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Family Programs

Bring history to life with hands-on activities and storytelling.

Join us in Waterfront, our new exhibition at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, for our first season of free family programs on the second and last Saturdays of the month through June 2019.

Family programs are free and require preregistration. Use the links to the right and below to sign up for the next family program at BHS DUMBO.

Participate

Our family programs are designed for children ages 4+ and their caregivers. Programs alternate between storytelling and gallery-based activities.

Family programs have timed entry and the activities last for approximately 45–60 minutes, though participants may start or stop at their discretion during their time. Please be courteous to other families regarding this time, as we have limited space with which to do activities.

Storytelling

Join us on the last Saturday of each month for story time with special authors, storytellers and educators, followed by a hands-on workshop to make your own book.

Storytelling

Join us on the last Saturday of each month for story time with special authors, storytellers and educators, followed by a hands-on workshop to make your own book.

Explore on Your Own

Join us before or after our scheduled programs to enjoy the Waterfront exhibition with children of all ages.

  • Dress up like the female welders of the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II.
  • Touch and smell goods, like cochineal bugs and coffee beans, which passed through Empire Stores when it was a busy warehouse.
  • Design your own city with our Brooklyn waterfront magnet board.
  • Film a video of yourself traveling back in time.
  • Color a Brooklyn waterfront postcard to mail to family and friends.

Explore on Your Own

Join us before or after our scheduled programs to enjoy the Waterfront exhibition with children of all ages.

  • Dress up like the female welders of the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II.
  • Touch and smell goods, like cochineal bugs and coffee beans, which passed through Empire Stores when it was a busy warehouse.
  • Design your own city with our Brooklyn waterfront magnet board.
  • Film a video of yourself traveling back in time.
  • Color a Brooklyn waterfront postcard to mail to family and friends.

Sign up for family program updates

Stay up-to-date with this mailing list used only to communicate information about family programs! We send two emails a month announcing upcoming family programs.

SIGN UP

Questions?

Contact our education team.

Education Department

Thanks to Our Partners & Sponsors

Funding for Family Programs is generously provided by the TD Charitable Foundation. Programs are also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature, and are supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

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