We miss you and your children running through our doors and down our rainbow tunnel! Our families are the pulse of BCM, and we are thinking of you during this time. As you adjust to this unexpected opportunity for more face-to-face time with your family, we affirm your superhuman efforts to keep the play, curiosity and exploration going. We hope that this BCM+You webpage, together with our BCM+You newsletters and social media, will activate and stimulate learning — and give you tools to help your child explore and discover our world from home.
We can’t wait to open our doors again and share space with you. Until then, we look forward to staying connected online. Hashtag your finished projects #BCMandYou and tag us @bcmkids on Instagram so we can see and celebrate your work! If you have any questions about BCM+You, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Team
Koi ponds are one example of an aquaponic environment. These beautiful pools consist of koi, a fish native to Japan, and plants that grow in water, like water lillies or lotuses.
Paint an oyster
Did you know that oysters help keep waterways clean and healthy? Use a coffee filter and watercolors to create your own unique oyster.
Make a Brooklyn business
What’s your favorite store in your neighborhood? Use recycled materials to create a storefront model of a shop that is meaningful to you.
Design a pizza pie
Nothing says New York like pizza! Create a pizza pie from your imagination using playdough and colorful materials.
Make a Chalk Quilt
Enjoy a moment in the sun and leave inspiration at your feet! Make a sidewalk “quilt” for your community using tape and chalk.
Home is where the heart is. Show your neighborhood block some love and create a collage using paper, found materials, and a few of your own memories.
Make a Nature Brush
Create natural, DIY paintbrushes made with sticks, leaves and flowers, and experiment with making different marks, strokes, and stamps on paper.
We clap because we care! New Yorkers are making noise out of their windows in honor of essential workers every day at 7 pm. Make your own noisemaker using plates, loose materials, and tape.
There are hidden gems all around us! Make a treasure map of your neighborhood that features special places.
Make clay impressions
Everyday objects can make a great impression on our lives! Inspired by Brooklyn-based artist LaKela Brown, make a clay sculpture by pressing found objects into clay.
Family Hand Portraits
Our hands are not just for making, working, and expression… they are works of art! Take a series of family hand portraits that include gestures and objects.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum thanks its supporters:
Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s programs are made possible in part by private funding from foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as public funds from: Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, Department of Youth and Community Development of the City of New York, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York City Council and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Assembly and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Senate and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo; New York City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel; New York City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.; New York City Council Member Farah Louis; New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; New York State Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol; and New York State Assembly Member Diana C. Richardson.
Special thanks to our corporate and foundation sponsors: The Achelis & Bodman Foundation, AECOM Tishman, Aimbridge Hospitality, American Express, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Chase Private Client, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Con Edison, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Duane Morris LLP, FAR Fund, Gans Studio, GKV Architects, Goldman Sachs, Google, Grand Street Settlement, Greiner-Maltz, Gunderson Dettmer, The Holborn Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Investors Bank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles, The Keith Haring Foundation, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, Mariani Metal Fabricators USA, MetLife Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, National Grid, Ncheng, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Pfizer, Inc., The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Robert Derector Associates, Ropes & Gray LLP, Schindler Elevator, Silverstein Properties, Inc., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Steven Dubner Landscaping, Stop N Stor, Studio Institute, Sullivan & Cromwell, Tiger Baron Foundation, Tsao & Mckown, Turner Construction, Two Trees, UBS, and Warner Media Group.