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Winter Break Around NYC

Winter break is a time for fun and relaxation; special needs children can enjoy plenty of activities in NYC. Here are a few ideas:


Sensory-friendly activities:

  • The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: This museum offers sensory-friendly hours on select dates, dimmed lights, reduced noise levels, and designated quiet spaces. Visitors can explore the museum's exhibits, including the Space Shuttle Enterprise, at their own pace.

  • Children's Museum of Manhattan: This museum has various exhibits designed to be engaging and interactive for children of all abilities. There is also a dedicated quiet space where children can take a break if needed.

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: The garden offers sensory-friendly tours on select dates, designed to be calming and enjoyable for children with sensory sensitivities. Visitors can explore the garden's beautiful plants and flowers and a children's garden with interactive exhibits.

  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has a special Sensory Room with dim lighting designed to allow children to focus on interactive exhibits and sensory play.


Outdoor activities:

  • Central Park: There is so much to see and do in Central Park, from exploring the trails and lakes to visiting the zoo or the carousel. The park is also great for a picnic or snowball fight.

  • Bryant Park: This park is home to the Winter Village, a great place to go ice skating, do some holiday shopping, or enjoy a hot cocoa.

  • Staten Island Ferry: The ferry ride is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. It's also a fun and affordable activity that the whole family can enjoy.


Indoor activities:

  • Nickelodeon Universe: This indoor amusement park is an excellent place for kids to burn off some energy. There are rides, games, and shows for all ages.

  • New York Hall of Science: This museum has various exhibits designed to be fun and educational for children of all ages. There is also a dedicated space for young children, with interactive exhibits and activities.

  • Museum of the City of New York: This museum offers a variety of exhibits on the history and culture of New York City. There are also special programs and events for children throughout the year.


Other things to keep in mind:

  • When choosing an activity, be sure to consider your child's individual needs and interests.

  • It's always a good idea to call ahead to confirm hours of operation and accessibility information.

  • Many attractions offer discounts for children with special needs and their families.

  • Pack plenty of snacks, drinks, and any necessary medications or equipment.


With some planning, you can find plenty of activities to enjoy with your special needs child during their winter break around NYC.


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