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9th Annual

Celebrate Kwanzaa!

9th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa!

Join us for the 9th year of New York City’s largest family Kwanzaa celebration from December 26 to 30, 2017 at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Over five days of culture and fun, families will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles of unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; faith; and creativity.

Tuesday, December 26

Kwanzaa Alter Presentation and Unity Cup Decorating
11:30am-12:00pm | All ages
Did you know the Swahili word Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in English? Join us for an interactive presentation on the celebration of Kwanzaa and learn about the symbols and principles that make up the festival. To celebrate the first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja (unity), children will be invited to decorate their own Unity cups and enjoy a refreshing glass of apple juice! Dried fruits will also be served.

Ujima Textile Making
12:15pm-1:00pm | All ages
Ujima, the Swahili word meaning “collective work and responsibility” is a core principle of the Kwanzaa celebration. Join us as we work together to create a Kwanzaa textile by tracing and decorating our handprints and hanging them up to create a new display in the Museum. Children are encouraged to decorate their hands using words and pictures that represent the Kwanzaa celebration.

Koo-oom-bah Rainstick
1:15pm-2:45pm | Ages 3+
Koo-oom-bah means creativity in Swahili. Get your creative juices going by creating a Kwanzaa rainstick with glitter, beans, rice, African symbols, words and much more!

 

Additional Programming

Color Cove
12:00pm-4:00pm | Ages 2+
Color cove is a place where children can release their inner artist by using a variety of art materials including paint and stickers. The entire room is your canvas- let your imagination run wild!


Wednesday, December 27

Kwanzaa Alter Presentation and Unity Cup Decorating
11:30am-12:00pm | All ages
Did you know the Swahili word Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in English? Join us for an interactive presentation on the celebration of Kwanzaa and learn about the symbols and principles that make up the festival. To celebrate the first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja (unity), children will be invited to decorate their own Unity cups and enjoy a refreshing glass of apple juice! Dried fruits will also be served.

Ujima Textile Making
12:15pm-1:00pm | All ages
Ujima, the Swahili word meaning “collective work and responsibility” is a core principle of the Kwanzaa celebration. Join us as we work together to create a Kwanzaa textile by tracing and decorating our handprints and hanging them up to create a new display in the Museum. Children are encouraged to decorate their hands using words and pictures that represent the Kwanzaa celebration.

Koo-oom-bah Rainstick
1:15pm-2:45pm | Ages 3+
Koo-oom-bah means creativity in Swahili. Get your creative juices going by creating a Kwanzaa rainstick with glitter, beans, rice, African symbols, words and much more!

Sylvia’s Story Corner
3:00pm-4:00pm | All ages
Join a BCM Educator for an interactive storytime featuring Kwanzaa Count and Celebrate by Fredrick McKissack and Lisa Beringer McKissack, and Kwanzaa! Africa Lives in A New World Festival by Sule Greg Wilson, telling the story of Kwanzaa.

 

Additional Programming

Color Cove
12:00pm-4:00pm | Ages 2+
Color cove is a place where children can release their inner artist by using a variety of art materials including paint and stickers. The entire room is your canvas- let your imagination run wild!


Thursday, December 28

Kwanzaa Alter Presentation and Unity Cup Decorating
11:30am-12:00pm | All ages
Did you know the Swahili word Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in English? Join us for an interactive presentation on the celebration of Kwanzaa and learn about the symbols and principles that make up the festival. To celebrate the first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja (unity), children will be invited to decorate their own Unity cups and enjoy a refreshing glass of apple juice! Dried fruits will also be served.

Ujima Textile Making
12:15pm-1:00pm | All ages
Ujima, the Swahili word meaning “collective work and responsibility” is a core principle of the Kwanzaa celebration. Join us as we work together to create a Kwanzaa textile by tracing and decorating our handprints and hanging them up to create a new display in the Museum. Children are encouraged to decorate their hands using words and pictures that represent the Kwanzaa celebration.

Sylvia’s Story Corner
1:30pm-2:30pm | All ages
Join a BCM Educator for an interactive storytime featuring Kwanzaa Count and Celebrate by Fredrick McKissack and Lisa Beringer McKissack, and Kwanzaa! Africa Lives in A New World Festival by Sule Greg Wilson, telling the story of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa Card Making
3:00pm-4:30pm | All ages
Children are invited to create and decorate Kwanzaa cards to share with their family and friends!

 

Additional Programming

Color Cove
12:00pm-4:00pm | Ages 2+
Color cove is a place where children can release their inner artist by using a variety of art materials including paint and stickers. The entire room is your canvas- let your imagination run wild!

