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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, February 17, 2019

Feb17

20th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

at Grand Street and Forsyth Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
This party features all sorts of vendors, food, and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Pig.
Free!

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Feb18

Kids Week Queens: Nature Exploration

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest 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 Forest Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb18

Midwinter Recess: Sports Day

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation CenterQueens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Come join us during Midwinter Recess for volleyball, basketball, and kids fitness.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb18

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.
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
Feb18

Kids Week Brooklyn: Find My Way

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Navigate your way through Marine Park. Learn how to use a map and compass for safe hiking, then try out your skills on an orienteering trail.
Free!

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Kids
Feb18

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology Rocks!

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a look into how geology influenced the landscape and design of New York City's Central Park.
Free!

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Feb18

Kids Week Staten Island: Be A Tree Detective

at Neal Dow Avenue and Maine Avenue

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of Westerleigh Park to learn all about identifying trees.
Free!

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Kids

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Feb19

Kids Week Queens: Who Lives Here

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they guide you to just a few of the many birds, reptiles, and mammals that call New York City home.
Free!

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Kids
Feb19

February Break Family Programs: George Washington Carver Workshop

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany. Use plants to paint and to create a healing lotion to take home.

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Kids
Feb19

Kids Week Bronx: Nature Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb19

Kids Week Brooklyln: Shelter Building

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Develop skills that will help you create a shelter from natural and man-made objects.
Free!

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Feb19

Kids Week Brooklyn: 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!

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Kids
Feb19

Kids Week Staten Island: Ranger Recycle Games

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting games that will help you remember to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Free!

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Kids

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Feb20

Kids Week Queens: Gather Around the Campfire

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

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!

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Kids
Feb20

Bryant Park Read-to-Skate StoryTime

at Overlook at Bank of America Winter Village Ice Rink (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Read books with Cali Co Cat and earn a free skate rental! Free books at every event, while supply lasts.
Free!

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Kids
Feb20

February Break Family Programs: Storytime & Craft

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bring your little gardeners and nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing winter afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity.
Free!

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Kids
Feb20

Kids Week Bronx: Birds of Prey

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon and learn about eagles, hawks, and owls, and the important role they play in nature.
Free!

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Feb20

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.
Bring the kids and enjoy the day with the Urban Park Rangers in Marine Park as we enjoy games inspired by nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb20

Kids Week Manhattan: Trees and Winter Wildlife

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 wildlife clues while identifying winter trees.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb20

Kids Week Staten Island: Lenape Bingo

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

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 Americans.
Free!

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Kids

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Feb21

February Break Family Programs: I Heart Worms

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? Learn how red wiggler worms are used for indoor compositing and make your own indoor compost bin!

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Kids
Feb21

Kids Week Bronx: Urban Forest Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Pelham Bay is the largest park in New York City. Walk through one of the most bio-diverse forests in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb21

Kids Week Brooklyn: Birds of Prey

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon and learn about eagles, hawks, and owls, and the important role they play in nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb21

Kids Week Brooklyn: Build a Birdfeeder

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 how to build a birdfeeder for your own back yard.
Free!

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Kids
Feb21

Kids Week Manhattan: Birds of Prey

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter 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!

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Feb21

Kids Week Staten Island: Winter Scavenger Hunt

at School Road and Bay Street (in Von Briesen Park)Staten Island

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

Friday, February 22, 2019

Feb22

Kids Week Queens: Birding for Kids

at Rose and Oak Avenues (in Kissena Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk through Kissena Park and learn about the different birds that live in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb22

Midwinter Recess: Sports Day Clinics

at Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Come join us during Midwinter Recess for soccer, track and field, and flag football clinics. Dress warm due to outdoor activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb22

February Break Family Programs: Bugging Out

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Explore the world of bugs, create your own insect, and search for bug homes in the Woodland!

Best For
Kids
Feb22

Kids Week Bronx: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

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
Feb22

Kids Week Staten Island: Tent Building

at Delafield Place and Bard Avenue (in Walker Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn a simple and fun way to put up a tent, identify nearby wildlife, and get some tips on camping with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

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Kids
Feb22

Kids Week Brooklyn: Knot Tying

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Do you know how to tie a square knot? How about a bowline knot? If you would like to learn, come join the Urban Park Rangers and find out how to tie these knots and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb22

Kids Week Manhattan: All About Owls

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

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!

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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

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

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

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