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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

 

Friday, February 21

Friday Singalong with Jarrod

  • Free

Tots can cozy up in the kids' section of Greenlight while Jarrod (with his trusty guitar in hand) sings and tells his favorite stories for young bookworms. Ages 6 weeks to 3 years.

  1. Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton St, at South Portland Ave
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Fri Aug 29
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"The Little Prince: A New York Story"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Admission to the Morgan is free tonight from 7 to 9pm. Most people are familiar with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved story about an asteroid-hopping boy and his flower, but not many know that the French author wrote and published the illustrated novella in New York City at the the height of World War II. To celebrate the writer-aviator’s time here, the Morgan is curating an exhibition featuring his working manuscript and drawings, letters to and from family members about his progress, and other ephemera.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Until Sun Apr 27
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Dora the Explorer: Dora's Slumber Party

  • Free

Enjoy two back-to-back episodes of the Nick Jr. animated series, starting with "Dora the Explorer: Little Star" when Dora and Boots set out to help Little Star get back in the sky so everyone can make a bedtime wish. Next up is "Dora the Explorer: Dora Had A Little Lamb," in which Dora and her sidekick help Little Lamb find its way back to Mary in the pages of a nursery rhyme book.

  1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, at 56th St
  2. Until Fri Feb 21
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Iván Navarro: This Land Is Your Land

Mad Sq. Park's latest art installation, Chilean-born Iván Navarro's This Land Is Your Land, is a series of three water towers set within the confines of the park. Each of them is lit up from within with neon signage that repeats infinitely thanks to a set of internal mirrors. Visitors can have a look inside by walking right under the 80-foot-tall towers, an experience that's bound to be as cool as it is spooky. All ages.

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Until Sun Mar 30
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"Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering"

  • Price band: 1/4

Admission to NYSCI is free today from 2pm to 5pm! Engineering may sound like a boring field, which is just what this kid-friendly exhibition sets out to dispel with examples of how people have use various technologies to enable people to do something better, easier—or just plain do it at all. Among the highlights: a hands-free computer mouse, controlled by subtle movements of the head and a limb that can be controlled by a person's thoughts. A particularly fun activity for kids is the Caring for Your Pet station, where they can create a tool with which a wheelchair user can pick up his or her pet's bowl. Ages 4 and up.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Until Sun May 4
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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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Free Admission at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Take a wintry stroll through this Brooklyn gem, where admission is free on winter weekdays. All ages.

  1. 990 Washington Ave, (at President St)
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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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