STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids during mid-winter recess this week, the New York City Parks Department is hosting fun events for kids on Staten Island.
“Every year we look forward to hosting Kids Week so children can enjoy free, engaging programs throughout the five boroughs,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver. “We get a chance to put a fun spin on learning and introduce kids to new skills and experiences. Our Urban Park Rangers are experts in nature and fun, and we encourage children to come out and take advantage of their expertise first-hand.”
With the kids off from school, families can head to several of the borough’s parks for free Kids Week programs with urban park rangers.
On Monday at Blue Heron Park, an event called Kids Week: All About Owls will allow kids to learn about the mysterious and nocturnal animals. Families can learn more about the special family of birds and the different types of owls.
On Tuesday at Conference House Park, the Parks Department is hosting Kids Week: Lenape Bingo from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The afternoon will feature fun games and history about Native Americans.
Kids Week: Animal Tracks will be held on Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Allison Pond Park. New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife, from falcons and salamanders to deer and seals. Wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all parks and is the perfect activity for every age.
Kids can create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the urban park rangers during Kids Week: Winter Crafts on Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The program will be held at Blue Heron Nature Center at Blue Heron Park.
On Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Willowbrook Park, Kids Weeks Staten Island: Campfire Sing-Along, will allow kids to carry a tune with the urban park rangers and learn fire techniques, roast marshmallows, sing favorite songs and play instruments.
All are welcome to the events, but programs are geared to kids ages 12 and under. You can go to the Parks Department’s website for a list of events held in all five boroughs.
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