RECOMMENDED: Spring break for kids
If you’re not planning any big family trips for the upcoming school break (April 3 through April 10 for NYC public school students), consider signing your brood up for one of these local spring break camps! They can try everything from making their own movies atAutomatic Studios to whipping up delicious treats at Taste Buds—and who wouldn't want to learn something this exciting?
Spring break camps for kids
Kids get to be part of a team and make their own movie in a just one week at this creative camp. With guidance from experienced film technicians and teachers, the group works together to write a script, work with lights, cameras, sound equiment, and even a green screen before editing together their final product. Hardworking cinephiles get to munch on healthy snacks throughout the day, but must bring a bagged lunch. On day five, the kids show off their production to their family during a wrap party, complete with popcorn. Ages 8 to14.
Kids of all ages get the chance to become innovators in the field of science during weeklong camps at NYSCI over midwinter break. First and second–graders can hang out in the Fab Food Lab, exploring engineering and chemistry concepts that apply to the kitchen. Whip up ice cream, design fresh food packaging and more. Third and fourth–graders get an equally cool task: Investigate harsh environments and brave the elements to become Extreme Science Survivors. A mid-morning snack and lunch will be provided. Advance registration required. Ages 6–12.
Youngsters can spend their day off from school learning the ABCs of musical theater through games, improv and dramatic play. The theme on MLK Day is, appropriately, "Find The Dream in You!" Families are invited to watch the last 20 minutes of the day. Early drop-off is available for an additional $10. Ages 6 to 11.
Looking for something fun to do with the little ones during spring break? Head to the New-York Historical Society for fun and educational activities. Kids can search for artifacts like a handwritten letter by Abraham Lincoln and a historic ballot box in the Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt. Or, they can create a paper bird plane to fly into a target wall of clouds in an activity inspired by the exhibit, "Audobon's Aviary: The Final Flight." All ages.
School may be out for spring break, but Taste Buds Kitchen is open! At special weeklong camps, little chefs will whip up three delicious recipes per day. In mid-March, youngsters will tackle tasty treats like Confetti Cupcakes, all starring rainbows and sprinkles or cook like an Iron Chef with a top secret ingredient color each day (Mar 16–20). Later on, kids get to see how they stack up with the competition during Chopped-inspired challenges with mystery basket ingredients (Mar 23–27). A special day camp lets chocolate-lovers focus on their favorite treat (April 3), and SuperFoodie Camp encourages kids to embrace their inner superheroes to cut, mix, knead and whisk (April 6–10). Ages 4 to 8 and 9 to 13.