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Free things to do over spring break 2011 with NYC kids

Keep busy during the school recess without spending a dime.

Saturday April 23

 

FREE New York City Botanical Gardens
Sat Apr 23 10am--noon. 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 from 10am to noon on Saturdays; special exhibits, programs and classes cost extra. All ages.

FREE Brooklyn Heights Easter Egg Hunt
Sat Apr 23 at 10am. Pierrepont Playground at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Columbia Heights at Pierrepont St, Brooklyn Heights (bhplaygrounds.org). Subway: R to Court St; 2, 3 to Clark St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall.
The competition is fierce at this neighborhood hunt, which starts at 10am on the dot. But even if your kids aren't master egg-finders, they'll still enjoy complimentary balloons, candy and other treats. All ages.

FREE Celebrate Earth Day Event
Sat Apr 23 at 10am. Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Ave U at E 33rd St, Marine Park, Brooklyn (347-701-8674, saltmarshalliance.org). Subway: B, Q to Kings Highway.
Urban Park Rangers in Marine Park leads kids' crafts, followed by a guided walk on newly renovated trails and a performance by the Brooklyn Dance Center. Ages 3 and up.

FREE EarthWeek: EarthFair
Sat Apr 23 10am--5pm. Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves (212-340-2347, earthdayny.org). Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St--Grand Central.
This three-day event, which includes screenings and exhibits in Vanderbilt Hall and Times Square, winds up with a two-day outdoor fest on Vanderbilt Avenue, featuring interactive displays, organic-food purveyors and live music acts that teach kids how easy it is to be green. All ages.

FREE A Closer Look for Kids
Sat Apr 23 10:20--11:30am. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9480, moma.org). Subway: D, F to 47--50th Sts--Rockefeller Ctr; E to Fifth Ave--53rd St.
Youngsters tour the museum's permanent collections and temporary exhibits. This month's topic, "Shape Up!," encourages them to focus on the importance of form and shape in artwork. Tickets are distributed at 10am at the reception desk in the Cullman Education and Research Building (4 W 54th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves) on a first-come, first-served basis, and include museum and program admission. Ages 5 to 10.

FREE Tours for Fours
Sat Apr 23 10:20--11:30am. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9480, moma.org). Subway: D, F to 47--50th Sts--Rockefeller Ctr; E to Fifth Ave--53rd St.
Parents and their four-year-olds tour MoMA's galleries. This month they'll focus on the theme "Earth, Sea, Sky: Nature in Art," as they explore the museum's collections. Tickets are distributed at 10am at the reception desk in the Cullman Education and Research Building (4 W 54th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves) on a first-come, first-served basis. Age 4 (younger siblings are allowed to tag along).

FREE Brooklyn Bridge Park Spring Fling
Sat Apr 23 10:30am--1pm. Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main St at Plymouth St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-802-0603, brooklynbridgepark.org). Subway: A, C to High St; F to York St.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy kicks off its season of activities with this free family blowout, where kids can run in the new park at Pier 1, watch Butterfly Boogie with the Wildlife Theater Company (curtain's at 10:30am), shake their booties to AudraRox (who goes on at noon), or put a spring in their step with egg rolls, duck races and other games throughout the day. Karma Kids Yoga is on hand to demonstrate some tot-friendly asanas, and staffers from the Transit Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum are leading arts-and-crafts activities. That should tire them out just enough for Mom and Dad to have some quality time together tonight! All ages.

FREE Earth Day Block Party
Sat Apr 23 10am--7pm. Grand Ave between Clifton Pl and Lafayette Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-398-0008, stillhipbrooklyn.com). Subway: G to Classon Ave.

Clinton Hill boutique Still Hip sponsors the Earth Street Fair, offering a performance of Pistachio: A Brooklyn Girl Made of Trash, live music, wildflower-seed giveaways, a kids' corner from Habana Works and more. All ages.

