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Family Programs

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

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

Participate

Our family programs are designed for children ages 4+ and their caregivers.

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.

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

Questions?

Contact our education team.

Education Department

Thanks to Our Partners & Sponsors

Funding for Family Programs is generously provided by National Grid. 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.