12th annual

Celebrate Kwanzaa!

Celebrate Kwanzaa

Thursday, December 26 – Monday, December 30

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation as we mark our 12th annual Kwanzaa celebration together at the largest family Kwanzaa event in New York City!

With five days of incredible programs highlighting the culture, art, dancing, and music of this African-American holiday, this year we invite visitors to join us in exploring Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, faith, and creativity. Learn about the history and significance of Kwanzaa; play the djembe drum; create Zawadi gifts for your family and others; hear African folktales; and help paint a mural that explores each of Kwanzaa’s principles with artist, Mincho Vega!


Kwanzaa Schedule

Programs take place daily except where noted.

Kwanzaa Community Mural and Zawadi Gift Making

Join artists Mincho Vega and Korey Phillips to create a collaborative mural and make gifts for friends and family that celebrate the themes of Kwanzaa.

Intro to Kwanzaa

1:00pm-1:30pm & 4:00pm-4:30pm
Learn all about the celebration of Kwanzaa through music, song, dance, and more.

Story Time

12:00pm-12:15pm & 3:00pm-3:15pm
Come together as we tell African folktales including Ananse, the Lion Whisker, and the Elephant Tusk.


Alternating daily programs, dates below:

African Dance

December 26, 28 & 30
1:30pm-2:00pm & 4:30pm-5:00pm
Learn African Dance with the Asase Yaa School of the Arts!

Djembe Drum

December 27 & 29
12:30pm-1:00pm & 3:30pm-4:00pm
Play the djembe drum with the Asase Yaa School of the Arts!