Block Lab
10:00am-1:00pm | Ages 2.5+
BCM’s 2nd floor Block Lab invites visitors of all ages to develop spatial reasoning, engineering and language skills through block play.

Sensory Room
2:00pm-4:45pm | All ages
In this inclusive space, children of all abilities can explore their senses through play, including sensory mats, objects, and swings. The Sensory Room is designed to meet the needs of children with sensory sensitivities and/or who are on the Autism spectrum.

Animal Adventures
4:15pm-4:45pm | All ages
Learn about and touch live animals from the Museum’s living collection.


Friday, December 29

Kwanzaa Alter Presentation and Unity Cup Decorating
11:30am-12:00pm | All ages
Did you know the Swahili word Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in English? Join us for an interactive presentation on the celebration of Kwanzaa and learn about the symbols and principles that make up the festival. To celebrate the first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja (unity), children will be invited to decorate their own Unity cups and enjoy a refreshing glass of apple juice! Dried fruits will also be served.

Ujima Textile Making
12:15pm-1:00pm | All ages
Ujima, the Swahili word meaning “collective work and responsibility” is a core principle of the Kwanzaa celebration. Join us as we work together to create a Kwanzaa textile by tracing and decorating our handprints and hanging them up to create a new display in the Museum. Children are encouraged to decorate their hands using words and pictures that represent the Kwanzaa celebration.

Sylvia’s Story Corner
1:15pm-1:45pm | All ages
Join a BCM Educator for an interactive storytime featuring Kwanzaa Count and Celebrate by Fredrick McKissack and Lisa Beringer McKissack, and Kwanzaa! Africa Lives in A New World Festival by Sule Greg Wilson, telling the story of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa Music Presentation: Ms. Cheryl the Gourd Lady
2:00pm-2:30pm | All ages
Join us for an interactive gourd presentation for families in the Commons Theater.

Make a Gourd Instrument Workshop
3:00pm-4:30pm | Ages 3+
Meet Cheryl the Gourd Lady and celebrate with this important instrument in African tradition. Families will get to play their own gourds through storytelling.
Capacity limited to 20 participants on a first come, first served basis.

 

Additional Programming

Block Lab
10:00am-1:00pm | Ages 2.5+
BCM’s 2nd floor Block Lab invites visitors of all ages to develop spatial reasoning, engineering and language skills through block play.

Color Cove
12:00pm-4:00pm | Ages 2+
Color cove is a place where children can release their inner artist by using a variety of art materials including paint and stickers. The entire room is your canvas- let your imagination run wild!


Saturday, December 30

Kwanzaa Alter Presentation and Unity Cup Decorating
11:30am-12:00pm | All ages
Did you know the Swahili word Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in English? Join us for an interactive presentation on the celebration of Kwanzaa and learn about the symbols and principles that make up the festival. To celebrate the first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja (unity), children will be invited to decorate their own Unity cups and enjoy a refreshing glass of apple juice! Dried fruits will also be served.

Ujima Textile Making
12:15pm-1:00pm | All ages
Ujima, the Swahili word meaning “collective work and responsibility” is a core principle of the Kwanzaa celebration. Join us as we work together to create a Kwanzaa textile by tracing and decorating our handprints and hanging them up to create a new display in the Museum. Children are encouraged to decorate their hands using words and pictures that represent the Kwanzaa celebration.

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance presents I Dance Movement
11:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-2:00pm | All ages
Join us for a joyous exploration of African dance with Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance.

Kwanzaa Card Making
2:15pm-3:15pm | All ages
Children are invited to create and decorate Kwanzaa cards to share with their family and friends!

Storytelling: It’s Kwanzaa Time!
3:30pm-4:30pm | All ages
Celebrate Kwanzaa with award-winning storyteller and singer April Armstrong as she shares stories and songs of culture, community, triumph and hope. Learn about the African-American holiday tradition of Kwanzaa as we explore the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa through song, stories and dance and drumming.

 

Additional Programming

Color Cove
12:00pm-4:00pm | Ages 2+
Color cove is a place where children can release their inner artist by using a variety of art materials including paint and stickers. The entire room is your canvas- let your imagination run wild!

Sensory Room
2:00pm-4:45pm | All ages
In this inclusive space, children of all abilities can explore their senses through play, including sensory mats, objects, and swings. The Sensory Room is designed to meet the needs of children with sensory sensitivities and/or who are on the Autism spectrum.

Animal Adventures
4:15pm-4:45pm | All ages
Learn about and touch live animals from the Museum’s living collection.