This weekend's best museum parties for kids, July 21--22
Wed Jul 18 2012
Photograph: Zach Sultan
NYC's museums are always a treat to visit, but this weekend (July 21--22) boasts an unusual number of family-friendly block parties and creative workshops. Whether you're in the mood for a history lesson, art workshop, musical performance or dancing, these outdoor extravaganzas have your family covered.
CFA Family Day@the Center: Explore Governors Island
Take the 11am ferry out to the island for a historical event sponsored by the . After docking, your brood can check out historic forts, then tour the island's Victorian houses. If you get hungry, feel free to pack a picnic or purchase one on the island. For the more active set, the Governors Island also offers bike rentals and mini golf. Sat July 21 10:45am--1pm. Governors Island. $20 per family of four. All ages.
SpaceFest at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Celebrate the long-awaited opening of the Intrepid's Space Shuttle Pavilion, which will display the historic shuttle Enterprise in all its glory. The grand opening is on Thursday, July 19, to be followed by three days of meet-and-greets with real astronauts (Thu July 19--Sat July 21), dozens of awesome NASA exhibits and a free outdoor screening of Star Trek (Fri July 20 at 7:30pm). Thu July 19, Fri July 20 10am--5pm; Sat July 21, Sun July 22 10am--7pm. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Admission to the Space Shuttle Pavilion costs extra. All ages.
New Museum Block Party
Celebrate the Lower East Side's diversity at this all-day block party. In addition to scoping out live music sets, kids can also reconstruct poems inspired by the LES at the Bowery Poems workshop, or make their own unique paper creations to put on display in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Attendees will also receive complimentary admission to the New Museum for the day, including family tours of the museum's latest exhibit, "." Sat July 21 noon--5pm. Sara D. Roosevelt Park and New Museum of Contemporary Art. Free. All ages.
Super Sbado Block Party
El Museo de Barrio's blowout is bound to get you and your tykes movin' and groovin' with its theme of Caribbean-inspired exhibits and performances. When you're not exploring the "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" and "Voces y Visiones: Gran Caribe" exhibits at the museum, roam the streets to check out the fest's art workshops, games, and live dance and music performances. Create your own Caribbean-inspired artwork at the ArtExplorers station, challenge your opponents to a fierce dominos game at the Domino Tables, or support your favorite break-dancing crews at the El Barrio's Freshest 2012 break-dancing competition. Sat July 21 4--8pm. El Museo del Barrio and 104th St between Fifth and Madison Aves. Free. All ages.
Whitney Museum Family Fun Workshop: It's a Pile Up!
For somewhat older artsy kids, this workshop lets families explore and discuss the work in the Whitney's exhibit. After touring the exhibition, you and your budding artists will take everyday items like clothes and furniture and make them into a unique, evolving still life inspired by Kusama's work. Sat July 21 10:30am--12:30pm. $10 per family (includes museum admission). Whitney Museum of American Art. Ages 6 to 10.