Where to Celebrate Women’s History Month with Your Kids in the New York Area

Where to Celebrate Women’s History Month with Your Kids in the New York Area

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March is Women’s History Month, and there are plenty of places and activities to honor the many memorable women who shaped our country. There are monuments that you can visit all year round as well as special Women’s History Month and International Women's Day events that you and your family can attend this month. Find activities across the New York area, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester County, and Long Island.
 

Women’s History Month Events and Monuments in Manhattan

FREE Female Empowerment Tour
WHEN: Friday, March 2, 6-6:45pm
WHERE: The Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St., Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us for a special tour featuring the stories and rituals of powerful female figures in Himalayan art.
WANT TO GO? 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org.

Living History: Revolutionary War Weekend
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 11am-4pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Continental soldiers and colonial citizens portrayed by living historians will be stationed at the museum to answer questions about life on and off the battlefield. Take a close look at their uniforms and equipment, line up to learn a military drill, and talk to camp followers—women who marched with and supported troops in the field.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.

Herstory Day
WHEN: Sunday, March 26, 11am
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Harlem
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Herstory Day is an intergenerational celebration of women’s history in New York City with a focus on archiving, activism, and art practices. Designed for all ages and featuring community organizations, this program honors women throughout New York City who are working today to archive and preserve their own histories. Hear from Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, and Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code.  
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; free for children. 212-534-1672. mcny.org.
 

Reading into History Family Book Club: 'With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote'
WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Award-winning author Ann Bausum will chat via Skype and answer your questions about the research she conducted to write this original book on the women’s suffrage movement.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.


Women's International Film & Arts Festival
WHEN: March 8-12, Thursday-Monday, 8am-11:30pm
WHERE: Village East Cineman, 189 Second Ave., East Village
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Women's International Film Festival (WIFF) will include the screening of more than 40 films from women around the world as well as a two-day Women in Film, Media & Entertainment Conference. This year’s conference will also feature discussions on how to create and monetize content for digital platforms.
WANT TO GO? $125 and up. 305-653-9700. womensfilmfest.com.
 

Living History: American Women in Song
WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 11am-4pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Discover historical love songs, laments, ballads, work songs, parlor ditties, and suffrage anthems, and listen to excerpts from women’s diaries and letters. You can even try out instruments, including the mountain and hammered dulcimers, pennywhistle, guitar, and limberjack.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.
 

Living History: Women, the Extraordinary Soldiers of the Civil War!
WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 11am-4pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet living historians who recreate and share the underrepresented and contested contributions to war efforts by women who openly served in combat roles and women who disguised themselves as men to enlist, as well as individuals who may not have identified as one gender.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.
 

Special Story Time with Gayle E. Pitman
WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Pitman will do a reading of her book When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community. Stick around after the reading to ask her all about the real-life women featured in the story and maybe even get a copy of the book signed.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.


Beyond Suffrage: A Century of Women in Politics
WHEN: Through August 5: daily, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Harlem
AGES: All
WHAT: Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times.
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; free for children. 212-534-1672. mcny.org.
 

Gertrude Stein Monument
WHERE: Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd streets and 5th and 6th avenues, Midtown
WHAT: This monument pays tribute to the influential author Gertrude Stein and is located on the Upper Terrace of Bryant Park. It is just a stone’s throw away from the New York Public Library—home to her literary works, including plays, film scripts, biographies, poems, and novels.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org
 

Harriet Tubman Memorial
WHERE: West 122nd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Harlem
WHAT: This statue commemorates the life of Harriet Tubman, known for her work as an African American in the abolitionist movement and conductor of the Underground Railroad helping to free slaves, as she once was.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org
 

Joan of Arc Memorial 
WHERE: 93rd Street and Riverside Drive, Upper West Side
WHAT: Visit this equestrian sculpture of Joan of Arc, the well-known French heroine that liberated her people from English rule. The statue was also created by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, who during her time was one of the few women artists to be able to make a name for herself.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org
 

Eleanor Roosevelt Monument
WHERE: 72nd Street and Riverside Drive, Upper West Side
WHAT: Pay honor to the longest serving First Lady of the United States who was also an avid human rights activist. It is the first monument dedicated to a First Lady and the inscriptions detail her dedication to human rights.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org

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Women’s History Month Events and Museums in Brooklyn

FREE Target First Saturday
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 5-11pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Mark Women's History Month at this free program featuring arts and crafts, workshops, and more. 
WANT TO GO? 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.
 

'Robin Hood Now'
WHEN: March 3-4, Saturday-Sunday, 2:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 5th Ave., Park Slope
AGES: All
WHAT: A female Robin Hood is inspired to become an active part in her community and creates “Green Hoods for Good,” a space for children to share their worries and challenges. Robin and her friends spring into action by inventing, recycling, creating, and more, all while trying to find a way to celebrate a park that is to be closed down.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-832-0018. sparkmovementcollective.org.
 

International Women's Day
WHEN: Thursday, March 8, see website for schedule
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Join this event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women.
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.
 

An Evening with Chelsea Clinton
WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Chelsea Clinton will be reading her new picture book, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History, and will be joined with illustrator Alexandra Boiger and their editor Jill Santopolo.
WANT TO GO? $12.50-$40. 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.
 

FREE She's on Point! A Celebration of Girls in Sports
WHEN: March 3-24, Saturdays, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Sunset Park Recreation Center, 4200 7th Ave., Sunset Park
AGES: All
WHAT: She’s on Point celebrates the achievements of female athletes by introducing young girls and boys to sports. Through partnerships with local colleges and sports organizations, as well as the contributions of NYC Parks public programming staff, a variety of sports clinics and demonstrations take place, from traditional to alternative sports.
WANT TO GO? 347-452-5679. nycgovparks.org.
 

