20 Things To Do During Spring Recess in the Bronx

Wave Hill Family Project Photo: Joshua Bright

The kids are home and some of you are lucky enough to be home with them! Sleeping in might be on your list, but if you’re still trying to figure out what else to put on the itinerary for this week, then keep reading… 

1. On the days that April showers aren’t busy bringing May flowers, check out the Bronx locations for New York City Parks Kids Week. Programs are led by the Urban Park Rangers and kids will get to experience nature in a hands on and fun way. Rangers visit both Van Cortlandt Nature Center and Crotona Nature Center. Cost is FREE.

2. Check out Iridescent Science Studio’s first Science Movie Night on Wednesday April 20th 6-9 pm. This month’s movie is WALL-E. Register at http://aprilmovienight.eventbrite.com/. Event is FREE. 890 Garrison Avenue

3. Take the kiddies for pony rides at the Bronx Equestrian Center, or for the bigger kids (at least four and a half feet tall to be exact) throw on your riding boots and enjoy a trail ride. Pony rides are $5 for three rides and walk only trail rides are $35 an hour. Lessons are also available for $40 an hour but are by appointment only. 9 Shore Road

4. Take the family for some Italian Ice, Ice Cream, or Gelato at Ice Capades on East Tremont ave. With flavors like canoli, cappuccino, and pina colada, the parents will have just as much fun as the kids. And for those who have kids with birthdays coming up, check out their party room while you’re there-what kid wouldn’t want a Make Your Own Ice Cream Party? 4011 East Tremont Avenue

5. On Saturday (April 23rd) Barney will be at the Paradise Theater for a Live In Concert Birthday Bash. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster.com or by calling (800) 745 3000. 2403 Grand Concourse

6. Check out the Spring Break programs at The New York Botanical Garden. The Garden hosts a week full of events for children and families including Broadway Day on April 19 where members of Broadway’s most popular shows have created unique interactive programming exclusively for the Garden. Visit nybg.org for tickets and pricing. 2900 Southern Boulevard

7. Alice in Wonderland will be Alice in the Bronx two days this week at local libraries. Monday April 18th at the West Farms Library 4pm and Friday April 22nd at the Westchester Square Library 4pm.

8. Spend the day in City Island. While most Boogie Downers are well aware of City Island and have had their fair share of shrimp, lobster, or those super strong pina coladas, not everyone has gone beyond the popular seafood restaurants on the water and explored more of the island. Take a walk down the main avenue and enjoy the small shops, big boats, and a pretty cool park near the school. And, if you happen to go on Saturday or Sunday between 1 and 5 pm, stop at the Nautical Museum.

9. You’ve been there 1,000 times, but for most kids-the Bronx Zoo never gets old. And with all of the special events they have going on, there is always something new to do. Right now at the zoo is their Animal Tales Extravaganza, every weekend in April and June-with storytimes, yoga sessions and even an Addams Family style Rotten Egg Hunt on Easter. P.S Right now, you can save 20% on tix if your purchase them online. 2300 Southern Blvd

10. Been trying to find time and a cool place to get your little ones hair cut? Well, make a day out of haircuts, toys and books at SomePlace Special Haircuts and Toys and their bookstore neighbor they share space with The Page Turner. With toys, a Thomas the Tank playtable, and lolipops- even the two year olds will think twice about not enjoying a haircut. Be sure to make an appointment. 492 West 238th Street

11. Spend the day in Pelham Bay Park (if weather permits, of course!). Central Park is famous- but Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in the city (Hello! Manhattan doesn’t have a beach in their park!). Pack a lunch and bring a ball and spend the day letting the kids run around and explore while you try to work on that pre-summer tan.

12. Hit up the batting cages at the Uptown Sports Complex. $2 will get you 14 pitches, $10 will get you 84. Don’t feel like sharing the cage with any one else? For $60 you can have it for an hour all to yourself. Anyone under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult in the hard ball cages170 West 233rd Street

13. If your little one is an aspiring Tony Hawk, win some cool points and head over to Mullaly Park to watch the big kids do some pretty cool ollies, nollies and everything in between. When they’re done oohing and awing, theres a park right next door with some pretty awesome features. Weekdays park is open from 3-dusk. Weekends 1 pm to dusk. East 164th Street and Jerome & River Aves

14. Support a local Bronx business AND feel good about eating healthy at Peace Love Cafe‘. Drop in during the week for a yummy smoothie and healthy lunch with the kids while running around, or make a Friday night out of it with their live music from 7-11 every week. Owner Darada David would be happy to see you spend your Friday family night teaching your children about healthy food and good music. 617 Melrose Avenue between 151st & 152nd Street

15. Spend a day at Wave Hill. So many people living in the Bronx have yet to visit Wave Hill, or even know about! This week is the perfect chance to see this beautiful place and enjoy the many activities that take place there. To make things even better, Wave Hill is one of the Metro North’s One Day Getaway, with an a package that offers a great deal. West 249th Street and Independence Avenue

16. Find an Easter Event taking place this week or if you know you won’t be outdoors on Easter Day, go to a local park and create your own Egg hunt. Hit up your local dollar store, pick up a bag of colorful eggs and stuff them with stickers, candy, tattoos, or if they’re lucky-money for their piggy banks! For the older kids who aren’t as impressed with your hiding spots as they once were- turn it into a scavenger hunt with each egg containing a clue that will eventually lead to a prize cool enough for the big kids.

17. Hit up the real Little Italy of New York-Arthur Avenue. For those of you who live close, this might just be a walk up the block, and for some- a train and/or even a bus ride away.But rather than just going to your fave Italian restaurant or bakery to buy lunch or dinner and calling it a day-bring some of Arthur ave home with you and create your own masterpiece- pick up a pound or two of pizza dough, some sauce, fresh cheese, and whatever toppings the kids will let you throw on and run home to create your own pie. Remember to save some extra dough to make some zeppoles for desert. Yum!

18. Don’t let mother nature rain on your parade-throw on the rain boots and head over to your local library for some story time, crafts and other activities that they have. If your closest library isn’t having any events that day, check out some books, use the computer to print out an activity to go along with the theme of the books and head home for your own story and craft time.

19. Take advantage of $6 movies on Tuesday at your local theater. The Whitestone Multiplex, BayPlaza, and Concourse Plaza might not be the ideal theater for a date night, but for a cheap Tuesday afternoon with kids that aren’t even guaranteed to sit still for the full 2 hours-its awesome.

20. End the week with a modern and interactive production of Little Red Riding Hood, brought to you by The Galli Theater at Bruckner Bar and Grill.  Saturday April 23rd is their next performance. 1 Bruckner Boulevard.

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