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Kids Week

Ranger doing a presentation to a group of kids

Even when school's out, our parks are still the city's natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way. They may never want to go back to class again! Ages 12 and under. To find more programs and activities for kids during the school break, please visit our School Break page.

Kids Week Events

Monday, February 15, 2016

Feb 15

Kids Week Brooklyn: Maps and Compasses

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this program, participants will learn how to use a compass and tips for reading maps.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 15

Kids Week Bronx: Patterns in Nature

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get your hiking shoes ready as we explore Van Cortlandt Park in search for geometry and patterns in nature. Become inspired to create your own environmental art.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 15

Kids Week Queens: Creepy Insects and Crafts

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Conquer your fears and curiosity surrounding insects. Learn about their amazing adaptations and be inspired to create invertebrate arts. All materials are provided.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 15

Kids Week Staten Island: Meet the Critters

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn about the adaptations and behavior for many types of different animals, which you can find in NYC Parks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 15

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology Rocks!

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Discover how we use rocks everyday and get a chance to explore large outcroppings and small pebbles up close.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Feb 16

Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Bingo

at Clinton Avenue and Prospect Avenue (in Goodhue Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Get your walking shoes on and let's explore Goodhue Park. This easy hike will give participants a chance to observe nature, while playing bingo at the same time.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 16

Kids Week: Winter Fun

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Zoo Picnic Area

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for fun activities such as Yuki ball, football, street hockey, Alley Pond Portable Adventure Course, field games, crafts, and fun activities with the Urban Park Rangers!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 16

Kids Week Bronx: Coastal Animal Exploration

at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn to recognize difference between invertebrates, fish, birds, and much more.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 16

Kids Week Brooklyn: Shelter Building

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this program you will learn how to use items found in nature to create survival situation shelters.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 16

Kids Week Brooklyn: Revolutionary History and Colonial Games

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Today step back in time and play some colonial games. The history of Fort Greene Park provides the perfect backdrop as we experience what Colonial-era kids played during their free time.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 16

Kids Week Queens: Reptiles and Amphibians

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
How do turtles survive the winter? Discover the answer to this question while learning all about the reptiles you may find in NYC's parks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 16

Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Hike Journal

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This easy hike will give participants a chance to observe how wildlife and plants are thriving in the winter. Get inspired and collect your observations in your very own nature journal.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 16

Kids Week Manhattan: Reptiles

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
How do turtles survive the winter? Discover the answer to this question while learning all about the reptiles you may find in NYC's parks.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Feb 17

Kids Week: Winter Fun

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Zoo Picnic Area

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for fun activities such as Yuki ball, football, street hockey, Alley Pond Portable Adventure Course, field games, crafts, and fun activities with the Urban Park Rangers!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 17

Kids Week Bronx: Nature Hike

at Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This easy hike will give participants a chance to observe how wildlife and plants are thriving in the winter.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 17

Kids Week Queens: Native Americans

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Discover the culture and history of the true "native" New Yorker through fun games and activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 17

Kids Week Staten Island: All about Owls

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get ready to discover what owls eat, while dissecting owl pellets, and learn about the amazing adaptations and habits of these nocturnal birds.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 17

Kids Week Brooklyn: Nature Games

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Come join us for fun nature themed games and activities. Participants will use materials from nature as they play along with the Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 17

Kids Week Manhattan: Become a Conservation Ranger

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The kids are out of school, now get them out of the house. Head to the park and join Urban Park Rangers FREE “Kids Week” programs. Immerse your kids, and yourself, in…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 17

Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Hike Journal

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
This easy hike will give participants a chance to observe how wildlife and plants are thriving in the winter. Get inspired and collect your observations in your very own nature journal.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Feb 18

Kids Week: Winter Fun

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Zoo Picnic Area

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for fun activities such as Yuki ball, football, street hockey, Alley Pond Portable Adventure Course, field games, crafts, and fun activities with the Urban Park Rangers!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 18

Kids Week Bronx: Birding

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Did you know cardinals live year round in New York City? Grab a pair of binoculars, or ask to borrow a pair, as we go in search of our feathered neighbors.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 18

Kids Week Brooklyn: Birding

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Did you know cardinals live year round in NYC? Grab a pair of binoculars, or ask to borrow a pair, as we go in search of our feathered neighbors.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 18

Kids Week Staten Island: All about Owls

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get ready to discover what owls eat, while dissecting owl pellets, and learn about the amazing adaptations and habits of these nocturnal birds.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 18

Kids Week Staten Island: Puppet Show

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get set to hear and see Native American stories and myths come to life through simple puppetry storytelling.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 18

Kids Week Brooklyn: Campfire Activities

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join us for campfire activities around a colonial hearth. Learn to about campfire safety and sing along to some fun campfire songs.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 18

Kids Week Queens: Our Furry Friends

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Many unique mammals can be found in NYC parks. Get a chance to learn about their many adaptations, compare replica skulls, and feel real animal pelts.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 18

Kids Week Manhattan: Birding

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Did you know cardinals live year round in New York City, and many bald eagles visit in the winter?
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, February 19, 2016

Feb 19

Kids Week: Winter Fun

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Zoo Picnic Area

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for fun activities such as Yuki ball, football, street hockey, Alley Pond Portable Adventure Course, field games, crafts, and fun activities with the Urban Park Rangers!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 19

Park Art: Make your own Conference House

at Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Bring the kids to Conference House Park and create your own mini version of the historic Conference House.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 19

Kids Week Bronx: Orienteering

at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this program, participants will learn how to use a compass and tips for reading maps.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 19

Kids Week Brooklyn: Cordage and Knot Tying

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bowline, square, and slips are just some of the knots you may learn how to tie.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 19

Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Bingo

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get your walking shoes on and let's explore Blue Heron Park. This easy hike will give participants a chance to observe nature, while playing bingo at the same time.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 19

Kids Week Queens: Winter Wildlife Hike

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get your hiking shoes on and let's explore the woods of Alley Pond Park. While searching for wildlife, learn all about their unique adaptations and how they survive the winter.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 19

Kids Week Manhattan: Animal Tracking Hike

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Looking for signs and tracks of animals is the best way to learn more about them, and maybe even observe them.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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