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January 2021

Family Program: Fights for Transit Rights

Monday, January 18 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Interior of Grand Central Terminal from the Main Concourse, with a view of the North Balcony. Commuters are standing and looking up at a film about Reverend Martin Luther King on the holiday which honors him

Everyone has the right to take a bus or ride the train in New York City, but that hasn’t always been the case.  Join us to hear some of our favorite stories about people who stood up for their right to take a seat, and then create your own social justice sign to put in your window or take to the streets to inspire positive change. 

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, January 19 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Young transit enthusiast participating in art activity at the transit museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans.

Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.

 

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, January 26 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Young transit enthusiast participating in art activity at the transit museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans.

Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.

 

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February 2021

Transit Tots

Tuesday, February 2 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Young transit enthusiast participating in art activity at the transit museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans.

Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.

 

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, February 9 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Young transit enthusiast participating in art activity at the transit museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans.

Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.

 

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Celebrating Lunar New Year

Friday, February 12 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program
A poem entitled "The Owl" by Arthur Sze, in a poster from MTA Arts & Design.

Join us to celebrate Lunar New Year!  We'll read a story about a family celebrating the many traditions of this holiday, explore a poem by Chinese-American poet Arthur Sze that was featured in the New York City Subway, and then create our own poems to welcome in the New Year. 

Recommended for ages 6-10.

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, February 16 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Young transit enthusiast participating in art activity at the transit museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans.

Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.

 

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Transit Storytelling with Art

Tuesday, February 16 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program
Cover of the book "Drawing on Walls" by Matthew Burgess with pictures by Josh Cochran

How can we tell stories using pictures?  Meet illustrator Josh Cochran, who will share his artwork in the new book Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring, by Matthew Burgess, and lead us in a fun drawing activity.  Transit Museum fans may recognize Josh's work from the Museum's 2017 Holiday Train Show or On the Streets exhibit. 

Recommended for ages 5 and up

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Transit Storytelling with Puppets

Tuesday, February 16 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Two people holding fish puppets in front of a prop Redbird subway car.

Have you ever heard of a special place called Redbird Reef?  Come meet our puppet friends Cecil and Fiona and learn the story of some retired subway cars that found themselves in a very unexpected place.  Then we’ll learn how to make a simple hand puppet from materials we can find at home!  

Recommended for ages 4-6

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Transit Storytime

Wednesday, February 17 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program
Screenshot of a Zoom storytime program showing a page from Innosanto Nagara's "A is for Activist" on the left and educators and participants on the right.

New York Transit Museum Education staff will take turns sharing some of our favorite stories with you online! 

Recommended for ages 4-6

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Sniffing Out Transit Stories

Wednesday, February 17 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program

Discover the incredible story of Irish immigrant James Kelly as told by children’s author Beth Anderson in her book “Smelly” Kelly and his Super Senses, and costumed interpreter Joe Hartman.  “Smelly” Kelly earned his nickname by using his keen olfactory sense to help sniff out leaks and other potential dangers in New York City’s subway system.  Join us to learn more about this hardworking and undersung hero of the New York City Subway!   

Recommended for ages 5-12.

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What’s in a Story?

Thursday, February 18 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program
Child makes art at a table at home and smiles at a Museum educator on a computer screen.

Do you have a favorite story about a bus or a train?  Join Transit Museum staff to hear one of our favorite transit stories and then do a fun activity to explore the different ingredients that go into making a good story.   

Recommended for ages 4-6 

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What’s your Transit Story?

Thursday, February 18 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Family of three children examining the interior of the Museum's vintage BU cars in a virtual program.

Do you have a transit story to tell, real or fictional?  Come to this fun workshop for budding writers and storytellers of all kinds to be inspired and discover some different ways you can tell your own stories. 

Recommended for ages 9-12 

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Transit Tots

Tuesday, February 23 | 10:15 am - 10:30 am
Online
Free Online Program
Young transit enthusiast participating in art activity at the transit museum

Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans.

Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.

 

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Fights for Transit Rights

Saturday, February 27 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
Interior of Grand Central Terminal from the Main Concourse, with a view of the North Balcony. Commuters are standing and looking up at a film about Reverend Martin Luther King on the holiday which honors him

Everyone has the right to take a bus or ride the train in New York City, but that hasn’t always been the case.  Join us to hear some of our favorite stories about people who stood up for their right to take a seat, and then create your own social justice sign to put in your window or take to the streets to inspire positive change. 

Find out more »

March 2021

Special Day Online

Saturday, March 13 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
FREE
A boy and girl look at a computer screen showing the New York Transit Museum logo and a photo of inside the Museum.

Children with disabilities and their families are invited to join the New York Transit Museum online and enjoy transit-related activities and a virtual tour of our vintage train cars. All ages welcome.

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Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and Subway Style

Saturday, March 20 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program

Have you ever seen an arched ceiling covered with tiles? If so, maybe it was designed by Spanish artist, architect, engineer, designer, musician, and visionary... Rafael Guastavino! He created the "Tile Arch System" which uses tiles to create strong arches and curved vaults, found in New York City in the Old City Hall subway station, Grand Central Terminal and Ellis Island. 

Join us for this special program with authors Berta de Miguel and Kent Diebolt, who will read sections of their beautiful children's book Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream while illustrator Virginia Lorente shares her drawing process live on screen. Be inspired by the Guastavinos' and their big dream in this program for anyone ages 5 to 105! 

Free online program, for all ages

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Family Program: Future Engineers

Tuesday, March 30 | 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Online
Free Online Program
Cover of the book Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts.

All aboard, future engineers!  Join us to hear a story about a young inventor who learns all about trial and error.  Then we’ll go on an imaginary journey into subway tunnel and pretend to be the workers who built it.   

Free online program, recommended for ages 4-7 

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Family Program – Granville T. Woods: Transit Innovator

Wednesday, March 31 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
A drawn portrain of inventor Granville T. Woods, a Black man with a mustache wearing a suit.

Have you ever tried to come up with an idea to make something better? Transit inventions throughout history have changed how we travel. Discover the life and work of one inventor, 19th century engineer Granville T. Woods. Then, watch demonstrations led by Transit Museum staff to explore the science behind his innovations that helped public transit.

Free online program, recommended for ages 8-12  

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April 2021

Family Program: Bridge-Building Challenge!

Thursday, April 1 | 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online
Free Online Program
An aerial view of New York City featuring two bridges spanning the East River.

How can a bridge carry the weight of so many trains, buses, cars and trucks?  Join us to find out with fun bridge-building challenge!  Explore the different types of bridge construction by looking closely at a few iconic New York bridges.  Then, build a bridge out of materials you can find at home and see how much weight it can hold! 

Free online program, recommended for ages 7-12 

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