Workshops

Workshops

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830 5th Avenue, New York City, NY, United States

CPF (City Parks Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. We enrich and connect New Yorkers through free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives.

We connect teachers, students and families through hands-on classroom, after school and teacher-training programs in parks, schools and Recreation Centers across New York City. Annually, our programs reach 7,500 students and community members and 600 teachers.

Information on Events and Calendar Dates for the City Park Foundation can be found here

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City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SUMMERSTAGE KIDS

City Parks Foundation’s Arts programs offer over 1,200 performances a year—more than any other arts organization in New York City—in music, dance and theater (called “SummerStage”) and kids performances through SummerStage Kids, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the CityParksPuppetMobile.

SWEDISH COTTAGE MARIONETTE THEATRE

Bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics.

PUPPETMOBILE

One of the oldest marionette companies in the country presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools.

CPF provides FREE sports instruction to over 13,000 kids and 1,000 seniors annually, at over 60 parks citywide. Whether its tennis, golf, track & field or fitness – the name of the game here is FUN for all ability levels!

TENNIS

These lessons make the sport freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed environment.

GOLF

Fun and easy for kids ages 6 to 17, these free lessons make the sport accessible to kids of all skill levels.

JUNIOR GOLF CENTER – BROOKLYN

This state-of-the-art par 3 facility offers free golf instruction to New York City children between the ages of 7-17.

TRACK & FIELD

Learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw.

KIDS FITNESS

These fun-filled fitness programs help keep young kids active, and help to develop positive, life-long attitudes toward healthy exercise and nutrition.

SENIORS FITNESS

Join New Yorkers ages 60 and over, for free tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in parks across the country.

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4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States

Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland is a children’s theater company offering year-round productions of modern and classic plays. The organization also offers classes in drama, acting, dance musical theatre, and filmmaking for children of all ages. Summer theatre camps give campers the opportunity to take part in a full production of a musical or play.

Imagination Stage is the largest and most respected multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. We offer a year-round season of professional shows (adult actors performing for families and classes), after-school programs and summer camps for ages 1-18, and arts-integration professional development training for teachers, students, schools, and families. All of our programs are informed by our core belief in making the arts inclusive and accessible to all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive, or financial status.

‘Rapunzel’ at Imagination Stage

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Groups & Parties

Groups

Whether a group of friends or family, a birthday, a social occasion or a fundraiser–a trip to Imagination Stage is guaranteed to delight everyone!

Group Reservations 

Imagination Stage makes bringing a group easy and fun!

  • Split PaymentHold a seat block with a deposit and pay the balance when you have your final headcount.
  • Group Reservation CodePick a performance and we’ll give your group members a discount code to purchase their own seats at their leisure.
  • Backstage ToursAdd-on a tour after most 4 p.m. performances. Tours cover our costume shop, scene shop, lighting and sound booth, and more! 
  • Grab a bite–Groups can eat at our on-site Just Imagine Cafe, check out Hard Times Café right across the street, or try one of the numerous ‘Woodmont Triangle’ restaurants in easy walking distance of our theatre!
  • Don’t forget about Meet-the-Actors in our lobby after every 1:30 and 4:00 weekend show, and fun and creative souvenirs in our Gift Shop!

Prices for our Lerner Family Theatre

Groups of 10-49 20% off
Groups of 50-99 30% off
Groups of 100+ 40% off
Buy-Out (372 seats) $4,500 (includes rental of our gallery space)
Imagination Stage is working hard to keep your ticket price low. We have kept our facility fee at 7% of your total order for online or phone sales. (*Please note that orders of 10+ are not available online.)

Birthday Parties

Having a birthday? Celebrate with tickets to a  show or a private  workshop, then have cake in our party room! Year-round options for all ages and every budget.

 

Fundraisers

Dramatically increase your fundraising by purchasing a block of tickets (or the whole theatre!) for a weekend day or evening show as a fundraiser for your organization. We provide a volume discount (cost as low as $9 per ticket) and you sell the tickets at a premium to your event attendees. It is both wonderful family fun and highly successful.

