Friendly Towns Connect

Friendly Towns Connect is an opportunity to connect and build the Friendly Towns community by providing engaging virtual programming for NYC children and host families to participate in together.*  Many activities will bring the outdoors in!

Fresh Air youth ages 7 – 12** and volunteer host families will participate in live virtual programming including virtual field trips to Friendly Towns states and featured NYC sites, art, STEM & more! 

*NYC parents/ guardians are welcome and encouraged to join for any sessions.

** Returning participants ages 13-18 can participate with a previous host family.

NYC children and host families are provided with an “activity box” that has necessary materials before the program starts. 

NYC and host families will both choose their preferred time and be matched based on interests and availability!

Session Dates:

  • July 12 – July 30
  • August 2 – August 20

Session Times:

  • Monday, Wednesday: 11am-12:30pm & Friday: 10:30am-12pm
  • Monday, Wednesday: 4-5:30pm & Friday: 1:30-3pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 11am-12:30pm & Friday: 10:30am-12pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 4-5:30pm & Friday: 1:30-3pm

Activities include:

  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Art
  • Baking
  • STEM
  • Games
  • And much more!

Virtual Programming:

There is 1.5 hours of live programming 3 days a week which includes a meeting with the whole group, small group activities in breakout rooms and ends with a group sharing session.


Sample Weekly Schedule

  • Monday: Meet the whole group for an icebreaker and complete an art activity in breakout rooms (NYC child and host family)   
  • Wednesday: Meet the whole group for an icebreaker and bake a recipe together in breakout rooms (a few NYC and host families together in breakout rooms)
  • Friday: Do yoga on the beach in New Jersey and then tour Marine Park in Brooklyn