Green Activities

Green Activities

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Queens, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

Family Trips and Programs

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Preschool Weekday Programs

After School

Family and Adult Programs

Annual Events

Birthday Parties at APEC

Make your child’s birthday joyful and enriching!

APEC’s birthday parties are learning experiences which will be remembered for a lifetime. Your child and guests are given the opportunity to appreciate nature first hand. We look forward to helping you celebrate your child’s special day!

Our 2-hour parties include:

An indoor, age-appropriate discussion about nature which includes the handling of live animals
A guided nature walk on the trails (weather permitting)
A nifty craft to make and take home.

Your child is the guide. He or she chooses the craft from our wide selection prior to the party. On party day he or she gets to choose the animals that will make a special guest appearance at the party. Program lasts about 1 ½ hours, followed by about ½ hour for refreshments and birthday cake.

Please view our Birthday Party Brochure for more details.

Click here to view our current craft choices (call to confirm; subject to change).

Theme parties for Tweens

New This Year!

Designed for Ages 8 & up Fee: $275 for up to 12 children (12 children maximum)

Spa Day Birthday

Treat your guests to a spa like experience inclusive of calming nature sounds, soothing aromatherapy and mini massage lesson. Guests will have fun creating and using all natural “spa”sentials to take home. Recipes included.

LOG CABIN LAB Owl Pellets

What’s in an owl pellet? Don a lab coat and immerse yourself in the world of dissection. Using common lab equipment guests will discover the snacks and facts about owl food.

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Ages:

2 and up

Days:

Saturday and Sunday (some after school and holidays available)

Times:

10 am – 12 noon or 1 – 3 pm (4 – 6 pm depending upon availabiliy)

Fees:

$250.00 for up to 15 children

$12.00 for each additional child

Maximum of 30 children

$30.00 second instructor fee for over 20 children

Food and Decorations:

You supply all food, cake, beverages, paper goods, decorations, and goody bags. You may arrive before the party to decorate the room and set up.

Please remember that APEC does not allow balloons in the building, due to safety concerns for our animals. Please do not include balloons in your decorations or give-aways.

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830 5th Avenue, New York City, NY, United States

CPF (City Parks Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. We enrich and connect New Yorkers through free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives.

We connect teachers, students and families through hands-on classroom, after school and teacher-training programs in parks, schools and Recreation Centers across New York City. Annually, our programs reach 7,500 students and community members and 600 teachers.

Information on Events and Calendar Dates for the City Park Foundation can be found here

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City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SUMMERSTAGE KIDS

City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SWEDISH COTTAGE MARIONETTE THEATRE

Bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics.

PUPPETMOBILE

One of the oldest marionette companies in the country presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools.

CPF provides FREE sports instruction to over 13,000 kids and 1,000 seniors annually, at over 60 parks citywide. Whether its tennis, golf, track & field or fitness – the name of the game here is FUN for all ability levels!

TENNIS

These lessons make the sport freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed environment.

GOLF

Fun and easy for kids ages 6 to 17, these free lessons make the sport accessible to kids of all skill levels.

JUNIOR GOLF CENTER – BROOKLYN

This state-of-the-art par 3 facility offers free golf instruction to New York City children between the ages of 7-17.

TRACK & FIELD

Learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw.

KIDS FITNESS

These fun-filled fitness programs help keep young kids active, and help to develop positive, life-long attitudes toward healthy exercise and nutrition.

SENIORS FITNESS

Join New Yorkers ages 60 and over, for free tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in parks across the country.

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28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, NY, United States

Wickham’s Fruit Farm is located on 28700 Route 25 in Cutchogue, Long Island, about 90 miles east of New York City. Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country, much of the farm dating from 1661. Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bicentennial farm, beautiful to behold against the sparkling waters of Peconic Bay.

It is one of the largest farms on the North Fork, approximately 300 acres, of which 200 acres are in fruit, all of which is retailed at the farm. The emphasis is on fruit of the highest quality, and all fruit sold is guaranteed.

A very large proportion of Wickham farm land has been placed in Suffolk County’s Farmland Preservation program, which means that for generations to come, this land is “forever agriculture.” 
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a family enterprise which has taken pride in producing and marketing the choicest of fruit. The retail market is open usually from May through December from Monday through Saturday. 

