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Things to do with kids in NYC this winter break

Online classes, drive-thru shows, exhibits—they're all on the list of things to do with kids in NYC this winter break!

By Danielle Valente and Time Out editors


RECOMMENDED: Winter break activities for NYC kids


Things to do with kids over winter break

Photograph: Courtesy Elizabeth Shrier

1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Things to do Bryant Park, Midtown West

Winter Village is on its way to Bryant Park! Every year, the midtown green space transforms into a holiday wonderland, complete with shops, sweets, ice skating, a Christmas tree and more. Things will look a little different in 2020: The event will be spaced out appropriately, everything will take place outdoors and timed skating sessions will be required. (Tickets open at the end of October.) Visit the Bryant Park website for more details. All ages. 

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2. Check out classes on Sawyer

From cooking and crafts to dancing and singing, Sawyer makes classes accessible to all children. There are virtual or in-person options to peruse, and plenty of cool options to choose from while the kiddos are off from school! 


3. Private Picassos' Art Studio & Shop

Things to do Classes and workshops Park Slope

From online classes and small, in-person pods to art kits (think dream catchers, beads, paint, etc), Private Picassos has something for everyone this break. Go online or call ahead to see what's happening and when. All ages.

4. Taste Buds Kitchen Camps

Things to do Camps Chelsea

School's out, but the kitchen's open. Taste Buds is holding winter camps for those ages 6–15 both virtually and in-person (at a distance). All recipes are vegetarian and many can be adjusted to be gluten-free, dairy-free or egg-free! Book as soon as you can!

Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Robot Foundry

5. Brooklyn Robot Foundry Camps

Things to do Gowanus

Techies can tinker with a bunch of cool projects while they're off from school. December Break Fundays include themes such as: Let's Party, Puppy Party and Party Like It's Not 2020, all of which are a combo of games, crafts, project and—of course—robots. Learn more about safety requirements and register by Dec 23. If you'd rather take a class with Mom and Dad, Family Club: Remote Edition will be on Saturday, January 2. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy @flobacci on Instagram

6. The GIANT Room

Things to do Classes and workshops Chelsea

The GIANT Room is an innovation space for tiny New Yorkers with big dreams. "It’s kids’ ideas that are GIANT," says Dr. Azi Jamalian, Founder and CEO of The GIANT Room. "We simply give them the space, mentorship and all sorts of tools and equipment they need to bring those ideas into reality.” The hub is geared toward visitors ages 3–12 who are curious about STEAM studies and art classes for kids. Arguably one of the main draws to the space is the "Blank Canvas," where participants help piece together a new monthly exhibit for The GIANT Room's gallery. 

Sip & Play
Sip & Play
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7. Board game cafes

Things to do Games and hobbies

Update: Call your location before making a visit, as some stores are just operating with pick-up options while others are offering in-person and virtual gaming. 

These kid-friendly board game cafes have awesome picks and delicious snacks to keep hunger at bay while you're working toward victory and bragging rights. Whether you're searching for the perfect word in Scrabble or keeping the stakes high with Jenga, you won't be able to say no to all of these exciting challenges...or treats like milkshakes, hot dogs and tater tots. 


Photograph: Courtesy Beat the Bomb

8. Beat the Bomb

Things to do Quirky events South Brooklyn

Think you have what it takes to beat the bomb? Fingers crossed you're ready for the challenge! This escape room-like activity encourages participants to disarm a giant paint ball in an immersive video game-like setting before time runs out. Learn more about the new safety measures online


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