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As free is always a great deal, we'll start with that. The Queens Museum of Art announces Target Holiday Mondays with free admission from 11 - 4. That includes:
Free family-friendly tours and free open studio time where the whole family can make art. There's evem free food. and for those of us who usually pack our own kosher food, we are welcome to bring our own lunch to eat in the café.
Normal admission is by suggested donation. Adults: $5 Senior and Children: $2.50 Members and Children under five: Free The museum is located at the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368 The number to call for information is (718) 592-9700
Nearby, at 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368, which is also in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, isThe New York Hall of Science, It, too, is normally closed on Mondays but has special hours for Presidents' Week: Feb 21-25: 9:30 -5. You can see the calendar of events at http://www.nysci.org/visit/events This museum participates in the ASTC reciprocal program, which can save a family quite a bit here.* General admission for adults (18 & over) is $11. For children 2-17, it's $8, as it is for students with college ID and senior citizens. There are extra charges for the playground and miniature golf, though they are probably still closed for the season. It does offer free admission on Fridays from 2-5 pm on Sunday from 10-11 AM, September through June only. For information call718-699-0005
If you want to go a bit further afield or are already in New Jersey, consider a trip to the Newark Museum. Though it's normal hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon–5 pm, it is open for Presidents' Day. When I lived in New Jersey, I used to visit it often. It’s been greatly expanded and updated. If you are a teacher or a parent of kids 7-14, I highly recommend checking out the money exhibit: "Once Upon a Dime: The World of Money." It is very well done and spans the history of money from barter to digital payment. There are many more exhibits, including art, historic artifacts, and a section on natural history with interactive exhibits on biomes and plate tectonics. That part of the museum also includes some samples of rocks and minerals that glow in the dark like you can see in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum discussed here: http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/a-mine-close-to-home. There is also a small planetarium connected to the museum which entails an additional charge. You can check the calendar for scheduled sky shows and special activities for children.