Holiday Break Places to Play

December 12, 2012

The holidays are around the corner and that means the holiday break from preschool and school is too! Here are few unique ideas and places to play during the break (so you and your kids don’t go crazy!) 

Heimbold Family Children’s Playing & Learning Center
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. at 38th Street, Murray Hill.
Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.
Price: $8 per child.
Good for: Preschoolers who want to explore, Scandinavian style.

The new Heimbold Family Children’s Playing & Learning Center is based on traditional Nordic preschools and features an Active Play Room with trains, a mock kitchen and a reading nook, and a Sensory Zone with climbing toys, dress-up costumes and a “please touch” wall. A kid-sized tunnel connects the two rooms. Children must be able to walk on their own to play at the center.

Onderdonk House
1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood Queens
Saturdays, 1pm - 5pm
Price: $3.00 Adults, $1 for children
The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, located in Ridgewood on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City. Peter Stuyvesant granted the land it sits on in the mid-seventeenth century, and by 1660, Hendrick Barents Smidt occupied a small house on the site. In 1709, Paulus Vander Ende of Flatbush purchased the farm and began construction of the current house. The building was a prominent marker in the 1769 settlement of the boundary dispute between Bushwick in Kings County and Newtown in Queens County.

Image: Kem Meyer