Free things to do over spring break 2011 with NYC kids
Keep busy during the school recess without spending a dime.
Thu Mar 25 2010
Monday April 18
FREE Cool School Holiday
Mon Apr 18 10am--5pm. Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr at Snug Harbor Rd, Staten Island (718-273-2060, statenislandkids.org). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor.
In honor of spring break, kids' admission is waived at the Staten Island space, where they can play dress-up in Portia's Playhouse or create their own buzzing bee in "Bugs and Other Insects." All ages.
FREE Storytime with Emily
Mon Apr 18 at noon. Moxie Spot, 81-83 Atlantic Ave at Hicks St, Brooklyn Heights (718-923-9710, themoxiespot.com). Subway: R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall.
A former teacher and librarian, Moxie Spot's Emily Terte leads multiple storytelling sessions each week. Ages 5 and under.
FREE Blooming Naturalists
Mon Apr 18 1--4pm. Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park, enter at Ocean Ave and Lincoln Rd, Brooklyn (718-965-8999, prospectpark.org). Subway: B, Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park.
Kids can 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. Ages 6 and up.
FREE Spring Sprouts
Mon Apr 18 1--4pm. Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, enter at Flatbush Ave and Empire Blvd, Brooklyn (prospectpark.org). Subway: B, Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park.
Celebrate the (relatively) warm weather with this seed-planting workshop. Kids will 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 seeds. Ages 3 and up.
FREE Preschool Storytime
Mon Apr 18 at 4pm. New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave at 42nd St (917-275-6975, nypl.org). Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St--Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave.
Just because your kids are out of school doesn't mean their week has to be devoid of learning. Join the Children's Center staff as they present enriching stories, songs and activities for tots. Ages 3 to 5.
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