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Cooking Classes, Story-Hours and More Set for New-York Historical Society's Family Programs, Jan 2013

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The New-York Historical Society is offering a large and diverse selection of activities in January 2013 designed for families to enjoy the holiday spirit together and make history come alive. The exciting series of family programs at the DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical-the first-ever museum bringing American history to life through the eyes of children.

Highlights of the January programs include kids' cooking classes, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Spanish language arts and crafts, story-hour sessions, and our first event family benefit event - Passport Through History

Currently on view at New-York Historical are the special exhibitions WWII & NYC, Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection (closing January 6th), Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School, and John Rogers: American Stories. All New-York Historical Society exhibitions are family-friendly and inspire the broad range of family program offerings.

Family programs run today, January 1, 2013 through January 31, 2013 (specific program dates/times listed below). All family programs take place at the New-York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West between West 76th and West 77th Streets. To RSVP for a family program, e-mail: familyprograms@nyhistory.org. For more information on family programs and the DiMenna Children's History Museum, call (212) 485-9293 or visit www.DimennaChildrensHistoryMuseum.org.

FAMILY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS FOR January 2013:

HOLIDAY EXPRESS: CAN YOU SPOT IT?

January 1, 5, 6, 2013 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Ages 3 and up

Families take this I-spy hunt into the Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection to spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes, composed of miniature trains, stations, people, and decorations made by the Märklin model train company. Can you spot the refreshment stand? The station clock? How many train cars are pulling into the train station? Bring the whole family, pick up your hunt, and see who can spot the most!

WWII & NYC: JANUARY SCHOOL VACATION WEEK

Through Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Family Gallery Cards: all day: Ages 8 and up

Plane Spotting Bingo: 2:00 pm: Ages 6 and up

See 1940s New York City through the eyes of kids! WWII & NYC family gallery cards all day, with Plane Spotting Bingo at 2 pm.

The family gallery cards, Walk in My Shoes, guide families through the exhibition through the eyes of a fictional young New Yorker. In Code Breakers! learn and practice wartime code making techniques. Keep your eyes peeled for WWII planes in Plane Spotting Bingo, mark your cards, and call BINGO!

AT THE KIDS' TABLE: HOW THE KITCHEN HAS CHANGED

Saturday January 12, 2013 2:00 pm

With Sarah Lohman

RSVP required, $10 materials fee

Ages 8 and up

What does eighteenth-century Tupperware look like? How about a nineteenth-century toaster? In this program, you'll go on a family scavenger hunt in the New-York Historical Society to uncover the kitchens of the past. Then we'll cook together, making cinnamon toast from SCRATCH-everything from grinding the sugar to making butter by hand! You'll find out how much the kitchen has changed from 1813...to 1913...to 2013! RSVP at familyprograms@nyhistory.org

HAPPY 307TH BIRTHDAY, Benjamin Franklin!

Sunday, January 13, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Ages 4 and up

Celebrate one of America's Founding Fathers! See up close and hear the beautiful and rare sounds of a glass armonica - one of the many inventions by Ben Franklin! Or decorate your own Ben Franklin proverb plate to take home. Don't forget to have some cake!

HABLEMOS DE LA HISTORIA Y DEL ARTE: LANDSCAPES

Saturday, January 19, 2013 2:00 pm

RSVP required, $20 for a family of four, includes admission rose.tejada@nyhistory.org

Ages 4 to 10

Families look, discuss, and create - in Spanish! This Spanish-language monthly family program combines times in the galleries with art-making in the studios. In January, families will visit our Hudson River School painting exhibit and discuss the American landscape. In the studio, families will paint their own landscapes together.

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