FREE Annual Easter Festival at St. Nicholas Park
Sat Apr 23 11am--2pm. 135th St and St. Nicholas Ave (212-330-7663, stnicholaspark.org). Subway: 2, 3 to 135th St.
It's good to have friends, even if you're a public park. The Friends of St. Nicholas Park is sponsoring this holiday fest, featuring egg embellishing, an egg hunt, pastry decorating and a visit from the Easter Bunny. All ages.

FREE Second Annual Easter Eggstravaganza
Sun Apr 23 11am--1pm. P.S. 144, 93-02 69th Ave at Juno St, Forest Hills, Queens (718- 718-730-9100, fhcchurch.com). Subway: E, F, M, R to Forest Hills--71st Ave.

Forest Hills Community Church sponsors an Easterfest, where little ones celebrate the springtime holiday with an egg hunt, arts and crafts activities, popcorn, cotton candy, bounce houses and a telling of the Easter story. Plus, the Easter bunny is expected to hop by! Ages 10 and under.

 FREE St. George Day Festival
Sat Apr 23 noon--8pm. Tomkinsville Park, Bay St at Victory Blvd, Staten Island (718-447-8256, stgeorgedaysi.org). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S51 to Bay St and Victory Blvd.
Looking for alternative energy sources? Enter the fire-breathing dragon. Scaly critters abound at this artsy Earth Day celebration: Kids, adults and even dogs dress up in costume for a lively dragon parade, and in the Kid Zone, a giant puppet show with a 35-foot serpent reimagines the myth of St. George and the dragon as one of mutual understanding and ecology. On the earthy side, craft vendors and live performances from Manhattan Tribal Belly Dance and the Pink Diamond Steppers are in the mix, plus local artists D.B. Lampman, Hiroko Otani and Janice Patrignini lead environmentally sound art projects. Vocalist Zero Boy performs interactive stories, and Grow NYC hosts a relay race that teaches kids about recycling. If all that action leaves your little monsters' energy depleted, fuel them up in the Dragon Feast Food Zone. All ages.

FREE Seventh Annual Sakura Matsuri
Sat Apr 23 11am--2pm. Flushing Meadows--Corona Park, Queens, 47th Ave at 111th St (212-840-6942, jaany.org). Subway: 7 to 111th St.

The Japanese American Association of New York hosts its annual cherry-blossom festival in the scenic southwestern corner of the park, where families can enjoy the sight and smell of the delicate blossoms.Traditional Japanese folk dances, drum performances and tea ceremonies are on tap, as is a demonstration of Hawaiian hula! All ages.  

FREE
Introduction to Bird Watching
Sat Apr 23 noon--1:30pm. Prospect Park Audubon Center, Prospect Park, enter park at Ocean Ave and Lincoln Rd, Brooklyn (718-287-3400, prospectpark.org). Subway: Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park.
Did you know that Brooklyn's largest park is home to more than 250 species of birds? We didn't either. Take a nature tour with your tot and learn fun facts about these cosmopolitan avians. All ages.

FREE Kids Storytime at McNally Jackson
Sat Apr 23 11:30am--12:30pm. McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts (212-274-1160, mcnallyjackson.com). Subway: N, R to Prince St.
Resident storyteller Yvonne Brooks creates themed storytimes accompanied by a guided crafts session. Ages 3 to 8.
  
FREE EarthWeek: EarthFair
Sat Apr 23 noon--5pm. Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves (212-340-2347, earthdayny.org). Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St--Grand Central.
This three-day event, which includes screenings and exhibits in Vanderbilt Hall and Times Square, winds up with a two-day outdoor fest on Vanderbilt Avenue, featuring interactive displays, organic-food purveyors and live music acts that teach kids that it's actually easy being green. All ages. 

FREE Hunts Point Easter Event
Sat Apr 23 1--3pm. Hunts Point Recreation Center, 765 Manida St between Lafayette and Spofford Aves, Bronx (718-860-5544, nycgovparks.org). Subway: 6 to Longwood Ave.
Youngsters make bunny masks to wear as they compete in high-energy events like a bunny hop, sack races and an egg-and-spoon competition. Plus, prizes will be raffled off! All ages.

