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Upcoming Events for Families

Walk in My Shoes: New Yorker Story Cards for Families
Available at Admissions Desk
How did WWII affect the lives of those fighting it and those back home in New York City? Families visiting WWII & NYC can use New Yorker Story Cards to explore the answers to this question through the eyes of fictional characters based on typical New Yorkers who were impacted by the war.

Cut Loose and Dance!
October 5, 2012; 5:30 – 7 pm
Bring your dancing shoes and try out favorite wartime dances – such as the Lindy hop and Jitterbug – with the award winning dance education company, Dancing Classrooms.
Free with Museum admission. All ages.

Wartime Birthday Cake
October 6 and 7, 2012; 1 – 3 pm
Taste test birthday cakes! See a WWII ration book up close to see (and taste) the choices families had to make about shopping, rationing, and cooking during WWII.
Free with Museum admission. All ages.

Sunday Story Hour: One Thousand Tracings
October 7, 2012; 11:30 am
While some fought battles in the war, others fought to keep families alive. Be inspired by a young girl’s determination to help others while her father fought in World War II. Afterwards, learn more in the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit WWII & NYC.
Free with Museum admission. Recommended for ages 4 – 8.

Sunday Story Hour: H is for Honor
November 11, 2012; 11:30 am
What does it mean to be a veteran? As we honor those who have served, we will also learn about the people that give never-ending support to veterans—their families.
Free with Museum admission. Recommended for ages 4 – 8.

WWII & NYC December School Vacation Week
Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Tuesday, January 1, 2013
See 1940s New York City through the eyes of kids! WWII & NYC gallery hunts all day, with special programing each day at 2 pm. In Code Breakers! learn and practice wartime code making techniques. Keep your eyes peeled for WWII planes in Plane Spotting Bingo. Learn a few new steps in Dance Your Bobby Socks Off! for your New Year’s Eve parties with Jitterbug and Lindy hop lessons.
Recommended for ages 8 and up; except Dance Your Bobby Socks Off, all ages.

December 27, 2 pm: Code Breakers!
December 28, 2 pm: Plane Spotting Bingo
December 29 and 30, 2 pm: Dance Your Bobby Socks Off! Swing Dance
December 31, 2 pm: Code Breakers!
January 1, 2 pm: Plane Spotting Bingo

At the Kids Table
March 2, 2013; 2 – 4 pm
How did New Yorkers meals, snacks, and special holiday food change during World War II? Join food historian Sarah Lohman for this hands on history of rationing and the efforts families made to keep eating their favorite foods!
RSVP required; $10 per child; recommended ages 8 and up.

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170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024

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Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday - 10am-6pm

Friday - 10am-8pm

Sunday - 11am-5pm

Monday - CLOSED