Are you a Group that just wants tickets?

Contact the box office | 301-280-1660, daily 10 am- 5 pm | boxoffice@imaginationstage.org

Questions about Group Options, Scouts or Fundraisers? 

Contact our Group Sales office | 301-280-1664 | groupsales@imaginationstage.org

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Early Childhood

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My First Imagination Stage is our Early Childhood program that focuses on children aged 1-5, providing fun and developmentally exciting experiences through classes and live performances. Play is serious fun for the very young.

Classes

You And Me (Ages 12-36 months) Be the flower while your child becomes the butterfly! These caregiver and child classes use props and materials to stimulate the senses and promote your child’s development of social and motor skills.Register Online

My Friends And Me (Ages 3–5) Older children are ready to play on their own! Students play together, develop relationships, and enter the world of make believe. Through the use of music, movement and dramatic play, these classes ignite your child’s imagination while flexing his or her problem-solving, language, and physical skills.

Register Online

Single-Session Workshops

Sunday Fun-Day

We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books. Best for ages 1-3.*

Schedule Varies – $10 per personRegister Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660 Saturday Song Circle 

You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1 month-3 years.* 

Schedule Varies – $6 per person, Register Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660. Watch a video preview!

*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

Shows

The My First Imagination Stage theatre series offers intimate, interactive performances designed for the very young in our Reeve Theatre. Tickets are on sale online, or at our Box Office (301-280-1660).


telltale heartsFrom Here to There October 25–November 24, 2013. Two friends build bridges from cardboard boxes and use rhythm and vocal play to create a catchy tune. It’s like jumping inside the world of a child’s imagination! Performances are followed by a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some of the props! Ages 2-5.

ASL-interpreted show 11/9 at 11:15. 

Tickets  

Watch a video preview!

Try our From Here to There Activity Guide!


aquariumAquarium December 17, 2013–January 26, 2014. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 1/11 at 11:15.

Tickets

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inside out 300Inside Out March 1–April 6, 2014. It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! In this interactive show, discover the joy of turning things inside out. Performances include a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some items used in the show. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 3/15 at 11:15. 

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mouse_onthe_moveMouse on the Move June 28-August 10, 2014 Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, there are many opportunities for audience participation. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.  Ages 1-5

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

Family Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach you just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our Dining page.

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The staff at the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center welcome you to Plimoth Plantation. Purchase tickets or membership here, then view the orientation film produced for Plimoth Plantation by the History Channel. This prepares you for the unique experience of visiting our outdoor living history sites, which tell the compelling story of the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people.

Plimoth Plantation museum shops

The Visitor Center houses our Museum Shops that offer a range of products from one-of a-kind Native art and jewelry, to children’s toys and books, specialty foods and an array of items made in New England.

Also in the Visitor Center you can visit the Shelby Cullom Davis Gallery and the Family Discovery Center, where fun is driven by imagination as children can try on Colonial clothes, play Native games and raise the flag aboard the shallop. The gallery also featuresGirl Playing in the Family Discovery Center at Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth and Meaning, a self-guided exhibit which tells the story about the 1621 events that continue to inspire America’s annual Thanksgiving holiday.

Our quick-service restaurant, Patuxet Café,features menu items adapted from both the Colonial English and Native cultures, as well as the more familiar modern snacks and meals to please diners of all ages and palates. Enjoy your meal in our spacious dining room, or when weather permits, take your food outside to the courtyard, or have a picnic on the lawn that overlooks a beautiful view of the Eel River and Cape Cod Bay.

Designed by architect Graham Gund, the Hornblower Visitor Center is also available for functions. It’s the perfect setting for your wedding, party or conference. Classrooms on the second floor accommodate education programs, workshops, business meetings and dining for small groups. In our theaters we show first-run, independent and foreign films daily in late afternoon and evening.

In the winter months, when our outdoor exhibits are closed, the Visitor Center is still a lively place where we host the Plymouth Winter Farmers’ Market and other activities and programs as announced on our calendar.

