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.
The floating museum hosts children for a week-long itinerary filled with science and art-based activities, interactive workshops, lives shows, and demonstrations. Kids will get a taste of how much fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) can be and hopefully get them excited to explore these themes. They’ll create their own digital games and learn investigative science skills while they play; participate in the Rube Goldberg Speed Building Challenge; learn about the solar system; build a rocket; play a larger-than-life chess match; check out vintage toys; see live animal demonstrations (featuring a kangaroo!); catch a performance by the Gazillion Bubble Show and so much more. They’ll also get to interact with scientists, game developers, zoologists, and authors during these activities. All ages.
The entire floor—4,000 square feet, to be exact—is dedicated to tots four and under. Floppy-headed infants can enjoy gazing in the mirrors, while more-mobile babies play with foam blocks. Toddlers can't seem to resist the firefighter costume box, full of overalls coats and hats to don while sitting in the driver's seat of a bright red truck. Ages infant to 4 years.
From the donations of many visitors' used shoelaces comes "We the People," an art installation by Nari Ward. From Feb 20–24, you can see the sculpture as it gets installed, and from February 20–26 you can post a sticky note on the museum's preamble wall to share how the words "We the People" make you feel. All ages.
The museum's star permanent exhibit consists of a maze of kid-sized shops, each containing a fun activity. The boutiques—a Chinese stationery store, a Mexican bakery and a West African import store, to name a few—are modeled after real Brooklyn businesses. The miniaturized community also houses an international grocery store equipped with conveyer belt–propelled wares that tykes can use to restock the shelves, and a theater where children watch recorded performances by Brooklyn dance troupes, then step onstage themselves to replicate the steps.
The Met Cloisters presents a collection of nearly 50 minuscule boxwood carvings that depict scenes from the Bible in the most mind-boggling intricate ways. Measuring no more than two inches in diameter, these pieces of art created in the Netherlands in the 16th century present the talent of master carvers of that era. Among the wooden treasures: a carved boxwood rosary made for King Henry VIII of England and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon and a small sculpture in the shape of the letter P that opens up to reveal scenes of the legend of Saint Philip. And for those wondering how on Earth could these tiny carvings be possibly made by human hands, videos of conservators’ findings will be displayed in the exhibition as well as a disassembled prayer bead that gives viewers a closer look into the tiniest of handcrafts. All ages.