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What To Do With the Kids During Mid-Winter Recess


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Sandy may have cut mid-winter recess short, but the kids still have two days off next week. Looking for a way to keep them busy? Some of our favorite local spots have organized fun, creative, and educational activities to fill Monday and/or Tuesday.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange421 Fifth Avenue at 8th Street
BAX is offering two days of arts exploration for kids enrolled in grades K-5. Activities include circus, dance, music, theater, tumbling and visual arts, and are inspired each day by a different theme. On Monday, kids will go “BAX to the Future,” and on Tuesday, the theme is “Superheroes.” Kids will work in small groups with the skilled staff and specialists, exploring the endless possibilities of food, super heroes, time travel, movies, and technology.
When: February 18 & 19, drop-off 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., extended day option to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $80 per day per child, 5% combined tuition rate for siblings. $10 per day for late pick-up option.
Sign Up: Register by the day; brochure available here. Register in person at the reception desk, or over the phone by calling (718) 832-0018

Brooklyn Robot Foundry, 303 Third Avenue between 1st & Carroll Streets
The Foundry offers two all-day sessions. On Monday (“Artsy Robots”), the kids will work with the creators of Makers Toolbox to make their own scribbler robot in the morning, and the second half of the day will be spent creating book lights/night lights. On Tuesday (“Flying/Floating Robots”), they’ll make some cable cars in the morning, and spend the afternoon in learning about aerodynamics and parachute design with the help of the Foundry’s own wind tunnel. The activities are geared to children aged 5-9.
When: February 18 & 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., extended option to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $125 per day, with a $10/hour extra cost for extended day. If you sign up for both classes together, you will get a 10% discount (not including extended day)
Sign Up: Online registration here. Call (347)762-6840 for more information.

Prospect Park
The park is open during mid-winter recess and has a few events planned for family fun. The Audubon Center is leading “Winter in the Wild,” an exploration of the winter survival strategies of animals that live in Prospect Park. Activities include nature games, science activities, and naturalist-led tours. Over at the Lefferts House, the staff welcomes you to Come In From the Cold. Bundle up enjoy some great indoor fun, including a lesson in how to play Nine-Men’s Morris and a chance to make your very own playing board to take home.
When: February 18 & 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for children 16 & under; $3 suggested admission for adults.
Sign Up: No need to register; just show up! For more information on the Lefferts House program call (718) 789-2822; for the Audubon Center, call (718) 287-3400

Young Players Theater, 1012 Eighth Avenue at 10th Street
The YPT Creative Arts Splashes are offered during public school closings, providing children a space to sing, dance, act, make visual art, craft, play, make new friends, and play outdoors. The activities are led by experienced and dedicated teaching artists and sometimes welcome guest artists to share their work with the children. The program is flexible, allowing children to make choices based on their own interests, and is open to Pre-K through 4th graders.
When: February 18 & 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., extended day option to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $90 per day, $10/hour for extended day
Sign Up: Online registration available here. For more information, call (718) 238-8383

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