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

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

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

Art on the Farm FREE
WHEN: May. 5 - Oct. 20, Weekends, 2-4pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 20 Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join for art projects inspired by the farm.
WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722. randallsisland.org.

Open Studio
WHEN: May. 18 - Dec. 29, Weekends, 10:30am-3pm
WHERE: Whitney Museum of American Art , 99 Gansevoort St., Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Make your own art inspired by works on view.
WANT TO GO? $25; $18 seniors/students; free for children younger than 18. 212-570-7713. whitney.org/events/families-open-studio.

Saturday Sketching
WHEN: May. 18 - Dec. 28, Saturdays, 10am-4pm (July 6)
WHERE: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Art materials are available for exploration of architectural shapes and spaces.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 students and seniors; free for children younger than 12. 212-423-3500. guggenheim.org.

Open Studio for Families
WHEN: May. 19 - Dec. 29, Sundays, 1-4pm (no session July 7)
WHERE: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Enjoy a drop-in studio art-making program.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 students and seniors; free for children younger than 12. 212-423-3500. guggenheim.org.

Free Arts Island Outpost FREE
WHEN: Jun. 1 - Oct. 27, Weekends, 11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan, New York Harbor , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Travel to historic Governors Island for free hands-on art-making workshops and art-viewing experiences!
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

DIY Temporary Tattoos
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 1, 10:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Manhattan, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Cut stencils out of cardstock, then apply skin-safe paints to sponges to blot designs onto skin!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($13; free for children younger than 1). 212-274-0986. cmany.org.

Backpack Creature Creator
WHEN: Sep. 7 - 8, Daily, 1:00-5:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Design a fuzzy friend to “hang” out on your backpack all school year.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Bookmark Buddies
WHEN: Sep. 7 - 8, daily, 10:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Create a 3D quirky bookmark creature to join you on your reading adventures. 
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Wings, Wands & Woodlands: Fairy Workshop FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 7, 11:00am-12:30pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park - Water's Edge Garden, 20 Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Make all things fairy: wands, wings, and little houses. Walk along the forest path to look for signs of fairies!
WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722. randallsisland.org.

'Pop-up Skyscraper Cards' Family Program
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 7, 10:30-11:45am
WHERE: The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, New York, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Get excited for National Skyscraper Day on September 3 by making pop-up cards of your own skyscraper design!
WANT TO GO? $5 per child, members free. 2129456324. https://skyscraper.org/WHAT'S_UP/family_programs.htm.

Grandparents Day: Handmade Blossom Bookmarks
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 8, 10:30am-12:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Make pressed flower bookmarks for your grandparents or in memory of them.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Accordion Doll Houses
WHEN: Sep. 9 - 13, 9/9 and 9/13, 12:00-5:00pm; 9/12, 12:00-6:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., SoHo, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn how to create an accordion book fold, and then fill it with rooms, windows, and more.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($13; free for children younger than 1). 212-274-0986. cmany.org.

Family Art Tour FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 4:00-4:30pm
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, Flatiron District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy an interactive tour and activity centered around Leonardo Drew’s City in the Grass.
WANT TO GO? 212-520-7600. madisonsquarepark.org.

Teen Back-to-School Craft Thursday FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 12, 3:00pm
WHERE: New York Public Library - Riverside, 127 Amsterdam Avenue, Lincoln Square, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Learn how to make a pencil and pen holder for the new school year. 
WANT TO GO? https://nypl.org/locations/riverside.

Myths & Fairy Tales
WHEN: Sep. 14 - 15, daily, 10:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Manhattan, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Create your own dragons, knights, and mythical figures to tell an epic story of heroic proportions!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($13; free for children younger than 1). 212-274-0986. cmany.org/.

Family Workshops
WHEN: Sep. 15 - Oct. 27, 2:30pm
WHERE: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St., Midtown, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Families with children ages 6-10 will construct and decorate a beautifully bound project that can be used for any sketching, writing, or creating purposes.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 3. 212-832-1155. japansociety.org.

MOCACREATE: Neighborhood Sounds
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 21, 1:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Go on a sound walk and make art inspired by the soundscapes of our streets.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($12 adults; $8 children, students, and seniors; free for children younger than 2). 8559556622. http://mocanyc.org/families/mocacreate.

Alebrije Animal Puppets
WHEN: Sep. 21 - 22, daily, 3:00-3:45pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Alebrije are ornate Mexican sculptures carved out of wood and decorated with bright paint. Use neon paper to create folk art inspired puppets, then decorate your mythical creature with paint.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

DROP IN ON DESIGN FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 21, 11:00am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:00pm
WHERE: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E. 91 St., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: This is a beginner workshop. No prior experience in design required to participate!
WANT TO GO? 212-849-8400. cooperhewitt.org.

Sundays: Studio Art Sessions
WHEN: Sep. 22 - Dec. 29, Sundays, 1:00-4:00pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($18 adults; free for children and teens). 2124233200. https://thejewishmuseum.org/programs/families?utm_source=Listing&utm_medium=Listing&utm_campaign=L_FPStudioArtSundays_2019.

Tweens: Swag Out Your Stuff! FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 5:15pm
WHERE: New York Public Library - Webster Library , 1465 York Ave., Upper East Side , NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Reclaim your old stuff with iron on patches, buttons and fabric markers.
WANT TO GO? 212-288-5049. https://nypl.org/locations/webster.

Historical Craft Workshop: Knot-Tying Jewelry
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 28, 2pm
WHERE: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street, New York, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Learn about traditional maritime knots and use one to craft a bracelet.
WANT TO GO? $15. 212-838-6878. https://mvhm.org/.

DIY Stuffed Creatures
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 9:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., SoHo, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

Bring your favorite drawn character to life! In this class, students will learn basic sewing and patterning techniques to create their own huggable stuffed creature, be it a hybrid animal, a mini-version of a pet, or the mythical creature of their dreams.


WANT TO GO? $200. 2122740986. https://cmany.org/classes-and-activities/art-colony/view/diy-stuffed-creatures-2/.

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