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Programs and Activities


There's always something to discover in Central Park!

Filter the list of programs by type of program, audience, and season using the dropdown lists below.

Chess Players

Board Games at Chess & Checkers House

Borrow chess, checkers, dominos, backgammon pieces or bring your own to play.

What: Daily Activities

For Whom: School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Fishing Clinic

Catch-and-Release Fishing

Fishing poles are available to borrow at The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center for catch-and-release fishing in the Harlem Meer.

What: Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the magic of the movies under the stars.

What: Events

For Whom: Families, All Ages

When: Summer

Holiday Lighting 2016

Central Park Holiday Lighting

Celebrate the season with a flotilla of illuminated trees on the Harlem Meer.

What: Events

For Whom: Families, All Ages

When: Winter

Chess Simual

Chess Lecture and Simul Series

Learn techniques from some of the best names in chess, and then put your new skills to the test.

What: Events

For Whom: Families, Adults, All Ages

When: Summer

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Discovery Club

Explore Central Park with your family by joining our Discovery Club!

What: Education, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Discovery Journal for Conservatory Garden

Discovery Journals

Activities for kids to investigate the connections between the design, plants, wildlife, and people in the Park.

What: Education, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Discovery Kit

Discovery Kits

Stop by our visitor centers and borrow a Discovery Kit backpack filled with kid-friendly materials for a Park adventure.

What: Education, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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Discovery Walks for Families

Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike.

What: Education, Tours

For Whom: Families

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Keeping it Green for Families

Family Volunteer Day

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves.

What: Education, Volunteering

For Whom: Families

When: Spring, Fall

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Field Day Kits

Borrow a kit with a variety of balls, bats, frisbees, and jump ropes.

What: Fitness & Recreation, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and our signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight!

What: Events

For Whom: Families, All Ages

When: Fall

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Harlem Meer Performance Festival

This free performance series brings the best local talent to Central Park! Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multi-cultural music and dance, family-friendly entertainment, and more while admiring the lakeside views.

What: Events

For Whom: All Ages

When: Summer

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Hound Hike

Take one of our signature tours with your favorite furry family member.

What: Events, Tours

For Whom: Members Only, Adults, Dog Owners

When: Spring, Fall

Land Forms: a history of central parks fort landscape

Landforms: A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape Exhibit

Learn how natural features in Central Park's north end played an important role in shaping our city's - and our nation's - history.

What: Education, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Lawn Games

Lawn Games

Borrow a variety of lawn games like bocce ball, horseshoes, kubb, and more, for outdoor play in fair weather!

What: Daily Activities

For Whom: School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Spring, Summer

Seeing Central Park

Member Programs

Special perks just for members such as discounts and exclusive events.

What: Events, Daily Activities, Tours

For Whom: Members Only, Adults

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

My Dog Loves Central Park Fair 2017

My Dog Loves Central Park Fair

Come, sit, stay, and celebrate Central Park and its dog community!

What: Events

For Whom: Dog Owners, All Ages

When: Fall

Lake corner

Official Central Park Tours

Get an insider's look at the world's greatest urban park on an Official Central Park Tour.

What: Daily Activities, Tours

For Whom: Adults, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Keeping Central Park Green Program

School Group Volunteer Day

Give your students the opportunity to learn the value of volunteering by spreading mulch or raking leaves during the spring or fall.

What: Education, Volunteering

For Whom: School Groups & Educators

When: Spring, Fall

Summer Internship: College Students

Summer Internship: College Students

College Interns work alongside Conservancy staff in Environmental Education, GIS & Asset Management, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture - Construction Management, Tree Care, and Woodlands Management positions for the summer.

What: Education

For Whom: Youth

When: Summer

ROOTS (Restoration of the Outdoors Organized by Teen Students)

Teen Volunteer Day

Teens can give back to their community and promote good stewardship by helping out with seasonal projects in Central Park.

What: Education, Volunteering

For Whom: Youth

When: Spring, Fall

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Youth Basketball Clinic

This high-energy clinic provides youth with an opportunity to learn and enhance their basketball skills through small group instruction and competitive games.

What: Fitness & Recreation

For Whom: Youth

When: Spring, Summer, Fall