Winter break is barely a memory, and it’s already almost time for midwinter break.
When public schools are out next week, here are some ideas of what to do with the kids throughout the five boroughs, from Presidents’ Day-themed scavenger hunts to botanical garden workshops to art workshops.
MANHATTAN: Study U.S. history at the New-York Historical Society
Presidents’ Day (Feb. 20) is a prime time to learn more about the country’s Founding Fathers. Throughout the school vacation week, the cultural institution’s children’s museum will host a series of events in honor of Presidents’ Day, including a presidential-themed scavenger hunt, crafts and, on select days, “living historians” portraying George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and more. Feb. 18-26, FREE with admission ($20 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 ages 5-13); 170 Central Park W., 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org
BROOKLYN: Explore a conservatory
For the break, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting hands-on activities at its Steinhardt Conservatory, during which kids of all ages can learn how plants survive in different climates, participate in scavenger hunts, listen to stories and more. Usually closed on Mondays, it’ll open its doors for Presidents’ Day. Feb. 20-23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE; 150 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, 718-623-7200, bbg.org
QUEENS: Get hands-on at a botanical garden
Follow in George Washington Carver’s footsteps in a botany workshop, learn how to compost, study winter trees’ life cycle and more during the Queens Botanical Garden’s February Break Series. Usually closed on Mondays, it’ll also open its doors for Presidents’ Day. February Break Series from Feb. 21-24, 1-2:30 p.m., admission FREE, activities FREE-$6, registration might be required; 43-50 Main St., Flushing, 718-886-3800, queensbotanical. org
BRONX: Make winter-inspired art at Wave Hill
The Bronx cultural center is hosting a series of family workshops, during which participants can make items inspired by the season: winter weather tapestries made out of yarn, pompoms and beads (Feb. 21), felted sculptures using fleecy fibers, warm water and soap (Feb. 22) and 3-D paintings that depict a winter landscape (Feb. 23). The workshops are geared toward children ages 5 to 10. Feb. 21-23, 1:30-3 p.m., $25, $15 members ($10 additional child or adult), registration required; West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, 718-549-3200, wavehill.org
STATEN ISLAND: Stay awhile at the children’s museum
The Staten Island Children’s Museum is extending its weekday hours just for the winter break. The Snug Harbor destination will be opening an hour earlier to the public (hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily that week), as well as opening its doors on Presidents’ Day, when it’s usually closed on Mondays. While there, children can explore the museum’s permanent exhibitions, as well as listen to story times, take part in historical craft sessions, meet live animals and more. Admission $8; Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, 718-273-2060, sichildrensmuseum.org