Special Event: March School Vacation Week

It’s Passover, it’s Easter, and it’s Spring Break! More importantly, this means NO SCHOOL this week!!!

But how are you going to keep busy here in the city? Well, we have a lot of interesting things to choose from at the New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum for March School Vacation Week.

SCAVENGER HUNTS

We developed two hunts in celebration of Women’s History Month—one for the DiMenna Children’s History Museum and one that takes you and your family all over the Museum. These are going to be tricky! For instance, would you know who was nicknamed “The Swedish Songbird” or what famous dancer performed at the Negro Freedom Rallies? Prizes for participants who finish their hunt!

Do you know who this is?

 

AUDUBON SKETCHING

John James Audubon changed the way we think about nature and the environment. He painted birds in an incredibly realistic manner, letting us in on little secrets about their behaviors. He was an artist and an ornithologist. We will have the opportunity to view some of these paintings with pencils and paper in hand. Learn a little about the exhibitionand the work of Audubon and then create your own sketches from his pieces.

Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), Havell plate no. 62, 1824,John James Audubon
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.62

 

FLYING BIRDS

We’re in such a bird-mood these days that we thought we’d share some more with you! Come fly your own paper bird airplanes through our target in the sky. We have three different birds for you to try—the Northern Cardinal, the Savannah Sparrow and the Wild Quaker Parrot of Brooklyn (really!).

WWII PLANE SPOTTING BINGO

Yes, more things flying in the air. Spotting planes was an important civic duty during WWII. Governments wanted civilians to look up in the sky and be able to identify whether the planes were friendly or not. We’re going to do some spotting on our own, playing bingo in the process. Prizes for winners!

F6F Hellcat

March School Vacation Week runs from March 23-24 and from March 26-31.

SCAVENGER HUNT: CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY!

10 am – 6 pm; ages 7 and up

FAMILY SKETCHING IN AUDUBON’S AVIARY

1 and 3 pm; ages 6-10

FLYING BIRDS

11 am – 4 pm; all ages

WWII PLANE SPOTTING BINGO

2 pm; ages 6 and up

AND…Don’t forget to come hear AVI speak about Sophia’s War and other books he wrote! He’ll be in the auditorium at 12:30 pm this Sunday, March 24th.

All activities and events are free with Museum admission.

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