Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s time to look for fun, family-friendly, indoor activities. If your children love art, or if you want to inspire a love of art in them, check out these great opportunities for them to explore their craftier side. Children of all ages can have fun creating anything from paintings to jewelry, and it might just bring out the child in you!
Jewelry Making Workshop: Beads and Baubles
When: December 28; 11:00
Where: Voelker-Orth Museum – 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, NY
Price: $4 Non-members/$3 Members
The drop-in workshops at the Queens Museum give children 5 and up the opportunity to explore and experiment with art materials and themes that can be found in exhibits in the museum. For this installment, kids will use the museum’s famous panorama of New York City to imagine what the city looks like when it’s covered in snow. They will create giant art pieces inspired by what they think happens to the city and the people living in it when a winter storm hits. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and children with special needs are welcome! For more information, call (718) 592-9700 x 137
Also, check out their website to learn more about their Museum Explorer’s Club, which will have a new session beginning January 21st. Children can learn art literacy and create their own artwork related to the various exhibits at the museum. Each group will include up to 6 families affected by autism. You must register one week before each session by calling Jenn at (718) 592-9700 x 130 or emailing: email@example.com
When: December 18 from 1:30-4:30
Where: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Park, Corona
Long Island City Kids and the Bread Box team up for a Holiday Celebration
If you like your crafts to be tasty, check out the holiday party at the Bread Box, hosted by Long Island City Kids. As you and your kids decorate cupcakes, enjoy tasty treats, and get pictures taken with Santa, you will be serenaded by LIC Kids coach Pauline Pisano. She will perform some of her original songs for children as well as some holiday favorites. If you have any questions, you can contact The Bread Box at (718) 389-9700. No registration is required.
When: December 17 from 4:00-6:00
Where: The Bread Box: 47-11 11th St., Long Island City
Art for Tots – Ages 2-4 and Art for Families – Ages 5-11
The Art for Tots and Art for Families programs are a wonderful place to introduce your little ones to art. For both workshops, time is split between time in the studio working on an art project and time in the gallery. What they do in the studio is related to what they should look for in the gallery, and families are given a worksheet to fill out as they explore. An instructor circulates and engages families in discussion about what they see, though for the tots the focus is a bit more on families working on their own. Classes fill up quickly (classes for May are usually full by the end of January), so if you are interested, sign up as soon as registration begins. This would be a great gift for children who are interested in art! You can check out their schedule now on their website. For more information or to register, you can call (718) 204-7088 ext. 203 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a drop-in program the first Sunday of every month (except January). The schedule is also on their website.
When: Register on 12/22 for classes on various dates from January through May
Where: The Noguchi Museum – 32-37 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
Price: $5 for families with up to 6 members