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School's out from Friday, April 3 through Friday, April 10 for Spring Recess, but there are plenty of fun and educational activities for kids at Parks! From birding to games to lessons on reptiles, there are tons of great ways to keep young students amused and informed over the break.

Enroll your kids in our free weeklong swimming program that teaches basic swimming skills and water safety.

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Our Urban Park Rangers will transform our parks into natural classrooms with nature-related programs and activities for kids.

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Rec center memberships for kids under 18 are free! Our centers are equipped with ball courts, computer rooms, and more.

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School Break Events

Friday, April 3, 2015

Apr 3

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 3

Seasonal Crafts

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Make seasonal and holiday arts & crafts items to take home.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Apr 4

Bunny Hop

at Eton Place and Richmond Avenue (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Events for the day include face painting, crafts, games, and egg hunt, and much more.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 4

Spring Egg-stravaganza!

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for "egg-xellent" fun for the family!

Best For
Kids
Apr 4

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 4

McGolrick Egg Hunt & Spring Parade

at Central Pavilion (in Msgr. McGolrick Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Meet the Easter Bunny and join the egg hunt, followed by a spring parade!

Best For
Kids
Apr 4

Kids Sensory Perception Hike

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

1:00 p.m.
Engage your sense of touch, smell, sight, and hearing as we explore the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Apr 5

Central Park: North Woods Discovery Walk for Families

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 p.m.
Bring your family for a guided Discovery Walk through Central Park's North Woods and learn together through hands-on exploration led by Central Park Conservancy educators.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 5

Youth Wheelchair Basketball

at Chelsea Recreation Center , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
NYC Parks' Chelsea Recreation Center is starting a new sports program for children with physical disabilities ages 6-21. Come out and learn to play wheelchair basketball with the New York Rollin' Fury!

Best For
Kids
Apr 5

Kids Nature Hike (light)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty on this hike, as we explore and get up close with nature found on the forest floor.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 5

Nature Scavenger Hunt

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.
Get to know the park by hunting for some common and uncommon objects and artifacts.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 5

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, April 6, 2015

Apr 6

Kids Week Manhattan: Bird Migration

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.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…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

Spring Holiday Tennis Program

at Prospect Park Tennis Center (in Parade Ground) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience.

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

Kids Week Bronx: Orienteering for Kids

at Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
Today's topic is orienteering for kids. Practice your map reading skills and prepare to explore the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

Kids Week Brooklyn: All About Bugs

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

1:00 p.m.
Today's topic is all about bugs. Among many fascinating facts, you will learn why all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

Kids Week Queens: Birding for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, spring migration is an exciting time to be out in the park. Bring your own binoculars or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Crafts

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

1:00 p.m.
Have fun today making arts and crafts with items collected and found in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

Kids Week Manhattan: All About Birds

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

2:00 p.m.
Today is all about birds. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced bird watcher, spring migration is an exciting time to explore the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Apr 7

Kids Week Manhattan: Rocks and Geology

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.
Today is all about rocks and geology. Let's explore, examine, and climb a rock or two. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and become geologists for the day.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Spring Holiday Tennis Program

at Prospect Park Tennis Center (in Parade Ground) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience.

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Kids Week Bronx: All About Fish

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

1:00 p.m.
Today's topic is all about fish. Become an ichthyologist and discover all of the fascinating adaptations of aquatic creatures.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Kids Week Brooklyn: Birding for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.
Today is birding for kids. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, spring migration is an exciting time to be out observing birds in the parks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Kids Week Brooklyn: Colonial Games

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

1:00 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
Apr 7

Kids Week Queens: Native American Games

at Rose and Oak Avenues (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.
Hone your five senses and enjoy testing your skills playing Native American games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Kids Week Staten Island: Rocks and Geology

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

1:00 p.m.
Today is all about rocks and geology. Explore the park and strengthen your geologist skills while we observe and study rocks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Spring Break Family Storytime & Craft @ QBG

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Bring your little gardeners and nature lovers to Queens Botanical Garden for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity.

