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For reservations, call 212.847.9740 or email
No reservations are necessary for Saturday Morning Storytelling.

The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center is closed Sunday, August 23 through Saturday, September 5, 2015. Regular hours resume Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Upcoming Kids & Family Programs

The Wink of an Eye
KolKo ink.

Saturday, September 26, 1 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members) | Ages 4 – 9

The Wink of an Eye – KolKo ink.

KolKo ink. presents a playful contemporary dance performance where curiosity and imagination rule. In the blink of an eye a fly becomes a small ant and balloons an entire forest filled with boring birds and other imaginary friends.

Following the performance, children can join members of the company to participate in a 15-minute workshop that builds on imagination and interpretation skills to encourage creativity in everyday life.

About KolKo ink.

Established in 2009 Sweden's KolKo ink. is a non-profit organization where pedagogy meets art – uniting teachers, project leaders, and dancers. Five of its six members hold degrees in Dance Pedagogy from the School of Dance and Circus (DOCH) at the Stockholm University of the Arts, in addition to teaching degrees from Karlstad University.

KolKo's goal is to spread the joy of dance through performances, workshops, and training, with a future goal of establishing a dance education program.

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Upcoming Kids & Families Series

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Weekly Workshops for Kids

Starting September 9, 2015 | Series continues fall 2015 & winter 2016
Wednesdays, 11 am: Ages toddler+ | Wednesdays, 3 pm: Ages 4 – 8
$7 ASF Members with Children’s 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 fun Nordic themes of the day.

Weekly Workshops for Kids

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

Puppet Playtime
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Puppet Playtime

Thursdays, 11 am: October 1 & October 22, 2015 | Series continues fall 2015
Free for ASF Members with Children’s Center pass only | Ages toddler+

Join professional puppeteer Nicola McEldowney and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games. From Nordic-themed stories 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 Storytelling
with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturday, October 3, 11 am | Series continues fall 2015 & winter 2016
Free | Ages 5+

Some of New York’s most famous storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life exciting fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.

Saturday Morning StorytellingThe Invisible Child & Other Tales

October 3

Melissa Heckler and Therese Folkes-Plair open the Saturday Morning Storytelling season with a funny tale from Tove Jansson’s Moomins series, plus some sea nymph stories.

About the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center

Since 1957, on Saturdays during the summer, New York City’s children have clustered around the Hans Christian Andersen statue near Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his and others’ fairytales, folk stories, and stories told by a dedicated group of professional storytellers.

The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is a New York not-for-profit corporation that administrates and sponsors these weekly storytelling sessions, as well as other storytelling outreach and school programs in New York City.

In 1998 the Storytelling Center was honored to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Prize from the Hans Christian Andersen Priskomite of Odense, Denmark – Andersen’s birthplace in 1804. In 1999 the Lord Mayor of Odense visited the Storytelling Center. The program celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2006.

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

Scandinavian Sing-Along

Saturday, October 3, 1 pm | Series continues fall 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, lively arrangements. Come prepared to move, dance, 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.

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Capturing the Art of Mystery
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators

Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm: October 17, October, 24, & October 31, 2015 | Series continues fall 2015
$12 ($10 ASF Members) | Ages 6 – 11

Capturing the Art of Mystery
Exhibition Workshops with Art EducatorsVilhelm Hammershøi's paintings of landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, and the rooms of his small, sunlight-filled apartment have always seemed mysterious. As in the past, the workshops begin in the Gallery, with observation and drawing from the artist's work. With their sketches as inspiration, children then create their own actual or imagined places using collage, gouache, watercolor, and charcoal.

About the art educators

Dr. Amy Brook Snider chaired the Art and Design Education Department at Pratt Institute for 30 years while also consulting in arts education. As Chair, she received grants for a number of educational programs promoting art, poetry, and design. In 2012, she stepped down as Chair, teaching undergraduate and graduate students until January 2015 when she decided to concentrate on her work as an educational consultant. Her 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.

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 Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark in UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS section.

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The Heimbold Family Children’s
Playing and Learning Center

Open to the public, space permitting: Saturday, 12 – 5 pm | $15/child
Free and open to ASF Members with a Children's Center pass: Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
Ages toddler+ | Please note that children must be walking on their own to be admitted.

Incorporating inspirations from early childhood education centers in Scandinavia into this premier indoor learning and play space in New York, The Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning 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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