New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!
Solstice Celebration - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
December 18, 2009 - Manhattan
Join the Central Park Conservancy and award-winning storyteller Regina Ress at the darkest time of year for candle-making and stories about the many beautiful mid-winter holidays that celebrate the light in the darkness.
Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2010 -
This major new exhibition explores the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of extinct and living mammals. Featuring fossils from the Museum's collections, the exhibition examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny and speedy to sloth-like, and showcases animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Open daily. $15.
The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 31, 2010 -
Celebrating its twelfth year at the Museum, this highly popular winter attraction transforms the iciest day into a magical summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation in 80-degree temperatures.
Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2010 - Norwalk
Come fall in love with the new colony of African penguins in a new outdoor exhibit, offering views above and below the water.