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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

 

Thursday, April 12

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. Thu Apr 12 10am--3pm. Blue Heron Nature Center. Free. Ages 5 and up.

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. Thu Apr 12 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. Thu Apr 12 11am--5pm. Salt Marsh Nature Center. Free. Ages 5 and up.

Blooming Naturalists
Kids follow their natural instincts on their quest to discover plant and animal life in the park. The budding wildlife experts will make nature journals and learn tools of the trade. Thu Apr 12 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. Thu Apr 12 noon--4pm. . Free. Ages 3 and up.

Children's Storytime
This week's family event at the legendary book emporium features a bilingual reading of Monica Brown's My Name Is Gabito, as well as a few traditional Spanish nursery rhymes. Kids also learn how to count in Spanish and play circle games. Thu Apr 12 3:30--4:30pm. Strand Book Store. Free. Ages 2 to 6.

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. Thu Apr 12 at 4pm. New York Public Library, Battery Park City Branch, 175 North End Ave between Vesey and Murray Sts (212-790-3499, nypl.org). Free. Ages 5 and up.

 

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