Wickham’s is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.
Schools and private groups who book a tour in advance can schedule a tour of the farm to pick fruit in season, enjoy the scenic beauty of a farm on the water, observe a live working beehive, and when possible, observe our old historic cider press. 

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Family Trips

 

Farm Tours on the Wickham Farm

Enjoy the rural scenery and ambience of a historic, bicentennial farm that is situated right on beautiful Peconic Bay. Participants climb aboard our old fashioned  wagons for a ride around our farm. Along the way visitors see orchards, row crops, hot-houses, barns, and real old machinery!

Bee Hive Observation

Ever wonder what occurs inside a hive? Everyone is fascinated by the world of the honeybee. You can observe a real, working beehive at our Bee Observation Station.

NOTE: Beehive observation is over by late Fall, depending on weather conditions.

 Picnic Area

Field Trip groups and visitors are welcome to use our picnic area which is nestled among some of our farm’s oldest fruit trees. Visitors enjoy lunches in a beautiful rustic setting. (Bring your own lunch & drink.) There is no charge for using picnic area in conjunction with a tour.

Pick Your own Apples (When in Season)

Enjoy the hands-on experience of picking apples off the trees, and enjoy the healthy countryside beauty of our vast orchards. Snap off your very own ripe apples! (You might  meet a box turtle along the way!)

Pick your Pumpkins (When in Season)

Tip-Toe gently in the pumpkin patch. Pick a tiny pumpkin, a medium-sized pumpkin, or a Cinderella pumpkin! And squashes, cheese pumpkins and many, many more! Wickham’s has the largest, gigantic pumpkins on the North fork!

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1740 U.S. 1, Cape Neddick, ME, United States

Whether you are planning a recreational half-day tour, a multi-day overnight adventure or pursuing a new paddling skill, Excursions will provide you with an exciting and unforgettable experience. Explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of Southern Maine, as you discover close up views of shore birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses. Our trips are designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Our equipment is state of the art and all of our tour staff are Registered Maine Guides offering you not only state licensed personnel but truly dedicated and knowledgeable leadership.

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Custom Group & Corporate Adventures – Excursions has become a destination for many youth groups and corporate teams, as well as family and friends. We specialize in designing custom adventures for groups of varying sizes, interests and expectations. We offer everything from coastal day tours to sunrise, sunset and moonlight excursions. In addition to great paddling and exploring, our food packages add just the right touch. Coffee and muffins or wine and cheese – picnic lunch or barbeque – or maybe you would like to experience a good ol’fashioned downeast lobster bake? You decide – great food, great fun, great company. Our staff of outdoor professionals will provide you with a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Call today and let us design an exciting adventure for you and your group!Scheduled daily for groups of 8 or more
Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect.
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Overnight Adventures – Join us for a weekend getaway that will be the highlight of your summer. Our paddling destination includes the picturesque islands and pristine rivers of Maine’s Casco Bay Region. We will spend two days paddling and exploring and one unforgettable evening relaxing and camping on a remote Island. All meals are provided by us, so kick back and enjoy as your guide prepares delicious food around the campfire and entertains you with tall tales and the art of stretching the truth. We will provide all the necessary paddling equipment, camping gear and transportation. Just bring your personnel gear, spirit of adventure and a few tall tales of your own!Overnight trips for custom groups of 6 or more can be scheduled anytime throughout the season. Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect. Contact Excursions for more details.

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Coastal Explorer – This half-day trip is scheduled daily and is the perfect trip for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Conducted at a leisurely pace, we usually manage to cover 3 to 5 miles of interesting coastline. We provide all the equipment you’ll need as well as transportation to and from our launch site. Launch sites vary daily depending on wind, weather and tides. A registered Maine Guide will lead your trip and insure that everyone gets the attention necessary for a successful and enjoyable outing. Cost: Adults 14 and up: $60 per person Children 13 and under: $50 per person 10% discount for all persons staying at Dixon’s Campground Coastel Explorer click image to enlarge
SK101 Clinic – This four-hour clinic is designed to provide a thorough introduction to the basic skills needed to enjoy the sport of sea kayaking. We will begin by discussing kayak design, equipment, proper clothing and safety issues. You will learn fundamental paddling strokes and braces so that you can maneuver your kayak with ease and confidence. You will also learn how to safely wet exit your boat during a capsize, as well as self-rescue techniques used to re-enter your kayak. There will be plenty of opportunity to review techniques with your instructor and ask any questions you may have. This class is open to participants 16 yrs and up. Please call for schedule Maximum 6 people per class Cost: $85.00 per person

Private Lessons – For those who want more individual attention private lessons may be scheduled on request.

