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Things to do this week in NYC Feb 19-Feb 26: Outdoor Activities

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!

Faces of Our Planet: Sea Party Featuring the Movie OCEANS - Garde Arts Center
February 19, 2011 -

Join us for a Sea Party to celebrate our oceans! Meet live sea stars, crabs and lobsters from Mystic Aquarium and create sea-themed crafts. After your marine encounters, dive into the movie OCEANS from Disneynature for a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea. Incredible state-of-the-art, underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Filled with adventure, comedy and drama, OCEANS is a fascinating, thought-provoking experience you’ll never forget.

Vacation Fun - Earthplace
Through February 25, 2011 - Westport

Drop in to Earthplace during the February break for activities that are included with admission, including story times, trail walks, meeting an animal up close, making nest boxes and dipping candles. Visit the website for specific days and times.

The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 27, 2011 -

Celebrating its 13th year, this highly popular wintertime destination flourishes in 80-degree temperatures and features up to 500 hovering iridescent butterflies, blooming tropical flowers, and lush green vegetation. The Butterfly Conservatory transforms the iciest winter day into a magical escape into summer. Shimmering, multicolored butterflies gently flutter by visitors' upturned faces, land atop their heads, or perch upon their shoulders.

National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.

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