Special Events For Families During WWII & NYC opening weekend!

On October 5, our exhibition WWII & NYC, about the impact of World War II on the city, will be opening, and we have a bunch of family activities in place to celebrate!

Photo credit: Reed George

Cut Loose and Dance!
The weekend kicks off with a trip back in time on the dance floor. The award-winning dance education company, Dancing Classrooms, will sweep you and your parents off your feet. Bring your dancing shoes and try out favorite wartime dances – such as the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug. Lessons are at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 Friday evening on the second floor of the museum.

Walk In My Shoes
Leave some time to explore the new exhibit with family guides designed to let you walk in the shoes of three different New Yorkers during World War II. Guides will be available at the admissions desk throughout the entire run of the exhibition.

Wartime Birthday Cake
Come be a birthday cake taste tester on Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 pm in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. See a WWII ration book up close to see (and taste) the choices families had to make about shopping, rationing, and cooking during WWII.

Living History Days
History comes alive for the whole family all day on Saturday and Sunday. Who were the brave men and women who helped ensure the Allies’ victory in World War II? What are their stories? Engage with our visiting re-enactors honoring the Allied troops who fought courageously during the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history. Saturday’s group will portray various units that participated in the European theater of operations and Sunday’s group will portray Pacific theater units.

Sunday Story Hour: One Thousand Tracings by Lita Judge
While some fought battles in the war, others fought to keep families alive. Be inspired by a young girl’s determination to help others while her father fought in World War II. Story Hour is recommended for children ages 4-8 and takes place in the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s Library on Sunday at 11:30 am.

Victory Belles
Founded in 1941, the USO has played a vital role in boosting morale and patriotism by presenting live entertainment to U.S. armed forces and their families. In the spirit of the meaningful performances that touched countless lives during World War II, the National WWII Museum’s Victory Belles will present two exciting sets of song and dance on Sunday (one at 12 pm and another at 3 pm) in the New-York Historical Society’s Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Join us in saluting the heroes of World War II with an afternoon of music and fun!


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