By NYMetroParents Staff

Mid-Winter Recess Activities for Families in the NY Metro Area

February 13, 2014   |  News & Tips  

Whether your kids are just out for Presidents Day or a longer mid-winter recess, we've rounded up a slew of family activities, mini-camps, and day-camps to keep your crew entertained during their time off.



It’s a safe bet that the slew of snow days sprung on us over the last few weeks had you scrambling for childcare and activities to fill your children’s schedules. But the upcoming long weekend (and even longer mid-winter recess in some school districts) offers a chance for some planned family outingsOur editors have rounded up an amazing assortment of mini-camps (some of which offer extended care for working parents), museum workshops, drop-in events, and shows so you and your crew can get out and enjoy each other. Check out our calendar for more events during the week.





Audubon Center

101 East Dr., Prospect Park


From family bird watching to lip balm making to naturalist-led tours through Prospect Park, the Audubon Center is hosting free family-friendly Presidents Week Programing Feb. 17-21. Just show up and enjoy. 12-4pm. Visit website for specific program details.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum


145 Brooklyn Avenue; Crown Heights

718 735-4400;

The museum will open its doors on Monday, Feb. 17 to kick of the mid-winter recess. As always, expect a wide breadth of kid-centric and culturally educational drop-in programing. On Monday, in the spirit of Presidents Day, kids 5 and under can learn all about the role of the President of the United States.


Prospect Park Tennis Center - Holiday Tennis Intensive

50 Parkside Avenue, Prospect Park


This break may be the perfect opportunity to start taking family tennis lessons and the professionals at Prospect Park are offering a weeklong intensive for players of all ages and skill levels. Acquire the fundamentals and increase your abilities all while spending time together. $80 per day. Registration required.


DiMenna Children’s History Museum

170 Central Park West, Upper West Side


Explore, learn, and compete together during Presidents in Residence, a series of presidential family programs. Search the museum for artifacts related to presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton in a scavenger hunt; create slogans and election buttons; and take part in a quiz game honoring Abraham Lincoln. Free with admission. Feb. 16-19. Visit website for event schedule. 

The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Ave, Upper East Side


During Vacation Week Art Workshops kids get creative in the realm of sculpture inspired by characters found in the comics of Art Spiegelman. These drop-in studio session allow aspiring artist to develop characters their imaginations and create comic art scenes that come to life in 3-dimensions! 1-4pm, Feb. 17, 18, and 20. Free with Museum Admission.


Children’s Museum of Manhattan

212 W. 83rd St.; Upper West Side

212- 721-1234;

In addition to its regular regimen of creative kids’ workshops, CMoM is hosting some exciting Presidents Day events including a special edition of Little Artists and comic book workshop. With President For a Day! Kids 4 and younger learn what it means to be president and create their own campaign buttons. With Presidential Comic Book, children ages 5 and older design a comic book showing their ideal day with President Obama.


Theatre at Madison Square Garden

4 Pennsylvania Plaza; Midtown


A day off from school means more time to build some music appreciation with the Sesame Street gang and Elmo Makes Music is the perfect show for the job. Join your favorite red monster and all of his friends as they sing and dance through an adventure that teaches that  everyone has a little music in them. $15 and up. Feb. 14-23. See website for show times.


French Institute Alliance Française

22 E. 60th St., Upper East Side

212 355 6100;

With FIAF’s À Petits Pas Cooking Workshops little hands get a feel for fun food creations and little ears get a feel for the French language. Kids will develop their five senses, try new foods, and just have fun during this hands-on foodie twist to language immersion. Feb 19 3-4pm. $50 per child. Parents must be present during workshop.



Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave. , Astoria

718 784 0077;

The Museum of the Moving Image boasts a variety of interesting exhibits and activities for kids interested in creating multimedia. This week, in conjunction with the exhibition Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, the museum is offering The Game-Making Game, an interactive workshop where kids can create a game all their own. Feb. 15-23. Visit website for details. $5 materials fee plus museum admission.


New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St., Corona


In addition to Presidents Day, NYSCI is taking an entire week to celebrate all things engineering. During Engineering Week, each day’s theme will explore different engineering concepts—from nano to mechanical—and through hands on activities and challenges kids can to put those ideas into practice. Feb. 17-21. See website for complete schedule. Free with admission.


Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main Street, Flushing 


With NYC Compost Project: I Heart Worms For Families kids 5 and older (and their parents) are introduced to a very important friend of indoor composting—the red wiggler worm! Kids will gain green thumbs as they make heart-shaped “cookies” for their plants. Registration required at Feb. 18, 3-4pm. $5 per person.




Long Island Children’s Museum

11 Davis Ave., Garden City


With several hands-on workshops revolving around the new Secrets of Circles exhibit, a collaborative work of art, and performances from The Okee Dokee Brothers and Elska, this week at the LICM is jam-packed with fun. For details on specific events visit the website. 


Center for Science Teaching and Learning

1 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre


CSTL offers School’s Out Camps from Feb. 17-21 with daily programming from 9am-4pm and aftercare available until 5pm. Kids will be involved in hands-on science activities, in addition to arts and crafts, magic, and animal exploration. $50 per day/per child.  


M.A.T.S.S. Kids Gym

171 Eileen Way, Syosset


2629 Grand Ave, Bellmore


During Mini-Camps at M.A.T.S.S. Kids Gym kids will enjoy fun daily themes, games, and use of gyms. Shortened programs are offered for younger children. Multi-day and sibling discounts available. $50 per day. Feb. 18-21, 10am-2pm daily.

