NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers Offer Free School Recess Fun for Kids Across the City

New York City kids are out of school, and NYC Parks has plenty of fun activities to keep them busy. Join us for FREE “Kids Week” programming across the five boroughs with indoor and outdoor events to be led by Parks’ Urban Park Rangers.


“The excitement of the holiday season does not have to end when the gifts are all unwrapped. We urge kids to unwrap the gifts of nature with Parks’ Urban Park Rangers,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “During the winter break, students have an opportunity to learn fun and exciting skills, unlike anything they experience in their regular classrooms.”

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December’s Kids Week highlights include:


·         Wildlife Survival Skills – Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn
Wednesday, December 26
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
For those who are wild at heart, join the Urban Park Rangers as they teach helpful tips about survival and emergency preparedness in the great outdoors  


·         Winter Scavenger Hunt – Conference House Park Visitor Center in Conference House Park, Staten Island

Thursday, December 27
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Use your detective skills to sniff out clues on this scavenger hunt; designed to get you up close and personal with nature and wildlife.


·         Birds of Prey – Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park, Bronx
Thursday, December 27 
1 – 2:30 p.m. 
Wing it with the Urban Park Rangers as they teach you all about the red-tailed hawks and scope out an active bird’s nest.


·         Winter Wildlife Hike for Kids – Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, Manhattan
Thursday, December 27
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Look for signs of wildlife and identify trees on this walk with Urban Park Rangers.


·         Nature Crafts Workshop – Forest Park Visitor Center in Forest Park, Queens
Friday, December 28  
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Get crafty and use natural materials found in the park to create your very own masterpieces



For a complete list of events, please visit our events calendar on NYC Parks website.