Family Programs

Family Program
Little New-Yorkers
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Every Tuesday and Friday. 3:30 - 4:15 pm. Free with Museum Admission. Ages 3-6.  

Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, play time with historic toys, and a related craft project.


Mae Among The Stars, written by Roda Ahmen and illustrated by Stasia Burrington
Tuesday, February 4, and Friday, February 7, 3:30 pm

Explore the stars with Little New-Yorkers this week!  Read about the first African American woman in space, Mae Jemison, and learn about her adventures in becoming an astronaut. Afterwards, create your own rocket ships to launch.

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by John Parra
Tuesday, February 11, and Friday, February 14, 3:30 pm

Read about Ethel L. Payne, a journalist who had an ear for special stories. And to celebrate Valentine’s Day, become journalists and create a newspaper valentine that tells a story of love for someone special.

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read, written by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and illustrated by Oge Mora
Tuesday, February 18, and Friday, February 21, 3:30 pm

Have you heard of the saying "You're never too old to learn?" Mary Walker proved this to be true when she learned how to read at 116 years old!  Read The Oldest Student and learn that heroes aren’t always well-known. Join us after the reading to create a magical pop-up book.

Freedom Soup, written by Tami Charles and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara
Tuesday, February 25, and Friday, February 28, 3:30 pm

When it's cold outside, it's a joy to warm ourselves with a bowl of delicious homemade soup! Read Freedom Soup and learn how Belle makes soup with her granny. Afterwards, create your own homemade soup with crafts and art supplies.


Mary Wears What She Wants, written and illustrated by Keith Negley
Tuesday, March 3 and Friday, March 6, 3:30 pm

Celebrate Women's History Month all month long with stories about bold and brave women. Not too long ago, women could only wear dresses! Learn about Mary Edwards, a doctor in New York, who didn’t care for dresses at all.  Born in 1832, young Mary didn’t understand why she couldn’t wear clothes that made her comfortable. Afterwards, create new clothes for Mary to wear besides a dress.

Two Friends, written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Tuesday, March 10, and Friday, March 13, 3:30 pm

Join us and talk about amazing friendships! Read about good friends and legendary activists Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, who both fought for freedom. Afterwards, create friendship bracelets to share with someone we love.

Lumber Jills, written by Alexandra Davis and illustrated by Katie Hickey
Tuesday, March 17, and Friday, March 20, 3:30 pm

During World War II, there weren’t enough men to cut down trees for all the wood that was needed. The Lumber Jills came to the rescue! Many women courageously jumped into unfamiliar roles. Read about these amazing women and create your own ship from some of the wood they cut down.

Born to Ride, written by Larissa Theule and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
Tuesday, March 24, and Friday, March 27, 3:30 pm

Whether riding a scooter or bike, there is joy and freedom in having your own set of wheels!  But imagine if you were a girl living in 1896 and weren't allowed to ride a bike.  Read about Louise Belinda, who challenges this idea and shows she can do everything a boy can. After the reading, craft your very own bikes with wheels!

Here Comes the Girl Scouts, written by Shana Corey and illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Tuesday, March 31, and Friday, April 3, 3:30 pm

Imagine life without Girl Scout cookies! Learn all about Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and how her adventurous spirit led her to create the organization we all know and love, the Girl Scouts. After the reading, create your own patches that relate to our skills, strengths, and interests.


Ella Queen of Jazz, written and illustrated by Helen Hancocks
Tuesday, April 7, and Friday, April 10, 3:30 pm

This April, celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with us! Start off with Ella Fitzgerald, the true queen of jazz. Join us as we read Ella Queen of Jazz, then sing and play musical instruments and create our own trumpet to take home. 

Rap A Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles—Think of That!, is written and illustrated by Diane Dillon and Leo Dillon
Tuesday, April 14, and Friday, April 17, 3:30 pm

Do you like to sing and dance? Then celebrate jazz dancers and honor the legendary performer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who liked to sing, act, and tap dance.  After the reading, create some instruments we can rap-a-tap-tap ourselves!

Cats' Night Out is written by Caroline Stutson and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Tuesday, April 21, and Friday, April 24, 3:30 pm

Talk about “America's classical music"—jazz!—and read about the dancing, scatting, humming cats of Cats' Night Out.  After the reading, craft a cat that can move and dance!

This Jazzman, written by Karen Ehrhardt and illustrated by R.G. Roth
Tuesday, April 28, and Friday, May 1, 3:30 pm

This old man, he played three, he played knick-knack on my knee. Remember "This Old Man”? Then, you're ready! Learn about many wonderful musicians and then decorate guitars to wear and play.

Support for the Little New-Yorkers provided by Macy's



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