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Spring break for kids in NYC: Events, mini-camps and day trips

Your guide to celebrating spring break for kids in New York City, including free activities, spring break camps, museum programs and day trip ideas.

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Spring break for kids in New York City has arrived! (The dates for spring break in 2014 for public school students are April 12 to April 22.) This year's spring break is especially exciting, as it will be the first substantial break since the summer during which kids will be able to enjoy the great outdoors without getting completely bundled up. Be sure to check out our comprehensive list of free and fun things to do over the break—we've got some for each and every day of the break—and our lineup of 11 great spring break camps. Families can use the time off from school to take part in special spring break museum programming, visit a new museum exhibit ("Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs" at the American Museum of Natural History and "The Brooklyn Block Lab" at the Brooklyn Children's Museum; both open on Saturday, April 5), explore Central Park, or attend an Easter or Passover event. Looking to get out of town for a bit? We have ideas for day trips from New York City, including Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, which just celebrated its first anniversary. Happy spring break!

Spring break for kids: Museum programs

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Sat Apr 12 - Tue Apr 22
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Citizen Science Series

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sat Apr 5 - Sat May 3
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  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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Spring break for kids: Family-friendly shows


  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Not since Billy Elliot has an English musical import been so

  1. Shubert Theatre 225 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Spring break camps

An indoor discovery Workshop at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

An indoor discovery Workshop at Brooklyn Botanic Garden Photograph: courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Day trips from New York City for spring break

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester (slide show)

Learn how the plastic blocks are built, watch a 4-D movie and gawk at miniature NYC landmarks made out of Legos at the new Legoland Discovery Center Westchester.

More spring break for kids activities

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Until Sun Jul 6
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  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Jun 8
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  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Until Thu Apr 17
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