Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids in New York City in December

Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids in New York City in December

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New York City kids can get creative at these arts and crafts events for children in December. Let's get crafty!

Gingerbread House Workshops
WHEN: Dec. 1 - 27, Saturday-Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday, see website for times
WHERE: Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 W. 27th St., 10th Floor, Chelsea, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Parents and kids design and decorate gingerbread houses while enjoying cheerful holiday tunes and hot chocolate.
WANT TO GO? $75. 212-242-2248. tastebudskitchen.com.

Design Kids: What Makes You Tick? FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 11am-12:30pm and 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: The design of clocks has evolved in ingenious ways over time, and participants will assemble their own mechanical clock with the Horological Society of New York.
WANT TO GO? 212-849-8353. cooperhewitt.org.

Collage Collaborations: Tai Hwa Goh
WHEN: Dec. 2 - 3, Saturday-Sunday, 1pm
WHERE: The Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Together with Tai, children will collage a variety of colored tissue and printed papers to help her create a 3-D wall installation.
WANT TO GO? $14; $11 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Scandinavian Christmas Children's Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 1-3pm
WHERE: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., Murray Hill, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children will learn the secrets of making traditional holiday crafts such as woven hearts and yarn tomtar.
WANT TO GO? $15. 212-779-3587. scandinaviahouse.org.

Ugly Sweaters
WHEN: Dec. 4 - 10, Monday, 12-5pm; Thursday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Greenwich Village, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Young artists will trace sweater templates onto cardstock and then decorate their "sweaters" with whimsical materials like pom-poms, fabric swatches, buttons, pipe cleaners, and more. 
WANT TO GO? $12; seniors pay as you wish; free for children younger than 1. 212-274-0986. cmany.org.

MADmakes Workshop with Anna Riley
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 7, 6pm
WHERE: Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, Upper West Side, New York
AGES: All
WHAT: Join artist-in-residence Anna Riley to experiment with the mold and deckle papermaking process, using traditional fibers and non-traditional inclusions that are often overlooked.
WANT TO GO? $16; $14 seniors; $12 students; free for children 18 and younger. 212-299-7777. madmuseum.org.

Cross-Stitch Circle
WHEN: Dec. 14 - 21, Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Beginners will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark. More seasoned stitchers can branch into more complicated designs.
WANT TO GO? $21; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.

Family Day: Scaffolding - Connect and Construct
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 16, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
WHERE: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn fun facts and explore the current exhibition. Families will then create their own scaffolding-inspired project to take home.
WANT TO GO? $6; $12 children. 212-358-6133. centerforarchitecture.org.

Open Construction Challenge
WHEN: Dec. 18 - 24, Monday, 12-5pm; Thursday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Greenwich Village, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Using upcycled materials like cardboard and cone cups, visitors will challenge themselves to build the construction of their dreams.
WANT TO GO? $12; seniors pay as you wish; free for children younger than 1. 212-274-0986. cmany.org.

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