Holiday events at museums for NYC kids
Celebrate the season at a quartet of cultural hubs.
Thu Nov 18 2010
Winter Family Day Celebration at the Morgan Library & Museum
Staten Island Children's Museum
Cookie ornament--making workshop
Sat Dec 4-Sun Dec 5 at 1, 2, 3pm. 1000 Richmond Terr at Snug Harbor Rd, Staten Island (718-273-2060, statenislandkids.org). Free with museum admission: $6.
Kris Kringle might like his treats on a plate with milk, but your kids will take them any way they can get them, including hanging from your Christmas tree. At this class, youngsters will make sugar cookies in all sorts of holiday shapes. While the goodies bake, tots decorate premade sweets. Ages 4 and up.
Morgan Library & Museum
Winter Family Day Celebration
Sun Dec 5 2--5pm. 225 Madison Ave at 36th St (212-685-0008, themorgan.org). Free with museum admission: $15, children under 12 free.
Charles Dickens's original manuscript of A Christmas Carol is on display at the museum through January 9. In its honor, families can meet characters from the holiday fable, as portrayed by members of the theatrical troupe the Grand Falloons. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, who feature in the library's exhibit "Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress," will be there as well. Ages 6 to 12.
FREE Scandinavia House
Saturday Morning Storytelling
Sat Dec 11 at 11am. 58 Park Ave between 37th and 38th Sts (212-779-3587, scandinaviahouse.org).
In Denmark, Saint Nick is known as Julemanden, or "Yule Man," and he loves rice pudding, not cookies. Your kids can pick up other fun Scandinavian Christmas lore at this reading when Kaye Lindauer shares "The Legend of the Christmas Rose," a traditional fairy tale about a youngster looking for a present to bring the baby Jesus. Scandinavia House also hosts a sing-along ($7, reservations suggested, ages 1 to 7) at 1pm. Ages 5 and up.
FREE El Museo del Barrio
Sat Dec 18 11am--8:30pm. 1230 Fifth Ave between 104th and 105th Sts (212-831-7272, elmuseo.org).
The Harlem museum's free monthly family fest focuses on seasonal celebrations in Latin America. From noon to 4pm, children can dress up as kings in homage to the three wise men, and craft crowns and musical instruments. The day's highlight—the concert "Christmas in Mexico"—features the Mariachi Academy, a group of local musicians ages 7 to 17. All ages.