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Museum programs for kids over mid-winter break 2014

NYC museum programs abound for public-school kids' winter break, from a hands-on Engineering Week at NYSCI to a chocolaty history lesson at NYHS.

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Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

I Heart City Museum Week; MCNY

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Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan

Black History Month at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

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Courtesy New-York Historical Society

Presidents in Residence at the New-York Historical Society

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Courtesy the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Cultural Connections with Garifuna drummer James Lovell at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

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Museum programs for kids over mid-winter break 2014: Presidents' Week at the Museum of the Moving Image

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Photograph: Andrew Kelly

Museum programs for kids over mid-winter break 2014: Engineering Week at the New York Hall of Science

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Courtesy the New York Botanical Garden

Culinary Kids Food Festival at the New York Botanical Garden

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Photograph: Filip Wolak

Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Courtesy the Jewish Museum

February Vacation Week at the Jewish Museum

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Courtesy the Historic Division of Mars

Museum programs for kids over mid-winter break 2014: The History of Chocolate with American Heritage Chocolate at the New-York Historical Society

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Photograph: Berman Fenelus

Engineers Week at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

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Photograph: Elsa Ruiz

Sand Mandalas at Asia Society

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Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan

James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

NYC public school kids' midwinter break, which this year runs from Saturday, February 15, through Sunday, February 23, always seems to sneak up on us. One of our favorite things to do with all that free time is to visit NYC museum programs designed especially for children. Our city's cultural institutions go to great lengths to offer workshops and other drop-in programs for kids, and this year is no exception. School-age kids can delve into every kind of engineering imaginable with the New York Hall of Science's Enginnering Weektake in the work of Art Spiegelman and create 3-D comics at the Jewish Museum; meet astronauts, Broadway performers and star athletes at Intrepid Kids Week; and design and build bridges and more at the Brooklyn Children's Museum's Engineers Week. Scroll through our list of NYC museum programs and get inspired to inspire your kids over the winter break.

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