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Kids Week

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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, April 10, 2017

Apr 10

Kids Week Staten Island: Beach Scavenger Hunt

at Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Search and collect the many coastal treasures on this sandy beach with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

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.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we learn about insects and search for the six-legged critters under rocks and logs.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Bronx: Coastal Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Kids, join the Rangers as we explore the shore of Pelham Bay Park while looking for wildlife living along the bay area.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Brooklyn: Bug Exploration

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take the kids to the park to enjoy a family-friendly, guided hike filled with learning activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology for Kids

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in Central Park to learn about rocks of the world and the geology of New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Apr 11

Kids Week Staten Island: All About Owls

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Whooo knows what we will find as we look through owl pellet's and learn more about the adaptions of owls!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 11

Kids Week Queens: Birding for Kids

at Winchester Boulevard, under Grand Central Parkway (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk through Alley Pond Park and learn about the different birds that live in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 11

Kids Week Bronx: Nature Exploration

at West 246th Street and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The natural world is the best playground in New York City. Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 11

Kids Week Brooklyn: Sea Shore Exploration

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take the kids to the park to enjoy a family-friendly, guided hike filled with learning activities. You never know what you may observe on these sea shore exploration.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 11

Kids Week: Fort Greene 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.
Learn about the traditions, dress, and games of the colonial people and Native Americans who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 11

Kids Week Manhattan: Reptiles and Amphibians

at Payson Avenue and Dyckman Street (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Find out how reptiles and amphibians play an important role in our local ecosystem. Gain a new appreciation for these misunderstood creatures.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Apr 12

Kids Week Queens: Native American Games

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a fun afternoon of games and a little history about Native American games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 12

Kids Week Bronx: All About Fish

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers are ready to teach young anglers the basics in fish anatomy, aquatic ecology, and proper angling techniques.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 12

Kids Week Brooklyn: Wilderness Survival

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this fun, family-friendly program (recommended ages 8 and up) you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 12

Kids Week Manhattan: Trees and Who Lives in Them

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Trees are budding and birds are singing. Take a walk with the Urban Park Rangers to explore the nature of Central Park in springtime.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Apr 13

Kids Week Queens: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on our exciting exploration hike through Forest Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 13

Kids Week Bronx: Orienteering for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to navigate using a map and compass.The Urban Park Rangers will teach you how to navigate to hidden objects placed around the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 13

Kids Week Brooklyn: Nature Art

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers hope to inspire and lift your creativity and create works of art using natural materials.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 13

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 about campfire safety and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

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Apr 13

Kids Week Manhattan: Birding for Kids

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
School is out! Get outside and get excited. Take the kids to the park to enjoy a guided bird walk, perfect for young birdwatchers!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, April 14, 2017

Apr 14

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.2:30 p.m.
On this Urban Park Ranger-led walk, we will search for six-legged critters under rocks and logs, and in a pond.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 14

Kids Week Bronx: Insect Exploration

at West 246th Street and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we explore high and low in search of amazing insects to discover their important connection to us.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 14

Kids Week Brooklyn: Scavenger Hunt

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
With the Urban Park Rangers as your guide, use all of your senses to explore the park as we search high and low for clues.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 14

Kids Week Queens: Storytelling

at Garden entrance (in Baisley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bring the kids to this storytelling event with our Urban Park Rangers. Ranger programs are the perfect additions to your family's activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 14

Kids Week Manhattan: Bug Hunt

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we search high and low for amazing insects to discover their important connection to us, and the importance of parks to provide habitats for them.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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