With NYC public schools closed for Spring Break from April 10 – 18, City students and their families have the wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy one of the world’s greatest seasonal events: spring in New York! And with the free IDNYC card, City families can visit many of the various venues that are hosting activities and events this week, free of charge.

If you and your family members are staying in the City during Spring Break, consider some of the following venues and activities to participate in between now and April 18, 2017:

Rediscover Nature in NYC’s Parks:

Now that we have seemingly felt the last of winter’s chill for this school year, it is time for all of us to get outside and rediscover the natural beauty found in the City’s parks! This spring break, consider participating in the many activities that are taking place throughout the week across the five boroughs. From birding to games to basketball clinics and lessons about wildlife, City parks have many great ways to keep young students engaged, entertained, and informed over the break.

And if organized activities aren’t your thing, at least take a stroll and enjoy the cherry blossoms.

(Children) Belong in a Museum:

8598733644_80ab8847f7_oAs even the most adventurous of professors can tell you, museums are pretty amazing learning institutions, and as New Yorkers, we have access to some of the greatest museums in the entire world right here at home.

Spring break marks the perfect time for City students to gain eye-opening context for many of the topics they learned about in school throughout the year. Consider stopping by any of the City’s museums across the five boroughs, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and many others.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side:

14805923938_ddcec2b8d2_kCity zoos and aquariums are great places to visit during this time of year, and with venues in all five boroughs, no City family is too far removed from being able to see and learn more about the plants, animals, and insects that share the world with us humans.

For more information about events, hours of operation, pricing, and more, please visit the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Staten Island Zoo’s respective websites.

Get Lost in a Book:

3567108623_e938cd6a26_oCity libraries are open throughout the week-long break, so City students who are seeking new reading material can take advantage of their free time and visit their local libraries to discover new books. Visit your nearest New York Public Library (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island), Brooklyn Public Library, or Queens Library branch and speak with a librarian for book suggestions.

On behalf of the DOE, we wish all of our City public school families a safe and wonderful spring break!

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