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Out In The Open

Outdoorsy things kids can do in the city

We’re not going to pretend New York is a town for nature lovers. But if you look really hard, you can find some surprisingly outdoorsy things to do. For starters, here are four ways to get your tots away from the concrete this summer.

Go fishing. Borrow bait and tackle, and cast for largemouth bass and carp in Central Park. The Harlem Meer aquatic ecosystem (Central Park, at 110th St.) runs a free catch-and-release program; Tues-Sat, 10am-3pm; Sun, 10am-1pm; http://www.centralparkynyc.org. You can also bring your own gear to the East River Walk (enter at 63rd, 70th, 78th or 82nd St.) for river herring and striped bass. Individuals over the age of 16 need a http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html" target="_blank">fishing license.

Plant flowers. Volunteer to plant seasonal blooms at the West Side Community Garden (89th St. between Broadway and Columbus) on Saturdays, between 11am and 2pm.

Fly a kite. Buy a kite at Paragon Sports (867 Broadway, at 18th St.), then hop on the free ferry from 10 South Street to Governors Island—your best bet for wide open space and weekend winds. The island is open 10am-5pm on Fridays, 10am-7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays.  (You can also take the East River Ferry).
Play mini-golf. Randall’s Island (just over the Triborough) has a 36-hole mini-golf course, plus a driving range and putting green. Eighteen holes of mini golf costs $7 for adults and $5 for kids.