Nassau County Museum of Art - Family Art Making Days

1 Museum Drive Roslyn


Drop in to the Nassau County Museum of Art from Feb. 19-21, 11am-2pm, for their Winter Break Art Workshops. The whole family will create different art projects offered over each of the three days. Participation fee is $8 for materials plus museum admission. Reservations are not needed.


Science Museum of Long Island - Holiday Workshops

1526 N. Plandome Road, Plandome 

516-627-9400 x10;

During Holiday Workshops at the Science Museum of Long Island kids can explore a new them in science everyday from the technology behind toys to indulging in edible experiments. Programs run Feb. 17-21, 10am-3pm. $60 per day. Sibling are available.



Long Island Science Center

11 W. Main St., Riverhead


In addition to being open all week long for daily drop-in fun, the Long Island Science Center is also hosting a weeklong Zoology Camp. Learn about the animal kingdom and meet species of all different classifications. $35 per child for one day; $150 for the week. Registration required.


Maritime Explorium

101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson


From Feb. 15-23, Celebrate The Winter Olympics! with themed activities at the Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson. For just $5, design your own ski jump and build a mag-lev bobsled for a test track. 1-5pm each day. 


Chocolate Works Commack – Open Chocolate Molding

6401 Jericho Turnpike, Commack


 At Open Chocolate Molding, on Feb. 17-18 kids can work with a chocolatier to fill a mold of their choosing with chocolate from a huge vat. Once the creation has cooled, give it some personality and decorate it. Tuesday’s workshop is especially for kids with special needs and their families.  

Suffolk Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank


Let your little one spend their winter break (Feb. 17-21) getting in touch with the outdoors, animals, and tons of activities with new friends. During Winter Break Camp, students will engage with the Center’s 200-acre working farm. $225 for full program of $50 per day.





Earth Place10

Woodside Lane Westport, CT


The Earth Place Vacation Day Drop-off Program offers kids in pre-K through 5th grade daily activities from Feb. 18-21 that focus on the eating habits of different creatures. Art projects, scientific fun, and more round out the experience.  Enrollment options vary. See website for details.

Yale Peabody Museum

170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT


Check out Dinosaur Days at the Yale Peabody Museum!  Feb 17-21, 10am-3:30pm, Kids can explore with a fossil touch table and fossil dig, and enjoy a dino-riffic puppet show. The Museum is also hosting five-day (Feb. 17-21) and two-day (Feb. 17-18) Vacation Week Camps for second-fifth graders. Museum admission required to participate in Dinosaur Days activities.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT


Sign up for tons of winter fun with Vacation Drop-Off Days from Feb. 18-20, 1-4pm with crafts, animals, and the Center’s sugarhouse, where you’ll learn to make maple syrup! Pre-registration and payment required. $35 per child per day or $90 for the full three-day program.

The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor

301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor


From Feb. 18-21, 9:30am-1pm with an extended 2pm end time, 5-8 year olds can dive deep with the Ocean Explorers Camp! Campers will partake in themed activities, games, and crafts based on deep-sea creatures. Flexible enrollment.



Hommocks Park Ice Rink - Mid-Winter Public Skating Sessions

740 West Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck


Hit the ice with special Mid-Winter recess hours at Hommocks Park Ice Rink. The rink will be open from 11am-5:15pm daily Feb. 17-21.

Sportime USA

380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford


Kids Drop Off at Sportime, from Feb. 17-21, ensures your kid will have a great time this winter break with Sportime’s many activities, including laser tag, a climbing wall, amusement rides, video games, and bumper cars. Advance reservations required. Please call 914-592-2111 x2.

Green Chimney’s Kids Winter Camp

33 Clearpool Road, Carmel


Head up to near by Putnam County and experience Green Chimney’s Kids Winter Camp from Feb. 17-21, 9am-4:30pm. Attendees will revel in a full week of varied programming, including ropes challenges, wilderness skills, maple sugaring, and more. Extended care options available. $40 per day or $170 for the five-day program. Advance registration required.

White Plains Performing Arts Center 

11 City Place, White Plains


Kids in fifth-12th grades with an affinity for performing arts can make the most of the break at February Break Theater Workshops. Students will broaden their dancing, singing, and acting skills as they learn numbers from today’s biggest Broadway hits. 10am-4pm, Feb. 17-21. $90 per workshop; $400 for all five.



Tenafly Nature Center

313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ


School’s out so head over to Tenafly Nature Center for a full day of outdoor winter fun. With Presidents’ Day Camp, kids in pre-K to kindergarten and first-fifth grades can explore the woods, make crafts, and hear stories. Feb. 17 9am-3:30pm. 

Challenger Learning Center - Mini-Space Camp

225 Route 59, Airmont


 Aspiring astronauts in kindergarten-fourth grades will be over the moon for the this Mini-Space Camp. After building computer controlled Lego robots and toys (not unlike the mars rover), kids can step inside the center’s spacecraft simulator and embark on a “journey” to outer space. Choose one session or both. Feb. 17. 9am-12pm or 1-4pm. $40 for one session; $75 for both.

IZOD Center-Harlem Globetrotters Fans Rule Tour

50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ


The Harlem Globetrotters are putting a new spin on the game of basketball with their Fans Rule tour. Visit to vote on which crazy new rule—five on six, two ball basketball, trick shot challenge, and more— you’d like to see the Globetrotters add to their exciting game. Feb. 17. 11am and 4pm Tickets start at $17.