If you’re lucky enough to be home for the break with your children, or at least a few days- you might already have planned out a week of activities. And if you’re really lucky, you’re away on vacation and won’t see this post until you return But, some of us didn’t have a chance to sit down and plan an itinerary- so BronxMama wanted to share some ideas that might help in those ‘what are we doing today’ moments.
Take some swings at the Uptown Sports Complex
If your future Derek Jeter is looking to take a few swings, hit up the Uptown Sports Complex on West 233rd. One token will get you 14 pitches. Ten bucks will get you 84. www.uptownsportscomplex.com
Let the little ones take pony ride at the Bronx Equestrian Center
For $5 your little ones can get three pony rides at the Bronx Equestrian Center. Open 7 days a week from 9AM to dark, drop in and enjoy. For those over 4 1/2 feet tall who want to attempt to ride a horse-there are walk only trail rides and even trail riding lessons. www.bronxequestriancenter.com
Enjoy some activities for Kids Week in a local Bronx park
To celebrate Spring Break, park rangers will be in parks in all 5 boroughs hosting fun activities for kids. From scavenger hunts to archery, we’re sure you will find something fun the kids will enjoy. www.nycparks.org
MUSEUMS AND ART
Check out This Side of Paradise at the Andrew Freeman Home
On April 4, 2012, No Longer Empty (NLE) opened “This Side of Paradise” in an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo on the Grand Concourse. NLE has temporarily repurposed the Home through artistic endeavor and community engagement, turning the former grand ballrooms, library, and bedrooms of the mansion into an immersive exhibition. For two months, the venue will also host cultural events that reference the quixotic history of the Home and the current realities of the neighborhood. www.nolongerempty.org
Check out Baseball in the Bronx: Nine Innings of Bronx Baseball at the Bronx Museum of the Arts
Celebrate nine innings of baseball in the Bronx with the 161 Street Business Improvement District at The Bronx Museum of the Arts on Yankees’ Opening Day, April 13, 2012. Baseball in the Bronx will feature photographs, ephemera, and artifacts from across the borough and the decades. A series of talks and book signings with prominent sportswriters and historians, and a screening of the film Sugar (2008), will take place from April 15 – 30. During opening week, a free trolley will run between Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Museum. The first thousand visitors to the exhibition will get free Topps baseball cards. This one-month-only exhibition ends May 13, 2012. www.bronxmuseum.org
INDOOR FUN AND LEARNING
Check out classes and programs at your local library
The break is fun, but don’t forget those homework packets need to get done also! A trip to the library is the perfect chance to enjoy an activity and then work on those packets so that you’re not up all night Sunday trying to complete them. From arts and crafts to poetry events, the New York public library offers some great activities for all ages. www.nypl.org
Of course there is always the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, and Wave Hill that have fun each and every week which are BronxMama faves!
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below and share with others!