Acclaimed cultural critic and author of April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America Michael Eric Dyson is the keynote speaker at BAM’s yearly celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Following the speech are performances by the The Institutional Radio Choir. Ages 5 and up.
There’s no better place for this joyful event than one of the most history-rich train stations in New York. Train enthusiasts will love this 34-foot display of vintage Lionel model trains that zip past subway stations, around skyscrapers, through the suburbs and to the North Pole. The exhibit includes a selection of vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” trains and half-inch–scale trolley models. All ages.
The 18th art-science juried exhibition will include more than two dozen images of food-inspired art. Artists from around the globe tackle themes that include the history of food, “haute-cuisine,” its links to social issues, and, of course, as a fun media to create art. Who ever said you shouldn’t play with your food? Just try not to get any drool on the artwork. All ages.
Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta at Dora's house, and exploring caves, beaches and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Ages 2 to 6.
It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.
Learn about the Caribbean island’s diverse ecosystem through this bilingual exhibit that introduces its forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs. Live animals, specimens, artifacts, and models of animal species found only in Cuba will be on display in a variety of recreated habitats. And because Cuba is about so much more than fascinating wildlife, the exhibit also dives into the life and culture of the country. Stroll along an open boulevard that’ll plop you right in the middle of a vibrant Cuban street that’s come alive with music, dance, and performances. Learn about the spiritual teachings of Santeria and how to grow Cuba’s most important cash crop tobacco. If you were ever curious about what the island is about, then grab the family for an interactive lesson. You might just be booking a plane ticket right as soon as you arrive home. All ages.
Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the topics of equality, rights and diversity during various youth workshops at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. There's really something for all ages! On Jan 15, take smaller folk to the Totally Tots Studio (10am–noon, ages 2.5–5) to learn about Kehinde Wiley and create a self portrait, or make a silkscreen protest poster (11am–1pm, ages 3 and up) inspired by civil rights artwork. You can also partake in a DNA Bracelet (noon–2pm, ages 3 and up) craft that teaches kids how our genetic codes are all very similar. Highlights on Jan 16 include creating love, hope and peace postcards (11am–1pm, ages 3 and up) that are influenced by King's teachings, and seeing the Brooklyn United Marching Band (2–3pm, all ages) live. All ages.
The Museum of the City of New York’s new permanent exhibition “New York at Its Core” will present the full 400-year history of the city. From its beginnings as a Dutch settlement to the urban force it is today, the exhibition will guide viewers through the evolution of one of the greatest cities in the world. The attraction features three interactive galleries based on four themes - money, density, diversity, and creativity - and more than 400 significant objects from NYC icons, including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, “Boss” Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello LaGuardia, and Jay-Z. The museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a weekend-long public festival Gotham Groove (Nov 19 10am - Nov 20 6pm) with 32 hours of live music, spoken word performances, films, dance, and interactive activities for the whole family. All ages. Advance registration required for Gotham Groove.
The American Museum of Natural History opens a new film exploring the inhabitants of the Arctic. Through stunning footage and stories from scientists and Inuit leaders, kids can learn all about how humans, polar bears, penguins, huskies and whales have adapted to life on—and under—the ice. All ages.
In this interactive exhibit, children are treated to a multi-sensory exploration of their actions through touch. A screen bursts with a colorful display wherever it’s touched and the brilliance of the display is affected by how firmly the screen is touched. Although its a treat created for children, this tech exhibit will delight visitors both young and old. All ages.