Cost: $50 per hour (2 hr minimum)

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18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton Township, NJ, United States

Grounds For Sculpture exhibits works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. Centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, it is easily accessible via major highways and public rail systems. Open year-round, special exhibitions, programs, and events are scheduled for your education and enjoyment.

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey is one of the best year round things to do in New Jersey. Utilizing both outdoor gardens and two indoor settings, Grounds for Sculpture can be appreciated even during inclement weather. The manicured landscaping of the Grounds for Sculpture combine with the variety of the pieces found here to give visitors a truly unique experience. Perhaps more than any other New Jersey attraction, natural beauty and human creativity come together here.

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Workshops for families provide a venue for intergenerational groups to create art together. In these workshops, adults assist children in brainstorming ideas as well as aid with the creation of the artwork. In addition to specially scheduled family workshops, drop-in family workshops are regularly featured during our special events, such as Groundhog’s Day, A Day at the Fair, Anniversary Arts Party, Summer Social and Lights On. Past family workshops have included bubble wrap sculptures, story collages, and natural pigment creation.

Grounds For Sculpture is an amazing venue where you can experience art firsthand! Throughout the year, Grounds For Sculpture offers hands-on art workshops for students of all ages, from early childhood through adult learners. Workshops taught by artist instructors are an opportunity to engage in the art-making process and expand your creative skills! Please check our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of current workshops.

Workshops for children are extremely popular at Grounds For Sculpture.

  • Tots on Tour, designed for early childhood learners age 3-5, meets monthly, year-round. This program is designed and taught by a certified art teacher. The theme and lesson changes once per month. Tots on Tour features a story time, a child-friendly tour of selected sculptures in the park, and hands-on art making. Projects explore various art media, such as painting, printmaking, collage and more!
  • Young Artist Workshops serve two age groups, children 6-9 and children 10-14. These workshops complement Grounds For Sculpture’s exhibitions by exploring art media and techniques based upon featured artists. Class size is limited and children have the opportunity to work closely with the artist instructor. Young Artist Workshops are very popular and spaces fill-up fast!

Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Every year over 500 guided tours are offered at Grounds For Sculpture. Volunteer Docents undergo extensive training and research in preparation for tours.  Docents are available to lead tours for a variety of groups.  For anyone interested in a less structured tour of the park, self-guided tour maps and exhibition catalogues are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Self-guided maps of the grounds and exhibition brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center.

Guided tours are available to schools and other student or adult groups by appointment only. For more information, please call the Tour Coordinator at (609) 586-0616 ext. 200.

Free Drop-in Tours

APRIL-OCTOBER Tours may be available at 11am and/or 1pm
NOVEMBER Tours are offered at 1pm
DECEMBER Tours are limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

(All of the above Drop-In tours are dependent on docent availability)

We suggest calling 609-586-0616 before visiting, to confirm that a drop-in tour is scheduled for the date/time of the visit. Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.  Reservations are not required and there is no additional charge for the tours. On arrival, to confirm place in a tour, a sign-up in the Visitor’s Center is required. Sign-up is available one hour prior the scheduled start of the tour. All registrants should meet their Volunteer Docent in the Visitor’s Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Please note that Drop-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All Drop-In Tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and availability of docents.

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

Family Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach you just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our Dining page.

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The staff at the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center welcome you to Plimoth Plantation. Purchase tickets or membership here, then view the orientation film produced for Plimoth Plantation by the History Channel. This prepares you for the unique experience of visiting our outdoor living history sites, which tell the compelling story of the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people.

Plimoth Plantation museum shops

The Visitor Center houses our Museum Shops that offer a range of products from one-of a-kind Native art and jewelry, to children’s toys and books, specialty foods and an array of items made in New England.

