Programs & Events

The opportunities to engage with Central Park are as diverse as the City it calls home. Our year-round lineup includes daily programs, seasonal and holiday events, educational opportunities, and ways to give back.

Daily Programs

Board Games

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

Catch Release Fishing

Borrow fishing poles for catch-and-release fishing in the Harlem Meer.

Discovery Journals

Pick up an activity book for your kids and investigate the connections between the design, plants, wildlife, and people in the Park.

Discovery Kit

Borrow a Discovery Kit filled with kid-friendly materials for a Park adventure.

Discovery Club

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

Field Day Kits

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

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

Pitch In, Pick Up

Help keep the Park clean and volunteer at any time convenient for you – once a week, once a year, or anything in between!

Lawn Games

Borrow a variety of lawn games like bocce ball, horseshoes, kubb, cornhole, and ring toss, for outdoor play!

Detail of the Viele Map of Seneca Village

Explore the history of Seneca Village with this outdoor exhibit.

Youth Programs

Discovery Walks For Families

Bring your family on a hands-on exploration of the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of Central Park.

Family Volunteers

Grab the kids and get some quality time while giving back! You’ll help keep the Park clean while enjoying the outdoors.

Students can build teamwork skills and camaraderie while helping keep the Park clean and beautiful.

Students! Give back to your City by volunteering in Central Park. Help to maintain and beautify the grounds through a variety of Park projects.

Basketball Clinic

Learn and enhance your basketball skills through small group instruction and competitive games.

Special Programs

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

Performances featuring multi-cultural music, dance, and family-friendly entertainment with lakeside views.

Benefit Events

This annual event supports the Playground Partners’ mission to fund and maintain Central Park’s 21 playgrounds.

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