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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

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    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

 

Saturday, February 22

Pay As You Wish: "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe"

  • Price band: 1/4

The Guggenheim hosts pay-as-you-wish hours today from 5:45pm to 7:45pm! On the heels of the Guggenheim's show about the Japanese postwar collective Gutai last spring comes another nationally focused exhibition, this time on the Italian-based movement of Futurism. Families can take in more than 300 works made between 1909 and 1944, from advertising and fashion to ceramics, film, painting and sculpture, which will be presented chronologically. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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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 Jan 3 - Sat Jan 31
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Sesame Street: C is for Cooking

  • Free

Get cooking in the kitchen with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and more as they roll sushi, bake bread and make popsicles with Pilar.

  1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, at 56th St
  2. Until Sat Feb 22
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Close Encounters of the Third: Director's Cut

  • Free

Hunker dow for the special director's cut of a Spielberg sci-fi film (rated PG) in which an Indiana man has a close encounter with a space ship and alien creatures from another world. Ages 10 and up.

  1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, at 56th St
  2. Until Sat Feb 22
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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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Last chance: "Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison"

  • Free

The National Museum of the American Indian may not seem a likely place to see colorful, abstract work by a 20th-century modernist, but that’s just what lies in store for families there this fall. “Modern Spirit,” which originated at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, is a retrospective of work by the Minnesota-born artist George Morrison: paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures that reveal a fascination with landscape and horizon and resonate with a distinctive combination of calm intimacy and the energy of the Abstract Expressionists. Kids will especially love Morrison’s exuberant use of color and light. All ages.

  1. National Museum of the American Indian Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, between State and Whitehall Sts
  2. Sun Feb 23
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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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