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Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Martial Arts
Sunday, February 8, 2:00 pm
According to legend, it was Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, who first taught martial arts to the Chinese people during the Xia Dynasty nearly 4,000 years ago. Today, there are hundreds of different Chinese martial arts styles being practiced by people all around the world. In this workshop, families will be introduced to Shaolin kung fu by an instructor from the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Ages 5 and up. Tickets: $15 (members $10); includes admission to the museum and special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.
Reading Into History: Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Sunday, February 8, 3:00 pm
How can one girl start a completely new life in harsh terrain, in the midst of a foreign war? Author Kirby Larson will join us to discuss her Newbery honor winning book, homesteading in the early 1900s, and the impact of WWI on American society. We’ll also see examples of WWI propaganda posters and real letters from WWI soldiers from our library’s vast collections. Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12. Free with museum admission.
February School Vacation Week: Celebrate President’s Day and Lunar New Year February 14 – 22, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm daily
Celebrate the Lunar New Year through Dance Monday, February 16, 2:00 pm
Chinese Paper Cutting Demonstration
Monday, February 16, 3:00 pm
Learn all about the delicate art of Chinese Paper Cutting, also called Jianzhi (??), during this special demonstration by an instructor from the New York Cultural Center! During Chinese New Year celebrations, paper cuttings in red (a lucky color) are used as decorations. All ages. Free with Museum admission.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year through Dance
Thursday, February 19, 2:00 pm
Come see the students of the National Dance Institute perform both traditional and modern dances inspired by their 2013-2014 curricular theme “China!”. All ages. Free with Museum admission.
Tuesday, February 17 – Friday, February 20, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, March 27, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
What was life like in Colonial New-York? During this four-day history camp at the New-York Historical Society, campers will step back in time to this fascinating era! Led by educators, librarians, conservators and curators, campers will go behind the scenes to learn how museum exhibitions are made; see fascinating artifacts, documents and paintings that are rarely on view to the public; and play fun colonial games! At the end of the week, campers will mount their very own pop-up exhibition on New-York in the 17th and 18th centuries. For current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders only; $500 per camper ($400 per Member camper). For more information, or to register your child for any of this year's camps, please firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-293-9922.
Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte: Buildings that Have Shaped New York City
Saturday, February 28, 2:00 pm
In this Spanish language program, families will examine paintings of New York buildings and will uncover the historical events and everyday lives that have transformed these spaces and our community. Families will also create cut-out paper buildings and develop a story for each floor. Ages 4-10. Free with RSVP (required): e-mail paulina.perera-riveroll@
Tuesdays and Fridays, 3:30 pm
Held in the cozy Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, this program introduces New York and American history to the littlest New Yorkers with age-appropriate themes and engaging hands-on activities. Ages 3-5. Free with Museum admission.
February 3 and 6:: Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
This week we’re celebrating Black History Month and exploring diversity. Children will explore the similarities and differences between a New York boy and his friend in India. Children will then make a people paper chain collage.
February 10 and 13: Abuela by Arthur Dorros
It’s Valentine’s Day this week! We’re celebrating the love we have for our family with this lovely story of a day spent with a wonderful grandmother. Children will then make a love heart necklace.
February 17 and 20: Chinatown by William Low
This week we’re celebrating the Chinese New Year with a closer look at the celebrations around Chinatown. Children will then make a dragon finger puppet.
February 24 and 27: We March by Shane Evans
We’ll be celebrating Black History Month with this beautiful calming story about change and community. Children will then make hanging peace birds.
Thursdays, 3:30 pm
Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross stitchers and younger children will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers and older children and adults can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs—make a handcrafted gift for someone! Ages 7 and up. Free with Museum admission.
Macy’s Sunday Story Time
Sundays, 11:30 am
Families discover New York history through tales of the past. In February, celebrate our Chinese American exhibition with Lunar New Year tales. Ages 4 – 7. Free with Museum admission.
February 1: Sam and the Lucky Money written by Karen Chinn and illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa-Hu
Chinese New Year means red envelopes filled with lucky money and Sam cannot wait to spend his. What will he decide to spend his lucky money on? Sweets to eat? Toys to play with? Or maybe an act of kindness?
February 8: Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
Come learn about all the special traditions involved in welcoming the New Year – from sweeping the old year out of the house to awakening the fearsome dragon!
February 15: The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac written by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Anne Wilson
Ready…set…GO! Thirteen animals have been invited to compete in an epic race by the Jade Emperor to determine the order of the Chinese Zodiac. Who will cross the finish line first?
February 22: A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong and Zhu Cheng-Liang
Chinese New Year is a time for family reunions big and small. Come hear the story of when little Maomao’s father comes home to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year.