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Young George Washington Presidents' Day
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The best things to do Presidents Day Weekend for kids in NYC

Check out the best things to do Presidents Day Weekend! From museums to bowling alleys, we have all the fun activities.

By Allie Early, Danielle Valente and Oliver Strand
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Looking for things to do Presidents Day Weekend in NYC? The holiday leads into the week-long midwinter recess, and plan a few days of fun things to do with kids in NYC. These children's activities will educate and entertain your little ones, and bring our nation's history to life.

The school break can give you time to catch new and upcoming exhibits at NYC museums, great Broadway shows for kids and other cool happenings at the best kids museums in NYC. Have a look at what's on the calendar and start planning your family fun. And while you're at it, why not check out the best kids pizza place in NYC? Even your little Washington will need to refuel. 

When is Presidents' Day? 

Presidents' Day is Monday, February 17, 2020. 

President's Day 2018 activities for kids

New York Historical Society. PBDW architect renovations
Photogrpah: Jonathan Wallen

Meet the Presidents at the New-York Historical Society

Museums History New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side

A special permanent gallery at the New-York Historical Society dedicated to the country's Presidents includes a detailed recreation of the White House Oval Office: Here's your chance to even sit behind (a copy of) the Resolute Desk and pose for the cameras. Bonus: The museum is usually closed Mondays, but it will be open on Feb 17. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of the Arts

Children's Museum of the Arts

Museums Childhood West Village

There's a full day of activities at the Children's Museum of the Arts, where kids can explore the art world at a museum designed just for them. The 10,000-square-foot institution has more than enough room to house its 2,000-piece collection of international children's art, including a huge center gallery to display it in. Artists lead workshops in classrooms, studios or the media lab—which boasts a sound station, clay bar and video-making equipment. All ages.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums Art and design Central Park

Occupying 13 acres of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opened in 1880, is impressive in terms both of quality and scale. Added in 1895 by McKim, Mead and White, the neoclassical facade is daunting. However, the museum is surprisingly easy to negotiate, particularly if you come early on a weekday and avoid the crowds. In the ground floor’s north wing sits the collection of Egyptian art and the glass-walled atrium housing the Temple of Dendur, moved en masse from its original Nile-side setting and now overlooking a reflective pool. Antiquity is also well represented in the southern wing of the ground floor by the halls housing Greek and Roman art, which reopened in 2007 after receiving an elegant makeover. Turning west brings you to the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas collection; it was donated by Nelson Rockefeller as a memorial to his son Michael, who disappeared while visiting New Guinea in 1961. A wider-ranging bequest, the two-story Robert Lehman Wing, can be found at the western end of the floor. This eclectic collection is housed in a re-creation of his townhouse and features Bellini’s masterful Madonna and Child. Rounding out the ground-floor highlights is the American Wing on the northwest corner. Its Engelhard Court reopened in spring 2009 as part of the wing’s current revamp. Now more a sculpture court than an interior garden, it houses large-scale 19th-century works in bronze and marble—and one of its three fountains is by Tiffany.

The Jewish Museum

Museums History Central Park

The Jewish Museum was established in 1904 when Judge Mayer Sulzberger gave 26 ceremonial objects to the Jewish Theological Seiminary as the core of a museum collection. Since then, the museum's offerings have grown to offer more than 30,000 works of art, artifacts and media installations. The museums's location in the Warburg Mansion offers plenty of space for amazing things to see: its upcoming Fall 2017 exhibition, Scenes from the Collection, will feature over 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art. Hungry? Check out Russ & Daughters' 60-seat restaurant on the museum's lower level.

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Museum of the City of New York

Museums History East Harlem

Located at the northern end of Museum Mile, this institution contains a wealth of city history and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, military and naval uniforms, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, ship models and rare books. The extensive toy collection, full of New Yorkers’ playthings dating from the colonial era to the present, is especially well loved. Toy trains, lead soldiers and battered teddy bears share shelf space with exquisite bisque dolls (decked out in extravagant Parisian fashions) and lavishly appointed dolls’ houses. Don’t miss the amazing Stettheimer Dollhouse, created during the 1920s by Carrie Stettheimer, whose artist friends re-created their masterpieces in miniature to hang on the walls. Look closely and you’ll even spy a tiny version of Marcel Duchamp’s famous Nude Descending a Staircase.

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