February School Break: 35 Fun Things to Do with NYC Kids

Kids can stop praying for more snow days. Midwinter recess kicks off for New York City public schools over Presidents Day weekend, offering nine days of uninterrupted holiday playtime. To help you make the most of the February vacation, we've rounded up more than 35 things to do with kids across all five boroughs, right through Sunday, February 26.

Lucky for us, NYC museums, ice rinks, parks, and other fun zones host a slew of special activities and promotions during the school break. Some of our picks take place on specific dates, others run the entire time, and all are great ways to celebrate the freezin' season.

The extra days off also make it a great time to book a couple of nights away as a family with these more budget-minded getaways, or to pile onto the train or into the car for a day trip to a top kid spot.

Remember you can always search our Event Calendar for more February break week happenings. (Tip: Search for a specific day or with the word "break.")

Weekday Fun for LI Kids: Tiny Tots, Valentine's Day, Princess Frog

Love is in the air this week for Long Island kids with plenty of Valentine's Day events on tap. But if your little one isn't into hearts and flowers, don't worry: There's plenty of other fun stuff to do this week.

Plus, check out our February GoList for a listing of fabulous monthly events for kids of all ages. There's also our Winter Guide of hot events in this cold season to keep kids occupied and happy. Finally, check out our full Calendar Listing for all the events going on in your area.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Valentine's Day, Frozen, School Break Camp

You’re going to love the second full week of February, which kicks off with Valentine’s Day festivities and tops off with the start of a long weekend for many. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at creative, fun-filled events, including Valentines in the Forest, Valentine Basket Craft, and a heart-themed Winter Preschool Nature Class. And if the kids begin their break on Friday, keep them busy and entertained at day camps such as Winter Break Camp at Fernwood Farm and Winter Break Art Workshop.

Read on for our best children's events the week of February 13–17, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and February GoList for even more February fun.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Storytimes, Nature, Circus February 13-17

"Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realize they were the big things" is how the saying goes. During this Valentine's Day week, Philly families can follow this wise advice by enjoying some simple, yet exciting moments with the little loves in their lives.

Story times are a great way to spend quality time with children. Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, Delaware Art Museum, and Wissahickon Library all offer opportunities this week. Nature lovers can explore the outdoors with a visit to Tyler Arborteum so children can search for Footprints in the Snow or to Churchville Nature Center for star gazing at the winter skies. End the week by making a childhood memory at the circus.

Save a little love for your favorite spots and vote in our BESTIES contest. Now, browse through our top picks of the week as well as our entire events calendar to select something fun to do with the people you love the most.

Valentine’s Week: Scavenger Hunt, Marionettes, Dance Labyrinth

The week of Valentine's Day for New York City kids leaves little excuse for boredom. If you or your kids don't agree, see our post on Valentine's Day Activities for NYC Kids to Share the Love.

On the day of love itself, we suggest a Sweetbeatz kids concert at the Brooklyn Central Library or a scavenger hunt at the Museum of the City of New York. Outside of Valentine's Day activities, this week travels to that world of imagination city kids find so vital when winter weather shuts them inside. Treehouse Shakers offer a labyrinth dance-play, while the Theater for the New City premieres a new work by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater. See our giant guide to kids theater, too.

Although we don't list it below, a bonus to keep in mind: the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes over the Hell's Kitchen waterfront on Monday and Tuesday. For all cool events in February, or winter in general, see our February GoList, Winter Fun Guide, and, as always, our Event Calendar.

New Haven County Drama and Dance Camps

Do your children opt to act or dance instead of play team sports? Participating in a play or a performance of some type is a great experience and teaches kids all about teamwork and reaching personal goals. If your son or daughter loves to be on-stage or in front of the camera tap-dancing their hearts out then New Haven has a camp for them! And of course, check out our entire Summer Camp Guide for 2017.

13 Summer Camps for Preschoolers in Brooklyn and Queens

Summer camp is definitely more challenging for parents of preschoolers.

Just when the kids have got the routine down at their “regular” school or at home, they find themselves in a new environment, doing new things. As Martha would say, that’s a good thing—although it may be hard to keep that in mind while you deal with a meltdown at first-day drop-off. That's why it's important to know your little one is under the supervision of experienced counselors who know how to work with that delightful, but sometimes—ahem—difficult age group.

We've been there. To help out a fellow parent, we’ve created a list of some of the best summer camps for preschoolers around the city, and now we're zeroing in on options in the booming boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. As you’ll see, some have specialties, like music or wildlife, while others are general camps geared for more traditional camp fun. The best news of all? This list means summer's coming! (Eventually.) And you'll be totally ahead of the game.

Remember, you can always search our NYC Camp Directory for more options. Just use the handy filters to sort by location, age, and interest. The list below is just a sampling of the many NYC summer camps available.


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