Transit Tots

Transit Tots

Join New York Transit Museum educators for transit-themed songs, stories and activities for the youngest transportation fans. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

How do we move around above ground? Today in Transit Tots, we’ll talk about all things buses! We’ll read a favorite story about surface transit and then create a bus out of everyday objects found around our homes.

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Have you ever seen art that lights up? Explore some examples of art that uses light in the New York subway system in today’s Transit Tots, and then learn how to make your own light art at home.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Have you ever heard of a place called Redbird Reef? In today’s Transit Tots, meet our underwater friends Cecil and Fiona and hear the story of some retired subway cars that found themselves in a very unexpected place. Then, sing and dance along with a classic transit tune!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Which signs in the subway can help us get where we’re going? Learn some tips for finding your way around the city in today’s Transit Tots, and then make your own transportation board that shows your favorite stops and routes using items you can find at home.

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

How many ways do we use numbers when we think about transit? In today’s Transit Tots, practice counting everything from subway cars to pizzas with a New York-themed picture book, and then apply that number know-how to some transit-related counting challenges!

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Do you know the story of the secret subway, the very first subway train in New York City? If not, then learn all about it in today’s Transit Tots. We’ll discover how this train was moved using what’s called pneumatic power. Then we’ll conduct a science experiment to explore pneumatic power at home and learn a new song all about the secret subway.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Have you ever visited the Chambers Street/Park Place subway station in Lower Manhattan? If so, then you may have noticed the art work we’ll explore in today’s Transit Tots. Once we’ve taken a good look at some eyes made out of tiles, we’ll make our own mosaic eyes using scissors, colorful paper and glue.

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

What does archaeology have to do with public transit? In today’s Transit Tots, hear about some amazing discoveries made by the workers who dug New York City’s subway tunnels. Then, learn how to make your own archaeological site out of flour and oil, and fill it with artifacts to dig up at home.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Do you remember everything we learned about friction last week in Transit Tots? In this week’s installment, discover how friction can also make sound and music, and then sing and play along with an original song all about this amazing force that helps power all types of transportation.

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Have you ever ridden on a ferry boat? Join us in today’s Transit Tots to discover the history of ferries in New York City, and then make and design your own ferry that will actually float!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Why do some forms of transit make for smoother rides than others? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll learn about a force called friction and then make our own hovercrafts out of household objects.

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

How do trains move along tracks? During today’s Transit Tots, we’ll explore the science behind how trains stay in motion. We’ll also learn a way to draw letters using a train track pattern and write our names in this fun transit font!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Do you know what a collage is? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll take a close look at an art collage that shows many of the things we can find in Downtown Brooklyn, where the Transit Museum is. Then, learn how to create a collage of your own neighborhood using scrap paper, magazines and glue.

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

What makes our communities special? In today’s Transit Tots, we will read a story that celebrates people being themselves and the things that make them unique. Then, we’ll take a journey using just our imaginations to explore a community of people doing things they enjoy, including using all different kinds of transit.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

How can we thank the bus drivers who get us safely around our neighborhoods?  In today’s Transit Tots, learn a song all about celebrating these important community helpers.  Then, draw your own city bus and fill it with people, all by tracing different objects you might find around your house. 

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

How can we get to know our communities and neighbors better?  In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll talk about what community means, and how our neighborhoods are communities. Explore some images of the places and people you might see in your community, then put together your own museum window display to share some things that are important to you with your neighbors.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

What does it mean when we say that something is accessible? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll talk about how important it is to make sure that our public transportation can be used by as many people as possible. Learn about how bumps and lines on the floor can help people find their way around subway stations, and then make your own tactile floor using objects you have at home.

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

What kinds of things do you like to do when you’re at home? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll look at a stained glass installation at a Brooklyn train platform called “16 Windows,” by artist Eugenie Tung, that shows scenes of people in their homes. Then, we’ll do an art project to imagine what our houses look like from the outside, through our own windows.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Who are some of the helpers in your community? In today’s Transit Tots, we’ll read the book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” and talk about the places in our community and the helpers we meet along the way, like transit workers, doctors, teachers, police officers and firefighters. Then, we’ll make a helping hands wreath to thank our community helpers.

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

What kinds of vehicles do you see in your communities? When you ride these vehicles, what do you see in our communities through their windows? At this week’s Transit Tots, sing a song, and then explore all of the shapes and colors we see out in the world by using them to draw some of our favorite places.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

What is a community? Both public transportation and museums are important parts of a community and can be shared by everyone. At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll read a story and sing a song celebrating things that bring us together!

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

How do artists bring nature inside and underground? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll see examples of artwork throughout our transit system that add a splash of color to our daily commute. Then, we’ll create our own paper gardens to keep indoors.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2020

We practice courtesy and kindness when we travel around our city. How can we do this when we’re at home? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll sing a song, read a story, and then look at ways that we can be as courteous and respectful at home as we are when riding the train or the bus.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

What kinds of shapes can we make with our bodies? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll sing a song to get warmed up, and then stretch and move with transit-themed exercises. Some yoga poses like the bridge, boat, and wheel all connect to some of our favorite forms of transit!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

What are some things that you’re thankful for? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll think about gratitude and saying thank you to others, including our community workers and loved ones. We’ll read Frederick by Leo Lionni, and then we will make thank you signs!

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

What kinds of sounds do you hear around the city? When you listen closely you can discover rhythms all around, including our trains and buses humming across town. At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll experiment with sounds inspired by different forms of transit, sing a song, and talk about tempo!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Have you ever seen a NYC subway token? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll think about different kinds of tickets used to ride our subways and buses throughout history, from paper tickets to tokens and MetroCards. You’ll make your own shiny token with items at home, learn some American Sign Language (ASL), and sing a song!

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Where do you like to go to enjoy nature? Join an educator and special guest Pizza the Pug to hear about this pup’s adventures taking trains and buses to parks all over New York City. Pizza will encounter all sorts of interesting friends along the way, who teach him to enjoy nature, even in the big city.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Can you think of some things that are green? Green is the color that represents a healthy planet Earth. When you’re on a bike, a bus, or a train, what can you see that’s green? At today’s Transit Tots, we’ll sing a song, hear a story and then go on a scavenger hunt for things that are green in your home! 

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Who do you like to visit and how do you get there? Join us for today’s Transit Tots to think about how we travel together! We’ll sing a song, learn about an African gourd instrument, and read a children’s story all about the ways we travel.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

How do we move around above ground? Kids can join us for today’s Transit Tots to talk about all things buses! We’ll read some of our favorite stories about surface transit and then create a bus out of everyday objects found around the home.

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

How do you get around the city? Join us for today’s Transit Tots to learn all about how we travel, from subways and buses to scooters and feet! We’ll sing a new song, investigate an instrument, and move our bodies as we pretend to travel like trains, planes and more!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Do you know what a community worker is? Join us for today’s Transit Tots to find out! We’ll read one of our favorite transit-themed children’s books, talk about how train operators and conductors keep the city moving, and participate in a movement activity all about NYC subway lines! 

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Did you know that recycled subway cars can make wonderful homes for ocean animals? Join Transit Museum educator Cassie to meet Fiona the Fish as she searches for her new home in Redbird Reef!


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