Best For
Kids
Apr 7

Kids Week Manhattan: Rocks and Geology

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

2:00 p.m.
Today is all about rocks and geology. Let's explore, examine, and climb a rock or two. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and become geologists for the day.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Apr 8

Kid Week Manhattan: Insects

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.
Today is all about insects. Be an entomologist for a day and learn why all insects are bugs but not necessarily all bugs are insects.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 8

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 8

Spring Holiday Tennis Program

at Prospect Park Tennis Center (in Parade Ground) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience.

Best For
Kids
Apr 8

Kids Week Bronx: Raptors

at Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
Today's topic is raptors. New York City is home for many types of raptors from red tail hawks to American kestrels.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 8

Kids Week Queens: Outdoor Skills for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.
Do you know about proper hiking gear? Do you want to learn how to use a compass? These are just examples of the type of skills you may learn to accomplish during this program.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 8

Kids Week Staten Island: Pond Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.
Explore the Blue Heron pond and enjoy learning about the fascinating invertebrates found just below the surface. Be prepared to get your hands wet.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 8

Kids Week Manhattan: Insects

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

2:00 p.m.
Today is all about insects. Be an entomologist for a day and learn why all insects are bugs but not necessarily all bugs are insects.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apr 9

Kids Week Manhattan: Music Found in Nature

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.
Today is all about music found in nature. Let's explore the park focusing on the sounds of birds, trees, water, and maybe even make some music of our own.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Spring Holiday Tennis Program

at Prospect Park Tennis Center (in Parade Ground) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience.

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Kids Week Bronx: Nature Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.
Today enjoy a nature exploration hike through the woods of Van Cortlandt Park. The forest floor is a fascinating place to explore and discover.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Kids Week Brooklyn: Outdoor Skills for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.
Do you know about proper hiking gear? Do you want to learn how to use a compass? These are just examples of the type of skills you may learn to accomplish during this program.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Kids Week Brooklyn: Trees

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

1:00 p.m.
Today is all about trees! What is your favorite tree? Did you know you can identify a tree by its leaf shape? Improve your tree knowledge and become a Nature Detective.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Kids Week Queens: All About Insects

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

1:00 p.m.
Today is all about insects. Be an entomologist today and learn why all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Kids Week Staten Island: Insect Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.
Today is all about insects. Be an entomologist today and learn why all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 9

Kids Week Manhattan: Music Found in Nature

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

2:00 p.m.
Let's explore the park focusing on the sounds of birds, trees, water, and maybe even make some music of our own.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, April 10, 2015

Apr 10

Kids Week Manhattan: All About Conservation

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.
Do you recycle? Are you an environmental steward? Learn what you can do to help your local park and the natural world and become a Conservation Ranger.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Spring Holiday Tennis Program

at Prospect Park Tennis Center (in Parade Ground) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience.

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Bronx: Birding

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

1:00 p.m.
Today's topic is birding. Whether you are a beginner or a long time birdwatcher, spring migration is always an energetic time to explore the parks and observe our avian friends.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Brooklyn: Eco Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.
Can you find the herring gull, or spot a sumac? Enjoy exploring the trails of Marine Park while searching for the items on the hunt list.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Queens: Urban Wildlife

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.
Today is all about urban wildlife. Did you know NYC is home to more than just rats and squirrels? Learn all about the fascinating wildlife we share our parks with.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Staten Island: Orienteering for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.
Today's topic is orienteering for kids. Practice your map reading skills and prepare to explore the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Seasonal Crafts

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Make seasonal and holiday arts & crafts items to take home.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Manhattan: All About Conservation

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

2:00 p.m.
Do you recycle? Are you an environmental steward? Learn what you can do to help your local park and the natural world and become a Conservation Ranger.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Apr 11

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Apr 12

Spring Break at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , The Carousel (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Apr 15

Kids Week Brooklyn: Animal Adventure

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

1:00 p.m.
Join us today for an animal adventure. Learn all about our animal neighbors which live in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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