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Best free and fun things to do over spring break for kids 2013

We rounded up free events during spring break for kids in NYC, including the Macy's Flower Show and a performance art piece by Nick Cave at Grand Central.

  • Best free and fun things to do over spring break for kids 2013

    Blooming Naturalists

  • Best free and fun things to do over spring break for kids 2013

    Building Connections: K-12 Student Design Work

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Best free and fun things to do over spring break for kids 2013

    "Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation"

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Best free and fun things to do over spring break for kids 2013

    Macy's Flower Show 

  • Best free and fun things to do over spring break for kids 2013

    Nick Cave: Heard•NY

     

Best free and fun things to do over spring break for kids 2013

Blooming Naturalists

Monday, March 25

Blooming Naturalists

  • Free

Kids can learn about the career of a naturalist—they'll experiment with the tools of the trade and make their own nature journal. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Prospect Park Audubon Center enter at Ocean Ave, and Lincoln Rd
  2. Mon Mar 31
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Building Connections: K-12 Student Design Work

  • Free

The Center for Architecture Foundation is hosting its annual exhibition of student work for the year. Check out what the K-12th grade students have created, from building models and sketches to photography, and discover the curriculum behind the Center's educational philosophy. All ages.

  1. Center for Architecture Foundation Summer@theCenter 536 La Guardia Pl, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts, 10012
  2. Mon Mar 31
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Macy's Flower Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Running for more than 60 years, Macy’s Flower Show has provided a showcase for the world’s diverse plant life and the work of the nation’s most renowned floral designers. At this year's show, themed around the flowers of south Asia, kids can check out colorful flowers, dance to a DJ, work on crafts and watch demonstrations. March 24th is Family Fun Day in the Kids' Department (on the 7th floor) where tots can listen to a reading of Susan A. Shea's "Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?" (12pm), make a terrarium, decorate cookies, and get a balloon animal (2pm). All ages.

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Mon Mar 31
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Nick Cave: Heard•NY

  • Free

In this installation and performance by acclaimed musician and artist Nick Cave, thirty giant, colorful, and super shaggy "horses" will periodically break into movement in the middle of Grand Central Terminal. All ages.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Mon Mar 31
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"Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation"

  • Critics choice

Madison Square Park's newest work of public art utilizes one of the oldest photographic devices around: the camera obscura (the principle behind pinhole cameras), which inverts images and lends them a dreamy blur as it projects them. NYC artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder's Topsy Turvy, which turns the Flatiron Building on its head, is a giant, cylindrical camera obscura that also warps these projections because of its shape. Three to five people can enter the walk-in installation at a time. All ages.

  1. Madison Square Park E 23rd St to E 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Until Fri Apr 5
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