Whether you’ve been here for three years or 30, you don’t need us to tell you that life in New York City doesn’t come cheap. It would be easy enough to fill those long winter afternoons with pricy classes and museum days, but they add up fast. That’s why Red Tricycle did the research and found 25 awesome indoor adventures for kids in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, and they’re all free — every single one of them!

1. Storytime and Singalong at Greenlight Bookstore: This beloved Fort Greene bookstore offers free sing-a-longs and story times for babies through teens on Fridays through Sundays. Check the website for times and details. 686 Fulton St., Fort Greene

2. Catch a Flick at Sony Wonder Technology Lab: Located in the heart of Midtown, this free museum of technology and entertainment is a great stop for your screen-savvy kids. Check out the Lab’s website for a schedule of kid-friendly screenings (you can reserve seats up to two weeks in advance). Coming soon double features of popular kid’s shows: Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans and Sesame Street550 Madison Ave., Midtown

3. Get Your Art On at MoMA PS1: Did you know kids always get in for free at MoMA’s PS1 location? It’s true! 22-25 Jackson Ave. (at intersection of 46th Ave.), Long Island City

4. Yoga Storytime: On Wednesdays and Fridays, kids can explore the magic of reading while exercising their little bodies for free at KarmaKids Yoga.104 West 14th St, 2nd Floor., Chelsea/West Village


5. Comic Book Heroes Come to Life: Kids can unleash their inner superheroes at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co, a one-of-a-kind destination for necessities like “truth serum” and an “evil blob containment unit.” 372 Fifth Ave., Park Slope

6. Literary Fun in Soho: The Scholastic Store offers plenty of free programming, including weekly story time every Tues., Wed., and Thurs. at 11 a.m., plus monthly sing-alongs on the second Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m. 557 Broadway, Soho

7. Friday Night Time Travel: On Friday evenings between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., the new DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society is pay-what-you-wish. 170 Central Park West at 77th St., Upper West Side

8. Explore Queens Museum For Free: On Sunday afternoons, the Queens Museum has a free drop-in Family Art Workshop where kids ages 5 to 12 (and their grownup companions) can create their own masterpieces inspired by current exhibitions. During the rest of the week, kids under 12 get in for free, while adults pay a suggested $8 admission fee. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

9. Weekend Story time at a NYC Institution: The only independent children’s bookseller in NYC, Books of Wonder, has been around since 1980. Go on Fridays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. to catch their free story times. 18 West 18th St., Flatiron

10. Thursdays at the Brooklyn Childrens Museum: Visit the world’s first museum devoted specifically to kids for free on Thursday afternoons between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights

11. Meet the real Winnie-the-Pooh at the New York Public Library: The Children’s Center at the NYPL’s 42nd Street location boasts free family-friendly programming seven days a week (and, it’s home to the original Winnie-the-Pooh!) Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., Midtown

12. Play Conductor at Grand Central Terminal: Hit up Grand Central during off-peak hours to watch the trains come and go, experience the magic of the whispering gallery or check out the NY Transit Museum‘s gift shop. 89 E. 42nd St., Midtown

13. Experience Central Park from the Inside: Spend a chilly afternoon in Belvedere Castle, a spot that many New Yorkers have seen from the outside, but far less have ventured into. It’s open from 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. every day. Mid-park at 79th St., Central Park

14. Hear a Story in Another Language: In addition to special children’s programming, Book Culture on Broadway offers regular, free story times for kids in English, Spanish, French and German. 2915 Broadway at 114th St., Morningside Heights

15. Be a Part of Greening Queens: Teach tots about sustainability from an early age, thanks to Queens Libraries’ “Greening Western Queens” initiative. Drop in on a number of events and programs (all free) at several Queens Library branches. Various locations, Queens

16. Indulge Every Kid’s Inner Fantasy: Set them free at FAO Schwarz with The Big Piano and all – need we say more? (It’s not easy to get out the door for free, but it’s technically possible) Good luck! . 767 5th Ave. at 58th St., Upper East Side

17. An Intimate Art Museum Experience: Devoted to the art of Isamu Noguchi, the Noguchi Museum in Queens is always free for kids, and on the first Friday of every month, admission for everyone is pay-what-you-wish. Check out the website for a variety of unique family-friendly programming for infants through teens. 9-01 33rd Rd. (at Vernon Blvd.), Long Island City

18. Learn to Appreciate Nature in Prospect Park: Sure, the park is most exciting when kids can explore the great outdoors without several layers, but the indoor Audubon Center offers a fun and educational escape from the cold. Lincoln Road/Ocean Ave. entrance, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

19. Immerse Yourself in Jewish Culture: The Jewish Museum offers lots of family-friendly activities, exhibits, workshops, and concerts, and kids of all ages get in for free. 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St., Upper East Side

20. Have a Strategy Session in Central Park: Stop by the Chess & Checkers House in the park’s “children’s district” for a friendly game or two. Borrow checkers, chess, backgammon or domino pieces from the Conservancy staff and get comfortable! Mid-Park at 64th St., Central Park

21. Grab a Latte and a Story at Barnes & Noble: Park Slope’s spacious Barnes & Noble is one of the city’s most kid-friendly locations. Parents can treat themselves to a coffee from the upstairs Starbucks outpost, then head down the escalator for regularly scheduled children’s programming, and plenty of space for free play – stroller parking and a LEGO table included. 267 7th Ave., Park Slope

22. See a Free Show at Scandinavia House: While there’s a fee to attend Scandinavia House’s sing-alongs and play space, it also offers free performances. Just check the constantly changing calendar to plan in advance. Earlier this month the Swedish performing arts troupe ZebraDans wowed families free of charge. 58 Park Ave. (near Grand Central), Midtown East

23. Get Crafty in Queens: Every day between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., kids can visit the Woodside location of Queens Library for crafts and more. 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside

24. Catch a Family-Friendly Flick: A great secret for city moms to know about, MoMA offers free family-friendly film screenings that are followed by discussions with the museum’s staff every month. Coming soon: films from around the world and food-related flicks11 W. 53rd St., Midtown West

25. Meander Through Chelsea Market: Peruse the artisanal goodies at Chelsea Market, ensuring time for a book break at Posman Books, which has a fantastic children’s section. 75 9th Ave. (between 15 and 16th Streets), Chelsea

Did we leave a great free activity off the list? Tell us your family’s favorite (and free!) way to spend the day inside in NYC. 

Images courtesy of MOMAlearning via Flickr & Alice Perry