Also in the Visitor Center you can visit the Shelby Cullom Davis Gallery and the Family Discovery Center, where fun is driven by imagination as children can try on Colonial clothes, play Native games and raise the flag aboard the shallop. The gallery also featuresGirl Playing in the Family Discovery Center at Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth and Meaning, a self-guided exhibit which tells the story about the 1621 events that continue to inspire America’s annual Thanksgiving holiday.

Our quick-service restaurant, Patuxet Café,features menu items adapted from both the Colonial English and Native cultures, as well as the more familiar modern snacks and meals to please diners of all ages and palates. Enjoy your meal in our spacious dining room, or when weather permits, take your food outside to the courtyard, or have a picnic on the lawn that overlooks a beautiful view of the Eel River and Cape Cod Bay.

Designed by architect Graham Gund, the Hornblower Visitor Center is also available for functions. It’s the perfect setting for your wedding, party or conference. Classrooms on the second floor accommodate education programs, workshops, business meetings and dining for small groups. In our theaters we show first-run, independent and foreign films daily in late afternoon and evening.

In the winter months, when our outdoor exhibits are closed, the Visitor Center is still a lively place where we host the Plymouth Winter Farmers’ Market and other activities and programs as announced on our calendar.

Discovery Center

Where do young children go to have fun and learn more about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived in Colonial times? The Family Discovery Station – where imagination creates the experience!

Here, children get to try on Colonial clothes, pretend to cook in a hearth, and learn how Pilgrim children ate their meals off of trenchers without using a fork. Discover how the Wampanoag built their homes and grew many types of vegetables before the Pilgrims settled here. Do you think catching fish is easy? Learn how the Wampanoag built a weir (a fence made of brush) to trap fish in a river.

Climb aboard the shallop (a small boat), raise the flag, and chart your course on a traverse board (a wooden board used in navigation), just like the one used by the sailors aboard the Mayflower to keep track of their course and speed at sea.

Everything in the Family Discovery Station is designed for children to touch, try on, play with and experience, including games and a puppet theater. And be sure to check the daily activity board for a story hour. The Family Discovery Station is a great way for young children to journey back in time.

Programs For Families

Plimoth Plantation offers lots of special activities for kids and families – you can experience the past hands-on when you are here!

Girls make Wampanoag pottery

During school vacations, you can always choose from a variety of Wampanoag (Native) and Pilgrim (Colonial) activities. During the summer, we have week-long day programs called Summer Adventures!

If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends (like a special birthday party), bring them here overnight. You will enjoy an evening of activities (Wampanoag or Pilgrim) here at the Museum, (including dinner) spend the night in the Hornblower Visitor Center, and visit Plimoth Plantation for two days!

Your family could have an even more special family overnight experience, living as a Colonial family wearing authentic clothing, cooking supper over the hearth, and sleeping in one of our Pilgrim homes!

We have lots of online activities for kids, including a special Interactive Thanksgiving Activity called You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving.

To receive special offers and regular updates on Plimoth Plantation’s educational programs, sign up for our Education Mailing List.

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Family Overnights in the 17th Century

Looking for a very special overnight experience with your family or friends? Sleep in the 17th Century at Plimoth Plantation, or Sleep onMayflower II in Plymouth Harbor!

Sleep Like the Pilgrims

Come to visit our fun and educational living history exhibit sites early in the day, then join us in the afternoon to begin your Pilgrim experience. As English Colonists, you will be provided with authentic reproduction Colonial clothing. After you are dressed, you will begin experiencing the fun and the work of the 17th century!

Play games, write with a quill pen, even learn a song or a dance if you’d like! Activities will be tailored to your particular interests. Gather wood and get ready to set a fire, because…

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

…you will assist in preparing a hearth-cooked meal in our reproduction Colonial homes on our Colonial Education Site. Here, you’ll eat “supper” and spend the night, sleeping in authentic beds by a warm hearth. (The homes in our Education site were originally built by the Museum’s skilled artisans at a location on the coast of Maine, for the PBS-TV reality seriesColonial House. After the series ended, we dismantled the homes and reconstructed them at our Colonial Education site.)

