For many families, February's winter break is a great time to slow down and create some special memories. The NYC public school winter break runs from Monday, February 20-Friday, February 24, 2022. Sandwiched between two weekends, that means you've got nine days to fill with kid-friendly fun! To help you make the most of the February winter break in NYC, we've rounded up 25 things to do with kids in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. In fact, we're kicking off the fun with a Mommy Poppins' sponsored pizza-making workshop. Book your tickets now to avoid missing out!
Lucky for us, NYC museums, outdoor ice skating rinks, and playgrounds make fun any day destinations. The extra days off are also a perfect opportunity to book a getaway, and we've got picks for budget-minded escapes, family-friendly Catskills resorts, and the best things to do in the Adirondack Mountains if you're looking to get out of town.
Join Mommy Poppins at ANA Bar & Eatery in the action-packed Hudson Yards for a parent-and-me, heart-shaped pizza-making workshop in honor of the season of love on Saturday, February 18.
Soar over New York City and journey through time on this indoor simulation ride that offers a bird's eye view of city landmarks and seasonal events, as well as showcasing some local history and pop culture.
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Get an awe-inspiring look at sharks at the American Museum of Natural History.
Head to the kid-favorite American Museum of Natural History to take a deep dive into the world of sharks with this exhibition that aims to answer whether they are hunters or the hunted.
Park Slope's well-known puppet theater presents the classic tale with its famed marionettes.
Book your tickets in advance for the chance to climb aboard the limited-time-only ice bumper cars at Bryant Park. If your kids are too little, consider skating instead—admission is FREE for ice skaters.
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Spend the day at the American Dream Mall with a stop at Dreamworks Water Park.
Fish out your bathing suit and head to an indoor water park. There are plenty well-suited for a day trip, such as the massive one at American Dream. Kalahari Resorts or Aquatopia in the Poconos also offer day passes, or plan a multi-day adventure to Rocking Horse Ranch or The Kartrite.
Use your cell phone and AR technology to discover how ancient Greek and Roman sculptures were once colorfully painted and richly adorned. This is just one of the many wonderful exhibits to explore at The Met with kids.
Learn to play the fun sporting events the Winter Olympics highlight, like curling, bobsledding, ice skating, and hockey, with the New York City parks department. Can't make it to this event? NYC Parks Kids Week programming stages tons of FREE events across the city all week long.
Skate far above the city streets at Sky Skate, now open on the 100th floor of Edge New York at Hudson Yards. Photo by Jody Mercier
Strap in and skate around the highest ice skating rink in the US at the Edge New York.
If you haven't explored winter fun on Governors Island, this FREE event on Saturday, February 18, is a great excuse to hop on the ferry and see what the wintertime buzz is all about.
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The Orchid Show brings some tropical appeal to the winter season at the New York Botanical Garden. Photo by Jody Mercier
For a taste of the tropics without leaving the five boroughs, head to the New York Botanical Garden's Annual Orchid Show, which opens just in time for winter break in NYC on Saturday, February 18.
These cool indoor public spaces offer respite from the elements, plus fun perks like kid-friendly eats, artwork, and more.
Learn about the Earth's habitats, participate in the scavenger hunt, and even bring home a potted plant at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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A blooming hot cocoa is a destination-worthy treat at Dominique Ansel Workshop. Photo by Jody Mercier
If the cold's too much, head to one of these cafes, bakeries, and chocolatiers for a steamy hot cup of cocoa-y goodness.
Lace up your skates and enjoy the crisp winter air at one of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks, including options at Manhattan West, Brooklyn Commons, and on the roof of the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Prefer to glide indoors? Here's our list of indoor ice skating rinks in NYC.
Check out a live performance at The New Victory Theater. This is a fun, futuristic take on a classic.
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Hit the slopes at Camelback for a Midwinter Break getaway.
Gear up for some winter fun at these downhill skiing destinations or shred at one of these snowboarding parks within driving distance.
Head to the Rockways for a daycation at The Rockaway Hotel + Spa, which has a pop-up roller rink for day guests, or splurge on an overnight, and enjoy its Family Week programming.
This is one of our favorite annual traditions! Not only can you explore the World War II-era aircraft carrier, but its hanger is turned into a veritable wonderland of kid-friendly activities, experiences, and live entertainment.
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Camelback offers snow tubing after dark. Photo courtesy of the Camelback Lodge and Indoor Water Park
Snow tubing is another great winter getaway. Bonus: It's easier than skiing and requires much less gear.
This stunning observation deck has panoramic views and cool, reflective artwork.
Explore the park's plants, insects, birds, and mammals with the naturalists from Prospect Park Alliance. Classes run every weekday during the break.
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Pray for a snow day so you can hit the sledding hills! Photo by Sara Marentette
If the fresh powder flies in the city, check out one of our favorite sledding hills.
Not only are NYC's public libraries cool spots to hang out—but having a library card grants you gratis access to more than 66 cultural institutions. Be sure to reserve your FREE passes for February's winter break in NYC now, though!
If you've done all of the above, maybe it's time to revisit our list of the 100 things to do in NYC with kids before they grow up!
Unless noted, all photos courtesy of the respective venues
A version of this story was published in 2018; it is updated annually.