Things to Do for Spring Break in New York
Spring Break kicks off this Friday and the kids of New York City are eager to spend some time outside of the classroom and instead create fun memories with friends and family. If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids busy during this off week, here are some activities and events your kids will do for a great school break!
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Art lab: line, shape, color
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
from April 11 to 24, Monday, from 1 pm to 5 pm; Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30am-5pm
Free with museum admission
Work with cables, design emojis, play with light boxes and more in this hands-on space for all ages. Enter and choose the activities that interest you.
New York International Auto Show
Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., Chelsea
from April 15 to 24, Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm
$17 over 13 years old; $7 for children under 12 years old
New and exciting exhibits featuring the best the automotive industry has to offer will be showcased in an exciting and unique way. With the largest electric vehicle test track ever created at an auto show, interactive displays, and concept cars you won’t believe, you’ll quickly learn that you don’t have to be old enough to drive to enjoy this Auto Show.
India at 75 Celebration Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024
From April 18 to 24, Friday to Thursday, from 10 am to 5 pm
$15, advanced registration required
Join CMOM and its partner, The Culture Tree, throughout the week in celebrating 75 years of India’s independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.
The Secrets of Watson Adventures Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt
Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 66th Street, Upper East Side
April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$17.50-$21.50, advanced registration required
Kids and adults work together to explore the park below 72nd Street. To score points, you’ll need to find Stuart Little, stick your tongue out at a tough animal, learn a motto from a hidden eagle, crack a secret code by the pond that seen in Home Alone 2, finding Cupid on the carousel, deciphering a message in the sky, and finding a witch turned to stone. The game is played on smartphones using a browser-based application. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Stono New Victory Theater
New Victory Theatre, 209 W. 42nd St., Midtown
April 20 to April 22, Wednesday to Friday, 2 pm
Tickets start at $20
With drum rolls and cries of “Freedom!” the Stono Rebellion pushed through the Negro Law, which prohibited, among numerous rights, the use of drums by enslaved Africans. But the fight for freedom is never silent. A story of resistance, resilience and recovery, Stono fills the stage with music and dance to honor the art and activism that is born from the body as a percussion instrument. From ring-screaming traditions to contemporary steps, Step Afrika! reveals the hidden stories and sound rhythms that transformed America.
Children’s Week: Animal Olympics
Hood Wright Park, W. 173 St and Haven Ave, New York, NY 10033
April 21, 1-2pm
Can you jump as far as a coyote or grab as hard as an eagle? Test your agility and physical abilities as you participate in activities that reflect the daily life of wildlife.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
From April 16 to 24, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 5 pm, every day
$13, advanced registration required
Celebrate our amazing planet Earth and explore the mysteries of the sky, sea and land.
Donuts for Kids Intensive
Hudson Table, 88 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
April 18, 9am-12pm
$80, advanced registration required
Kids will make yeast donuts, cake donuts, and various icings and toppings. They will learn how to fry donuts, decorating techniques, how to make a custard filling and have the most fun!
Children’s Week: Treasure Hunt on the Beach
Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Marine Park
Monday, April 18, 1-2pm
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a fun nature scavenger hunt on the beach!
Discovery Days: Spring Break Week
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
From April 19 to 22, Tuesday to Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Free with admission to the Museum
Experiment, learn and play together! The hands-on activity stations at the Discovery Garden encourage families to explore science and nature together. Pot a plant or create a nature craft to take home with volunteer Discovery Docents.
Children’s Week: Gather Around the Campfire
McCarren Park, Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street, Williamsburg
April 19, 1-2pm
Gather by the campfire for an afternoon of storytelling and fireside activities.
Children’s Week: Build a Bird Feeder
Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park, Fort Greene
April 21, 1-2pm
Learn about spring migratory birds in your neighborhood and what they like to eat. Build your own bird feeder from recycled materials.
Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Jersey Shore Home Opening Series
Maimonides Park, 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
from April 12 to 17, Tuesday to Friday, 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
The Cyclones return to Maimonides Park for their home season opener when they take on the Jersey Shore Blue Claws. This is just the beginning of another fun-filled season at Ballpark on the Boardwalk.
spring break fun
Dutch Kills Playground, 36th Avenue and Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11106
April 19, 12-2:30 p.m.
The LDC of Central Astoria invites everyone to come out and enjoy this free children’s event, featuring arts and crafts (while supplies last), a puppet show and exciting children’s musical performances.
Children’s Week: Earth Day Nature Puppet Show
Fort Totten Visitor Center at Fort Totten Park, 212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Bayside
April 22, 11am-12pm
Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy nature and puppet shows related to Earth Day.
spring break activities
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
April 19 to April 22, Tuesday to Friday, from 2 to 4 pm
Free with admission, registration recommended
Families fill their spring break and Earth Day with fun outdoor activities! Kids and families visit nature-themed activity stations to create botanical crafts and hear stories about spring flowers, bugs, and animals!
Affordable Family Fun Skate
United Skates at The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave, Queens, NY 11385
April 21, 12-10 p.m.
admission $6; $6 skate rental
Hit spring break when you skate all day!
The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope
The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Until May 1, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
$30; $28 students (with valid ID)/seniors (65+); $15 children (2-12 years); free for children under 2 years and patrons/members
Don’t miss this horticultural extravaganza featuring thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in all shapes and sizes.
LEGO pirates on the hunt for golden treasure
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers
Until April 24, from Monday to Friday, from 12:00 to 17:30; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm
Tickets start at $26.99
Help Captain Brickbeard on his quest for golden treasure and become a pirate along the way!
Dinosaur Safari Bronx Zoo
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
from April 11 to October 30, Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm; Weekends, 10am-5:30pm
$41.95; $36.95 seniors 65 and older; $31.95 children 3-12; free for children under 2 years old, advanced registration required
Dinosaur Safari returns with MORE dinosaurs than ever before in a new experience that will immerse guests in a recreation of a world that disappeared millions of years ago.
Cross County Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
from April 15 to May 2, Monday to Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
With a huge red and white circus tent, see the big motorcycles inside the Steel Globe and laugh like never before with the merry clowns.
crafts for kids
Poe Park Visitor Center at Poe Park, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx
April 21, 3-4pm
What are you going to create? Projects will range from colored tie dye techniques to bleach tie dye. as well as Lava Lamps of Vegetable Oil and Alka Seltzer.
Kids Week: Earth Day Recycling Recreations
Crotona Nature Center at Crotona Park, Crotona Park East and Charlotte Street, Bronx
April 22, 1-2pm
Celebrate Earth Day today by collecting your recyclables and creating art with the Urban Park Rangers!