New York City public schools officially break for spring recess from April 2 – 6. While nearly every kid rejoices at the idea of having that time off from school, it can be a little more stressful for parents. The question is – what do you do with the kids that week? Thankfully, there’s a whole host of activities happening around the city to keep the little ones entertained and your sanity intact.

Get your hands dirty

Now that spring is here, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Honor your inner gardener and head over to Queens Botanical Garden for their Spring Break Activities for Kids! Happening from April 3 – 6 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. each day, kids can plunge their hands into fresh soil and search for treasures in the Exploration Station. The event is included with the price of admission, which is $6 for adults and $2 for kids ages 4 – 12. All children age 3 and under get in for free. And don’t worry – though Queens may sound far away, it’s actually easy to get to on public transportation.

Have breakfast with penguins

You don’t need to travel to a far-off land to have a close encounter with an exotic animal — just head up to the Central Park Zoo. On Sunday, April 8, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., they are hosting Breakfast With the Penguins. Learn all about penguin behavior while having a light breakfast. There will be activities for kids including crafts, free play and an animal encounter. The event is for kids ages 3-6 with an adult. Ticket price is $60, which includes one child and one adult.

Watch robots compete

Does your kid love robots and dream about a career in science or technology? Then you definitely need to check out the FIRST Robotics Competition and Science and Technology College and Career Expo. Happening from April 6-8 at the Armory Track, you can watch both local and international robotics teams compete for spots in the global competition. There will also be a career fair with more than 40 exhibitors, including colleges and Fortune 500 companies, who will be on hand to chat with kids about scholarships and careers in science and technology. Best of all, this event is free and open to the public.

Catch a Broadway show

Let’s face it – you can’t Let It Go quite yet. In fact, we predict you’ll find yourself humming along to this song for at least a few more years. Why not just give in? Now that Frozen has made its way to Broadway with twice as many songs as the original film, perhaps you can get a different song stuck in your head. You know your kids will love it. If not, there’s no doubt they’ll freak out if you get them tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, also starting its Broadway run this spring.

Take a walk on the High Line

If you want to keep to a budget this Spring Break, then don’t forget about all the great free things that are available. For instance, why not take the kiddos on a walk on the High Line? At 1.5 miles, it’s the perfect distance to get some exercise and short enough that the kids won’t get bored. And with the flowers and plants coming to life, it can be quite a magical place.

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