Discovery Center

Where do young children go to have fun and learn more about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived in Colonial times? The Family Discovery Station – where imagination creates the experience!

Here, children get to try on Colonial clothes, pretend to cook in a hearth, and learn how Pilgrim children ate their meals off of trenchers without using a fork. Discover how the Wampanoag built their homes and grew many types of vegetables before the Pilgrims settled here. Do you think catching fish is easy? Learn how the Wampanoag built a weir (a fence made of brush) to trap fish in a river.

Climb aboard the shallop (a small boat), raise the flag, and chart your course on a traverse board (a wooden board used in navigation), just like the one used by the sailors aboard the Mayflower to keep track of their course and speed at sea.

Everything in the Family Discovery Station is designed for children to touch, try on, play with and experience, including games and a puppet theater. And be sure to check the daily activity board for a story hour. The Family Discovery Station is a great way for young children to journey back in time.

Programs For Families

Plimoth Plantation offers lots of special activities for kids and families – you can experience the past hands-on when you are here!

Girls make Wampanoag pottery

During school vacations, you can always choose from a variety of Wampanoag (Native) and Pilgrim (Colonial) activities. During the summer, we have week-long day programs called Summer Adventures!

If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends (like a special birthday party), bring them here overnight. You will enjoy an evening of activities (Wampanoag or Pilgrim) here at the Museum, (including dinner) spend the night in the Hornblower Visitor Center, and visit Plimoth Plantation for two days!

Your family could have an even more special family overnight experience, living as a Colonial family wearing authentic clothing, cooking supper over the hearth, and sleeping in one of our Pilgrim homes!

We have lots of online activities for kids, including a special Interactive Thanksgiving Activity called You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving.

To receive special offers and regular updates on Plimoth Plantation’s educational programs, sign up for our Education Mailing List.

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Family Overnights in the 17th Century

Looking for a very special overnight experience with your family or friends? Sleep in the 17th Century at Plimoth Plantation, or Sleep onMayflower II in Plymouth Harbor!

Sleep Like the Pilgrims

Come to visit our fun and educational living history exhibit sites early in the day, then join us in the afternoon to begin your Pilgrim experience. As English Colonists, you will be provided with authentic reproduction Colonial clothing. After you are dressed, you will begin experiencing the fun and the work of the 17th century!

Play games, write with a quill pen, even learn a song or a dance if you’d like! Activities will be tailored to your particular interests. Gather wood and get ready to set a fire, because…

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

…you will assist in preparing a hearth-cooked meal in our reproduction Colonial homes on our Colonial Education Site. Here, you’ll eat “supper” and spend the night, sleeping in authentic beds by a warm hearth. (The homes in our Education site were originally built by the Museum’s skilled artisans at a location on the coast of Maine, for the PBS-TV reality seriesColonial House. After the series ended, we dismantled the homes and reconstructed them at our Colonial Education site.)

A Museum teacher will teach you all you need to know, and will sleep nearby. Your group will have the privacy of the home to yourselves all night. In the morning, your teacher will bring you a continental breakfast (yes, with coffee — although the Colonists in the 1620s had only water…)

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

Join us for this magical, unforgettable experience.

Cost: $1000 for up to six people.

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.

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Sleep on Mayflower II 

Rowing the ship's boat at Mayflower II

Yes, you read it correctly! You and your family or friends can spend the night on our full-scale reproduction of Mayflower, the well-known ship which brought the English Colonists to the shores of New England.  Mayflower II is docked in downtown Plymouth, at the same location the Pilgrims chose to build their first homes in 1620. All of our entertaining and educational living history exhibit sites will be available for you to visit both days of your stay.

After the rest of the visitors have left for the day, the ship is yours. You could row the shallop in the harbor, make a model of the ship to take home, learn to tie the knots the sailors would have used in 1620, or even try the foods the Pilgrims would have eaten on their way here from England! If that doesn’t sound like an ideal meal, don’t worry — we will provide a 21st-century meal, too! Spend your time with Museum teachers and marine artisans, who can teach you all you want to know about the Pilgrims’ 17th-century journey, and the journey of Mayflower II, which sailed here from England in 1957. The conversations and activities will be tailored to the interests and needs of your family and friends.

