Spring Break is almost here. The weather will be nice, hopefully, and the kids will be looking for things to do. Here is a round up of some of the offerings for this spring break that are sure to keep your kids busy.
1. New York Hall of Science offers two mini-camps for kids in grades 6-8. Their “My Carbon Footprint” camp is free and focuses on having students examine how the things we eat, wear, and use affect the climate and what can be done to reduce our carbon footprint. Their “Virtual Design Squad for Girls” costs $200. Girls will learn about 3-D design and create interactive exhibits. Both camps run from April 18-22 from 9am to 3pm.
2. The Queens Zoo offers three “Earth Days” workshops running April 19-21 from 9am-12pm. The workshops, designed for 5-9 year old kids, use exhibits and hands on activities to help children learn about our planet and ways to protect our natural world. You can sign up for individual sessions or for all three. Prices vary depending on whether or not your have a membership to the zoo.
3. Take advantage of a free trial class from some of our favorite places in Queens.
4. LIC KIDS spring Camp runs from April 18-26. Their classes help kids focus on gaining strength, and agility. There are a number of group activities as well as individual activities that help kids gain confidence.
5. FREE Y Splash Week at the Cross Island Y and the Long Island City Y runs APRIL 18 – APRIL 22. This is a free YMCA event designed to get non-swimmers into the pool. During the week students will learn how to become comfortable in water and learn basic swimming skills, as well as pool and water safety. The best part is that this is open to both youth and adult non-swimmers, so you can do this activity together with your kids. Registration is required, so check the YMCA site.
6. Your local YMCA may also have a holiday camp. The activities offered in each camp differ only slightly, and include everything from trips to swimming lessons. The camps are for kids ages 5-12. Click here to find your local YMCA
7. The Queens County Farm Museum presents their Children’s Carnival on April 9, 10, 16, and 17. There will be carnival rides, hayrides, food, games and a magic show.
8. Kite Flight, DYI & Fly at Socrates Sculpture Park Saturday, April 30, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM , Long Island City
In conjunction with the Noguchi Museum, this free-hands on workshop welcomes kids of all ages to build their own kites out of recycled materials and watch the wind take them away. To learn more visit Kite Flight.
9. Alice in Wonderland Follies at the Kupferberg Center Sunday, April 17, 3:00 PM, Flushing
From its Once Upon a Ballet Series, The New York Theatre Ballet brings this wonderful classic to life for your littlest dance fans. Recommended for ages 5 and up, the New York Times calls this performance “a discreet little pearl in the oyster of New York dance.” Get additional details at Alice in Wonderland
10. See our post on 17 Things to do this Spring and Get inspired.
11. Travel into NYC and see the Harry Potter Exhibition. Well worth dealing with Times Square.
12. Go see a performance of Charlotte’s Web at Queens Theatre in the Park
13. See some FREE Art for Families at the Noguchi Museum
14. Explore Sunnyside.
by Simone Gobin