How to Do Spring Break in NYC Right

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School’s out for…spring! With temperatures on the rise, flowers and trees blooming, it’s time to get out in the city and play, eat, and explore! New York City is ready for you and the kids, with museum exhibits, camps, festivals, fun food, and more. Read on to plan your week, weekend—and take notes on what to check out in the warmer weeks to come! (Want even more ideas for a specific day? Check out our New York Events Calendar!)

photo: Mimi O'Connor

Hunt (or Eat) Some Eggs

Don't forget to gather some plastic or chocolate eggs at one of our favorite hunts around town—or indulge in a tasty brunch. Find our picks for both here! 

photo: Mimi OConnor

Take the Train to Coney Island

Have you heard? It's too cold for the beach but the rides are hot! Coney Island is open! Head to Luna Park, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park swing by the New York Aquarium (and its new shark exhibit), and then grab some legendary pizza at Totonno's. 

photo: New York Hall of Science

Head to the New York Hall of Science for Sustainable Spring Break Week

All week long, the New York Hall of Science in Corona, Queens, will spotlight environmentally-friendly technology and practices, with exhibits, projects and activities. Plus, a Gazillion Bubble Show preview on April 25, and the ongoing exhibit Bionic Me, pictured, which showcases how humans and technology can work together for extraordinary results. 

photo: Jenna Salvagin

Hit Up a New Singalong with Lloyd H. Miller

The leader of the Deedle Deedle Dees brings a new singalong to downtown Brooklyn every Wednesday at 10:30. Expect visual cues, manipulatives, volume moderation, a wide choice of seating options, physical supports, and space for kids to take breaks if needed. Plus of course, lots of fun! (Want more Brooklyn drop-ins? Head here! Looking for Queens? Check this out!

photo: Forbes Massie Heatherwick Studios

Go West to Hudson Yards

Haven't checked out Hudson Yards yet? (As a New Yorker, you're required to have an opinion!) It is possible to go there and not spend a week's salary. Check out our Guide to doing Hudson Yards with Kids before you go!

Have Cereal for Lunch—or Dinner—at Kellogg's or KITH Treats

The healthiest option? Probably not. (Although to be fair there are non-sugary choices at the Kellogg's cafe in Union Square.) Still you'll be the coolest parent ever. Another spot to indulge? KITH Treats near Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

photo: Michelle Cohen

Head Out for An Urban Hike

Hit The Highline, discover the Tribeca Boardwalk, seek out a waterfall in Prospect Park, and more. Find your city hike here! 

photo: Julie Larsen Maher

Be One of The First to See Dinosaur Safari at The Bronx Zoo

This popular attraction, featuring a ride through a forest filled with animatronic dinos is back, and opening April 19. It's here until November 3, so don't delay! Read more info about the exhibit and Bronx Zoo here! 

photo: Brooklyn Children's Museum

Check Out a Visiting Museum Exhibit

Frida! Tolkien! Sherlock Holmes and Jackie Robinson! Those are just a few of the subjects of exhibits around town. Check out even more possibilities here!

Taste the Rainbow at Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg, the taste-tastic convocation of incredible food vendors of all kinds and cultures is back in a big way. Find the vendors on Fridays adjacent to the Oculus from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; in East River State Park in Williamsburg on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and at Prospect Park's Breeze Hill on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get the full Smorgasburg scoop here! 

photo: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Attend Sakuar Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

It's true, the blooms will have probably peaked, but this festival is about so much more than  just the blossoms. Enjoy a celebration of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with music, performances, manga, and more! This year it happens on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28. Get tickets here! 

photo: Mimi O'Connor

Spend the Day at Liberty Science Center

It's hard to hit everything in this place in one day, but you can try! Kids explore scientific concepts through interactive exhibits (like the suspended Infinity Climber, shown here), plus you can check out amazing shows in the museum's planetariums. Read our full guide to it here!


Catch a Show in An Iconic Cottage

The famed Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is currently showing Puss In Boots. Spend a day in Central Park and take in the show! More info here. 

Grab a Cold One at An Area Beer Garden

Roll right into one of these spots and chill out. 

—Mimi O’Connor


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