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Weekend Fun Guide

January 21 - 22

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. Celebrate Squirrel Day

squirrel on a tree trunk

Saturday is National Squirrel Appreciation Day! Learn about NYC's squirrels and how you can help keep them healthy and safe

2. Go ice skating 

guests ice skate under a ceiling designed to look like a starry night

Grab some skates or rent pair and go ice skating with friends and family! Find an ice skating rink near you

3. Come to family day at NYC's oldest house

a group of kids pose outside a wooden farmhouse

Bring the kids! On every third Saturday of the month, Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn opens its doors for free tours, scavenger hunts, and kids activities. More info

4. Celebrate Poe's birthday

a view of a white cottage surrounded by green foliage

 Did you know? Edgar Allan Poe lived in what is now Poe Park in the Bronx. And he has written some of his most famous works there. Learn more about his life at Poe Cottage and stop by the birthday party this Saturday, featuring performances and readings of his work.

5. Visit Split Rock with our park rangers

A park ranger points out a place in the park to group of park guests

On Sunday, join our Urban Park Rangers on a walk to a historic glacial boulder near a 375-acre wildlife sanctuary. Event info

6. Learn about stars and planets 

park goers hold up an information sign toward the dark night sky

Meet our Urban Park Rangers at Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island this Saturday night and learn about the stars and planets you'll see when you look up to the sky. Event info

7. Go birding with our park rangers

a group of birders look up into sky with binoculars

This weekend, join our Urban Park Rangers at Prospect Park on Saturday or Silver Lake Park on Sunday to learn about birds that live in our parks during the wintertime. Event info

8. Learn about owls and what they eat

an image of a great-horned owl

At this event, kids learn learn about owls by examining their pellets. Event info

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