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Things to do this week in NYC Mar 9-Mar 16: 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!

Slither into Spring - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
March 09, 2013 - Bridgeport

Meet three of our reptilian education ambassadors, "Marlena" the Iguana, "Baby" the seven-foot boa constrictor, and "Darth Gator," a baby American alligator, and help make lunch for some of our other animal education ambassadors! After the program, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate by the fire. $10 for adults, $15 for kids 6 and up, program not recommended for kids under 6 years old. Registration required. To register, call 203-394-6563. Program attendees receive 1/2 off kid's Zoo admission with regular paid adult admission day of program only.

HSBC Children's Garden Family Day - Queens Botanical Garden
March 09, 2013 - Flushing

Join us for a lively afternoon of family fun at the HSBC Children’s Garden Family Day. Children will enjoy giveaway treats, seed plantings, and crafts, while representatives from NYC Compost Project Queens will offer hands-on activities. The HSBC Children’s Garden offers interactive programs for ages 5 through 12 in Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions. Children participating in these engaging gardening experiences will learn about plants, gardens and nature while having fun playing in a beautiful environment. They will plant and harvest their own vegetables, herbs and flowers and will learn about the natural world around them. Special early-bird discounts for the program will be available at this event for interested parents.

Summer Adventures Open House - Portledge School
March 10, 2013 - Locust Valley

Come and learn about the summer programs offered, meet the instructors, and sample activities! Portledge Summer Adventures offers its participants highly personal programs that stimulate and engage children ages 2-15. Surround your child with fabulous instructors, a beautiful 60-acre campus, and a wide variety of dynamic offerings. Programs include: studio art, pottery, fashion illustration, woodworking, theatre arts drama program, ballet, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, golf, Italian language , physics lab, chess, science adventure, Lego building, video game creator, Minecraft, online learning, SAT Prep, and much more. For questions or more information, log onto www.portledge.org/summeradventures or contact Melissa Worth at 516-750-3104 or e-mail mworth@portledge.org. This is a drop-in event and is free of charge.

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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