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
Wednesday April 20
FREE Blooming Naturalists
Wed Apr 20 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 as they discover plant and animal life in the park. These budding wildlife experts will make nature journals and learn tools of the trade. Ages 6 and up.
FREE Spring Sprouts
Wed Apr 20 1--4pm. Lefferts Historic House, Flatbush Ave at Empire Blvd, Prospect Park, 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 little ones make crafty creations using seeds. Ages 3 and up.
FREE Private Picasso Art Safari
Wed Apr 20 at 1pm. Still Hip, 283 Grand Ave between Clifton Pl and Lafayette Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-398-0008, stillhipbrooklyn.com). Subway: G to Classon Ave.
In a 45-minute demo class, blossoming artists investigate the wild kingdom by making animal-inspired art projects like papier-mch dino eggs and caterpillar accordion books. Ages 3 to 4.
FREE Meet the Author: Mark Kurlansky
Wed Apr 20 at 11am. BookCourt, 163 Court St between Dean and Pacific Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-875-3677, bookcourt.org). Subway: F, G to Bergen St; R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall.
Just in time for Earth Day, the author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World reads from his new children's book, A World Without Fish, which explains to kids what's happening to marine life, the oceans, and our environment—and suggest how they can help. Ages 4 and up.
FREE Great Kills Library Egg Hunt
Wed Apr 20 at 2:30pm. Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln at Margaret St, Staten Island (718-984-6670, nypl.org). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the Staten Island Railroad to Great Kills.
Little ones can take advantage of their time off from to school to hone their egg-finding skills at this free neighborhood hunt. Registration required. Ages 5 and up.
FREE Queens Botanical Gardens
Wed Apr 20 3--6pm. 43-50 Main St at Dahlia Ave, Flushing Meadows--Corona Park, Queens (718-886-3800, queensbotanical.org). Travel: 7 to Flushing--Main St, then take the Q44 bus south to Dahlia Ave.
Last year the gardens instituted an admission charge, but on Wednesday afternoons you can still immerse yourself in the sights and smells of spring for free. All ages.
FREE New York City Botanical Gardens Grounds-Only Admission
Wed Apr 20 10am--6pm. Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd, Bronx (718-817-8700, nybg.org). Travel: B, D to Bedford Park Blvd or 4 to Bedford Park Blvd--Lehman College, then take the Bx26 bus to Webster Ave; or Metro-North's Harlem Line local to Botanical Garden.
Stop and smell the roses by exploring the 250-acre natural terrain of the gardens. Admission is free all day on Wednesday; special exhibits, programs and classes cost extra. All ages.
FREE Storytime Yoga
Wed Apr 20 at 11:30am. Karma Kids Yoga, 104 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, second floor (646-638-1444, karmakidsyoga.com). Subway: F, M to 14th St; L to Sixth Ave.
Tots gather on the mat to listen to stories about animals, then learn yoga poses named after those critters, such as the cobra, the cat and the downward-facing dog. Ages 2 to 6.
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