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The GIANT Room
Photograph: Courtesy the GIANT Room

The GIANT Room reveals its reopening plans and a new installation

Meet the utopian world Kookerville in "Futurescaping."

Written by
Oliver Strand

Good news for families with STEAM-minded kids: The GIANT Room, the maker space and gallery in Chelsea, will reopen in August.

When the innovation hub opened last year, it was an immediate hit with creative thinkers ages 3–12 excited to work with 3-D printers, painting spaces, laser cutters and other innovative tools that engage curious minds. We can attest that visiting the GIANT Room is one of the best things to do with kids in NYC—it's up there with treating everybody to a cone of the best soft-serve spots in the city.

The GIANT Room will reopen on Thursday, August 6 with "Futurescaping," an installation by artist Lexy Ho-Tai that features a utopian world called "Kookerville" made from found and recycled materials. The virtual gallery opening will include a puppet-making workshop and will take place online via Zoom. (RSVP here to attend the free event.)

Giant Room Lexy Ho-Tai
Photograph: Courtesy GIANT Room

Visitors can stop by the GIANT Room on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am–4pm to see the installation, pick up free activities and purchase STEAM kits designed by the staff. More free online workshops will take place in the coming weeks.

In addition, families or pods can book a private session and have the entire GIANT Room to themselves. Two-hour private sessions are held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and cost $500 for up to six children and two adults. You'll get to use all of the GIANT Room's tools and maker spaces, and the team will structure activities and workshops based on your interests. It's like making one of the best kids' museums in NYC an interactive experience, and having it all to yourselves.

You book private sessions online and learn more about the new protocols the GIANT Room is following to ensure everybody's safety.

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