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For reservations, call 212.847.9740 or email event_reservation@amscan.org.
No reservations are necessary for Saturday Morning Storytelling.

For comprehensive info on changes – effective January 1, 2013 – to ASF Membership benefits and The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center, visit scandinaviahouse.org/playing_and_learning_center.html.

Upcoming Kids & Family Programs

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That’s What a Princess Does/Så gör prinsessor
Boulevardteatern

Friday, April 25, 11 am & 3 pm
$7 ($5 ASF Members); Ages 4+

That's What a Princess Does

A fairy tale princess is often sweet and fair. Delightful and delicate she awaits her prince. But that’s not what Swedish author Per Gustavsson’s princess does. She goes against prejudices in an imaginative and refreshing way. Yes, her hair is yellow and her dress pink. And yes, she has thousands of shoes, dresses, and pieces of jewelry. But when she’s finished with her morning business and affairs of state, adventure awaits and hockey boys, hooligans, and dragons better look out!

That’s What a Princess Does, by Boulevardteatern in Stockholm, premiered in 2009. The show has been highly praised by critics and press, and has been performed over 500 times on tour in Sweden. It is based on Per Gustavsson’s picture book of the same title.

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Explorations in Light and Dark
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators

Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, March 1 through April 12, 2014
$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $68 ($56 ASF Members); Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged

In a new series of workshops, children will compare paintings by artists like Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer with photographs from Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography to explore how the effects of light – and dark – have been captured and transformed in various art forms over the years. Inspired by what they’ve learned, children will then develop their own compositions using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, printmaking, and collage.

Journeys through Arctic Art and Folk Culture
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators

Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, April 26 through June 14, 2014 – No workshop on Saturday, May 24, 2014
$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $68 ($56 ASF Members); Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged

Inspired by the Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People exhibition and drawing upon the rich art and culture of the Sámi – an indigenous people living in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia’s Kola Peninsula – children will create projects using mixed media, textiles, and natural materials in tandem with stories about Sámi history and folk culture.

About the art educators

Dr. Amy Brook Snider arrived at the Pratt Institute in 1979. She chaired the Art and Design Education Department for 30 years while also working as a consultant in arts education. As Chair, she received grants for a number of programs promoting art, poetry, and design in the education of public school students. In 2012, she re-emerged as a full professor, teaching, supervising student teachers, and advising thesis students.

Brook Snider’s non-traditional approach to the profession is exemplified by the broad range of her interests, i.e., storytelling and children’s picture books, self-taught artists, and the integration of design in art education, to name a few.

She has served as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and as a representative on the Faculty Council and later, the Academic Senate. She was a founding member of the Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change Committee, and served on several committees across schools and departments.

In addition to teaching at Pratt, she has lectured in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain; designed international and American educational programs; published articles; conducted teacher workshops; curated exhibitions; organized national panels and conferences; and advised a public television station, an architectural firm, and private foundations. Brook Snider has also served on the Board of the Beginning with Children Charter School and was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in 2010.

Ingrid Menendez has taught art in public and private schools, after school programs, museums, and at Pratt Institute’s Saturday Art Program for 18 years, acting as a supervisor and master teacher. She has also worked with Studio in a School and the New York City Department of Education, where she developed units for the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Standards. Menendez has shown her work in museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

Caitlin Reller received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the Herberger College of Fine Arts and Design in Tempe, Arizona. Upon graduation she received the Most Outstanding Sculpture Student Award. Reller obtained her Masters in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute in December 2012. She is a co-founder of and teacher for the Small Hands Workshop, an affordable art program for young children in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and child.

Exhibition-related educational programs have been supported in part by Scandinavian Seminar and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

See also Darkness and Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography and Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People in EXHIBITIONS section.

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Kids & Family Program Series

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Crafts with Hildur & KorkaCrafts with Hildur & Korka

Wednesdays @ 11 am
February 5 through May 21, 2014
Series continues in the Fall & Winter 2014-15 season
$5 ASF Family Associate and above Members with Playing and Learning Center Pass only; Ages toddler+

Toddlers can put their eager little hands and curious minds into Nordic themes and materials in new installments of morning workshops led by Hildur and Korka from the Heimbold Family Children's Playing and Learning Center.

Activities and crafts are subject to change. Please call ahead or visit scandinaviahouse.org for more information.

Weekly Workshops for Bigger Kids
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Weekly Workshops for Bigger Kids

Wednesdays @ 3 pm
February 5 through May 21, 2014
Series continues in the Fall & Winter 2014-15 season
$5 ASF Family Associate and above Members with Playing and Learning Center Pass only; Ages 4 – 8

Bigger kids, ages 4 – 8, can play and get creative with Hildur and Korka from the Heimbold Family Children's Playing and Learning Center, working on Nordic themes of the day at fun activity stations based on arts and crafts, literature, blocks and mazes, and more.

Activities and crafts are subject to change. Please call ahead or visit scandinaviahouse.org for more information.

Knitting Club

May 8, 2014, 6 – 7:30 pm
$7 ($5 ASF Members); Ages 10+
Limited enrollment; RSVP required

Meet up with other knitting enthusiasts and share ideas, knowledge, and the love of knitting. No formal tutoring or instructions will be provided. Bring your own projects or start a new one. Scandinavian knitting books will be available to look at for inspiration.

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See also Knitting the Icelandic Way: Part Two in KIDS & FAMILIES section.

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Saturday Morning StorytellingSaturday Morning Storytelling
with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturdays @ 11 am, May 10, 2014
Series continues in the Fall & Winter 2014-15 season
Free; Ages 5+

Some of New York’s most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

Far Away Islands, Deep Forests, & Magical Gardens

May 10

Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee share stories and music from Sweden and Finland.

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The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center

Open to the public: Saturday, 12 – 5 pm; $15/child
Free to ASF Members with a Playing and Learning Center pass
– these Members may only bring guests on Saturday for $10/child
Open to ASF Members with a Playing and Learning Center pass: Tuesday—Friday, 10 am—5 pm
Ages toddler & up. Please note that children must be walking on their own to be admitted

Koko Architecture + Design incorporates inspirations from early childhood education centers in Scandinavia into this premier indoor learning and play space in New York. The re-imagined center integrates the best of Scandinavian design while emphasizing early childhood sensory perception.

The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center

Best Indoor Playspace & Best Play Space
New York Magazine, March 2012
Time Out New York Kids, November 2012

The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center is made possible by the generous support of The Heimbold Foundation/The Honorable Charles A. and Monika Heimbold.

Visit the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center page.

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