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
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.
Keep your kids busy during midwinter break with daily matinees of My Neighbor Totoro, plus drop-in art-making and animation projects inspired by the film. If you're a purist, you'll also enjoy Feb 24's screening, which will be in Japanese with English subtitles. All ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.