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Free activities for kids over spring break 2012

New York City public schools are closed from April 6 through April 15. Here's how to keep your kids busy on the cheap! 

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher WCS

    Flemish Giant Rabbit at Queens Zoo

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    Easter Fun Fest at Trinity Church

  • Photograph: Leah Reddy

    Easter Fun Fest at Trinity Church

  • Staten Island Children's Museum Eggstravaganza

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    Strand Bookstore Storytime

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    Sony Wonder Tech Lab

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    Scholastic store in SoHo

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    New York Public Library- 42nd Street

  • Courtesy the National Museum of the American Indian

    "How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes" U.S. Produced by Tulalip Native Lens, at...

  • Courtesy the National Museum of the American Indian

    "How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes" U.S. Produced by Tulalip Native Lens, at...

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    MoMA Family Programs

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    MoMA Family Programs

  • Storytime at Books of Wonder

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    Wave Hill Family Art Project

  • Photograph: Joshua Bright

    Wave Hill Family Art Project

  • Photograph: Joshua Bright

    Wave Hill Family Art Project

  • Urban Meadow Spring Egg Hunt

  • Urban Meadow Spring Egg Hunt

  • Photograph: Courtesy McNally Jackson

    McNally Jackson Books

Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher WCS

Flemish Giant Rabbit at Queens Zoo

Saturday, April 7

Spring Egg Hunt
Enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade during this open-air Easter fest. Kids get to munch on candy, buy goodies from the bake sale, play with balloons and, of course, hunt for eggs. Sat Apr 7 at 10am. Pierrepont Playground at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Free. All ages.

New York Botanical Gardens
Literally stop and smell the roses by exploring the gardens' 250 acres of natural terrain. Grounds admission is free on Saturdays from 10 to 11am, but spring break's special exhibits, programs and classes cost a bit extra. Sat Apr 7 10--11am. New York Botanical Garden. Free. All ages.

New Museum First Saturdays for Families: Let's Trade!
This First Saturday workshop explores the concept and most worthy aspects of trading: doing or giving to others when they cannot do or make something themselves. Among the activities on tap are making and trading messages, poems, paper sculptures and experimental dances. Tickets are limited, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Sat Apr 7 10am--noon. New Museum of Contemporary Art. Free. Ages 4 to 15.

Family Art Project at Wave Hill
During this outdoor event, titled "Frame a Bit of Botany," families scour the grounds of Wave Hill for artistic inspiration, then decorate a prefab wooden frame with objects they've found outside or by using materials like crayons, yarn and colored sand. Sat Apr 7 10am--1pm. Wave Hill. Free. Ages 3 to 8. 

A Closer Look for Kids
Youngsters tour the museum's permanent collection and temporary exhibits. This month's topic, "Before and After: Story in Art," encourages families to discuss what story the artist is trying to convey. Tickets are distributed at 10am at the reception desk in the Cullman Education and Research Building (4 W 54th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves) on a first-come, first-served basis; museum and program admission. Sat Apr 7 10:20--11:30am. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Free. Ages 5 to 10.

Tours for Fours
Parents and their four-year-olds can tour MoMA's galleries; this month they'll focus on the theme "Mix and Match: Color" and take a special look at several artworks with different color schemes. Tickets are distributed at 10am at the reception desk in the Cullman Education and Research Building (4 W 54th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves) on a first-come, first-served basis. Sat Apr 7 10:20--11:15am. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Free. Age 4 (younger siblings are allowed to tag along).

Especially For Kids Daily Screenings
Families are invited to the museum's screening room to view a collection of Native American animated shorts, such as "Neil Discovers the Moon" and "How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes." Afterward, spend some time exploring the museum's exhibits. Sat Apr 7 at 10:30, 11:45am. National Museum of the American Indian. Free. All ages. 

Sesame Street: "Elmo's Rainbow"
During this free screening, Elmo and Rosita try in vain to locate an elusive rainbow, but instead of giving up, they decide to re-create the rainbow with artwork, magic tricks and some nifty science experiments. R.S.V.P. is required on the Monday of the week the screening is scheduled. Sat Apr 7 at 10:30am, noon. Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Free. All ages. 

Clifford's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Never mind the Easter Bunny: It's Clifford who's showing up this Easter to host a storewide egg hunt, storytime and arts-and-crafts session. Sat Apr 7 11am--4pm. Scholastic Store. Free. Ages 2 and up. 

