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

Upcoming Kids & Families Programs

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Swedish Christmas Children’s Workshop

Saturday, December 6, 1 – 3 pm
$12 ($10 ASF Members) | Reservations & advance payment are required
Sold out. Please email event_reservation@amscan.org or call 212.847.9740 to be placed on a waitlist
Ages 5 – 10

Swedish Christmas Children’s WorkshopChildren 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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Weekly Workshops for Bigger KidsWeekly Workshops for Kids

Wednesdays @ 11 am for ages toddler+ &
Wednesdays @ 3 pm for ages 4 – 8
Through December 17, 2014 | Series resumes
January 7, 2015
$7 ASF Family Associate and above Members with Playing and Learning Center Pass only

Toddlers can put their eager little hands and curious minds into Nordic themes and materials in new installments of morning workshops in the Heimbold Family Children's Playing and Learning Center. And later in the day, bigger kids, ages 4 – 8, can play and get creative 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.

Puppet Playtime
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Puppet Playtime

Thursdays @ 11 am, December 4, 2014, January 15, February 5, & February 26, 2015
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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Saturday Morning StorytellingSaturday Morning Storytelling
with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturdays @ 11 am, December 13, 2014, January 10, & February 7, 2015 | Series continues spring 2015
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.

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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 | #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 is supported in part by a grant from The Sonja Foundation.

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

The Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Nimble Nordic Tales

February 7

LuAnn Adams and Navida Stein tell tales of terrible trolls, a feisty fox and a bullying bear, the Norwegian Cinderella, Katie Woodencloak, and an Emperor who may or may not be wearing new clothes.

Scandinavian Sing-Along

Saturdays @ 1 pm, December 13, 2014, January 17, & February 7, 2015 | Series continues spring 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!

Danish jazz pianist Nikolaj Hess will accompany Normann.

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.

About Nikolaj Hess

Nikolaj Hess is a New York/Denmark-based pianist, composer, producer, and arranger with more than 100 releases as a bandleader, composer, and producer.

Hess is especially known for works with Nikolaj Hess Trio, Marc Mommaas, Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab, Caroline Hendersen, Hess is More, and Etta Cameron. He has played and recorded with a long list of international jazz legends in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Asia, including Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, Fela Kuti, Greg Hutchinson, Chris Cheek, and Hall Willner. Hess has also composed music for films, including Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia (2011) and Meeres Stille by Juliane Fezer (2013).

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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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Transform! Where Tradition meets Tomorrow
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators

Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, January 31 through March 21, 2015 (No workshop on February 14)
$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $60 ($50 ASF Members) | Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged | #VirtualVoyage

Children will devise ways to respond to and represent the ideas behind the video and multimedia works on view in Voyage to the Virtual using traditional materials and techniques found in printmaking, painting, and collage. Completed pieces will be photographed and projected onto objects and surfaces as children experiment with new and unusual methods of displaying artwork.

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.

See also Voyage to the Virtual in EXHIBITIONS section.

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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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