Join us every Sunday in September, October, and November from noon to 2:00 pm for engaging Family Programs and a free snack! Programs are appropriate for families with children ages 6-12 years old. Free with Museum admission; reservations are strongly recommended, except where noted. Please call 917.492.3371 for more information.
Planning Urban Places and Spaces
Sunday, September 8, 2013, from noon to 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 10, 2013, from noon to 2:00 pm
Explore the Museum’s East Harlem neighborhood to learn about fundamental concepts in urban planning and design, such as the difference between public and private space. Then use maps and plans to discuss zoning and land use, paying attention to the shape, size, and function of buildings and open spaces. At the conclusion of the program, participants will have a chance to create their own three-dimensional model of a city block.
Getting Around:Transportation in NYC
Sunday, September 15, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 24, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
From horse-drawn omnibuses to electric cars, transportation in New York City has undergone many changes since the 1800s. Visit the Museum's installation of marine paintings and discover how water was used to move around our city of islands, and then head back to the classroom to discover other modes of transportation through images from the Museum’s collection. Using what they've learned, participants will then create a timeline of the evolution of transportation in the city, including their own ideas for future innovations that could include natural gas or hybrid vehicles.
Sunday, September 22, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 3, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Decode the architectural shapes of the Museum as you explore our landmark building, inside and out. Learn architectural vocabulary and styles while discovering the secrets of the Colonial Revival building. Children will add features of the Museum and its galleries to the floor plan to showcase the clues they uncovered during their tour.
Performance: My City Park
Special Saturday Program, September 28, 2013, from Noon to 1:00 pm
Come and join us as Making Books Sing performs My City Park. When Milo finds out that his favorite city park is going to be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall, he seeks out the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. This educational performance features puppetry, original songs, and audience participation. Children will learn the importance of shared community spaces as they sing along to songs that celebrate New York City.
Central Park: Then and Now
Sunday, September 29, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Forty-eight years after the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 mapped out the grid of Manhattan's streets, a grand park opened in the heart of the island. Examine original historical sources to see how Central Park was transformed over a century and a half by reformers, planners, and public officials and then create your own guide that can be used during a visit to the park, right across the street from the Museum!
Pushing Buttons: Activist New York
Sunday, October 6, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Sunday, November 17, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Have you ever thought something just wasn’t fair and wished you could change it? Join a museum educator to tour the exhibition Activist New York, which explores stories of grassroots citizen activism in New York City through artifacts, buttons, posters, and multi-media presentations, from the 17th century right up to the present. After viewing the exhibition, create your own button expressing views, ideas, or causes that are especially important to you.
Chet the Secret Agent Architect: Decoding the Architectural Shapes of the Museum
Sunday, October 13, 2013, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Become a secret agent architect as you explore the Museum of the City of New York in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Learn architectural vocabulary and styles while discovering the secrets of our landmark Colonial Revival building, designed by Joseph H. Freedlander in 1923. Afterwards, use the shapes you identified to create model buildings representing your own style.
Mannahatta: The Lenape and the Land
Sunday, October 20, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Long before Manhattan was the crowded, noisy city it is today, it was an island of rolling hills, forests, streams, and other natural features, teeming with thousands of species of plants and animals. Through images, objects, and stories you will learn about the Lenape, the American Indians who inhabited this island for hundreds of years before any European explorers knew it existed. Then create a storyboard tracing how the Lenape made use of and transformed the island’s natural resources.
Book Reading: The ABC's of Staten Island
Sunday, October 27, 2013, from Noon to 2:00 pm
Join authors Nancy Myers Benbow and Christopher Benbow for a reading of their book, The ABC’s of Staten Island, which highlights the borough's many cultural and historic places. After the reading, Nancy and Christopher will answer questions about the book, and talk about exploring Staten Island’s history and why they decided to write about it.