If you have the inclination, the decks always need to be swabbed. You may just have enough energy to explore the many decks of the ship, and then choose which one will be the place you make your bed for the night. Watching the sun set behind the masts and rigging of the ship is spectacular, but not outdone by the glow of the sun rising over historic Plymouth.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

For more information about cost and availability, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org.

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New York City Building, Queens,

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.

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Families

The Queens Museum offers free weekly Drop-in Family Art Workshops on Sundays from 1 pm-5 pm. No advance registration is necessary. These fun, educational workshops invite children ages 5-12 and their adult companions to take part in a shared learning experience that take visitors into our galleries and art studios. Activities offer families the opportunity to reflect on the artworks presented in Museum exhibitions as they work collaboratively to create unique works of their own with a variety of different materials. The art projects are as wildly diverse as the Queens Museum’s dynamic permanent and changing exhibitions. From building monsters to designing city blocks to making puppets, the art works are created by adults and children together under the guidance of skilled and caring teaching artists and a team of youth assistants from our Queens Teens program. Family Art Workshops accommodate diverse learners and are accessible to families with children with special needs and English Language Learners. For more information about Family Art Workshops at the Queens Museum please contact Tim Miller, Manager, Family and After School Programs at 718.592.9700 x137 or at tim@queensmuseum.org.

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290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ, United States

The Clay Pot is a unique pottery studio where Imagination and Creativity Come Together. We are a friendly, fun, and fully functional pottery studio offering classes and hosting of group events and parties. We welcome painting walk-ins, children and families, serious students, or just people who want to dive into the imaginative world of clay creation.

The Clay Pot is the dream of potter Martin Talavera and is a family run studio located in Spotswood, New Jersey. Our doors opened in 2008 and since that first day the studio has grown with the support of staff, students, and the local community. Our studio gift shop features finished pieces by Martin Talavera and resident artists. We also offer gift certificates for classes and lessons—a perfect birthday or holiday gift for all those budding artists out there. We do not currently offer phone or internet bookings.

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Classes and more…

Whether it is wheel thrown, hand built, or painting unfinished original and handmade pieces, our experienced staff can assist you in bringing your ideas to life. We pride ourselves on handmade and original pieces and ideas.

From throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, to sculpture and freeform design, The Clay Pot has the right class for you. Walk-in pottery painting welcomed with no appointment necessary.

All our prices are inclusive—there are never sitting or firing fees. All classes and lessons include tools, clay, glaze, and firing of finished pieces.

Outings at The Clay Pot are a fun way for groups, friends, or co-workers to share creative experiences and to learn about the art of pottery. Scout troops, summer camps, and schools can have their groups come and paint. Friends or co-workers can get together for a relaxing evening of creativity. There are hundreds of items available to paint—plates, mugs, plaques, figurines, and more!

Field trips last an hour.

Group outings are available Monday thru Friday during our studio hours.

Prices vary depending on the size of the groups and items chosen to paint. You pick the price and we offer ideas to fit your budget, such as plates, bowls, small vases, cups/mugs, and more. Reserve a date today! A non-refundable $25  registration fee is required. No internet or telephone bookings. A live wheel demonstration may be added for $25.00.

An unfinished plaque on display at The Clay Pot, Pottery STudio

Painting Craft Ideas

  • Wedding Favors: Get together to paint gifts for your wedding, picture frames, plaques, vases…
  • Showers: Bridal or baby, celebrate your shower with us and paint a unique keepsake items, figurines, picture frames, vases, bowls…
  • Holidays: Celebrate the holidays by painting unique items such as ornaments, jack-o-lanterns, plaques, bowls, mugs…
  • Personalized Gifts for family or friends: vases, plaques, figurines…
  • Just Because: You don’t have to have a theme or reason to get together—any unfinished piece displayed in our studio can become a personalized keepsake!

