New York City – Children’s Adventures: 2

Great cities reflect great human talent in the realms of vision, conceptualization and ability to create in the real world. All of these can be natural gifts, but we can also foster them in our children. We do this by sharing with them the wealth of opportunity for self-expression and multi-cultural knowledge embodied in the Arts.

New York City is alive with artistic expression and your children can be given a great gift if you share many different art forms with them on your New York visit, whether it’s just for a few hours or for longer workshops.

Children’s Museum of the Arts was founded in SoHo, October 1988, by Kathleen Schneider. SoHo has always been famous as an artsy area of NYC, as has Greenwich Village. It’s one of the oldest children’s art museums in the world. The Museum has an artist-in-residence format wherein teaching artists work directly with children and their families.

At CMA, children and families have access to the creative tools to promote self-expression and self-esteem through the visual and performing arts. It is important to be in an environment which honors the artist in every child. This museum is dedicated to that principle by hands-on art programs taught by trained, working artists and through their on-going collection and exhibition of children’s art.

For young children: Wee-Arts Early Childhood Drop-In Class:
any Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday 10:45am -12pm.
No reservation required! Admission: $22 / family.

For Older kids, in summer only:
These are week-long art colonies, running from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Then, children ages 6 to 12 can explore a broad range of visual, performing and media arts. These classes offer great opportunities for both the budding and more advanced artist, and every class is staffed with at least 3 experienced teachers.

A Senior Programs Manager will be on-site at all times. Maximum size is 16 children per class, and these classes use the city — taking a field trips to a museum or gallery relevant to the class’ topic. Classes will also have guest visits from local artists to inform and inspire. The whole summer of art making culminates in an exhibition of selections from the children’s work at CMA.  CMA Summer Art Colony: One-week Classes: $595

The hands-on Children’s Museum of the Arts is at 182 Lafayette Street.
(212) 274-0986
General Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm-5pm, Thursday, 12pm-6pm

Admission: $10/person (1 to 65 years).
Pay as You Wish: Thursday 4 – 6pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts New York

By Subway: 6 to Spring Street; NQRW or JMZ to Canal Street; BDFV to Broadway Lafayette. By Bus: M1 to Centre Street/Broome Street; M6 to Broadway/Broome Street

Prepare some ideas to bring along on your NYC trip:
___ Online Travel art ideas for kids
___ Other ideas: More internet art for your kids at your New York hotel.

___ 1600’s Dutch colonial Dollhouse fun online.

This site from the National Gallery of the Arts will be great for kids to see the type of home that might have existed in early New York City. It requires a fast internet connection; check your hotel has this.

___ Have your own art kit with you at all times, so your children can draw what they see, BUT in art galleries and all museums, only a simple black pencil is allowed — no colored pencils or crayons or marking pens are allowed there, understandably.

Have fun and you’ll make pictures to enjoy your family’s trip to New York City, forever, in a timeless way.

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