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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

 

Sunday, February 23

The Beauty of Ballet

  • Free

The world-famous School of American Ballet brings kids a memorable introduction to the world of leotards and pink tutus. Members of the SAB will answer questions, illustrate how talented students become classical dancers and perform excerpts from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Queens Theatre 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl, one block from junction of Flatbush and Nostrand Aves
  2. Until Sat Mar 8
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"Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering"

  • Price band: 1/4

Admission to NYSCI is free today from 10am to 11am! 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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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 Baby Storytime 2014

  • Free

Children's performers—including songstresses Miss Nina, The Good Ms. Padgett and Vered—entertain babies and toddlers with stories, music and interactive play on Sunday mornings. Ages 6 weeks to 3 years.

  1. Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton St, at South Portland Ave
  2. Sun Oct 26
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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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Last chance: 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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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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