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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, United States

Shelburne Museum is a must visit location for School Groups of all Grades and ages. The museum  offers a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts. The collections are housed in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.

The Museum’s collections, educational programs for School Groups and teachers, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.

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Shelburne Museum for Parents and Families

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Families and kids are always welcome at Shelburne Museum! Look for Webby when you visit the Museum. You’ll find him wherever there are activities and programs for families and children.

Family Days

Join us for special Family Days throughout the 2014 season. Each event offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days for the 2014 Spring/Summer Season are currently in development. Stay tuned for engaging and educational programs devoted to fun for all ages!

Owl Cottage Activity Center 

Owl Cottage Activity Center offers visitors a chance to take a break and relax during their Museum visit. Guests can read books or explore toys and games inspired by the Museum’s collections. We invite visitors to join us for our weekly Story Time with Webby.

Smart Series

Shelburne Museum now offers specialized art-themed programming year round! Programs are geared toward families but all are welcome.

SMArt: Kids-Ordinary to Extraordinary

1-4 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 Inspired by activities found on the social networking site Pinterest™  and the exhibition John Bisbee New Blooms. Participate in an afternoon of extraordinary art-making using ordinary materials.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-I Heart Art1-4 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sample tasty treats and create your own heart inspired jewelry. For the young, and young at heart.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Flicks-Muppet Mania

Join us as we celebrate all things Muppets. From viewing the Muppet Movie to making sock puppets, it’s not easy being green but we will do our best. The new Muppet Movie opens March 14.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-EGG-STREME Spring

 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014

Art Safari 

Art Safari programs are Museum adventures specifically designed for 3 to 5-year old visitors with an adult companion. Each month we explore a part of the Museum collection through imaginative play and then roll up our sleeves for a hands-on art activity in Owl Cottage. May through August, stay on for Story Time with Webby at 10:30 a.m.

All programs have a capacity of ten children. We kindly ask that no children younger than three attend so that you and your preschooler can fully engage in the activities. Registration is by mail on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download a registration form.

Arts on the Go

From  mid-June to mid-August our bright blue Art on the Go are stationed in exhibitions and filled with art supplies, games, activities, and books. Look for the carts again during the 2013 season for new art activities and learning opportunities.

 Dive in with Webby 

Keep your eye out around the grounds for Webby–the icon for family-friendly activities in and around the Museum’s galleries and grounds. “Dive in with Webby” cards in many of our exhibition buildings guide visitors of all ages in interactive explorations of Museum collections.

 Daily Demonstrations

Demonstrations will resume May 11, 2014

Visitors can gain insight into America’s craft and cultural heritage at three demonstration sites: the Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, and Weaving Shop.

Blacksmith Shop

Visit the Blacksmith Shop to see demonstrations of how early 20th-century blacksmiths practiced their trade. The Blacksmith Shop also houses a collection of 19th and 20th-century blacksmithing and wheelwrighting tools.

Print Shop

The Print Shop features letterpress printing demonstrations that highlight changes in printing technology through the 19th and mid-20th centuries. Museum printers work at a range of presses, from the manual acorn press to the automated Heidelberg press.

Weaving Shop

Visitors to the Weaving Shop can learn about the processing of wool and linen into finished cloth. Museum weavers work on spinning wheels, two barn-frame looms, and a rare 1890s Jacquard Loom.

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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY, United States

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum located in the heart of New York City. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The MET currently represents in their permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of AfricanAsianOceanicByzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met’s galleries.

The Met currently has a global scope of its collections and extends across the world through a variety of initiatives and programs,  including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

The Museum offers a variety of programs designed for K–12 educators that explore objects in the Museum’s collections, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, and methods for teaching with objects. Students and teachers may explore the collection with a Museum staff member, who leads discussions and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking in response to original works of art. Tours are appropriate for the group’s grade, level of ability, and subject of interest. Guided tours are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour.

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The Met has so much to offer kids and their families. Have fun together in the Museum and online!


