Through May 20, 2015
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.
Thursdays @ 11 am,
March 19, April 9, April 30, & May 21, 2015
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.
Saturdays @ 11 am, March 14, April 11, & May 9, 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.
Laura Simms retells fairytales about a giant whose heart is found and a kingdom that is saved by a prince, princess, and a beautiful wolf, a special saga about a witch in a boat of stone, as well as Danish and Norwegian folktales.
Join Melissa Heckler and Therese Folks Plaire for an hour of magical water stories from the rivers to the seas of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.
Robin Bady and Linda Humes tell funny and fantastic tales of giants, trolls, elves, and the other strange folk – large and small – from Nordic folklore.
Saturday Morning Storytelling at Scandinavia House is made possible in part by support from Dewitt Stern Group, Inc.
Saturdays @ 1 pm, March 21 & April 18, 2015
$7 ($5 ASF Members) | Ages 1 – 7
Scandinavia 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).
Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, Through March 21, 2015
$12 ($10 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. From 2012 to 2014, she served as a full professor, teaching, supervising student teachers, and advising thesis students.
She also 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 ChangeCommittee, and served on several committees across schools and departments.
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.
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.
Open to the public, space permitting: 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 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.