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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

  • Photograph: Leah Reddy

    Easter Fun Fest at Trinity Church

  • Photograph: Leah Reddy

    Easter Fun Fest at Trinity Church

  • Staten Island Children's Museum Eggstravaganza

  • Photograph: Courtesy Strand Book Store

    Strand Bookstore Storytime

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels

    Sony Wonder Tech Lab

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Scholastic

    Scholastic store in SoHo

  • Photograph: Don Pollard

    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...

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Museum

    MoMA Family Programs

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Museum

    MoMA Family Programs

  • Storytime at Books of Wonder

  • Photograph: Joshua Bright

    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

Wednesday, April 11

Kids' Week in Staten Island
Kids learn about nature and explore the 222-acre Blue Heron Park, a sanctuary filled with wetland ponds, swamps and streams. The Urban Park Rangers present a different theme every day, with complementary activities including a rock safari, a nature drawing session and a bug identification station. Wed Apr 11 10am--3pm. Blue Heron Nature Center. Free. Ages 5 and up.

 New York Botanical Garden 
Literally stop and smell the roses by exploring the garden's 250 acres of natural terrain. Grounds admission is free all day but the venue's spring break-themed workshops and classes cost extra. Wed Apr 11 10am--6pm. New York Botanical Garden. Free. All ages.

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." After, spend some time exploring the museum's exhibits. Wed Apr 11 at 10:30, 11:45am. National Museum of the American Indian. Free. All ages. 

Kids' Week at Marine Park
 Urban Park Rangers present a different workshop each day, touching on themes like reptiles and amphibians, botany and nocturnal animals. Wed Apr 11 11am--5pm. Salt Marsh Nature Center. Free. Ages 5 and up.

Storytime Yoga
Tots gather on the mat to listen to stories about animals, then learn yoga poses named after those critters, such as the cobra, the cat and the downward-facing dog. Wed Apr 11 11:30am--noon. Karma Kids Yoga, 104 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, second floor (646-638-1444, karmakidsyoga.com). Ages 2 to 6.

Blooming Naturalists
Kids follow their natural instincts on a quest to discover plant and animal life in the park. The budding wildlife experts will make nature journals and learn tools of the trade. Wed Apr 11 noon--4pm. . Free. Ages 6 and up.

Spring Sprouts
Celebrate the (relatively) warm weather with this seed-planting workshop. Kids learn all about the nascent shoots, from how they grow to which types can be planted at home. Then they'll make crafty creations using their seeds. Wed Apr 11 noon--4pm. . Free. Ages 3 and up.

Stories, Songs and Activities That Celebrate Our Earth
Regina Ress performs during this afternoon of stories and songs from native cultures around the world, all of which express the bond between earth and its inhabitants. Wed Apr 11 at 4pm. New York Public Library, Columbus Branch, 742 Tenth Ave at 51st St (212-586-5098, nypl.org). Free. Ages 5 and up.

Ryan Sias's Story Laboratory
This writing, illustrating and storytelling workshop is part of a four-month series, but kids aren't required to attend all of the sessions. This week, children's author Ryan Sias will help kids come up with a silly character, form a complete story and then illustrate it. Tickets are distributed at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Wed Apr 11 4--5pm. Books of Wonder. Free. Ages 6 to 12.

 

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