Winter can sometimes be a difficult time for families to keep their kids engaged compared to other seasons. And a global pandemic doesn’t help our cause. But thankfully this is NYC, and the resources, special event, and family fun never stops. While some of these activities are offered online and virtually to keep everyone safe, there are also events families can explore through out the city. From virtual cooking classes and ice skating in Bryant Park, winter can be just as fun as any other time of year.
This Valentine’s Day Grand Central Terminal is asking New Yorkers to participate in a virtual exhibit. This exhibit will showcase the many reasons why we love NYC and that the city means to us. To participate write a letter describing why you love our great city, add a photograph, and tag #LoveLettersToNYC on Facebook or Instagram. Select entries will be featured on Letters To NYC through February 28th.
Help your children explore time through sea, air, and space with Intrepid Museum’s Virtual Kids Week. The week long festival is designed specifically for youngsters with interactive events like live animal shows, hand on activities, musical performances, and more. Perfect way to spend that chilly mid-winter break.
Cultured Kids Cuisine is a nonprofit focused on educating children about cultures around the world through food and cooking. They provide free workshops and cooking classes to help engage children in their cultural interests. I love supporting a cause that is bringing fun education into our homes. If you love their work as much as I do you can also donate towards their efforts.
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Head to Bryant Park for kids week. Running from February 15th-February 19th enjoy special events like a Mardi Gras parade, Lunar New Year festivities, a pajama party, and more. Don’t forget to take a spin on the ice rink! I took the girls last week and it was such a winter highlight for us all!
I love living steps away from Brookfield Place in Battery Park. They offer such great happenings and event for families. Not to mention their amazing market place and restaurants. Join them this month to celebrate the Lunar New Year. With special events taking place from February 13th through March 14th. If you spend $200 or more at any of the Brookfield Place shops and restaurants between 2/12-2/19 , you will receive a traditional Lunar New Year lucky red envelope with gift cards valued at $18, $88, or $888.
Skate Manhattans iconic skyline! Head over to Brooklyn for an extra special skate session. The William Vale in Williamsburg has set up a rooftop rink giving skaters an extra special backdrop. This feels so New York in the winter to me. While other skating rinks are iconic themselves, nothing quite beats NYC skyline views.
Museum’s have always been a great resource for families in the winter. It gets us all inside and warmed up, while engaged and having fun. While hours and capacity are limited to help keep everyone safe, museums are open. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has long been a household favorite for NYC families. Create one of a kind art sculptures, learn about everyones right to vote, join Dora and Diego on an animal rescue mission, and more. Visitors must purchase tickets in advance.
Join Rockefeller center with this extra delicious Valentine’s Day event. Between February 11th-February 12th, head to Rockefeller’s information desk to pick up a free cupcake making kit. Then join Rainbow Room’s chef Matt Woolf in a virtual cupcake workshop. Get chef Matt’s personal tips and tricks in making the ultimate Valentine’s Day cupcakes.
Valentine’s Day Stoop
Who doesn’t love a festive photo op. Head up to the upper West Side to discover these gorgeous and fun stoop decorations. On West 82nd between Columbus and Amsterdam. I love this sort of festive personality. It really brightens up winter.