WWII & NYC: December School Vacation Week

Fun activities all week long!

Thu, December 27th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri, December 28th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat, December 29th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun, December 30th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue, January 1st, 2013 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – December 30, 2012, Tuesday, January 1, 2013

At the Kids’ Table: How the Kitchen Has Changed

Sarah Lohman

RSVP required

Sat, January 12th, 2013 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How The Kitchen Has Changed

Saturday, January 12th 2-4 pm
What does eighteenth-century Tupperware look like? How about a nineteenth-century toaster? In this program, you'll go on a family scavenger hunt in the New-York Historical Society to uncover the kitchens of the past. Then we'll cook together, making cinnamon toast from SCRATCH—everything from grinding the sugar to making butter by hand! You'll find out how much the kitchen has changed from 1813...to 1913...to 2013!

Hoops to Halo: Centuries of Games Kids Play

Workshop size is limited, please make a reservation at dchm@nyhistory.org.

Sun, June 17th, 2012 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Celebrate Father’s Day with a special family workshop all about games – parents and kids learn about historical games and build their own video game prototypes. A New-York Historical Society educator will lead families with children between ages 7-12 through galleries and behind-the-scenes to view different toys and games in the collection.

Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction of the Civil War

Two-day workshop for young writers ages 8-14

Tue, March 20th, 2012 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed, March 21st, 2012 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum are proud to host a young writers workshop in partnership with Writopia Lab, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that has led workshops for kids ages 8 to 18 since 2007. This unique Historical Fiction Writing workshop will be co-facilitated by a New-York Historical Society educator, who will introduce the writers to many different themes related to the Civil War.

Artistic Detectives

Free with Museum Admission, for ages 5 - 9

Sat, May 5th, 2012 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat, June 2nd, 2012 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Every first Saturday!

Look, imagine, draw and create! Families explore history through art making in this educator-led gallery and studio program. Participants will be inspired by different paintings in the galleries and will then create their own personal masterpieces. Space is limited to the first thirty participants. Recommended for ages 5 - 9.


Sunday Story Hour: The Lonely Phone Booth

 Free with Museum admission

Sun, March 11th, 2012 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Can you imagine a world before cell phones? The phone booth at West End Avenue and 100th Street does. Learn how a phone booth can save the day.

Free with Museum admission.

Sunday Story Hour: Elizabeth Leads the Way

Free with Museum admission

Sun, March 4th, 2012 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn about one woman who stood up for what she believed in and paved the way for women voters.


Cornelia van Varick (1692-1733)


She was a daughter of the Margrieta van Varick, a textile merchant in seventeenth-century New Amsterdam, and grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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Cornelia van Varick was a Dutch girl who lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, around 1700. A great deal is known about her household and family because when her widowed mother died, executors compiled an estate inventory that still survives.


About the DiMenna Children's History Museum


Explore 300 years of New York and American history through the eyes and lives of children of the past!

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The DiMenna Children's History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations targeted for children 8-13 and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children and preteens.


Sunday Story Hour: Emma's Poem

Free with museum admission.

Sun, March 25th, 2012 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How did a Jewish girl from New York City get her poem etched onto the Statue of Liberty? Hear the story of Emma Lazarus and discover the inspiration for her famous poem, "The New Colossus."

Free with museum admission.

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