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

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React! Exploring and Responding to New York
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators

Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, October 18 through November 22, 2014
$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $60 ($50 ASF Members) | Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged | #IcelandArt

React! Exploring and Responding to New York
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators Motivated by ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place, children will represent their own “places” and spaces in New York City. Utilizing a variety of media, they will respond to the light and darkness, sounds and silence, construction and destruction, movement and stillness of the city's diverse neighborhoods.

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.

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 children.

Exhibition-related children’s programming was supported in part by a grant from The Sonja Foundation.

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See also ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place in EXHIBITIONS section.

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Upcoming Kids & Families Programs

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Marmalade!
Claire Parsons Co.

Friday, October 24, 10 am & 11:30 am & Saturday, October 25, 10 am & 11:30 am
$10 ($7 ASF Members) | Recommended ages 2 – 6

Marmalade!Choreographed by Claire Parsons (Sweden, 2013) with music by Mikael Svanevik (Sweden). A delicious sensory performance about meeting, mixing, and blending! Alongside Mira (Mira Björkman) and Viktor (Viktor Gyllenberg), young audiences experience an exquisite visual performance of pictorial and tactile poetic movements and circus activities.
30 min.

About Claire Parsons Co.

Claire Parsons’ dance works are playfully elegant, blending comedy and emotions in a particular and physically exciting look at the world. In the past she has choreographed opera and theater works; since 2005, Parsons has dedicated herself to creating high-quality stage works for young audiences.

Parsons’ work is acclaimed as visually exquisite, poetic, and dynamic, communicating directly with audiences. Marmalade! is the choreographer’s first dance production for young children and premiered at Zebradans in 2013. It has since been performed over 100 times in Sweden and in the U.S. In 2014 Parsons received the Stockholm Cultural Award from the City of Stockholm.

Marmalade! is supported in part by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. Claire Parsons Co. is supported by The Swedish Arts Council and The Stockholm Cultural Council, with additional support from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

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Swedish Christmas Children’s Workshop

Swedish Christmas Children’s WorkshopSaturday, December 6, 1 – 3 pm
$12 ($10 ASF Members) | Reservations & advance payment are required
Please RSVP to event_reservation@amscan.org or 212.847.9740 by Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Ages 5 – 10

Children and their parents/caretakers can experience how Swedes prepare for Christmas in this customary julpysseldag (Christmas craft day). Kids learn the secrets of making traditional holiday crafts like woven hearts, yarn tomtar, and paper angels, and experience a brief, candlelit Saint Lucia procession.

This workshop is supported by SVEA.

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Upcoming Kids & Families Series

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Crafts with Korka & TinnaCrafts with Korka & Tinna

Wednesdays @ 11 am, September 3 through
December 17, 2014
$7 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 Korka and Tinna from the Heimbold Family Children's Playing and Learning Center.

Activities and crafts are subject to change. Please call ahead for more information.

Weekly Workshops for Bigger Kids
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Weekly Workshops for Bigger Kids

Wednesdays @ 3 pm, September 3 through December 17, 2014
$7 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 Korka and Tinna 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 for more information.

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Puppet Playtime

Puppet Playtime

Thursdays @ 11 am, October 2, October 30, & November 20, 2014
Free for ASF Family Associate and above Members with Playing and Learning Center Pass only | Ages toddler+

Join Nicola McEldowney, professional puppeteer, and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games. From stories with a Nordic theme to group sing-alongs, puppets can inspire all kinds of creative play and adventures of the imagination.

About Nicola McEldowney

Nicola McEldowney is a professional puppeteer, actress, and director. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris. McEldowney thrives on performing for both children and adults, as well as creating her own shows. She is the author of an original musical, Aisle Six, which made its debut at the Players Club of New York City (2011). McEldowney currently performs in the Boston and New York regions.

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Scandinavian Sing-Along

Saturdays @ 1 pm
October 4, November 15, December 13, 2014, & January 17, 2015
$7 ($5 ASF Members) | Ages 1-7

Scandinavian Sing-AlongScandinavia holds a treasure-trove of children’s songs and games. Danish musician Vibe Normann introduces children to English versions of these songs, plays musical games, and performs a selection of songs in modern, jazzy arrangements. Come prepared to move, dance, imagine, and sing your heart out!

About Vibe Normann

Vibe Normann is a Danish musician living in New York with a background in classical and Danish folk music. She has a special love for the Danish children’s songs that she grew up with and has performed all over the Eastern United States.

Saturday Morning StorytellingSaturday Morning Storytelling
with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturdays @ 11 am
October 11, November 8, December 13, 2014, & January 10, 2015
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.

Heroes, Heroines, Trickery, & Laughter

October 11

Julia Morris and Ellen Shapiro tell tales of gnomes, tricksters, and mischief-making folk from Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.

A Feisty Bride, Some Huldufólk, & a Most Incredible Thing

November 8

Regina Ress and Ron Sopyla join forces to tell tales from Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.

Enchanting Holiday Stories

December 13

Rolf Stang and Julie Della Torre are back with delightful holiday stories from Norway and Sweden, including The Legend of the Christmas Rose and Alf Prøysen’s Carpenter Andersen.

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Hildur Queen of the Elves & Other Icelandic Tale

January 10, 2015 | #IcelandArt

An hour of trolls, elves, huldufólk (hidden people), and the folks they meet with Bill Gordh and his banjo.

Exhibition-related children’s programming was supported in part by a grant from The Sonja Foundation.

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See also ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place in EXHIBITIONS section.

Saturday Morning Storytelling at Scandinavia House is made possible in part by support from DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.

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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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