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Weekend Fun Guide

February 18 - 20

Here are some highlights of free and low-cost things to do in our parks this weekend. For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

1. Go ice skating

park guests ice skate on a rink covered with a starry night-themed ceiling

Spring is on its way—only a few weeks left to ice skating. Don't miss out! Grab some skates or rent pair and go ice skating at your favorite rink. Find an ice skating rink near you

2. Spot bald eagles in Inwood Hill Park

a bald eagle looks out from a tree branch

Manhattan's only natural forest attracts bald eagles to Inwood Hill Park. Spot them on a free birding adventure with our Urban Park Rangers. Event info

3. Try out our favorite aquatic sports

guests in a pool practice fitness moves

Enjoy water polo, aqua aerobics, water basketball, indoor kayaking, water polo, and more at She's On Point, our celebration of girls and women in sports. More info

4. Join QBG at the 20th Annual Backyard Bird Count

a blue jay looks out from a tree branch

Help the Queens Botanical Garden look for and count the many species of birds that live and visit the area. Registration is required. More info

5. Head to family day at NYC's oldest house

a family ice skating at a rink

On the third Saturday of each month, the Wyckoff House Museum opens its doors to families for free tours, scavenger hunts, and kid-friendly activities. More info

6. Go hiking

a view of Manhattan's skyline from a salt marsh

It will be warmer and sunnier out this weekend. Head outdoors and unwind from this week's bustle while exploring some of our favorite hiking trails. View our recommended hiking trails

7. Come to Chocolate Day at the Morris-Jumel Mansion

view of the exterior of a mansion

Visit the mansion—the oldest in Manhattan—this Saturday to sample a variety of chocolate while looking around the historic home and its art exhibit. More info

8. Visit the Hippo Ballerina

a person looks up to the sky with binoculars

Meet NYC's newest—and largest—ballerina! The Hippo Ballerina is a temporary sculpture at Dante Park. More info

9. Join a free dance fitness class

participants dance at an indoor class

Through our free Shape Up NYC program, you can join soca fitness, Latin dance, soul aerobics, Korean dance, and more. Find a free Shape Up NYC class near you

10. Spend Midwinter Recess with the park rangers

a kids engages with an Urban Park Ranger at a workshop about tree barks

During the school break, our parks turn into natural classrooms led by our Urban Park Rangers. Through workshops, tours, and fun activities, kids learn about NYC history, wildlife, and our natural world. Learn more about Kids Week with the Urban Park Rangers

For more kid programs offered during Midwinter Recess, please visit our School Break page.

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