New York City

Indoor Winter Fun at your Favorite Summer Spots

Last Saturday, surprisingly, my family put on our winter clothes and headed to Coney Island. The Cyclone may have been closed for the season and the stores in and around the boardwalk may have been even more boarded up than normal (which is saying something), but Nathan’s was still open with plenty of warm indoor seats. The boardwalk was freezing but had a certain serene beauty to it not always present at Coney Island.  But the main attraction of Coney Island in winter was the Aquarium, a destination we generally think of as a summer spot. 

Coney Island and the Aquarium aren’t the only summer destinations that can be a great winter destination as well, here are some fun options:

Holi, Nokour and Purim in NYC: Multicultural Spring Celebrations

It may still be a bit chilly and windy, but Spring really is on its way. Lent always kind of marks the coming of better weather for me, but here in New York City there are three more holidays to ring in the upcoming season. You may know Purim--some people call it the Jewish Halloween--but what about celebrating Holi (Paghwah) or Norouz? Get ready for Purim Carnivals, Holi Parades, and a Norouz Family Day extravaganza--all in celebration of Spring and a wonderful way to celebrate the great diversity of our city.

Free Winter Fun with a Park Ranger in Queens

The Urban Park Rangers’ mission is to help our cooped up city kids discover New York City outdoors. Rangers teach kids to care for their environment and wildlife as well as keep children in touch with nature. Your local Urban Park Ranger can be found at Ranger Stations and Nature Centers throughout the city. What comes to mind when I imagine a Park Ranger has very little to do with Winter or NYC but believe it or not they do exist here in our fine city and are having some great early Spring events going on now.

Culture for Kids: Slash - Paper Under the Knife Exhibit at Museum of Art and Design

Whereas folded paper origami is pretty much a household word nowadays with those delicate little animals and boats taking center stage at craft shows and kiddie cultural events, cut paper arts have never quite made it into the spotlight. Until now. For  luckily cut paper's the new star of the Museum of Art and Design's (MAD) latest show, Slash: Paper Under the Knife

With giant cardboard sculptures, intricate cut paper designs, amazing pop-ups, and other unique paper creations, both children and adults will marvel at the many ingenious paper works and wonder that something as simple as paper can be used in so many different ways to create such different works. It's a very cool show even for little kids so don't let the somewhat surgical and slightly ominous title dissuade you from taking your gang.

Read on for highlights of the show and activity ideas:

Kid-centric St. Agnes Library Reopening Celebration

A new generation of readers can now check out the historic St. Agnes Library branch on the Upper West Side and its brand new children's center. The building reopened earlier this month after a 2 year renovation project, and a day of community and children's activities is being held this Thursday, February 11, 2010 to celebrate.

12 Great Hot Chocolate Spots in Brooklyn

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. Luckly, we've lined up 13 of the best places to grab hot chocolate in Brooklyn, just in time for the cold, dark February weather. And if Phil is to be believed, you'll be enjoying a hot cup well into March.

See our posts on where to get a great cup of hot cocoa in Manhattan and Queens also.

Imaginasium: Drop-In Indoor Playground for Kids in Greenwich Village

This venue is now closed.

We've been updating our Indoor Activity Guide and parrticularly our list of drop-in indoor play spaces so NYC families can find lots of fun things to do during this cold weather.

With cabin fever setting in over these winter weeks, I've been bundling up my 13-month-old and taking field trips to a few indoor spaces with open play times. With drop-in play areas, it's great to be able to hang out for a few bucks admission without having to commit to expensive memberships or classes. My son loves exploring the new toys, and I love not having to clean up the mess.

Check out one of my new favorite drop-in indoor playgrounds.

New York City Kids Weekend Events February 5-7: Free Black History Month & Chinese New Year Celebrations, Winter Jam, and More

Lots of events to share this week and some new developments on the site. Exciting (for me) is the upgrade of our server. I know, woohooo! But we've been getting so much traffic that the site was going down occasionally. Now you'll enjoy super fast page load times. I know you're gonna be really excited about that!

You may have also noticed our new events calendar. It's got a nifty widget on the home page where you can easily browse events for each day of the week or click to see all the events listed. You can also submit events now. So feel free to tell us about your school carnival or neighborhood street fair. If it's cool we'll share it with everyone.

One last update is our Camp Guide, all new and improved.

If you can contain your excitement over these developments, we'll get on to the events: 

This weekend kicks off two weeks of fabulous Chinese Lunar New Year events, plus, a MP favorite, Winter Jam, Target Free Museum Days, open houses, concerts and more. and while you're out and about you might want to hit the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival, or drop by one of these indoor public spaces for a warm-up.


Chinese Lunar New Year 2010: Events and Activities in New York City

With a Bang! and a Grrrr! kids will love to ring in (and gong in) the Year of the Tiger on Chinese Lunar New Year, February 14th, 2010. Whether you cheer on lion dancers, follow the dragon in the parade, or go out for yummy dumplings (or make them in a fun workshop), we’ve got the goods on all that’s happening and where to find it to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in New York City.


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