A Museum teacher will teach you all you need to know, and will sleep nearby. Your group will have the privacy of the home to yourselves all night. In the morning, your teacher will bring you a continental breakfast (yes, with coffee — although the Colonists in the 1620s had only water…)

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

Join us for this magical, unforgettable experience.

Cost: $1000 for up to six people.

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.

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Sleep on Mayflower II 

Rowing the ship's boat at Mayflower II

Yes, you read it correctly! You and your family or friends can spend the night on our full-scale reproduction of Mayflower, the well-known ship which brought the English Colonists to the shores of New England.  Mayflower II is docked in downtown Plymouth, at the same location the Pilgrims chose to build their first homes in 1620. All of our entertaining and educational living history exhibit sites will be available for you to visit both days of your stay.

After the rest of the visitors have left for the day, the ship is yours. You could row the shallop in the harbor, make a model of the ship to take home, learn to tie the knots the sailors would have used in 1620, or even try the foods the Pilgrims would have eaten on their way here from England! If that doesn’t sound like an ideal meal, don’t worry — we will provide a 21st-century meal, too! Spend your time with Museum teachers and marine artisans, who can teach you all you want to know about the Pilgrims’ 17th-century journey, and the journey of Mayflower II, which sailed here from England in 1957. The conversations and activities will be tailored to the interests and needs of your family and friends.

If you have the inclination, the decks always need to be swabbed. You may just have enough energy to explore the many decks of the ship, and then choose which one will be the place you make your bed for the night. Watching the sun set behind the masts and rigging of the ship is spectacular, but not outdone by the glow of the sun rising over historic Plymouth.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

For more information about cost and availability, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org.

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New York City Building, Queens,

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.

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Families

The Queens Museum offers free weekly Drop-in Family Art Workshops on Sundays from 1 pm-5 pm. No advance registration is necessary. These fun, educational workshops invite children ages 5-12 and their adult companions to take part in a shared learning experience that take visitors into our galleries and art studios. Activities offer families the opportunity to reflect on the artworks presented in Museum exhibitions as they work collaboratively to create unique works of their own with a variety of different materials. The art projects are as wildly diverse as the Queens Museum’s dynamic permanent and changing exhibitions. From building monsters to designing city blocks to making puppets, the art works are created by adults and children together under the guidance of skilled and caring teaching artists and a team of youth assistants from our Queens Teens program. Family Art Workshops accommodate diverse learners and are accessible to families with children with special needs and English Language Learners. For more information about Family Art Workshops at the Queens Museum please contact Tim Miller, Manager, Family and After School Programs at 718.592.9700 x137 or at tim@queensmuseum.org.

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5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, United States

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. We offer programs for School as part of a School Field trip, Family programs as well offer Teacher Workshops and College Student programs. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

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Family Trips at the Winterthur 

Especially for Families

Winterthur welcomes families! Spend special time together as you explore the museum and the garden at your own pace. Discover the delights that await you around every corner, and return again and again as your children grow.

View the Calendar of Events to see a schedule of special family programs.


Outside Fun

Stretch your legs and your imaginations! Explore the 60 acres of delightful naturalistic garden created and envisioned by the museum’s founder Henry Francis du Pont. You’ll be sure to find special spots that delight each member of your family in any season. Take a stroll along the garden and woodland paths or take a narrated tram ride. While you munch on your picnic, spy chipmunks, birds, and other wildlife.

Garden trams and the museum shuttle bus are wheelchair and stroller accessible.


Inside Fun

We have several different types of spaces for you and your family to experience indoors.

 

Self-Guided Activities

  • Have a pretend tea party or play in the general store in the Touch-It Room.
  • Pick up a Preschool Pack on your way to visit the Galleries.
  • On Saturdays a Hands On History Cart is available to help visitors of all ages explore themes related to special exhibitions.

Guided Tours

All tours of the house require reservations and are presented by guides who are happy to engage visitors of all ages.  In many cases, babies and strollers are welcome! Children age eight and older will also enjoy a broad range of in-depth tours.

  • The Introductory Tour unveils H. F. du Pont’s home and collection.
  • Experience the Once Upon a Family Tour, designed especially for children ages 4–11 and their families (March through October; 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.).
  • Enjoy a Yuletide or other seasonal tour.

