3 New York City staycation activities for your children

Thousands of New York City children are off from school for spring break. Some parents have chosen a staycation. That could require as much planning as a vacation. Here are some ideas.

1. Spring break activities are blooming in the Discovery Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

"The Discovery Garden is a one-acre, hands-on garden. Kids are allowed to touch and smell all of the plants. It's in smaller habitats," Meera Jagroop of Brooklyn Botanic Garden said. "We have a four seasons garden that has lots of flowers blooming. There's a Marsha area with a little pond and there are lots of critters, insects that kids can look at."

Kids can play outdoor music on a marimba, admire the blooming cherry blossoms, and even dig up a garden.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden | 455 Flatbush Ave. or 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY | 718-623-7200


2. Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park to check out Dumbo Boulders, a 7,800-square-foot space filled with climbing walls for kids aged 6 and up. a soft layer of rubber mulch made out of recycled and shredded tires carpets the ground. you can purchase a day pass for $11, which includes rental shoes.

Dumbo Boulders | 99 Plymouth St., Brooklyn, NY | 347-830-7625


3. Have some indoor fun at Mission Solvers in the Flatiron District. This is a kids-only escape room for detectives age 8 and up. Kids race against the clock to complete challenges and puzzles and open locks. A bigger challenge than trying to keep New York City kids busy this week.

Mission Solvers | 10 W. 25 St. or 28 W. 25 St., New York, NY | 646-902-1258