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

Upcoming Kids & Families Series

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Weekly Workshops for Kids

Through May 20, 2015
Wednesdays @ 11 am for ages toddler+ & Wednesdays @ 3 pm for ages 4 – 8
$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 for more information.

Puppet Playtime
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Puppet Playtime

Thursdays @ 11 am, March 26, April 9, April 30, & May 21, 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, 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.

The Sea Nymph and Other Water Tales

April 11

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.

The Hop Giant and Other Tales of the North

May 9

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.

Scandinavian Sing-Along

Saturdays @ 1 pm, April 18, 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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exhibitions icon Exhibition-related Kids & Families Series

Transform! Where Tradition meets Tomorrow – Exhibition Workshops with Art EducatorsMaking Multiples
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators

Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, April 18 through May 16, 2015
$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $48 ($40 ASF Members) | Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged | #PrizePrints

Explore the possibilities of printmaking! Following in the footsteps of the Prize Prints artists, children will experiment with printmaking – a process based on making multiples, or copies – and create collographs, monoprints, and block prints.

See also Prize Prints: The Queen Sonja Print Award in EXHIBITIONS section.

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. 

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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 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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