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

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


UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017: 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 in New York City, Long Island, and the suburbs. Check out our calendar for more events during the week.




Wild in Winter: Mid-Winter Break
WHEN: Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24, 12-4pm
Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Flatbush
Join the Prospect Park Alliance in Mid-Winter Break for family-friendly activities, including Nature Exploration, Discovery Pack, Blooming Naturalist, Great Backyard Bird Count, and Animal Encounter.
WANT TO GO? 718-287-3400; prospectpark.org/audubon

February Break Discovery Days
WHEN: Monday-Thursday, Feb. 20-23, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave., Crown Heights
WHAT: Explore exotic habitats from around the world and have some hands-on science fun during the midwinter school break. Families can learn together at Discovery stations inside BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory as kids use their senses to investigate plants and objects firsthand and find out how plants survive in environments from deserts to rainforests.
WANT TO GO? 718-623-7200; bbg.org 

Black History Month Celebration-Mid Winter Recess
WHEN: Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
WHAT: Over a span of four days of culture and fun, families will learn about five influential Black women leaders; Ruby Bridges, Wilma Rudolph, Rosa Parks, Michelle Obama, and Sojourner Truth among others through stories, words, and kid-friendly screenings.
WANT TO GO? 718-735-4400; brooklynkids.org


Kids Week 2017
Monday-Saturday, Feb. 20-25, see website for times
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, Chelsea
 nnual program of discovery during the mid-winter school recess. This year's theme is gaming. Play cutting-edge digital games, design your own games, and explore interactive displays. You'll learn about the logic and imagination that goes into game design as you build, tinker and play. Mad Science, Games for Change, Institute of Play, FIRST and other special guests will offer activities, performances and demonstrations.
212-245-0072; intrepidmuseum.org

Mid-Winter Break Special: RoboTakeover
WHEN: Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 21-24, 2-3pm
WHERE: New York Public Library-Muhlenberg Branch, 209 W. 23rd St., Chelsea
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: RoboTakeover is a hands-on, robotics workshop series for kids. Running during the winter break kids will learn the basics of circuits, conductivity, motor-operation and robot building. Space is capped at 15 children, so please register in advance at the library's second floor desk or by calling 212-924-1585.
WANT TO GO? 212-924-1585; nypl.org 

February School Vacation Week
WHEN: Feb. 18-26, daily, 10am-5pm
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Head down to the NYHS for school vacation week and learn all about the founding fathers and mothers. The year's event is themed around Presidents Day. Take part in scavenger hunts and art activities, as well as a chance to 'meet' and learn about various different Presidents including President George and First Lady Martha Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, President James and First Lady Dolley Madison and more.
WANT TO GO? $19; $15 seniors, educators, and active military; $12 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger. 212-873-3400; nyhistory.org


Midwinter Recess Family Program
WHEN: Feb. 18-26, daily, 11:30am
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Before or after a screening of Winnie the Pooh, children and their families are welcome to visit the Museum's drop-in space where they can create media and other projects. Activities range from making flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys) to stop-motion animations and video games.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors with ID; $7 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 718-429-2579; movingimage.us 

Mid-Winter Recess: Wii Marathon
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 24, 12-5pm
WHERE: Hollis Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave., Hollis
WHAT: Participants can test their skills at in a different type of marathon.
WANT TO GO? 718-465-7355; queenslibrary.org




Winter Recess Mini-Camp
WHEN: Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 21-23, 10am-2pm
WHERE: M.A.T.S.S. Kids' Gym, 171 Eileen Way, Syosett
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Come join us for 1-3 days of crafts, games, and gym time. Lunch included.
WANT TO GO? $50 per day. 516-496-0208; matsskidsgym.com

Vacation Drop-In Crafts
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 23, 3pm
WHERE: Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square
WHAT: Come in and make a craft.
WANT TO GO? 516-488-3444; franklinsquarepl.org


