Transit Tots

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Did you catch Transit Tots on July 16th, when we talked about how subway signals work? Today, we’ll review what each color on a subway signal means. Then, we’ll learn a song and play a dancing game, where we’ll follow signals that tell us to stop, go or slow down!

Tuesday, July 28th, 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, July 23rd, 2020

Do you know who keeps our stations, trains and buses clean?  In today’s Transit Tots, learn about the very important work that a CTA, or Cleaner Transit Authority, does every day.  Then, take the CTA challenge to find ways you can help clean at home.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Who do you like to visit, and how do you get there? Join us for today’s Transit Tots to sing a song and read a story about all of the different ways we can travel!

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Have you ever wondered how a subway train knows when to stop and when to go? Learn all about subway signals and the messages they send in today’s Transit Tots, and then make your own subway signal at home using cardboard, paper and markers.

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.