Spring Eggstravaganza
Plenty of places in the city offer opportunities to pose with the Easter Bunny, but only at the Queens Zoo can kids interact with real live Flemish giant rabbits—Ruby, Flip and Olivia will be on hand for petting and picture taking during this Easter event. In addition to egg hunting, families can enter a raffle for tickets to the show Phineas & Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!, which comes to MSG in April. Sat Apr 7 11am--4pm. Queens Zoo. Free. All ages.

Kids Storytime at McNally Jackson
Author Amy Smart visits McNally Jackson for an interactive reading of her book Symphony City. After, she'll lead a workshop that teaches kids how to conduct their own urban symphony with handmade gongs, chimes and drums. Sat Apr 7 11:30am--12:30pm. McNally Jackson Books. Free. Ages 3 to 8. 

Family Films: Tall Tales
After screenings of Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gruffalo, museum educators suggest follow-up activities in the museum's galleries. Tickets are distributed at 10am and 11:30am at the reception desk in the Cullman Education and Research Building (4 W 54th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves) on a first-come, first-served basis. Sat Apr 7 noon--1pm. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Free. Ages 5 and up.

Introduction to Bird Watching
Did you know that Brooklyn's largest park is home to more than 250 species of birds? Take a nature tour with your children and learn fun facts about these cosmopolitan avians. Sat Apr 7 noon--1:30pm. Prospect Park Audubon Center. Free. All ages.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Little ones in fifth grade and under are invited to celebrate the springtime holiday with an egg hunt, arts-and-crafts activities, popcorn, cotton candy, bounce houses and a telling of the Easter story. Plus, the Easter Bunny is expected to hop by! 

Sat Apr 7 at 1pm. MacDonald Park. Free. Ages 12 and under.



Families and Folk Art
On the first Saturday of each month, parents and kids can check out the museum's extensive folk art collection through discussion-based tours and hands-on art-making activities. Sat Apr 7 at 1pm. American Folk Art Museum. Free. Ages 4 and up.

Family Affair
At this multicultural art museum, which showcases works by Bronx-based, as well as African-,  Asian- and Latino-American artists, families can explore the exhibits and get busy with arts and crafts. Sat Apr 7 1--4pm. Bronx Museum of the Arts. Free. All ages. 

No Longer Bored: Easter Egg, Egg, Egg Hunt 
Experimental art nonprofit No Longer Empty hosts an afternoon of egg hunting in the gardens of the historic Andrew Freedman Home. Sat Apr 7 1--4pm. Garden of the Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse between McClellan St and E 166th St, Bronx (718-293-8100, nolongerempty.org). Free. All ages. 

Space Phenomena
Discover why meteors fall and how satellites orbit the planet at this educational event presented by Mad Science of Westchester & Manhattan. Preregistration required. Sat Apr 7 at 2pm. New York Public Library, Countee Cullen Branch. Free. Ages 5 and up. 

Race Around the Farmyard
Burn off energy in Prospect Park with an afternoon of kooky activities. Potato-sack races, stilt walking and other old-fashioned games will all be part of the fun. Sat Apr 7 2:30--3:30pm. . Free. All ages.

Children's Yoga Class
Kids learn mudras (hand gestures), breathing techniques, poses and mantras (sounds and songs) to develop coordination and flexibility during this workshop. Their imagination also gets a workout with games like yoga freeze dance, vinyasa sequences, obstacle courses and partner work. Sat Apr 7 3--3:45pm. Usha Veda Yoga, 1104 Manhattan Ave between Clay and Dupont Sts, Greeenpoint, Brooklyn (ushavedayoga.com). Free; donations accepted. Ages 5 to 10.

Storytime at Book Culture on Broadway
Listen to a mix of new and classic tales in Book Culture's Children's Room, where booksellers lead storytime every Saturday. Sat Apr 7 at 3:30pm. Book Culture. Free. Ages 2 to 6.

Target First Saturday: Party of Life
April's Target First Saturday event fetes the artist Keith Haring and the newly opened exhibition "Keith Haring: 1978--1982." The celebration features two family-friendly art-making activities—one the fabrication of a Pop-inspired button, the other the creation of a Haring-inspired print—plus an electro-punk performance by Comandante Zero and a dance party set to some of Haring's favorite '70s and '80s tunes. Sat Apr 7 5--11pm. Brooklyn Museum. Free. All ages.

 

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