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Things to do this week in NYC Feb 23-Mar 2: 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!

Weird Science - Mystic Aquarium
Through February 24, 2013 - Mystic

Mystic Aquarium presents “Weird Science” Saturday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 24 during school vacation week. Children’s curiosity comes alive as they witness weird and wonderful science demonstrations by Mystic Aquarium educators and special presentations by Keith Michael Johnson’s Bubbleology and Mad Science of Eastern Connecticut. Keith Michael Johnson’s Bubbleology kicks off “Weird Science” on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Mad Science of Southeastern Connecticut’s daily, spellbinding presentations introduce children to the principles of air and pressure with hot air balloons, vortex generators and a hovercraft.

American Museum of Natural History’s Lunchtime Bird Walks in Central Park - American Museum of Natural History
Through February 28, 2013 - New York

Catch a glimpse of owls, songbirds, and woodpeckers in the woods, seed-eating birds in the fields, and multiple species of ducks and gulls in the lakes as ornithologist Paul Sweet guides you through three Central Park habitats to observe the varied bird species of New York City. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. Please note, this walk is more than an hour long over steps, slopes, and wood-chip paths. Walks start across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street. Walks are limited to 25 people per series. This program is part of the celebration of the reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History. For more information, call the AMNH Bird Walk Hotline: 212-313-7579 Catch a glimpse of various birds as ornithologist Paul Sweet guides you through three Central Park habitats to observe the varied bird species of New York City.

NYC Compost Project in Queens: Worm Bins Made Easy - Queens Botanical Garden
February 28, 2013 - Flushing

This hands-on workshop teaches the essentials of indoor composting with worms, ideal for those who want to compost food scraps but do not have access to an outdoor space. Learn great facts about red wiggler worms, how to set up a worm bin, and how to main the system effectively. Registration required: email compost@queensbotanical.org or call 718-539-5296

Intergenerational Garden Open House - Queens Botanical Garden
March 02, 2013 - Flushing

We invite all local gardening enthusiasts to join us for the second season of our Intergenerational Garden and cultivate their own plots. All interested applicants are invited to an Open House where gardeners will learn more about the program, walk through the facility and will meet IG coordinator Maureen Regan. Plots are ideally suited to motivated gardeners and will require modest fees for supplies and maintenance. The IG Garden is open to residents of all ages. For more information, email mregan @queensbotanical.org

The Orchid Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high-profile shows in the Conservatory.

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