programming is great, the location is great and the price is right so join us for Summer Kids.”

Space at some of the events may be limited and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday morning art classes require pre-registration and will be capped at 60 participants.

For more information contact Rob Basch at

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