Family Map and Guides

Family Map

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How well do you know the Met? To find out, download our kid-friendly map or pick it up at the Information Desks when you visit.

Family Guides

Family Guides

Read all about it! Special guides show kids visiting the Museum how to hunt for details and learn fun facts about the collection. Download a guide before your visit, or pick one up for free at the Information Desks.

More for Kids and Families

Family Programs

Families

Explore art in the Museum in free drop-in programs for kids ages 18 months–12 years together with their adult companions.

Suggested Itineraries

Wheat Field with Cypresses

Choose one of our suggested itineraries to help you navigate the thousands of works on view at the Met.

Family Audio Guide

Family Audio Guide

Ideal for children six through twelve years of age and their families, this specially designed program includes easy-to-follow tours throughout the Museum’s permanent collection.

Nolen Library in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Nolen Library

Nolen Library is open to all Museum visitors and welcomes readers of all ages to consult a wide range of materials about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and the history of art.

Family Programs at The Cloisters

Family Program at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

The Metropolitan’s branch dedicated to medieval art in northern Manhattan is a great place to visit with children!

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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States
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(603) 271-7832

Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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Discovery Center in New Hampshire

Family Trips

Natives and Visitors alike are in for an experience like no other! Each year thousands of all ages visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, from individuals to families! We offer exciting programs for all ages ranging from Super Stellar Friday workshop series to Aerospacefest – our annual aerospace festival – to a workshop called Little Explorers for 3-4 year olds to aviation ground school. There is something for everyone at the Discovery Center. Explore the exhibits, journey through space in the Planetarium theater or come and discover a universe outside in the Observatory! We welcome you and yours to the Discovery Center on your visit to New Hampshire and discover a whole world that exists beyond ours! 

Educational and Exploration Programs Available at the Discovery Center

Discovery Center Exhibits

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center offers a variety of exhibits that are designed to your next families visit a memorable one. With interactive and multi-sensory exhibits your your family on their next outing will discover a world outside of Earth. A visit to the  Discovery Center is sure to stimulate and add to the learning the environment in the classroom and outside. Find more information on all exhibits on display the Discovery Center in New Hampshire Here!

Planetarium Shows

Planetarium Shows at the Discovery Center run approximately 40-45 Minutes. 

Planetarium Shows

Calendar of Planetarium Shows

Discovery Center Observatory

Come and experience a wonder of its at the Discovery Center in New Hampshire with a visit to the Observatory. Open Thu-Sun 1-4 PM and the 1st & 2nd Friday evenings of the month from 6:30-9 PM, the observatory is your gateway to the stars. You and your Family will experience the thrill of bringing faraway moons, planets, nebulae, clusters, galaxies etc. right into view, up close and personal. The observatory offers a first hand experience  opportunity to see first hand real objects in the day and night skies.

Birthday Parties and Private Events

Looking to hosting an unforgettable event that will wow your guests or your child’s next Birthday Party? Look no further the booking your next event the Discovery Center in New Hampshire. You have the choice of booking just a single room to the whole center overnight. You and your guests can have an all exclusive access to exhibit halls, conference room, function room, Unitil Program Center, observatory, and state-of-the-art planetarium theater.

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Overnight Programs

Enjoy an evening under the stars with an Overnight Adventure! The program includes guided exhibit exploration, hands-on activities, planetarium show, evening snack, and visit to the observatory featuring telescope viewing (weather permitting).

Check-in time is 6 PM; check-out time is 9:30 AM. Enjoy a light breakfast in the morning and visit the Science Store! Everyone receives a special Overnight Adventure patch!

Most Overnight Adventures are scheduled from Saturday night to Sunday morning. We also have some Friday night to Saturday morning availability, and other days may be available upon request.

Download our Overnight Adventure Mission Plan for a packing list and event schedule. Call 271-7827 x0 to make your reservation today!

Workshops

The Discovery Center offers workshops ranging anywhere from the age of 3 to adults. Come in an discover our Little explorers workshop or Rocketeers. Our workshops are designed to encourage learning in and outside the classroom in the subject of Science and Space exploration.