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The Museum

Tour the house to see exquisite spaces in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight.

In the Galleries, explore unique displays crafted by Winterthur curators with selections from the collection of nearly 90,000 objects. These spaces are devoted to themes such as the history of style and specific media, including furniture, ceramics and glass, metals, textiles, and paintings and prints.  Return often, as the displays in these spaces often are changed.

Be sure to visit the Galleries’ special exhibitions featuring Winterthur objects or loans from other collections.  In the Dorrance Gallery, don’t miss the world-renowned Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens.

The Library

The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 to furnish staff, students, and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since then it has become a recognized research center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America’s artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century.

The library, located in the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Research Building, is open to all interested readers without appointment or charge, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; it is closed on legal holidays. Staff welcomes inquiries and will respond in as timely a manner as possible.

The holdings of the library are cataloged in WinterCat, an online catalog available at Winterthur as well as through Winterthur’s web site. Bibliographic records of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and photographs are added daily to WinterCat, offering researchers an opportunity to inquire about the full range of the library’s holdings. The library’s bibliographic records are contributed to WorldCat, a comprehensive online resource maintained by OCLC.

Garden

Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life’s work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty.

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370 Zoo Road, Jacksonville, FL, United States

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving.  Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO!

BEHIND THE SCENE TOURS

CAROUSEL

EXHIBITS

GARDEN TOURS

KEEPER TALKS

JAZOO’S KIDZONE

TRAIN RIDES

BIRD WATCHING AT THE ZOO

ZOO KEEPER FOR THE DAY!

4-D Ride

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Birthday Parties at the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Parents and Families

Birthday Parties at the Zoo

Zoo Parties for your Children!

Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the WILDEST place in Town!

We do all the work so you can spend more time having fun! All party packages come with free admission and unlimited Train Rides for all paid guests, Zoo themed cake, a special gift for the birthday child, and we take care of everything from the table covers, to the plates, to the candles. You can even customize your party to include everything from Zoo themed goody bags to animal encounters to admission to Stingray Bay.

Parties are offered for children 3-12 years of age on Saturdays and Sundays all year round.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.

All Parties are held at the Zoo’s Education Campus

Party times available: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.


“Party Animal” Party Package for 10 Guests:

Package Includes:

  • Animal Greeter to welcome your guests (a live animal from our Education Department)
  • 10 Zoo Admissions and Unlimited Train Rides for all paid guests
  • Private Enclosed Area for one hour with Party Hostess to assist
  • Bagged Lunch, Zoo themed Cake, Ice Cream, Fruit Punch, and Water for all 10 guests
  • Zoo themed table covers, plates, napkins, and candles are provided
  • Animal Masks at each place setting
  • Zoo themed Goody Bags for each child
  • A Special gift for the birthday child

Price: $230 Non Members/ $218 Members for 10 guests; $23 for each additional guest, adult or child.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.

Photo: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ lion mascot Jazoo turned 7 on August 18, 2012! The keepers got together to wish him “Happy Birthday!” and give him his birthday present!


”Zoo-riffic Party” Package for 10 Guests:

Package Includes:

  • Zoo Admission and Unlimited Train Rides included for 10 guests
  • Private Enclosed Area for one hour with a Party Hostess to assist
  • Zoo themed Cake, Ice Cream, Fruit Punch and Water
  • Zoo themed table covers, plates, napkins, and candles are provided
  • Animal Mask at each place setting
  • A Special gift for the birthday child

Price: $175 Non Members/$166 Members for 10 Guests; $17.50 per person for each additional guest, adult or child.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.


Additional Party Options:

Animal Encounter*: A trained educator will present touchable and/or non-touchable animals that will enlighten children of all ages. Share a memorable moment looking into the face and eyes of one of the teaching animals here at the Jacksonville Zoo.

$50.00 – *Two weeks’ notice is required to schedule this option.

Carousel Tickets: Wildlife Carousel, enjoy rides atop beautiful hand-painted renditions of your favorite Zoo animals.

$2.00 plus 7% tax per person

Goody Bags: Assortment of Zoo themed goodies for each child to take home as a souvenir party favor.

