Presidents' Day is a day for celebrating the presidents of the United States, and it's awesome because most kids get the day off from school. Whether you take 'em to the best ice-skating rinks in town, grab a bite to eat at these family restaurants or check out the best hot chocolate in NYC for families, make the most of the long Presidents' Day weekend with fun activities for kids.
When is Presidents' Day?
Presidents' Day is Monday, February 15, 2016.
President's Day activities for kids
Get a closer look at the New-York Historical Society’s engaging exhibit “Superheroes in Gotham” while the kids are off from school. Throughout the week, families can participate in scavenger hunts and other interactive activities while learning about historical superheroes. All ages.Read more
Minecraft fans will enjoy this workshop camp where kids build their own Civil War landscape using the famous building game. Kids will be inspired by the technological innovations on hand in the “Silicon City” exhibition as they construct and code their own Minecraft environments. Throughout the camp, they’ll discover Civil War artifacts, art and documents with the museum staff and learn new Minecraft techniques with help from tech experts. Ages 11 to 13.Read more
The Big Quiz Thing—a live multimedia game show—hits the New-Historical Society with a President Day trivia session. Families will be be challenged to trivia questions and video/audio puzzles based on presidents of the United States. Bring your history know-how and guess your way to success! Prizes will be given out to winners. Ages 6 and up.Read more
Youngsters can spend their days off from school learning the ABCs of musical theater through games, improv and dramatic play. On Election Day, they'll hone their acting chops, using the theme "And the Winner is..." (Nov 3), then honor Veteran's Day with "Be My Hero" (Nov 11). Martin Luther King Jr. Day brings "Dream It, Be It!" (Jan 18) and President's Day surrounds the motif, "Presidential Power!" (Feb 15).Families are invited to watch the last 20 minutes of the day. Early drop-off is available for an additional $10. Ages 6 to 11.Read more
Little Red Riding Hood gets a modern update in this puppet show featuring handmade marionettes. The show follows the story of Little Red, a city girl obsessed with her smartphone, who takes a journey from New York City to the country to deliver cupcakes to her grandma. Along the way she meets a band of characters including Wulfric the Wolf, a creature with a serious sweet tooth. Ages 3 to 9.Read more
The oldest Native American dance company in New York (Thunderbird American Indian Dancers) puts on a show of dances, storytelling and traditional music at the Theater for the New City. Popular segments include the Deer Dance from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern Arizona, a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance from the Northern Plains people and a Stomp Dance originating in the Southeast. At the end, the audience can share the joy of the powwow during the friendship-themed Round Dance. Stick around after the children's matinee performances (Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm) to meet members of the troupe and pose for photos with them. Ages 5 and up.Read more
The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first released in 1969 and has sold over 41 million copies throughout the world. The story comes to life in this 60-minute stage show that adapts four of Eric Carle’s famous books: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and features 75 puppets. All ages.Read more
Keep an eye out for harbor seals, loons, sandpipers and geese during this trip aboard the New York Water Taxi's eco-friendly vessel. You’ll pass the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and circle Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, which are popular sunning spots for seals. The tour will be narrated by a NYC Audubon naturalist, and seal behavior researchers will be on board to answer questions. Guests are encouraged to bundle up for the occasion, but free tea and hot cocoa will be served to help reduce the chill factor. Reservations required; tours limited to 90 people. Tours depart from Pier 16. All ages.Read more
Celebrate Valentine's Day a day early at this cool annual fest in Central Park! You'll see ice-carving artists wielding electric chainsaws, chisels and picks as they transform blocks of ice (6,000 pounds, to be exact) into dazzling wintry sculptures inspired by some of the park's coolest features. Starting at dusk, the Mall area also turns into a silent disco. All ages.Read more
Brrr...it’s cold at Skylands Stadium! Head to North Jersey for this freezing attraction featuring 100 tons of ice-sculpture displays. Kids should wear warm clothes to keep cozy as they slide down the 50-foot-long ice slide. Frigid features include a log cabin, horse-drawn carriage, working lighthouse and carved boat all made out of ice! Don’t miss carnival games and on weekends, ice-carving demonstrations and competitions. Come out on Wednesdays for Kids Go Free day where kids under 12 get in free (two kids per paid adult). All ages.Read more