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Friday, July 3
Explore cool areas of mathematics not covered in school and stoke the flames for a lifelong appreciation of mathematics. Daily sessions are available for grades pre-K through 12 on topics such as Shape Shifters and Crazy Dice.
Some sessions are free for families in need, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Join Tom Burnett, CMA Director of Early Childhood Programs, moms, dads, toddlers, and tikes for an online music time experience with familiar songs, interactive gestures, drumming, and even drawing.
For ages 4 & under.
Join New-York Historical Society Storytime via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts. Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly stretches and exercises, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. Designed for ages ages 3-6.
Saturday, July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with the New-York Historical Society and reflect on the many meanings of the holiday. Online programming for all ages includes a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered by historical interpreter Joel Cook, a deep dive into Jackie Robinson’s legacy of activism with the Jackie Robinson Museum, inspiration for at-home activities and sing-alongs that give voice to struggles and hopes throughout American history.
Sunday, July 5
Family-oriented virtual tours explore works from the Guggenheim’s collection with conversation and creative hands-on activities utilizing materials you can find at home. Includes art looking and hands-on art exploration. Tours are organized around a single theme and highlight artworks on view from the permanent collection and special exhibitions (plus some discussion of the museum’s amazing architecture).
South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues virtually, featuring The Star-Spangled Banner for Independence Day. Join a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear. Hosted by singers from the New York Packet.
Monday, July 6
Join enriching creative immersions in art and design for young curious creatives who want to expand their skill sets, meet new friends, and discover new creative outlets. MAD’s experienced artist-educators lead hands-on making activities and each week, an artist-in-residence from the Museum’s Artist Studios program welcome participants for a virtual studio visit and lively talk about life as a working artist. Each session concludes with a virtual group art show and celebration with family and friends. Themes include Drawing Boot Camp and Wearable Art. Families can join together to create a private session for their children.
Experience the richness of mathematics with America’s only museum dedicated to math. Explore cool areas of mathematics not covered in school through interactive (online) education sessions, creative projects, and supervised independent activities. Themes include “From Caves to the Cosmos,” “Beautiful Symmetry,” “The Math of Sports,” “The Next Dimension,” and “Crazy Cubes.” Early registration recommended.
For grades 1-9.
Join young artists from anywhere in the world to experience CMA’s award-winning curriculum through themed online half-day camps. Whether participating in the “Drawing Olympics” or directing a home movie, campers will enjoy a week of creative and social engagement culminating in final projects to be shared with family and friends.
Recommended for ages 7-11. Limited number of scholarships available,
The Museum of Moving Image’s popular media camp goes online and global. Weekly themes include stop-motion animation, screenwriting, digital game design, and more, with participants working in small groups alongside specially trained artists and educators.
For ages 8-13.
Join CMA in the land of Once Upon A Time and bring traditional fairy tales to the 21st century. Read a different tale each week, highlighting adaptations and versions from around the world. Discover the lessons we can learn from updating traditional fairy tales through storytelling, movement, music, and visual arts. Led by Mackie Saylor, CMA School and Community Programs Manager and Teaching Artist.
Mondays & Wednesdays from July 6 to July 29. For ages 6-8.
Tuesday, July 7
Kids, teens, and families are invited to join Whitney Educators for free weekly online art classes. Experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Each week features a new theme and project connected to a work of art in the Whitney’s collection or current exhibitions. Suggested age varies by day, from 5-18.
Explore the Morgan Library & Museum from home with a live interactive tour. Take a closer look at objects in the Morgan’s Collection Online, ranging from ancient to modern. Receive a creative prompt with each experience, for inspiration to write, read, or craft at home.
Examine the pages of the Morgan’s phenomenal illuminated manuscripts – bestiaries, collections of real and imaginary animals, as well as books of hours, which explain seasonal and daily actions. Explore how the books were created, and examine manuscripts from around the world, including cultures such as the Persian Empire and the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia.
For ages 6-14.
Wednesday, July 8
Join Raquel Du Toit, CMA Associate Director of Programming. us for 30 minutes of fun, play, and art-making. Bring your creative energy, make new friends, and share your art with others.
For the ages 6-11.
Make your own mini clay creation with a step-by-step lesson with David Lee, CMA Marketing Coordinator and Teaching Artist. Add in details to give their sculptures a story. Themes rotate weekly.
For ages 5+.
Join the Tenement Museum online to explore the role of community in creating change, through the story of the Saez-Velez family, a Puerto Rican family who lived on the Lower East Side for fifty years. Beginning with their arrival in New York in the 1950s, see how different generations of the Saez-Velez family built community at home, at school, at work, and in the neighborhood. Talk about the significant impact that Puerto Rican culture and movements have had on the U.S. and share about different ways that all of us can participate in community action.
Recommended for ages 7 – 14; fun for parents too.
Recordings of past family programs available.
Thursday, July 9
Bring the fun of a Broadway show to your home in this drop-in class! Learn a section of a musical theater song and practice singing, dancing, and acting skills on the virtual stage. No experience is needed, but Broadway fans will also enjoy moving to their favorite songs and shows. Led by Mackie Saylor, CMA School and Community Programs Manager and Teaching Artist.
For the ages 9+.
Friday, July 10
Explore physicality and channel energy in an active live online class. Young artists use their bodies and imaginations to explore images and feelings through movement and music. Led by Mackie Saylor, CMA School and Community Programs Manager.
For ages 4-8.
Wednesday, July 15
Virtually visit to the Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street to interact face-to-face with a former resident. Journey back in time to 1916 and learn from an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States in 1913. Victoria will show us her home, and share stories of her daily life and how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holidays and more. See how life in 1916 was quite different from today, but also explore how people cope when they move to a new place and are uncertain about the future. Throughout the program, participants will have a chance to ask Victoria their own questions.
Recommended for ages 6 – 12; fun for parents too.
Recordings of past family programs available.
Monday, July 20
Join New-York Historical Society via Zoom to explore the exhibition Women March and be inspired by Vashti Harrison’s celebrated book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. Explore the power of collective action both before and after the historic 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted some women the right to vote, and discover the stories of powerful Black women who shaped American history.
Use primary sources, archival materials, and conversations with subject specialists to build research skills in order to uncover unsung heroes of the women’s movement such as Sarah T. Garnet and Mable Lee. Self-publish a “who’s who” picture book of women’s rights activists that will help inspire the next generation of feminists.
For ages 8-12.
Sunday, August 2
South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues – virtually. Join a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear. Hosted by singers from the New York Packet.