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Weekend Fun Guide

January 13 - 15, 2018

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. Recycle your Christmas tree at Parks

a man and a woman use a blanket to carry a Christmas tree to a drop-off MulchFest location in a park

MulchFest has been extended! You can drop off your Christmas tree at any of our 78 MulchFest locations through Sunday, January 14. We'll chip your tree and use the woodchips as mulch to nourish street trees and plantings in Parks. Find a MulchFest location near you Please note: there will be no on-site chipping.

2. Go ice skating 

view of ice skating rink in Prospect Park

Ice skating in New York City is a magical experience for the entire family! Bring your own skates, or rent a pair, and hit the ice! Find an ice skating rink near you (Photo: ice skating at Prospect Park)

3. Celebrate MLK Jr. Day

a volunteer helps to remove fallen branches

Join us on Monday, January 15 at Ferry Point Park and in Harlem to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of volunteering and service. More info

4. Go hiking in the Bronx with our park rangers

view of Bartow-Pell Mansion

On Sunday, join our Urban Park Rangers on the trails at Pelham Bay Park to explore the history and winter scenery of NYC's largest park, located in the Bronx! More info

5. Join a light hike through the Greenbelt

two people walk on a trail through the woods

Whether you're new to hiking or just looking to take a stroll, join our experts at the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy this Sunday on a short, one-mile hike on the trails! Learn about the benefits of hiking and stick around for hot cocoa! Event info

6. Join this free watercolor art class

watercolor painting of an NYC street

At this free class in Queens, you'll learn the basics from an expert and get the chance to create your own masterpiece! Register now

7. Go stargazing with our park rangers

a park visitor uses a map of the stars to learn about the stars showing at night

Join us in Marine Park on Sunday night to learn about the stars and planets in our universe as we look to the stars! Event info 

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