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Holiday Break Survival Guide: NYC

Worried about your kids bouncing off the wall during holiday break this year?

That’s what KidPass is for! Besides our regular array of things to do, we’ve got hours-long or day-long drop-off camps, classes that’ll be sure to tire them out, museums to visit as a family, and so much more. Boredom will not be an option!

Weekend Drop-Off Mini Camp at The Craft Studio

Where: Tribeca
Best for: age 4 – 9 years

Often called a mini party, at this camp kids will enjoy crafts and games with the coolest supplies, pizza for lunch, and more! Bonus: this is a drop-off activities, which allows you some free time!

NORY Robots & Science Winter Recess Camp

Where: Financial District and Flatiron
Best for: age 3 – 10 years

Calling all tiny innovators! At this camp, young innovators will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures. Instructors encourage children to ask ‘why’ and will never answer ‘just because’.

Open Painting at Bee You Art Studio

Where: Bayside
Best for: age 5 – 10 years

At this fun little art studio, kids can come in and choose a canvas of their choice, and paint guided by step-by-step instructions. After an hour they’ll leave with a beautiful painting of their own creation.

Winter Adventures at Science Adventure Kids

Where: Chelsea
Best for: age 5 – 11 years

This day-long adventure is a blast for little scientists. With a classroom, library, and a menagerie of animals, including lizards, snakes, and a chinchilla, plus activities like studying about light sabers to how the brain functions, kids will be entertained all day long.

Winter Break Camp at Speakitaly NYC

Where: Flatiron
Best for: age 3 – 10 years

At this 4-hour camp, kids will learn about Italy, study vocabulary, cook, and much more while having a lot fun speaking Italian with their amazing native teachers. All levels of Italian-speakers, from beginning to advanced, are welcome!

Holiday Camp at Hall That Fun

Where: Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Best for: age 6 – 12 years

At this all-day camp, which takes place December 26th and 27th, kids will enjoy a day of board games, arts and crafts, virtual games, and more. Lunch will be provided!

Laughing girl in Halloween costume with friends

Adobe Stock/Sergey Novikov

Winter Break Musical Acting Camp

Where: Tribeca
Best for: age 4 – 10 years

This all-day camp is for your little drama kings and queens. There are warm-up games, movement activities, and theater games to warm up the little actors. They then choose a fairy tale to rehearse and act out as a group. Each child picks their own role, and of course, there are costumes!

Kids Climbing Classes at Brooklyn Boulders Kids Academy 

Where: Long Island City
Best for: age 5 – 12 years

These classes teach children the mental, physical, and social aspects of climbing with a fun and engaging belay staff. Activities include bouldering, roped climbing, stretching, climbing games and slacklining. Gear included!

Visit The Children’s Museum of the Arts

Where: West Village
Best for: 15 years and under

Come explore the rotating exhibitions of contemporary art as well as make art alongside teaching artists in interactive studios. And for children under 5, come to the StArt drop-in classes, a special class environment filled with exploratory art-making, music time, and story time!

See The National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

Where: Times Square
Best for: age 3 and up

We know Times Square isn’t your fave, but this one is worth it. Go on an interactive underwater journey where kids will encounter a life-sized Humpback whale, witness a battle between ferocious Humboldt squid, and watch a magnificent bait ball feeding frenzy.

Visit The Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum

Where: Midtown West
When: Various dates and times
Best for: age 5 and up

This museum has the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets, and a guided missile submarine! Fun and educational for kids AND adults.

Head To The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Where: Upper East Side
Best for: all ages

Did you know that one of the greatest museums in New York City is on KidPass? Head to the Met to see 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world. Book your tickets through KidPass to get them at a discount for adults and children 12+ (children under 12 are free!)

Check Out Mommy Nearest’s Holiday Activities List

Where: Various
Best for: various ages

Mommy Nearest has rounded up a ton of fun holiday-related things to do in the NYC area this month. Why not put one (or all) of them on your list?

Looking for more ways to play in the city? Here are 15 things to do with tourists in NYC. And if you want to discover and book even more fun, check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro area. 

Header Image: Adobe Stock/Maria Sbytova

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