FREE Affinity Health Plan Easter Egg Hunt
Sat Apr 23 noon--5pm. St. Albans Park, Merrick Blvd at Sayres Ave, Jamaica, Queens (888-543-9070, affinityplan.org). Subway: F to 169th St.
Easter egg hunts are basically an excuse for children to fill up on sugary treats, but this Queens event tries to even the score with free toothbrushes and info on low-cost health care. Okay, that might not lure the kids out the door—but live music hosted by WBLS' Dr. Bob Lee, bunny hops, carnival rides, egg hunts, coloring contests and an appearance by the Knicks Groove Truck will! Ages 12 and under.

FREE Clifford's Big Red Easter Egg Hunt in Soho
Sat Apr 23 noon--4pm. Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-6166, scholastic.com/sohostore). Subway: D, F to Broadway--Lafayette St; N, R to Prince St.
At the top of every hour the hunt is on for brightly colored Easter symbols (filled with treats and, in some cases, discount coupons) that are hidden throughout the children's bookstore. Kids can also flop down to hear a holiday-themed story, draw their own bunnies and give mammoth pup Clifford a hug. We smell a Kodak moment! Ages 2 to 8.

FREE Sesame Street: Love the Earth
Sat Apr 23 at noon, 2pm. Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Sony Plaza, 550 Madison Ave at 56th St (212-833-8100, sonywondertechlab.com). Subway: N, R to Fifth Ave--59th St; E to Fifth Ave--53rd St; F to 57th St: 4, 5, 6 to 59th St.
In this post--Earth Day presentation, Papa Bear takes Elmo, Zoe and Baby Bear into Bear National Park to search for the elusive blue-feathered swallowing swallow—an adventure that teaches them valuable lessons about conservation, recycling and other environmental issues. All ages.

FREE Senator Golden's Easter Egg Hunt
Sat Apr 23 2--4pm. McKinley Park, Fort Hamilton Pkwy at 75th St (718-238-6044). Subway: R to 77th St.
In addition to more than 1,000 eggs for kids to hunt down (each egg contains a ticket that can be redeemed for a prize), this popular annual fest features music, face painting and other entertainment sure to keep kids excited long after the quest is over. Warning: Expect long lines, as well as a limit on the number of eggs each child is allowed to take home. All ages.
 

FREE Storytime at Book Culture on Broadway
Sat Apr 23 at 3:30pm. Book Culture, 2915 Broadway at 114th St (646-403-3000, bookculture.com). Subway: 1 to 116th St--Columbia University.
Every Saturday, booksellers lead reading time in Book Culture's Children Room, sharing new and classic picture books. Ages 2 to 6.

FREE Children's Yoga Class
Sat Apr 23 3:30--4pm Usha Veda Yoga, 1104 Manhattan Ave between Clay and Dupont Sts, Greeenpoint, Brooklyn (ushavedayoga.com). Subway: G to Greenpoint Ave.
Kids will have an outlet for all their excess energy during this workshop. They'll learn mudras (hand gestures), breathing techniques, poses and mantras (sounds and songs) to develop coordination and flexibility. Their imagination also gets a workout with games like yoga freeze dance, vinyasa sequences, obstacle courses and partner work. Donations accepted. Ages 5 to 10.

FREE Tribeca Drive-In Outdoor Screening Series: The Muppets Take Manhattan
Sat Apr 23 6--11pm. World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey St at West St (212-252-4531, tribecafilm.com). Subway: 1, 2, 3 to Chambers St.
In this gem from 1984—screening for free outdoors as part of the Tribeca Film Festival—Kermit, Piggie and the gang hit the Big Apple and learn the road to Broadway is paved with obstacles. Come early for some pre-show fun, including Muppets trivia and face-painting and puppet-making stations. All ages.


 

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