Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this December
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American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
Through August 2013
Food is the one thing that unites every culture, race, and generation. Food is used as a social ritual, a holiday tradition, a symbol of comfort, a gift, and an excuse to catch up with friends. The American Museum of Natural History has taken food and what it means to us and put it into a fascinating exhibition called Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture, which opened last month. The curators hope it will encourage visitors to examine a thing we all do everyday—eat!—and think about everything that goes into that act more consciously. The exhibition touches on a lot of serious issues, such as the scarcity of food predicted for the future and childhood obesity. Complete with a proactive message (the exhibition suggests both short- and long-term fixes for the problems we’ve encountered when it comes to food) and fun bits of trivia interspersed throughout, this exhibition is a great jump-off to discuss food, nutrition, and health with the whole family.
Children’s Museum of the Arts, SoHo
Sundays in December
The Children’s Museum of the Arts now offers Inclusive Weekend Workshops to children with physical disabilities along with their able-bodied siblings and friends. The program is intended to make the museum’s art-making accessible to all needs and provide an opportunity for siblings and friends to spend time with each other, as well as with peers who have similar life experiences. Each session offers a new workshop that is designed to meet the needs of the participatns, and the program is staffed with CMA teaching artists and a licensed occupational therapist. If a child requires dedicated one-on-one attention, parents are encouraged to bring a paraprofessional to help facilitate the child’s experience. Parents are welcome to drop off their kids or stay for the workshop.
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