Join us for free history and art activities—with snacks—on weekends and school vacation days this winter. Drop by anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to participate—no reservations required! Programs are appropriate for families with children ages 6-12 years old.
Sketches of Central Park
Friday, November 29
Saturday, December 7, 14, 21, and 28
Do you like to draw from nature? Join a Museum Educator to explore the exhibition Picturing Central Park: Paintings by Janet Ruttenberg to learn how one New York artist finds inspiration for her artwork in the Park. Then cultivate your own sketching skills by investigating techniques such as scale, shading, texture, and color. Afterwards, you can head to Central Park on your own to find what inspires you.
Chet the Secret Agent Architect: Decoding the Architectural Shapes of the Museum
Sunday, December 15, 22, and 29
Saturday, February 1 and 8
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. Then you’ll use the shapes you discovered to create model buildings representing your own style.
Search for the Future: Norman Bel Geddes
Saturday, November 23 and 30
Sunday, January 5, 12, 19, and 26
Join a Museum Educator to explore the exhibition Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future by participating in a scavenger hunt to find innovative objects that tell the story of how design was used to shape the future of America. After learning about the designs of Norman Bel Geddes, do some designing of your own in our family-friendly workshop.
Winter Wonderland Collages
School Vacation Days: December 23, 26, 27, and 30
School Vacation Days, February 17, 18, 19, and 20
Cold air, mittens, and snowflakes are all reminders that winter is here. Bundle up and join us for festive collage making—the hot chocolate is on us!
Gilded New York: Jewelry Making
Saturday, January 4 and 18
Monday, January 20
Get inspired by the jewelry and costumes worn by New York’s elite in the late 19th century on view in Gilded New York. Afterwards, create accessories that represent your own personal style.
Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23
Do you have your own sense of style and color? Get inspired by the costumes and jewelry worn by New York’s elite in the late 19th century, on view in Gilded New York. Then learn how to create your own clothing designs by creating a line sheet, a page that highlights many different ideas and styles within one theme. Each child will choose one design and make an original creation on fabric to take home.