ART + SCIENCE Winter Vacation Workshops: Marine Life Exploration
Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 21-24, 11:30am-12:30pm
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton
Join art instructor Carolyn Munaco and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Educator Rachel Neville for four unique sessions where art will meet science. Children must be accompanied by an adult; this is not a drop-off program. All materials will be provided.
WANT TO GO? 631-283-0967; southamptonartscenter.org

Winter Break Fun-Cation
WHEN: Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids will tour the aquarium, including the Butterflies, Bugs & Birds exhibit, feed the sting rays, check out the Sea Lion Show, visit the Arcade, watch a movie, make a craft, and more. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $50 per day. 631-208-9200; longislandaquarium.com 

Winter Animals Art Camp
WHEN: Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 21-23, 10am-12pm and 1-4pm
WHERE: Mini Monet, 64 Railroad Ave. Sayville
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Draw, paint and sculpt a polar bear, penguin, and snowy owl.
WANT TO GO? $35 two-hour class; $45 three-hour class. 631-218-9797; minimonetsayville.com 

February Break: Winter Wonderland
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 20, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
WHAT: Stay warm inside while making your own snow that won't melt.
WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3. 516-692-6768; cshfha.org

School-Break Workshops: Animals in Winter
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
AGES: 3-4, Adult
WHAT: Workshops begin with an educator-led visit to the Vanderbilt Museum natural-history galleries, marine museum, or wildlife habitat dioramas, followed by a creative project inspired by what the children have seen and learned. Today children explore the museum to find animals that live in cold climates and make a polar bear print snow globe.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-854-5579; vanderbiltmuseum.org




Winter School Break Mini Camp
WHEN: Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24, 9am-3pm
WHERE: Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining
AGES: 4-12
WHAT: Shake off the winter blues at Teatown! The week will be filled with games, crafts, and outdoor activities to energize the housebound child. Full day campers must bring bag lunch.
WANT TO GO? 914-762-2912 x10; teatown.org 

Kids Winter Camp at Clearpool
WHEN: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 20-21, 9am-4:30pm
WHERE: Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus, 33 Clearpool Road, Carmel
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: A full week of fun and educational programming includes hiking, crafts, campfire activities, games, songs and a daily theme to tie together the activities of the day. It's a great way to let kids experience the environment at a time of year they may not normally spend outdoors.
WANT TO GO? $40. 845-225-8226; greenchimneys.org/clearpool

Nature Adventures
WHEN: Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 21-24, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Come out and see the Sanctuary as winter comes to an end. Find out which animals are already planning for spring. Learn about syrup making and what changes are going on in the plants as they start waking up from the winter. This is a great chance to come out and learn more about nature and have fun doing it. Camp will involve games, crafts, hiking, and maple sugaring.
WANT TO GO? $175. 914-666-8448; westmorelandsanctuary.org


Valentine's Day and Winter Workshops
WHEN: Feb. 3-27, Monday-Tuesday, 10am-12pm; Fridays, 3-5pm
WHERE: Jill's Ceramics, 180 Germonds Road, West Nyack
WHAT: Choose from a large selection of heart shaped or winter themed plates, mugs, bowls, jewelry boxes or indoor and outdoor decorative figurines and much more. Prices vary per piece. Items can be painted and taken home the same day or left for glazing.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary per piece. 845-623-4975; jillsceramics.com 

Winter Wildlife Survival
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 20, 1pm
WHERE: Trailside Museums and Zoo and Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: How is it that deer, wood frogs, or even praying mantis survive the winter? Come to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site and discover how these backyard neighbors endure the winter with no clothing, grocery stores, or furnaces! Program will involve a nature trek, searching for tracks and sign, hands-on furs, and games. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 845-446-2134; trailsidezoo.org 

14th Annual Winter Carnival
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Joseph T. Lawrence Community, Health, and Sports Center, 115 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn
WHAT: Enjoy inflatable rides, games, music, arts & crafts, raffles, a card show, baseball clinics, and more. Meet and greet the Rockland Boulders and the Boulder Bird.
WANT TO GO? 845-753-2324; ramapoparks.org

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