Kids enjoy the fresh air summer spaces in Queens. (Photo courtesy of Fresh Air Fund)
Courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund
The Fresh Air Fund is opening its free summer spaces in Queens for kids to enjoy the outdoors.
The program gives children aged 5 to 12 the chance to play safely in the outdoors with supervised activities. The staff at Fresh Air facilitate arts and crafts, sports, STEM activities, music, dancing and reading.
The Queens Fresh Air Summer Spaces are located in Jackson Heights at 34th Avenue, 73rd Street to 74th Street and 34th Avenue, 93rd Street to 94th Street. The summer spaces are open from July 6 to August 19.
Families can register online for the slots Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Some activities include kite making, watercolor painting, cord making, gluing, sidewalk chalk projects, and backyard sports games. There will also be a cooling space for the kids to pick up a rhythm.
The idea was launched last year as the pandemic kept New York’s children indoors. In its second year, recreational and educational activities will be brought outdoors to local neighborhoods.
The program also gives young New Yorkers the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Participants in the Fresh Air Youth Employment program will participate in outdoor activities. The fund employs youth from across the city, aged 18-24, working as advisors and activity specialists in the Summer Spaces program.
There is also a virtual camp, Fresh Air Everywhere, with limited places.
The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, non-profit organization that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million children across the city for low-income families since 1877.
All activities will follow COVID guidelines. For more information or to register, visit FreshAir.org.