Free activities for kids over spring break 2012

New York City public schools are closed from April 6 through April 15. Here's how to keep your kids busy on the cheap! 

Monday, April 9

Kids' Week in Staten Island
 Kids learn about nature and explore the 222-acre Blue Heron Park, a sanctuary filled with wetland ponds, swamps and streams. The Urban Park Rangers present a different theme every day, with complementary activities including a rock safari, a nature drawing session and a bug identification station. Mon Apr 9 10am--3pm. Blue Heron Nature Center. Free. Ages 5 and up. 

Especially For Kids Daily Screenings
Families are invited to the museum's screening room to view a collection of Native American animated shorts, such as "Neil Discovers the Moon" and "How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes." After, spend some time exploring the museum's exhibits. Mon Apr 9 at 10:30, 11:45am. National Museum of the American Indian. Free. All ages. 

Kids' Week at Marine Park
Urban Park Rangers present a different workshop each day, touching on themes like reptiles and amphibians, botany and nocturnal animals. Mon Apr 9 11am--5pm. Salt Marsh Nature Center. Free. Ages 5 and up.

 Blooming Naturalists
Kids can follow their natural instincts on their quest to discover plant and animal life in the park. Budding wildlife experts will make nature journals and learn tools of the trade. Mon Apr 9 noon--4pm. . Free. Ages 6 and up.

Spring Sprouts
Celebrate the (relatively) warm weather with this seed-planting workshop. Kids learn all about the nascent shoots, from how they grow to which types can be planted at home, then make crafty creations with their seeds. Mon Apr 9 noon--4pm. . Free. Ages 3 and up.

Preschool Storytime
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. Mon Apr 9 at 4pm. . Free. Ages 3 to 5.




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