More than a dozen FREE and cheap things to do this Good Friday, Easter and Passover weekend. The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is always $25 or less so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies and without busting your budget.
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Ending This Weekend
20 at 20 – Get $20 tickets for more than 20 Off-Broadway shows. Just arrive at the box office 20 minutes before curtain. The 20at20 promotion is for matinee and evening performances through Sunday, April 16th.
Saturday and Sunday
FREE Admission to US National Parks – Celebrate National Parks Week with FREE admission to parks and historic sites including Statue of Liberty and FDR Library.
Now open for the season –
Hallett Nature Sanctuary – This almost-secret hideaway spot in Central Park is now open for the season. The gates to this locked-off sanctuary will be open daily this year, from 10AM to 30 minutes before sunset, with the caveat that it is closed occasionally due to inclement conditions. Wear sturdy closed shoes for the uneven walkways, and bring a camera. No dogs, bikes or strollers permitted.
Long Island Flea, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are open for the season. Details here.
Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Rates are $3 to skate, $6 to rent; check the website for hours and special events, including lessons. This is a covered rink, so you get fresh air, but not raindrops.
Luna Park at Coney Island – Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the iconic Cyclone roller coaster all season.
Freebie Friday – FREE admission to NYC museums including MOMA. No passes or coupons needed. Just go.
Get FREE admission to more than a dozen NYC museums with the IDNYC card. Enrollment is also FREE.
Freebie Friday: Family Fridays at MoMath – Solve puzzles, family-style, and learn how math affects everything, from music to space flight. 6:30pm, FREE The National Museum of Mathematics is at 11 E. 26th St.
Freebie Friday – FREE Grand Central Neighborhood Tour. Every Friday at 12:30, docents from the Grand Central Partnership guide you through the history of the fabled Grand Central Terminal and some equally-fabled nearby landmarks including the Chrysler Building. There are no tickets, no reservations. Just meet at Sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue (southwest corner of East 42nd Street). Tour is 90 minutes.
Saturday, April 15
Broadway Festival – Street fair on Broadway, between 8th St. and 14th St.
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays. Jewish Museum is at Fifth Avenue and 92nd St.
Easter Sunday, April 16
Easter Parade – Each year on Easter since the 1870s, celebrants don festive finery and show off their very best bonnets along Fifth Avenue. The Easter Parade has been immortalized by the Irving Berlin song, and in the movie starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, although these days many hats are ridiculous, designed to attract cameras and social media attention. Even so, it’s family-friendly fun, from around 10AM through around 4PM, between 49th and 57th Streets. The best place to watch is from the steps in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Passover Week Art Workshop – Sunday is family day at the Jewish Museum, whether it’s Easter Sunday or not. Today, kids can create a fantastical animal or character from the Passover story, inspired by the quirky world of artist Charlemagne Palestine and his delightful sculptures of stuffed animals and found objects. 1PM to 4PM, FREE with admission, at the Jewish Museum, Fifth Ave. at 90th Street.
You Don’t Want a Unicorn – FREE storytime for kids at Lincoln Center, with children;s book author Ame Dyckman. When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s in for. Unbeknownst to him, unicorns make the absolutely worst pets: they shed, they poke holes in your ceiling, they make a big mess. With a knowing wink from Ame Dykeman, creator of Wolfie the Bunny, and cheerful illustrations from Rory the Dinosaur creator and Tumblr star Liz Climo, this catalog of all of the ways a pet unicorn can ruin your life is sure to have readers in stitches. At the Atrium, 11am, suitable for kids aged 2-6.
Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.
Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.