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President's Day weekend for kids in NYC

Enjoy your President's Day weekend with plenty of kid-friendly fun around town. These events will keep you plenty busy!

Photograph: Kid President

Presidents' Day weekend is a day for celebrating the presidents of the United States, and it's awesome because most kids get the day off from school. Presidents Day for kids can be one of the most exciting (and educational) long weekends of the year if you stay on the lookout for NYC's coolest holiday activities. Don't miss out on Chinese New Year for kids too.

When is Presidents' Day? 

Presidents' Day is Monday, February 20, 2017. 

President's Day 2017 activities for kids

School Vacation Week

Celebrate President's Day for kids with the New-York Historical Society's President-themed events. Get in on the Presidential Scavenger Hunt daily, where you'll search for both objects and images relating to presidential history inside the museum. There are also presidential crafts to try (1–3pm), during which kids will make portraits and a parade bunting to take home. Don't forget to check out "We the People," NYHS's ongoing exhibit! All ages.

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New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Until Monday February 27 2017

"We the People"

From the donations of many visitors' used shoelaces comes "We the People," an art installation by Nari Ward. From Feb 20–24, you can see the sculpture as it gets installed, and from February 20–26 you can post a sticky note on the museum's preamble wall to share how the words "We the People" make you feel. All ages.

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New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Until Sunday February 26 2017

Film Forum Jr.

Your kids may never tire of watching Frozen, but they'll be exposed to plenty of family-friendly classics as well, thanks to this weekly film series. On Sundays, the downtown theater hosts a matinee screening of a bona fide family favorites. This season kicks off with a viewing of An American Tail, a musical about a Jewish immigrant mouse Fievel (Dec 18), Gene Kelly’s classic Singing’ in the Rain (Dec 25) shown in 4K restoration, and silent comedy masterpiece Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Jan 1). Other top-notch picks include Jailhouse Rock (Jan 8), Cover Girl (Jan 15), The Invisible Man (Jan 22), Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man (Jan 29), Time Bandits (Feb 5), It Happened One Night (Feb 12), Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (Feb 19), Lassie Come Home (Feb 26), Planet of the Apes (Mar 5), Lili (Mar 12), and The Witches (Mar 19). All ages.

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Film Forum , Downtown Sunday February 26 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017

Rock & Roll for Kids

Rock and Roll Playhouse' Rock & Roll for Kids series offers sweet children's music workshops on Sundays at Brooklyn Bowl! Littles will sing, play and dance with their parents. Highlights include Kids Gone Phishing: The Music of Phish with Uncle Ebenezer (Jan 8), All Things Petty: The Music of Tom Petty with The Mighty Fergusons (Jan 29), The Music of Billy Joel featuring Craig Greenberg (Feb 19) and The Music of Motown with Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band (Mar 5). Ages 10 and under.

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Brooklyn Bowl , Williamsburg Sunday February 26 2017 - Sunday March 26 2017

Wilderness Skills Workshops

Starting on weekend days in February, children will be able to participate in hands-on Wilderness Skills Workshops as part of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Wilderness Camp exhibit. Learn all about tying things together as a “camp ranger” shows attendees how to tie five different kinds of knots (February 4 and 5); a tie-dying workshop shows children how to play with natural dyes made from foods and plants (February 11 and 12); artist Tattfoo Tan offers up a taste of dehydrated treats from the museum’s new mobile kitchen Charlie Cart (February 18 and 19); and you’ll never lose your way again after checking out the DIY compass workshop (February 25 and 26). Workshops are open-ended and no registration is required. At the end of each workshop, a Brooklyn Children’s Museum educator will guide attendees through a tour of Wilderness Camp. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Saturday February 25 2017 - Sunday February 26 2017

Wild in Winter: Mid Winter Break

Looking for a fun and educational projects to keep your child’s interest while they’re off school this winter? Prospect Park has you covered with its family-friendly Wild in Winter programs. Go on a nature exploration to find and seek birds and other nameless on the Prospect Park trails (12pm-3pm). Ready-to-go Discovery Packs filled with nature activities for families will be on hand and blossoming birdwatchers can learn how to use binoculars and field guides to identify birds and make their own naturalist button (1pm). And help the park’s cause by joining the Alliance Naturalists for the Great Backyard Bird Count (3pm). You’ll help the organization keep track of the health of the area birds and how to protect them. If you need a place to warm up from the cold, head to Lefferts Historic House for toys and games (1pm-3pm, $3 suggested donation). All ages.

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Prospect Park Audubon Center , Prospect Park Until Friday February 24 2017

School Vacation Week

Celebrate President's Day for kids with the New-York Historical Society's President-themed events. Get in on the Presidential Scavenger Hunt daily, where you'll search for both objects and images relating to presidential history inside the museum. There are also presidential crafts to try (1–3pm), during which kids will make portraits and a parade bunting to take home. Don't forget to check out "We the People," NYHS's ongoing exhibit! All ages.

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New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Until Monday February 27 2017

"Behind the Screen"

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In this one-of-a-kind experience on the museum’s third floor, guests can immerse themselves in the process of producing, promoting and presenting digital entertainment, TV shows and movies. Check out cool artifacts like historic film and TV cameras, posters, design sketches and more. All ages.

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Museum of the Moving Image , Astoria Until Sunday December 31 2017

"¡Cuba!"

Learn about the Caribbean island’s diverse ecosystem through this bilingual exhibit that introduces its forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs. Live animals, specimens, artifacts, and models of animal species found only in Cuba will be on display in a variety of recreated habitats. And because Cuba is about so much more than fascinating wildlife, the exhibit also dives into the life and culture of the country. Stroll along an open boulevard that’ll plop you right in the middle of a vibrant Cuban street that’s come alive with music, dance, and performances. Learn about the spiritual teachings of Santeria and how to grow Cuba’s most important cash crop tobacco. If you were ever curious about what the island is about, then grab the family for an interactive lesson. You might just be booking a plane ticket right as soon as you arrive home. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Sunday August 13 2017
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