Join us for Holi Hooray!, a celebration of springtime and play. Known as the “Color Festival,” Holi originated in India and is now enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.
Come early, hungry and ready to play! We’ve partnered with South Asian brands Jai Jai Hooray and Doonya: Workout Your Bollywood Star, and food vendors Pondicheri, Chaatco and Malai Ice Cream to bring you a day of art, dance, food and wonder that will make your whole family feel like you’ve been transported to the streets of India (or Trinidad or Guyana!).
And, it wouldn’t be Holi without color powder! We’ll be taking over neighboring Brower Park with pounds of color powder to throw in the air! Make sure to wear WHITE for color powder play!
Holi on the Block
10:30 – 11:15am
Holi is a festival celebrated on neighborhood streets. Join us in our BLOCK PARTY exhibition space where Brownstone Brooklyn meets mayhem-filled Mumbai. Raga Kids sets the mood with an intro to sitar, tabla and violin. Next, Jai Jai Hooray modernizes the tale of Radha and Krishna’s color powder adventures; story brought to life by Doonya dancers.
Bollywood Dance Classes with Doonya
11:30 | 12:30 | 1:30
Bollywood films in India for decades have featured sensational dance routines in scenes about Holi. Learn the basics and workout your inner-star with Doonya and DJ DynAMITe.
The Colors of a Goddess
12:00 – 3:00pm
With Women’s Empowerment week just around the corner, let’s celebrate the many colors and personas of fierce females. Boys and girls will have the opportunity to draw the beloved goddesses in their life and display them in the museum.
12:00 – 3:00pm
The traditional South Asian art of rangoli is a treasured ritual at Holi. Create your own with colorful sand.
Feast and Shop at the Bazaar
12:00 – 4:00pm
Enjoy savory delights from legendary Indian restaurateurs Pondicheri, ChaatCo, and Malai Ice Cream in the Museum cafe. Shop Jai Jai Hooray toys + color powder and Masalababy (https://www.masalababy.com/) kids clothing. Enjoy free henna designs from Anu Sharma Kathhula.
Party Time: Holi Drum and Dance Show
Get ready for revelry with a gorgeous, upbeat dance performance by Doonya accompanied by Dhol drumming. A procession will lead us to the park for color play. Plan ahead–grab your coats early to avoid lines.
Outdoor Color Powder Play!
3:00 – 4:00pm
Brower Skate Park – St. Marks Entrance next to the Museum
It wouldn’t be Holi without color powder play! We’ll have pounds and pounds of Holi Hooray! color powder to throw in the air and at each other. NOTE: The powder is cornstarch based, non toxic, washable and kid safe. Don’t miss out!