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School Break

New York City schools are out for Winter Recess from Friday, December 24 through January 1, 2018, but there are plenty of fun and educational activities for kids at NYC Parks! From birding to games to lessons about wildlife, there are tons of great ways to keep young students amused and informed over the break.

'Tis the season for ice skating! Lace up your skates for a good time at public ice skating rinks across the city.

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

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Kids can play, learn, and create at our recreation centers citywide. Memberships for kids and teens younger than 18 are free!

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School Break Events

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Dec23

Winter Solstice Walk: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.
Free!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Dec26

Kids Week: Wilderness Survival Skills

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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
Dec26

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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 Alley Pond Park.
Free!

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Kids
Dec26

Kids Week: All About Owls

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whooo knows what we will find as we look through owl pellet's and learn more about the adaptions of owls!
Free!

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Kids
Dec26

Kids Week: Nature Crafts Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec26

Kids Week: Nature Crafts Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Dec27

Winter Survival

at Alley Pond Environmental CenterQueens

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
How do local animals survive the harsh winter weather? Learn about physical and behavioral adaptations of forest mammals, birds and reptiles.

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Ranger Games

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting nature games.
Free!

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Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Birds of Prey

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 will show you a fantastic example of an active red-tail nest and discuss the life cycles and habits of these spectacular urban predators.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: 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!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Winter Wildlife Hike for Kids

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a winter walk looking for signs of wildlife.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 28, 2018

Dec28

Kids Week: Nature Crafts Workshop

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Create crafts using natural materials found outside with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Campfire Activities

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of fun and outdoor activities as we gather around the campfire and enjoy the outdoors.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Build a Birdfeeder

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to build a birdfeeder for your own back yard.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Sounds of Nature

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in discovering music in nature by using natural materials and exploring the sounds inside the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Jan20

Survival Series: Survival 101

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

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!

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