Winter Break Day Trip: Winter Fun at the Bronx Zoo

With school kids on winter break vacation, you may be looking for any excuse to get out of the house. Consider taking a quick and fun day trip. The Bronx Zoo has some fun activities planned over the next few days, like an ice sculpting competition.

The special events scheduled will appeal to kids of all ages, and you might even have fun as well. Check them out:


Clydesdale Carriage Rides
You and the kids can take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the zoo’s Astor Court.

Cost: $3 members; $5 non-members

When: Dec. 26 – 31, 11:30 am- 3:30 pm

Ice Sculpting Demonstrations
Ever wonder just how ice sculptures are made? You’ll get to watch firsthand as artists turn blocks of ice into all different animals – true works of art.

Cost: Free with admission

When: December 26-28, 30, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Competition
Watch as ice carvers show off their skills in a competition as they sculpt animals out of blocks of ice.

Cost: Free with admission

When: December 29, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Ice Sculpture Play Area

Giant Ice Throne and Display - This giant polar bear themed chair makes for the perfect photo opportunity for kids.

Cost: Free with admission

When: Dec. 27-30, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at Dancing Crane Pavilion

* This is weather-dependent and may close prior to December 30

Tropical-Themed Ice Play Area with Marine Animal-Themed Ice Slide – Really surprise the kids with this slide made of ICE! The ice slide is 25-feet long and carved out of solid ice with sculptures of waves, palm trees, sea lions and dolphins.

Cost: Free with admission

When: Dec. 27 – 30, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Island pieces and tunnels (for kids ages 4 to 6) – Small tunnels, a miniature slide, and a small maze all carved from ice will definitely amaze your younger kids too.

Cost: Free with admission

When: Dec. 27-30, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


For more information on the events going on at the Bronx Zoo, visit their website. To find out about any of the city zoos, including the NY Aquarium and the Queens Zoo, visit Wildlife Conservation Society.