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Museums in NYC: 12 museum family days in December 2013

Check out some of the best museums in NYC by marking your calendar for one of our cherry-picked museum events for NYC families.

Winter Family Day at the Morgan Library & Museum

Winter Family Day at the Morgan Library & Museum Photograph: Filip Wolak

While December is always pretty focused on the holidays—Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa—it's also a great time to visit NYC museums. In December 2013, NYC museums have pulled out all the stops for families, offering family days and projects like a comics workshop at the Jewish Museum, a scavenger hunt at MoMath in honor of the museum's first anniversary, and the chance to meet a cone snail expert in AMNH's Meet the Scientist series. Check out our list of 12 below for inspiration. Happy holidays—and happy museumgoing too!


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Families & Folk Art 2013-14

  • Free

Offered on the first Saturday of the month, this workshop invites kids and their parents a chance to take a guided, discussion-peppered tour through the galleries, then get to work on a piece of artwork inspired by objects they've seen. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Dec 7) focuses on the work of artist Stephen Sollins in the show "alt_quilts," which makes use of the patterened interiors of envelopes coupled with Tyvec, while Quilts as Portraits (Jan 4) looks at how quilts tell family stories and specifically the way artist Luke Haynes has portrayed his friends and family with the medium. Ages 4 to 12.

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Until Sat Apr 5
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Meet the Scientist

  • Price band: 1/4

Inquisitive kids are invited to expand their horizons by attending a meet-and-greet with a working scientist at the AMNH Discovery Center. First the scientist introduces what he or she does, explaining how they got interested in their field and the kinds of tools and methods they use, then opens up the session to a friendly Q&A. In honor of the new show "The Power of Poison," December's special guest is toxicology expert Mande Holford (her specialty: cone snail toxin delivery systems). Free passes are available at the Discovery Center entrance on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 7 to 14.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Sat Dec 7
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Winter Family Day 2013

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate winter with the Morgan’s annual Winter Family Day! This year, the festivities are dedicated to the exhibition "Edgar Allan Poe," and will tap into the writer’s penchant for ghosts and mysteries with everything from puppet shows and art workshops to strolling characters and costume photo shoots. Additionally, the Morgan is not skipping its traditional display of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, for those in need of some serious holiday spirit. Ages 3 to 12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Sun Dec 8
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Corona Youth Music Project's Concert of Light

  • Free

Founded in 2010, the Corona Youth Music Project began as the little band that could, with just 15 students. Now the group has 150 musicians (ages 4 to 15), in the form of two orchestras, an orchestra initiation program and a chorus. Tonight is the first event during which all CYMP members will perform. The Concert of Light performance also celebrates the reopening of the Queens Museum. All ages.

  1. Queens Museum Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, near 111th St and 49th Ave entrance
  2. Until Fri Dec 13
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Hands-On History: Snowflakes Are Falling

  • Free

Visitors to this historic house museum will learn about the ways in which kids from other eras enjoyed the winter, listen to stories and craft such seasonal icons as snowflakes. All ages.

  1. King Manor Museum 15003 Jamaica Ave, between 150th and 153rd Sts
  2. Until Sat Dec 14
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Discovering the Art of Comics

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids will start with a gallery tour of the museum's Art Spiegelman exhibit, then try and re-create the comic artist's designs with a personal twist. Ages 9 to 12.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Dec 15
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Historical Train Weekend

  • Price band: 1/4

At this celebration of all things railroad, kids listen to train-themed stories, meet conductor Bob, and make their own engine car or caboose. They can also check out eye-popping toys from the NYHS collection. Ages 3 to 6.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Until Sun Dec 15
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Sunday Science Spectacular: It Takes All Kinds: Biodiversity

  • Price band: 3/4

As part of the Sunday Science series, kids discover what makes the earth diverse, and learn how plants and animals coexist, with interactive games and activities. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Until Sun Dec 15
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12 Days of Science

  • Price band: 1/4

Just because school's out doesn't mean you need to succomb to boredom. Curious kids can see a live penguin, use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream and other unexpected surprises. NFL alums are stopping by to great fans on Dec 26 and 27. Check lsc.org/12days for scheduling details. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
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Klez for Kids

  • Price band: 1/4

The museum’s annual family concert showcases clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest! as they lead a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture. In the grand finale, the audience acts out a shtetl wedding with kids taking on the roles of bride, groom and wedding guests. All ages.

  1. Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge St, between Canal and Division Sts, 10002
  2. Until Wed Dec 25
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ReMake the Holidays

  • Price band: 1/4

Budding scientists make their mark on the holiday season through hands-on workshops, demos and installations at NYSCI's four-day-long festival. The DIY celebration kicks off on Friday (Dec 27) with Wire It, featuring circuitry-based projects; Build It's 3-D design, architecture and building (3-D printing included!) takes place Saturday (Dec 28); the animation-centric Animate It is on Sunday (Dec 29); and Wear It wraps the fest up with sewing and wearable art projects. All ages.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Until Mon Dec 30
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