The Best Midwinter Break Activities and Camps for Kids

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Midwinter break is coming up and you may need some activities to help keep the kids busy while you are working and they are off from school. So here are events and camps, virtual and in-person, to keep them occupied, happy, and learning.

Looking for more fun this month? Check out Things to do in NYC this February for Families.

Virtual Activities

Bronx Zoo Wild Encounters

  • When: Throughout February, Times Vary
  • Price: Prices vary

A quick and easy way to introduce the animal lover in your house to a wide variety of lovable creatures and the people who take care of them. In just 15 minute bursts, your child can see strange and beautiful creatures. An experience that will stoke their curiosity and leave them in wonder. You can even get a one-on-one session with the experts for the child that wants to ask a lot of questions.

Chinese New Year Family Festival

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 am – 5 pm
  • Price: $10 for non-members

Kicking off the Midwinter break is the Chinese Institute’s New Year Celebration. Craft lanterns, make dumplings, and be mesmerized by puppet performances in this interactive and breathtaking festival. Register your spot and download an activity pack by Friday, February 12 to get the full directions for all the activities.

Lunar New Year Festival at the Met

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 am – 10 pm
  • Price: Free

Another festival coming in at the beginning of break is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Lunar New Year Festival. It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Ox in a virtual event filled with dancing and art. And it’s not just for viewing, but promotes participation with lots of interaction. Just make sure you have all the materials for all the fun crafts they have planned.

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

  • When: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2 pm
  • Price: Free

This Year of the Ox celebration is hosted by the Chinese Temple Bazaar. Featuring folk dances from the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, celebrate on Valentine’s Day by watching the amazing performance and a demonstration on preparing Lunar New Year foods. Reserve your spot for this virtual event now!

BAMkids Film Festival

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 20 – Sunday, Feb. 28
  • Price: Free

Towards the end of the break is this production of short films. Though best for young ages, BAMkids is doing its best to make this festival a multicultural wonder that will teach kids and the whole family can enjoy together. 

Children’s Theater Creative Clubhouse Stories 

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 16 & Thursday, Feb. 18 3 pm – 4 pm
  • Price: $10 per session

Join these story-time classes and celebrate Black History Month with New York City’s Children’s Theater. Far from a dry reading, this entertaining event is sure to captivate and educate kids with its theatrical presentation. It runs at 45 minutes and costs only $10 per session.

At-Home Art Classes with the Guggenheim

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Thursday, Feb 18, Times vary
  • Price: $15 per session

The Guggenheim is offering these short and sweet art classes that only require the minimum of supplies to participate. Children are encouraged to continue their art pieces after the session is over so this 45 minute session can carry over to days of fun and creativity. At $15, this is one of many activities the Guggenheim plans on hosting online.

Child’s Play Adventure Series

  • When: Monday, Feb. 15 – Friday, Feb. 19, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Price: $150 per child, or $30 for daily drop-in

A virtual camp centered around fantasy and adventure. By re-interpreting children’s literature and utilizing raw imagination, attendees will be given the opportunity to create their own fantasy worlds in 45-minute increments. Both theatrical and engaging, it’s a truly magical experience.

Child’s Play Minecraft Mythology: Creating the Legends

  • When: Monday, Feb. 15 – Friday, Feb. 19, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Price: $150 per child, or $30 for daily drop-in

For the child obsessed with Minecraft or for the kid that just wants to get into using the computer, this is a great week-long virtual camp. And you don’t even need the game to attend the camp. It’s just taking the themes and ideas and love of the popular video game to create a theatrical and exciting experience.

In-Person Activities

Lunar New Year at Queens Botanical Garden

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 6 – Sunday, Feb. 28
  • Where: Queens Botanical Garden
  • Price: Free

Looking to venture out? Look no further than this month-long celebration of the Lunar New Year with the Queen’s Botanical Garden. Though they obviously mandate masks and social distancing, this festive occasion will still feature lots of activities. Make crafts or buy a plant! And it’s free to drop-in!

“Celestial” at Artechouse

  • When: Now – Sunday, Feb. 21, 10 am – 9 pm
  • Where: Artechouse
  • Price: Prices vary

This captivating exhibit is a celebration and expression of Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 – the classic blue. Artechouse takes their 30 minute installments and stretches them to their fullest potential. Featuring representations of the earth and all the beautiful blue that comes with it, Celestial is a majesty to behold with all five senses. Though closing February 21, this is just one of the many immersive works of art coming to Chelsea Market that will leave adults and children awestruck. Reserve your tickets now!

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Broadway Dance Center Children and Teens

<p dir="ltr">With more than 35 years of experience, Broadway Dance Center Children & Teens provides young movers ages 3-18 with exceptional training. BDC delivers the finest all-around dance experience for students by offering a wide variety of styles and levels, performance opportunities, and the highest caliber dance instruction that only New York City and BDC Children & Teens can provide.</p> <p dir="ltr">This studio is so much more than a training course for young dancers; it is a diverse, family-friendly community for budding creatives. It has an exemplary faculty who follow the vision to not only develop a dancer’s love and ability in dance, but to do so in a nurturing and supportive way.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16583089-7fff-d8a9-61c2-8f689f7348b2"></span></p>

Adventuring Portal

<p><a name="m_-1473885667065203258__Hlk72147528"></a>Adventuring Portal runs Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) games for kids.   We have created a safe online space for tweens and teens to learn and play D&D.</p> <p>Our D&D Summer Camp session are a one-week experience.  Monday – Friday.  Each day will be 3 hours of gaming (with 2 breaks build in).  15 total gaming hours for $180.  If you have played with us before, you are entitled to 10% off.   </p> <p>Need your kids, nieces or nephews, grand kids or neighbor’s kids to be occupied for a bit so you can get work done & take care of your to-do list? Maybe your tween or teen is still a bit isolated and craves connection with their peers? Whether your teen/tween has played D&D before or is brand-new to the experience, this safe space brings players together to have fun and solve problems as a team in ways few other online opportunities do.</p> <p>All our games focus on experiential learning.   Our players leave knowing all the basic game play as well as experiencing: teamwork, bravery, compassion, generosity, negotiation, improvisation, gamer etiquette, strategy, critical thinking, problem solving, cartography and probability - all through online D&D adventuring!</p> <p>We are an inclusive organization and welcome gamers who are LGBTQIA+ and those on any spectrum. </p> <p>All girls’ groups available. </p> <p>I am a parent, a certified elementary school and middle school math teacher and last summer in the midst of the mess started Adventuring Portal, an online Dungeons & Dragons business for kids. There are so many benefits to playing D&D and I hope you will consider us as a great way for your child to safely socialize, grow as people and have a great time.</p>