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Free things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014

With our guide to free things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break, your brood can have fun without spending a dime.

  • Jerry Acton, courtesy Audubon Society

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Great Backyard Bird Count

     

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Scholastic Store

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Clifford's Valentine's Day

  • Courtesy Harlem Food Truck Rally

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Harlem Food Truck Rally

  • Photograph: Etienne Frossard

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Greenlight Saturday Storytime

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Sony Wonder Technology Lab

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Sony Wonder Tech Lab Screenings

  • Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre

  • Photograph: Gary Blaine

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!"

  • Image: Alan Richards

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: "Get the Picture" at QBG

  • Rendering: Hernan Rivera and Ivan Navarro. Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery. 

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014:  Ivan Navarro's This Land Is Your Land in Madison Square Park

  • Photographer: Graham S. Haber

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: "The Little Prince: A New York Story"

  • Photograph: Rosalie O'Connor

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: The Beauty of Ballet

  • Courtesy National Museum of the

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: New York Transit Museum Train Show

  • Photograph: Andrew Kelly

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Humans Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering at New York Hall of Science

  • Courtesy Fondazione Cassa di ris

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim

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    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: "Cabinets of Wonder" show at the Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Photograph: courtesy the National Film Archive

    Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: "Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module"

Jerry Acton, courtesy Audubon Society

Things to do in NYC with kids over mid-winter break 2014: Great Backyard Bird Count

 


Keeping the kids busy over mid-winter break without going through loads of cash can be a challenge. That's why we've put together a list of the best fun and free things to do in NYC with kids over the February recess, including everything from new exhibits to storytimes and free museum hours.

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Saturday, February 15

Clifford's Valentine's Day

  • Free

Celebrate V-Day with Clifford by making cards sealed with a kiss for loved ones. Kids struck with puppy love can join the big red dog himself for a parade around the store and snuggle up against the pup as Clifford poses for photos. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Scholastic Store 557 Broadway, between Prince and Spring Sts
  2. Until Sat Feb 15
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Harlem Food Truck Rally

  • Free

Frederick Douglass Blvd between 117th and 118th Sts. Admission is free to this outdoor fest, where after chowing down on goodies from Wafels & Dinges, Gorilla GReese, Nuchas, Palenque, Toum, Shorty's, Diso's, Luke's and Hibachi Heaven, families can get in on arts and crafts while keeping warm, thanks to plenty of space heaters. All ages.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Until Sat Apr 5
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Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre

  • Free

At this interactive puppet show, the audience chooses the story! Tots pick which classic fairy tale the puppeteers will perform, and help with the ending's comedic twist. Ages 2 to 8.

  1. Bank Street Bookstore 610 W 112th St, at Broadway
  2. Until Sun Feb 23
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Greenlight Saturday Storytime 2014

  • Free

Kids' authors and illustrators (or staffers from Brooklyn's family-friendly Greenlight Bookstore) sit down with kids and their caregivers to read from their own picture books (or their favorites), be they classics or brand-new creations. Chani Sanchez presents There Are NO Animals in This Book (Only Feelings) (Feb 1), a children's book that explores emotions through contemporary art; Brooklyn-based artist Sean Qualls reads from his Lullaby (For a Black Mother) (Feb 8); Brooklyn artist-cartoonist George O'Connor introduces kids to Greek goddess Aphrodite with his graphic novel Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Feb 15); and author-illlustrator Bob Shea presents Budy and the Bunny in: Don't Play with Your Food (Feb 22). Ages 3 to 8.

  1. Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton St, at South Portland Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sat Sep 27
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Hands-On Nano Demos

Explore the itty-bitty world of nanoscience and nanotechnology through hands-on activities covering topics including properties, structure, materials and scale. No reservation required. Participation granted on first-come, first-served basis. Ages 7 and up.

  1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, at 56th St
  2. Sat Oct 11
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"Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

On the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four arriving stateside, the Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Grammy Museum showcase memorabilia, recordings, videos and photos of the mop-topped musicians, and the Beatlemania that followed them. It's the perfect way to introduce kids to everybody's favorite band. Ages 5 and up.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Until Sat May 10
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"Get the Picture?"

  • Price band: 1/4

Head into the garden's Visitor & Administration Building Gallery to see NYC-born artist Alan Richard's colorful, quirky composite photos. Kids will appreciate the humor found in combining two seemingly silly elements in the frame. All ages.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Until Sun May 4
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New York Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Within Grand Central Terminal you’ll find the New York Transit Museum’s 12th annual Holiday Train Show, an ode to all kinds of locomotives.Kids will feel positively giant while wandering around the 34-foot-long display, festooned with miniature versions of city landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. Watch as Lionel model trains travel over the river (the East River, to be exact) and through the wood to reach their final destination, the north pole. All ages.

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Sun Feb 23
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