$3.95 plus 7% tax per person

Stingray Bay: Spend the day with Ray! This is your chance to see and touch some of the sea’s most charming creatures.

$1.50 per person; this price does not include feeding the stingrays.

4D Ride: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ newest attraction is a thrilling 4-D ride! Rock and roll, toss, turn, and giggle on this new all-senses experience. Click here for details on the most current 4D ride film.

$4.00 plus 7% tax per person


Payment Information:

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to make a party reservation. Deposit must be made at the time of booking and can be paid over the phone via credit or debit card. The final headcount and payment in full is due on the Tuesday prior to the party. We accept all major credit cards, cash, cashier checks or money orders. Personal checks are not accepted for deposits or final payment.

Birthday parties are offered for children 3-12 years old and are held at the Education Campus on Saturdays & Sundays. Room capacity is limited to a maximum of 24 guests.

Groups will be charged $25 per person for any UNEXPECTED guests, Regardless of their birthday package.

Print-at-Home Invitation: Download a copy of our birthday party invitations! All you have to do is print them, fold them and fill them out. They can be handed out, or put in an envelope to mail out.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information, or to schedule a Birthday Party, email or call (904) 757-4463, ext. 120.

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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal well being. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York.

The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.

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Exhibits & Attractions

Bug Carousel

Bug Carousel

Imagine bugs so big you can ride them! Enjoy a true flight of fancy aboard a long-legged praying mantis, a bright green grasshopper, or another of your favorite creepy-crawlies. In cool weather, sliding glass doors transform the carousel into an indoor experience.

Gorillas

Congo Gorilla Forest

Go nose-to-nose with gorillas in a 6.5-acre swath of the rainforest that will transport you to the heart of Africa. Your Congo wildlife safari will be packed with surprises as you trek beneath the canopy of leaves, through sprays of mist, and up to treetop lookouts.

JungleWorld

JungleWorld

Transport yourself to the tropics! Inside ourAsian jungle, the warm air is just right for otters, gibbons, and a tapir, among nearly 800 other critters that live in mangroves and beaches, sharing their homes just as they would in the wild.

Sifaka

Madagascar!

Leaping lemurs! Hissing cockroaches! Cave-dwelling crocs! Meet one-of-a-kind wildlife from the world’s fourth largest island. Towering baobobs and octopus trees, forested deserts, and other enchanting habitats will transport you there.

Tiger

Tiger Mountain

Go nose-to-nose with Siberian tigers on a woodland that recreates the Russian Far East. In this showcase of the Zoo’s animal enrichment program, discover how training, toys, and foraging games help the big cats stay fit and stimulated.

Outdoor Exhibits & Rides

Indoor Exhibits & Rides

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Activities

Ice Age 4D

4-D Theater Double Feature

Get ready for an adventure of mammoth proportions! Films include Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The 4-D Experience and Dora and Diego’s 4-D Adventure, both combining a high-definition 3-D film with effects such as wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting to take you on a multi-sensory journey.

Animal Activity Trail

Animal Activity Trail

Find your inner animal on the Animal Activity Trail, presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and learn to move like an animal while exploring the Bronx Zoo. Run, jump, dance and crawl as you visit wildlife with remarkable athletic abilities throughout the park.

Bug Carousel

Bug Carousel

Imagine bugs so big you can ride them! Enjoy a true flight of fancy aboard a long-legged praying mantis, a bright green grasshopper, or another of your favorite creepy-crawlies. The Bug Carouselis open year-round. In cool weather, sliding glass doors make it an indoor experience.

Camel Ride

Camel Rides

Saddle up and hop on a hump! Experience a very unique form of New York City transit when you ride a camel around Wild Asia Plaza. Ride can accommodate up to three children, or one adult.

Penguin Feeding

Penguin Feedings

During the daily feeding in the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony at 3:30 p.m., watch Magellanic penguins come out of their dens or up from the deep and bob for fish. Ask a keeper your questions about the birds.

Sea Lion Feeding

Sea Lion Feedings

At the heart of the park, bark hello to California sea lions and meet their keepers. Two daily feeding and training demonstrations for the Zoo’s noisiest residents make the sea lion pool one of our most popular attractions.

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