5 NYC Boroughs in 5 Days

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During the Holiday Break

Happy holidays!  With schools in recess for holiday break next week and in case you may be working on any last-minute holiday activity round-ups, we wanted to share some family-friendly activities in all five boroughs each weekday of the holiday break, including on Christmas Day.

5 NYC Boroughs in 5 Days During the Holiday Break

Sunday OR Monday (Christmas Day & Christmas Day Observed) STATEN ISLAND –

Just like the FREE Staten Island Ferry, bring the family to the NYC Winter Lantern Festival at SIUH Park in Staten Island where kids GO FREE and it’s open on both holidays.  Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group, the creators of the NYC Winter Lantern Festival, and the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com are gifting FREE admission to kids 12 and under to “Journey to the East”, located steps from the Staten Island Ferry and Empire Outlets. The spectacular show of lights at the ballpark features over 1,000 handmade Chinese Lanterns created by over 100 artists. Visitors can wander through a world inspired by Chinese myths and legends.  Kids 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult can attend the festival of lanterns for FREE. Use the code “SIAKids” at checkout.

Tuesday (12/27) MANHATTAN –

Head to Battery Park and sail to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island through Statue City Cruises.  The Crown is sold out, but you can still head halfway up to the pedestal and enjoy free admission to the Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island Immigration Museum with every Statue City Cruises ticket purchase. Trace your family heritage on Ellis Island. Learn the history of the Statue of Liberty and take in those amazing panoramic views.

Wednesday (12/28) BROOKLYN –

Sail the Hudson on NYC Ferry over to Brooklyn to enjoy the panoramic views of the Harbor. From the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or Brooklyn Bridge Park. Enjoy the great outdoors, grab a bite along the waterfront or just enjoy the scenery.  And you might even stumble upon some cool holiday light displays and decorations along the way.

Thursday (12/29) QUEENS –

Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC without leaving the City by heading to Queens County Farm Museum (QCFM).  QCFM showcases the 325-year history of agriculture as a way of life in New York City and is an NYC Landmark. QCFM offers free admission 354 days per year and hosts a wide variety of acclaimed education programs and public events. Including NYC’s second Winter Lantern Festival location. With more than 47 acres to explore, make sure to enjoy some Pumpkin and Spice (we’re talking about the farm’s pigs), along with other goats and furry friends to see, feed and enjoy.

Queens County Farm Museum

Friday (12/30) BRONX –

Head to the busiest shopping corridor in the Bronx in the Fordham Road Business Improvement District. Where more than 300 small businesses from jewelry and clothing stores to children’s toys, electronics and other unique NYC staples await. 

After a busy day of shopping, head nearby to the Bronx Little Italy. Where for over 100 years, the neighborhood has welcomed generations of families into their local, family-owned small businesses. Dine authentic Italian food and shop for all the holiday groceries one may need to chef up an Arthur Avenue-worthy dinner at home.  Enjoy an early New Year’s dinner with loved ones too.

5 NYC Boroughs in 5 Days
Fordham Road Business Improvement District (photo of stores)

From farms and ferries to lights, and light shopping, there’s a little something for the entire family to enjoy throughout next week. 

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3 thoughts on “5 NYC Boroughs in 5 Days”

  1. We never went to the Bronx little Italy after looking at the link you shared we will be there soon the food looks delicious

  2. Merry Christmas 🎄
    Didn’t realize so many fun things to do near home the queens farm looks fun

  3. Thank you for sharing now I have some great ideas to keep my children entertained this coming week

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