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Find Spring Inside a Giant Dome

indooractivities.jpgAs part of a promotion for their allergy medicine, a pharmaceutical company is putting up a giant geodesic dome in Central Park. Inside the dome they promise to provide...Spring. Flowers and grass and warmth. It sounds rather nice.

Battery Park City - One Stop Shopping for Indoor Fun

If you need an indoor destination to spend a long, cold or rainy day that won't tire you out just thinking about it, head to Battery Park City.

The Battery Park Movie Theater is never crowded, always clean and has the benefit of some child friendly restaurants near by, like Shake Shack

Free Dan Zanes Performance at Apple Store


If you didn't get your chance to flaunt your cool quotient by lining up outside of the Apple Store to be one of the first to buy an iPhone, now's your chance to make up for it. Be one of the cool people to line up in front of the Apple Store in SoHo for an event just as exciting to the below the knee set - to see a live performance of Dan Zanes.

Sci Fi Art Show Makes Art Monstrously Cool


Can't imagine ever convincing your kids to step foot inside an art gallery? Well, think again. Art can be cool if it's the Sci Fi Art Show at MF Gallery on the Lower East Side. Let your kids eyeball the aliens, robots, and monsters in this fun exhibit and broaden their horizons of what art can and should be.And how cool would the above work of art be in a child's bedroom or nursery?

The Skyscraper Museum

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indooractivities.jpgHere's a different activity. Ever been to The Skyscraper Museum

The Early Childhood Resource and Information Center

indooractivities.jpgUPDATE January 2009: The ECRIC early childhood research materials have moved to the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch, but the Family Room is still at the Hudson Branch. If you are looking for more information about the Family Room, click on the Hudson Branch link. If you are looking for more information about ECRIC, click on that link.

Right upstairs from the Hudson Park Branch Library on Leroy Street in the West village, you'll find the Early Childhood Resource and Information Center. This is a unique resource in the NYPL system, a place dedicated to serving the needs of young children (birth to age 6), their parents, caregivers, teachers, and other early childhood professionals.

The Family Room is the heart of ECRIC. The room holds a special collection of books, toys, and learning tools and includes a carpeted block area, housekeeping and dramatic play spaces, drawing easels, climbing & sliding equipment, puzzles, and other learning tools.


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