Family Day offers countless opportunities for children to create learn and explore!
Family Day offers countless opportunities for children to create learn and explore! To begin your exploration of New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, our artist educators and docents will be in the galleries to provide additional insights into the exhibitions and featured works sure to engage both children and their adult companions.
With breathtaking views of Central Park that will inspire children and adults alike, Family Day provides an array of exciting activities: artist educators will lead hands-on workshops where families will craft unique 3D objects inspired by New Territories, such as basket weaving and light fixtures made from upcycled water bottles; view select short films from the New York International Children's Film Festival ; special performances in the theater with Baby Loves Salsa; and a chance to meet 3D landscape artist Heejung Cho in the Artist Studios.
Gallery Scavenger Hunt- ages 4+
2, 4, 5 New Territories Galleries
Families will explore the exhibition New Territories together. Find each of the scavenger hunt clues to discovering wonderful works of art, craft and design from cities throughout Latin America. The MAD educators waiting for you at each clue will give you a sticker! Bring your completed sticker collection upstairs to try the hands-on art projects inspired by the works on view.
Basket Weaving- ages 9+
classroom, 6th floor
Drawing inspiration from Raul Cabra’s lamps on the 4th floor, participants will weave pliable small-gauge reed (or rattan) into wicker baskets. These sturdy round baskets take about 60 minutes to complete. The project may require fine motor skills and perhaps some grown-up help!
Wearable Works- ages 4+
Make your own wearable garment! Everyone can design poncho or a hair extension using muslin, yarn, and other textiles. Visit the 2nd floor to see fashion works by Carla Fernandez and Rodrigo Alemida, or the 5th floor to learn about the cultural importance of hair from artist Liliana Angulo Cortés.
Wall Organizer- ages 6+
Using cardboard, brass fasteners, model magic and rubber bands, participants will create their own miniature version of the wall hanging organizers, similar to Isidora by Rodolfo Agrella on the 4th floor.
Repurposed Lights- ages 6+
Create your own portable light fixture by repurposing an empty water bottle. Powered by a coin battery, this simple LED light circuit will illuminate small spaces for about 30 days!
Baby Loves Salsa- all ages
The bi-lingual, cross-cultural, rhythmic mélange flows from the first note of a Baby Loves Salsa (BLS) show. It is a smooth and subtle sound and presentation that inspires and provides an atmosphere for families (with kids 6 months – 7 years) to enjoy music and dance together, and share educational themes both for kids and adults, including brief forays into clave theory (the backbone of salsa), counting in “son”(a Cuban rhythm and the foundation of salsa) or the ABCs sung and performed as an acapella Latin swing solo. This is no dumbed down kids’ music. Featuring some of the top musicians in contemporary Latin music including Jose Conde, BLS spins out of the recently established tradition and success of the Baby Loves Disco national parties and the Sharon Jones led Baby Loves Jazz record and band.
NYICFF Cinema Selections for Kids- ages 3+
Looping throughout the day, families can enjoy ¡VIVA NYICFF! Best of Spanish and Latin American Short Films and Kid Flix Mix. These compilations of short films were chosen from over five years of New York International Children’s Film Festival programming, and present a diverse selection of award-winners and audience favorites.