Complete List of Workshops available

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States

Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.

Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.

The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.

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Asides from the normal visit at the Aquarium and checking out the IMAX theater at Norwalk, the Maritime Aquarium offers many great programs suitable for children and families. Take a look below at all the fun and interesting things that the aquarium has to offer.

Study Cruises onto Long Island Sound

Cruise out with us aboard the research vessel Oceanic for thrilling explorations of the Sound’s marine life: with a variety of animals brought up right onto the boat (April-October) or to look for some of the seals & waterfowl that winter in the Sound (December-April).  Details …

Creature Encounter (11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays)

Meet one of our beautiful Diamondback Terrapins and learn what you can do to help protect Long Island Sound. Their lovely blue skin offers a hue rarely found in the animal world.

FREE with Aquarium admission.

Animal Embassy Programs (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on selected days)

Stamford-based Animal Embassy will present some of their live “animal ambassadors” in guided hands-on introductions. Children (and adults!) will be able to touch and even hold select animals while learning about their appearances, behaviors, adaptations and habitats, as well as the conservation issues they face. FREE with Aquarium admission. • Sometime in October

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Would you jump into a tank of water filled with 6- and 7-foot sharks? Actually, it can be done – bloodlessly – because sharks aren’t really the aggressive man-eaters of popular myth. Come see for yourself when The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team spends some quality time among the sand tiger sharks, lemon shark and other creatures of the 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit. Thanks to a cool communication link, you can even talk with the divers while they’re in the exhibit with the sharks! They’ll tell you that sharks should be respected … but not feared. (You also can talk to the divers before they go in the water between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on “dive days.”) FREE with Aquarium admission.

“Behind-the-Scenes Tours” (On the third Saturday of every month, at 8:15 a.m.)

Operating the aquarium is an complicated production that must satisfy more than 1,000 animals with varying requirements for food, water temperatures and salinities, and more. See how it’s all done when you visit our jellyfish “nursery” and the “fish kitchen,” where meals for our residents are prepared. We’ll go above the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, where you can look down on the sharks in their 110,000-gallon tank … and even toss in some fish for them to eat! And feel the tickle as you hand-feed the cow-nosed rays!

Participants must be 10 years and older. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. “Behind-the-Scenes Tours” cost $32.50 for non-members ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and include Aquarium admission at 10 a.m. There is a maximum of 25 people per tour. Advance reservations strongly recommended. Walk-up sales are accepted.

For reservations, Purchase tickets online (click on the date you wish to come) or call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Space is limited.

Aquarium Cruises

The Maritime Aquarium offers two study cruise programs onto Long Island Sound. These are available to the public and also to schools/summer camps as charters.

Marine Life Study Cruise:

Offered from May 5 through October

Public schedule: 1 p.m. Saturdays May 5-June 30 and then at 1 p.m. daily in July & August. Also on Saturdays in September & October.

Study marine biodiversity from the water’s surface down to the bottom for a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound’s interdependent marine life. Students utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, biodredge, mud grab and otter trawl that may bring up fish, crabs, lobsters, sea stars and more. A video microscope and touch tank onboard enhance observations. Passengers must be over 42″ tall. Capacity: 29. Cost: $20.50 per person. ($18.50 for Aquarium members)

Purchase your tickets now!

Happy Birthday!

Maritime Aquarium Birthday Parties

Spend your child’s special day at The Maritime Aquarium with a wild cast of characters including seals, sharks, otters, turtles, jellies and more! We’ll help you throw a party for your child with the excitement only the Aquarium can provide. Birthday packages for ages 4 – 12. We can also host Birthday parties for older kids and adults including IMAX movies, tours and more. Just ask us to design a party for you. In-house catering available for more lavish affairs.

What Happens At A Maritime Aquarium Birthday Party?

