Fun Activities for School Holiday/Vacation Weeks

A Sampling of Programs in NYC

Please note: This listing is for information purposes only and does not imply an endorsement or recommendation.

Barnes & Noble Bookstores offer storytelling events for children on most days of the week. Listen to stories, make new friends, and stay warm all at the same time!

Brooklyn Children's Museum offers several special hands-on exhibits during 2011 include Global Shoes, Japan and Nature, Night Journeys, Pattern Wizardry, and Wild About Plants.

Children's Museum of Art offers fun arts and crafts workshops for children of all ages. Spend your day at the museum and participate in the days' art project.

Children's Museum of Manhattan offers a range of drop-in arts programming for young children and their caregivers to spend time creating art together. Children of all ages can register to participate in the Wizard of Oz programs.

Liberty Science Center offers a fun-filled day of hands-on science activities.

Madison Square Garden offers children-appropriate performances such as SESAME STREET LIVE: ELMO'S GREEN THUMB and THOMAS AND FRIENDS LIVE! ON STAGE this winter season.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Join your child on an art adventure with the Met's Start with Art program where "Kids ages three through seven and their adult companions have fun at the Met through storytelling, sketching, and other ways of exploring art!"

The New York Botanical Garden is sponsoring a full range of events such as exhibits, hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and tours for children and their adults. The featured special for February is The Winter Garden

The New York Children's Film Festival offers film production workshops for children ages 6-16. Topics range from clay-animation, stop-motion, and more.

New York City Parks have a lot to offer. Visit new parks over holiday breaks and find a host of activities that you and your child can enjoy. Attend one or more other their free programs, ride the carousel, play catch, watch a puppet show, marvel at the garden and the trees as they come to life, explore the zoo and aquarium, bird watch, visit a sculpture garden, and more.

The New York City Police Museum has an area just for children called Junior Officers Discovery Zone where children earn the skills it takes to be a police officer.

New York Hall of Science, NYC's science and technology center offers over 400 hands-on exhibits along with special programs such as Preschool Place and Mix it Up!

The New York Public Library offers programs programs throughout the system such as arts & crafts, family game days, story time, knitting, and much more for kids of all ages.

NYU Skirball Center Big Red Chair series is offering performances of "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical" (for ages 2 and up) and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites." These events are sure to delight the whole family.

Radio City Music Hall is hosting the popular animated film series Madagascar Live! The films are jam-packed with music, dancing, and fun for all!

Rubin Museum of Art offers a variety of hands-on educational programs for children of all ages, including workshops, Little Explorers Club, Family Days, and much more.

South Street Seaport Museum offers weekly playtimes for children 18 months- 3 years and their parents. Activities include arts and crafts, music, free play, and more.

Taste Buds offers group and private cooking classes as well as holiday vacation camps, where children participate in hands-on cooking. Camps are offered throughout the year.