Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Treat the brood to midwinter break thrills aboard the aircraft carrier.
Thu Dec 16 2010
Photograph: Kathy Lloyd Boehm
Intrepid Kids Week
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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum keeps youngsters engaged year-round with its exhibits and simulators, but never more so than during its Kids Week, held annually during public school midwinter recess. The special lineup combines workshops with all sorts of live entertainment. Susan Marinoff, the museum's executive director, says the activities give kids the chance to meet inspiring adults—veterans, scientists, teachers and performers.
The museum is still booking this year's guests, but Marinoff expects many of last year's participants to return. Past performances have included sketches by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Alvin Ailey dance routines and a puppet presentation by Heather Henson (daughter of Jim, the inventor of Kermit the Frog). The educational experiences were just as enticing: Experts from Jenkinson's Aquarium in New Jersey showed off live reptiles and aquatic animals, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory set up shop for two days to teach kids about physics and what's involved in journeying through space. It's an apt lesson to learn aboard the Intrepid: The retired aircraft carrier also served as a recovery vessel for the space program.—Anya Khalamayzer