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Women's History Month 2012: Celebrate with NYC kids

Take your little suffragette (and her brother) to Women's History Month events in New York City.

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Women's History Month is in full swing and there's no better time to give your little one a lesson in women's history. The Brooklyn Children's Museum is teeming with Women's History Month events, hosting everything from ethnic dance performances by the Urban Bush Women to celebrating notable ladies (Michelle Obama is first on the calendar) at their "Extraordinary Women" series. Read on for more of our favorite events.

Urban Bush Women
Create Dance and Create Community: Urban Bush Women is an internationally touring dance troupe with a focus on the untold perspective of women affected by the African Diaspora. Learn more about these slighted communities and watch an electrifying set of African dance during this performance at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Sat Mar 10 1:00--1:30pm. Brooklyn Children's Museum. Free with museum admission. All ages. 

HerStory Weekend: Maasai Women
The Maasai women of Kenya and Tanzania have passed down the art of beading across generations, creating countless handmade bracelets, necklaces and belts. Kids learn about their craft through real museum artifacts and create their own beaded piece to take home. Sat Mar 10 2:30--3:30pm. Brooklyn Children's Museum. Free with museum admission. Ages 5 and up. 

Extraordinary Women: Michelle Obama
Since entering the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama has advocated for poverty awareness, given lectures on nutrition and solidified her status as a fashion icon. Kids can celebrate Women's History Month by honoring Obama's contributions and create a craft inspired by her work. Sat Mar 10, Sun Mar 11 2:30--3:30pm. Brooklyn Children's Museum. Free with museum admission. Ages 2 1/2 to 5. 

Magical Polymers
Do your children know that the bulletproof vest was invented by a woman? As part of Women's History Month, kids can learn more about the chemical engineer and inventor Stephanie Kwolek while experimenting with their own polymers, liquefying hair gel, soaking up oil and having some gooey fun. Sun Mar 11 1:30--2:30pm. Brooklyn Children's Museum. Free with museum admission. Ages 4 and up. 

Extraordinary Women: Firefighters
Children celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the female heroes who risk their lives every day. Afterward, kids make some firefighting-inspired crafts to take home. Tue Mar 13 11:30am--12:30pm, 2:30--3:30pm. Brooklyn Children's Museum. Free with museum admission. Ages 2 1/2 to 5. 

Extraordinary Women: Mae Jemison
Today's showcase highlights the life of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space. Her journey aboard the space shuttle Endeavour 20 years ago marked a milestone for female scientists worldwide. Afterward, participants will make a space-themed craft. Wed Mar 14 11:30am--12:30pm, 2:30--3:30pm. Brooklyn Children's Museum. Free with museum admission. Ages 2 1/2 to 5.

Extraordinary Women: Maya Lin
Maya Lin is the Chinese-American architect and sculptor of the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Kids will learn more about her work as a world-renowned designer and artist as they sculpt their own architecture-inspired work. Fri Mar 16 11:30am--12:30pm, 2:30--3:30pm. Brooklyn Children's Museum. Free with museum admission. Ages 2 1/2 to 5.

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
For this week's story hour, kids can celebrate Women's History Month by traveling back in time with author Tonya Boldren as she reads her tale about a black girl raised in New York City in the mid-1800s. Sun Mar 18 at 11:30am. DiMenna Children's History Museum. Free with museum admission. All ages.

Nimbaya
Notable on the children's festival circuit, Nimbaya is an all-women troupe whose members play the djembe, an instrument typically only used by males. Families get a taste of the group's inspirational tale while jamming to the group's high-energy beats. Sat Mar 24 at 11am. Symphony Space. $20, children under 12 $15. Ages 1 to 12.

Women's History Month Readings
Learn about a group of inspiring women who stood up to make change for future generations in this special reading in honor of Women's History Month. Join author Selina Alko as she reads from her book Every-Day Dress Up, a story about a girl who ditches her princess costume to dress up as noteworthy historical women. Then sit down with Sean Qualls, illustrator of Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat, a book documenting the life of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. R.S.V.P. before the event by e-mailing kids@powerhousearena.com. Sun Mar 25 3--4pm. The powerHouse Arena. Free. Ages 4 to 8.

 

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