Things to do with Your Kids during Holiday Winter Break

Are you wondering what you’re going to do with your kids when they’re off from school? Here is a list of fun activities, both indoors and out, that are sure to keep your kids entertained.

Ice Skating

‘Tis the season, officially, to don a pair of ice skates and visit your local rink. Queens is home to a few, including a new outdoor rink that will only be open until January 2, 2010. Aviator Sports has transformed a once empty lot, next to The Shops at Atlas Park on Cooper Avenue and 81st Street in Glendale, into an ice skating rink. Be sure to call them at 718-758-7500 or visit for more information about hours of operation and pricing. Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing – that’s all part of the fun.

1001 Inventions at NYSCI

The New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park is a great way to spend a day with your kids, and you’ll even be sneaking in some learning along the way. Right now there’s an exciting exhibit called 1001 Inventions, running through April, where you can learn all about the various accomplishments of the “Golden Age” of the Muslim civilization. 

There are also other events happening at NYSCI this week. Click here to see whats up

Indoor Play

Let’s face it: with the cold NY winter winds blowing, it’s not exactly prime weather for the park or playground. Luckily, Queens is full of indoor fun, from your local library to the Holiday Open House at the Queens County Farm Museum. If you just haven’t had your fill of holiday excitement, the museum is hosting an open house the three days after Christmas. On December 26th – December 28th, from 12pm – 4pm, you can tour the farmhouse and the various holiday decorations, and do some crafts, all for free.

Explore Your Neighborhood

The best place to start looking for something different to do while your kids are off from school is in your own part of Queens. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised to find some hidden treasures you didn’t even know existed, right under your nose. From Forest Hills to Middle Village, Queens is full of great family activities for winter recess, spring break, or even just a regular weekend. Take the time to explore what a diverse and exciting borough it is.

Other things going on:

See the Nutcracker in Queens at Queens Theatre in the Park

Jesseca Stenson