After your guests arrive and select an aquatic critter name tag we will lead you through the Aquarium paying special attention to animal demonstrations, feeding times and of course the celebrant’s favorite animals! Take a break for cake and refreshments before enjoying the rest of the Aquarium’s special exhibits.  The guest of honor goes home with a gift from The Maritime Aquarium that only a birthday party child can receive…showing that you “seal-a-brated” your birthday at The Maritime Aquarium.

Download the pdfBirthday Party Brochure

To schedule your child’s birthday party please call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 or e-mail reservations@maritimeaquarium.org.

Traveling Birthday Parties

“Crabs and Critters” Come to You!

Invite some crabs and other critters from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk into your home for a birthday party your kids and guests are sure to remember. They will have a great time, get to touch the animals, and will learn something too. It is a face-to-face close encounter they will enjoy and remember.

Our 45-minute traveling birthday party program is for groups up to 25, ages 4 to 12; we leave a crab craft as a gift for each party guest.

(There is an additional fee for travel outside a 20-mile radius of the Aquarium.)

Download the pdfTraveling Birthday Party Brochure

Call Reservations: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, to book your Traveling Birthday Party!

Goodie Bags and Party Stuff

Goodie bags and party favors are available for birthday parties. Orders can be placed by calling the gift shop at (203)852-0700, ext. 2236.

Sleepovers at the Maritime Aquarium

Imagine falling asleep as jellies float next to you and seals lounge on the rocks a few feet away! That’s what you’ll experience during your group sleepover at The Maritime Aquarium.

What Goes on at a Maritime Aquarium Sleepover?

After check-in at 6:15 pm and a light dinner, we’ll fill your groups evening with a fun and fact filled guided tour of the Aquarium, “aquatic games”, snacks, and crafts. Lights are out at 11:15 pm!

Breakfast the next morning is at 7:30 a.m., followed by a private seal show and an IMAX movie. Visit the Gift Shop at 9:30 am, and you’ll be on your way home by 10 a.m. Every child leaves with a customized program patch.

Download the pdfOvernight Brochure

To learn how you can help with fun activities such as sleepovers, email volunteers@maritimeaquarium.org.

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240 Main Street, Goshen, NY, United States

This unique and educational museum offers something you are not likely to find elsewhere: the history of Harness Racing. A popular event these days, harness racing has been hailed as the original Great American Pastime.

Housed in a beautifully restored gentleman’s stable, the Museum features exhibits of antique sulkies and sleighs, trophies, lifelike statuary, paintings, Currier & Ives prints, and more. And a realistic 3-D Harness Racing Simulator gets the blood flowing!

Follow the trail of Hambletonian, one of the most famous horses in harness racing. This lucky guy made his name not by racing — he was raced only once — but by siring over 1,300 foals. He was a champion, and Hambletonian blood dominated the breed of trotting and pacing horses and continues to do so today. The Hambletonian Stake, first raced in 1926 at the New York State Fair, has remained one of the sport’s premiere events and today is run at the Meadowlands for a purse exceeding one million dollars.

Individuals and families will enjoy this museum, as as well as the special events that take place here throughout the year. Visitors to the Museum will also want to visit neighboring Historic Track, the world’s oldest track, where horses and their trainers can be seen working out. Special races are held here, and those interested should call for details.

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Harness Racing and Hall of Fame for Parents and Families

Harness Museum Birthday Parties

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has a wonderful Birthday Party Program for Kids!

We take a hands on approach to a fun and educational experience.

 Our two-hour package includes set-up, cake, beverage, decorations (including helium balloons), paper goods, party favors and clean-up.

Our friendly staff members conduct each party and are on hand for any questions.
Every party also includes a brief tour of the museum and a ride on the
WORLD’S ONLY 3-D HARNESS RACING SIMULATOR
, as well as a bit of  HORSING AROUND GAMES AND CRAFTS.

THE BEST PART IS…WE DO ALL THE WORK 

$150 FOR UP TO TEN CHILDREN

$10 EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD

Maximum of 20 children

For more information contact us at

(845) 294-6330

General Information

Education Department

Education@harnessmuseum.com

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