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Things to do with kids this midwinter break

It's time to jam-pack midwinter break with activities, events, classes and of course, fun with the family

Photograph: Courtesy Intrepid Kids Week

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you—it's officially time for midwinter break. NYC schools will be closed from Feb 19–23, so there are plenty of opportunities to get together with loved ones and enjoy some exciting adventures. 

To ensure that your midwinter break is a success, check out these indoor attractions for kids, plan a group outing to one of these Broadway shows for kids and top off each day with a visit to one of many fun restaurants in NYC.  

Looking for a little R&R? We've got you covered. Schedule a night on the couch with one of these kids' movies or head to the library and take out one of the best kids' books around. No matter which route you take, you're guaranteed a lovely week. Enjoy!

Midwinter break events

Automatic Studios Movie Arts Camp

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.

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Automatic Studios , DUMBO Monday February 19 2018 - Friday April 6 2018

Intrepid Kids Week

The floating museum hosts children for a week-long itinerary filled with science and art-based activities, interactive workshops, live shows and demonstrations. Kids will create their own digital games and learn investigative science skills while they play, learn about the solar system, see live animal demonstrations, catch great performances and so much more. They’ll also have the opportunity to interact with scientists, game developers, zoologists and authors during these activities. All ages.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum , Hell's Kitchen Until Saturday February 24 2018

Winter Arts Camp

Fill the President's Week holiday off school with singing, dancing, acting and visual art. Young performers are invited to express themselves with this arts-drivin camp. Each session chooses a theme, like "On A Journey" or "At the Beach" and through various classes in drama, music, movement and art work together to create a fun, informal performance to present to their families at the end of the week. Two age groups, 6–7 years old and 8–11 years old.

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Kaufman Music Center , Upper West Side Tuesday February 20 2018 - Friday February 23 2018

February Break Discovery Days

Parents and caregivers looking for fill up the February school break with fun and educational activities, should make a family field field trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. All week BBG will be hosting special "Discovery stations" inside the Steinhardt Conservatory where kids can use their sense to smell, see and touch the plants that survive in different ecosystems around the world. Families can also participate in scavenger hunts and hit the library for storytime. Aspiring green thumbs should be sure to pick-up a potted plant to take home. All ages.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shop , Prospect Park Monday February 19 2018 - Thursday February 22 2018

"From Farm to City"

During this family-friendly tour of the exhibition, tykes will learn about the island's evolution as well as its hidden history of farming, manufacturing and sports. Little ones will then commemorate the borough's storied past and present in a tile-making workshop, presented by the Staten Island's own Kreischer Brickworks and American Linoleum Manufacturing Company. Ages 7 to 12.

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Staten Island Museum , Midtown West Until Tuesday January 1 2019

The Little Orchestra Society: The Three C's

Learn all about the the C's—culture, classical music, and composing, with these workshops through the Little Orchestra Society. During each session the society explores a different culture's music and introduces children to sounds and instruments from all over the world. First come first serve with a max of 25 partipants.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Thursday February 22 2018

NYCC Lunar New Year

The New York Chinese Cultural Center is celebrating the Year of the Dog with various events throughout the city all month long. Visit NYCC online for more information about each venue's events. All ages. 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , Central Park Saturday February 24 2018 - Sunday February 25 2018

Jazz for Kids

Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

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Jazz Standard , Flatiron Until Sunday May 27 2018


4 out of 5 stars

Based on novelist Gregory Maguire's 1995 adult variation on L. Frank Baum's Oz mythology, Wicked provides a prequel to the children's book and movie. The musical addresses complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, opposition to fascism. Thanks to a witty book by Winnie Holzman (creator of ’90s cult angstfest My So-Called Life) and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz's robust score, Wicked soars. While children five and up are permitted in the theater, little ones might be afraid of the flying monkeys—we'd recommend this show for kids that are a tiny bit older. Ages 8 and up.

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Gershwin Theatre , Midtown West Until Wednesday October 31 2018
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