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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.

We're having Easter Egg Hunts in parks this weekend! Find one near you! Don't forget your Easter baskets!

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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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Apr22

Central Park Discovery Walks: The North Woods

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Take a kid-friendly hike through the North Woods to learn about the plants, trees, and wildlife of this woodland retreat.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Earth Day Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers as we explore nature on a short hike through Pelham Bay Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Insect Exploration

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

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
Apr22

Kids Week: Geology Rocks

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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
Apr22

Kids Week: Celebrate Earth Day

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers as we explore nature on a short hike through Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Recycling Crafts

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in this celebration of Earth Day. Engage your creative side and breathe new life into reusable items.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Celebrate Earth Day in Washington Square Park

at Northwest Corner Seating Area (in Washington Square Park)Manhattan

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day in Washington Square Park! WSP Youth Activities Coordinator, Miss Debbie, is hosting an afternoon of environmental fun for kids of all ages.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Apr23

Adventures in Time Spring Break Mini Camp

at Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Go back in time for a history adventure at Adventures in Time Spring Break Mini Camp at Van Cortlandt House Museum

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Central Park Discovery Walks: Conservatory Garden

at Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 a.m.
Join us on a kid-friendly guided walk through thousands of blooms in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. Discover the difference between the various flowers and landscapes.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Kids Week: Ranger Games

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

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!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

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 north Central Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Community Roller Skating Party

at Sheepshead PlaygroundBrooklyn

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks and Council Member Chaim Deutsch for a day of roller skating, music, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Kids Week: Sea Shore Exploration

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

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

Best For
Kids
Apr23

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.
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
Apr23

Kids Week: Insect Exploration

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

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
Apr23

Kids Week: Beach Scavenger Hunt

at Midland Avenue and Father Capodanno Boulevard (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach)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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Apr24

Adventures in Time Spring Break Mini Camp

at Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Go back in time for a history adventure at Adventures in Time Spring Break Mini Camp at Van Cortlandt House Museum

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Spring Break Fun at Rainey Park

at Rainey ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This event will feature canvas painting, splatter painting, face painting, balloon art, a spring-themed puppet show, an interactive children's musical performance, a fun kids magic show, and free popcorn giveaway.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

NYPD Youth

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)Bronx

12:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.
NYPD Explorers will be here to teach the youth about police officers in their neighborhood. The children will participate in fitness drills, when to call 911, and how NYPD officers are trained.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: Orienteering for Kids

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 teach you how to navigate to hidden objects placed around the park using a map and compass.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: Wilderness Survival

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!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: Birds of Prey

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Spring is a spectacular season for observing birds of prey in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure with our Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: Nature Puppet Show

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Animal puppets tell very interesting stories about nature. Urban Park Ranger programs are the perfect additions to your family's activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: All About Owls

at Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Whooo knows what we will find as we look through owl pellets and learn more about the adaptions of owls!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Apr25

Adventures in Time Spring Break Mini Camp

at Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Go back in time for a history adventure at Adventures in Time Spring Break Mini Camp at Van Cortlandt House Museum

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Central Park Discovery Walks: Harlem Meer

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Go back in time and explore the changing Harlem Meer landscape. Learn about its history and discover the plants and animals that live in its waters.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Kids Week: Coastal Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore the shore while looking for wildlife living along the bay.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Spring Recess: Softball Day!

at Juniper Boulevard South and 80th Street (in Juniper Valley Park)Queens, Juniper Valley Park 80th Street Entrance (in Juniper Valley Park)Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for spring recess as we practice catching, hitting and more! Queens Recreation will be conducting a Spring Recess Softball Clinic. We will give the participants theā€¦
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Kids Week: Nature Art

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

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
Apr25

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 in Fort Greene Park for campfire activities! Learn about campfire safety, and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Kids Week: Bug Hunt

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 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
Apr25

Kids Week: Ranger Games

at Playground (in Juniper Valley Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting nature games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Kids Week: Archery

at Willowbrook Park Archery Range (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program is a beginner's guide to archery, and archery equipment is provided. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, April 26, 2019

Apr26

Kids Week: Insect Exploration

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (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
Apr26

Kids Week: Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Can you find the herring gull or spot sumac? Enjoy exploring the trails of Marine Park while searching for the items on the hunt list.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr26

Kids Week: All About Owls

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Mysterious and nocturnal, owls hold a special place in our hearts and our minds. Learn more about this special family of birds and the different types of owls.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr26

Kids Week: Birding for Kids

at Willow Lake entrance (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:00 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
Apr26

Kids Week: Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers guide you on a hike through the Greenbelt in search of white-tailed deer. Learn about the adaptations and behaviors of these urban dwellers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr26

Roc the Mic

at Hansborough Recreation CenterManhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us in celebration of National Poetry Month with the chance to express yourself through literary work using distinctive style and rhythm. You can use spoken word, music, or a song.
Free!

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