Alice Austen House
WHEN: March–October, Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm; November–December, Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
WHERE: 2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island
WHAT: Alice Austen was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. Visit the museum to view her contribution to women’s history.
WANT TO GO? $5 suggested donation. 718-816-4506. aliceausten.org.
 

Museum of Women’s Resistance
WHEN: Year-round: Monday-Friday, 10:30am-5:30pm; Saturday-Sunday by appointment only.
WHERE: 279 Empire Blvd., Crown Heights
WHAT: Dedicated to Civil Rights leader Edith Savage-Jennings, this museum highlights women of African descent and cultures and their influence on society. Exhibits include historic and contemporary art pieces, and multimedia that allows visitors to see and hear various types of African literature, oral storytelling, and songs.
WANT TO GO? $7; $5 seniors, students, and guests of members (limit of 5); free for members and children. 347-533-9102. museumofwomensresistance.org.

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Women’s History Month Events in Queens

FREE No Rest In This Skin Featuring Oxama Chi and Layla Zami
WHEN: Friday, March 2, 7:30pm
WHERE: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrating the upcoming International Women’s Day, March First Friday lines up four inspiring female Queens artists from diverse backgrounds. Come and gather around for an evening of feminism, activism, and art.
WANT TO GO? 718-658-7400. jcal.org.
 

FREE Make It! STEM: Celebrate Women Scientists
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7, 4:30pm
WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Celebrate women scientists during Women's History Month by trying out a new and different STEM activity.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.
 

FREE Family Movie Hour: 'He Named Me Malala'
WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2pm
WHERE: East Elmhurst Library, 95-06 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Celebrate Women's History Month by bringing the entire family to watch He Named Me Malala, and then share your thoughts. The film presents the young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who has spoken out for the rights of girls, especially the right to education, since she was very young.
WANT TO GO? 718-424-2619. queenslibrary.org.
 

FREE She's On Point! A Celebration of Girls in Sports
WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 12pm
WHERE: Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park , 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: This event celebrates the achievements of female athletes by introducing young girls and boys to sports. A variety of sports clinics and demonstrations take place, from traditional to alternative sports.
WANT TO GO? 718-353-7853. nycgovparks.org.
 

Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants in NY
WHEN: Through March 18: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Queens Museum, 111-01 Corona Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: The exhibit features art and fashion photographs of 16 young immigrant women in iconic NYC spots and neighborhoods, together with audio recordings of their stories and video montages. It shows a nuanced and multi-layered picture of the immigrant women who make NYC their home, of the barriers and isolation they experience, and of the hopes, dreams, and talents they bring with them.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 seniors; free for children 18 and younger. 718-592-9700. queensmuseum.org.
 

FREE STEM Night: Women in STEM
WHEN: Friday, March 23, 5:30-8pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Students ages in middle school, high school and college can learn about the wide range of careers that women have conquered in STEM fields. The evening includes hands-on activities, career conversations with women leaders, and networking. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

 

Women’s History Month Events in Westchester County

Thematic Tour: Women of the Jay Family
WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 1-4pm
WHERE: John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah
AGES: All
WHAT: Sarah, Nancy, Eleanor, and more. Six generations of strong, educated women lived at John Jay’s Bedford House. Their stories shed light on the roles of women in upper-class homes in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting the lives of the Jay women.
WANT TO GO? $10; $7 seniors and students; free for children younger than 12. 914-232-5651. johnjayhomestead.org.


FREE Women and the Art of Sugar
WHEN: Sunday, March 5, 4pm
WHERE: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: What does it take to make "candy" in the 18th century? Join for this exciting hands-on program to look at all the different women who are involved in the process of sugar work, from growing the cane to shaping the treats. Make your own 18th-century sweet treat to take home and enjoy.
WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847. fieldkids.wordpress.com.
 

FREE Ballet & Abigail Adams: Women's History Month Event
WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 1-3pm
WHERE: St. Paul's Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about the life and times of Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams through a talk by Professor Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase. Then, the Ajkun Ballet Theatre presents a special dance sequence evoking the lives of three prominent American women associated with St. Paul’s: Anne Hutchinson, Abigail Adams, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
WANT TO GO? 914-667-4116. nps.gov/sapa.

 

Women’s History Month Events on Long Island

Long Island Nets vs. Windy City Bulls (Women's Empowerment Day)
WHEN: Sunday, March 4, 3pm
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
AGES: All
WHAT: Help the Long Island Nets celebrate women's empowerment at the Coliseum against the Windy City Bulls. 
WANT TO GO? $18-$40. 800-745-3000. longisland.gleague.nba.com.
 

Ladies Who Rock
WHEN: Tuesday, March 6, 7:30pm
WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Celebrate girl power with female singers and songwriters who broke the glass ceiling of the once male-dominated music world. Soul singers like Tina Turner, Diana Ross and, Nina Simone battled racism. Country singers like Patsy Cline, Tanya Tucker, and Dolly Parton, and rock and rollers like Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Amy Winehouse, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell battled sexism. They all fought stereotypes and travelled a hard road to fame and success while opening the door for other women to follow their dreams. This program showcases these women and others for March Herstory Month.
WANT TO GO? $16. 631-423-7611. cinemaartscentre.org.
 

Slapstick Divas: The Silent Women of Comedy
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm
WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington
AGES:
WHAT: Join author Steve Massa for a celebration of some of the funniest women of the silent era. Female comedians like Alice Howell, Gale Henry, and Wanda Wiley were some of the most beloved stars of early cinema, and their films are now being rediscovered by a new generation of film fans.
WANT TO GO? $16. 631-423-7611. cinemaartscentre.org.
 

FREE Book Chat: 'Sisters in Law'
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 1:30pm
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Levittown
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brooklyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-2211. islandtreespubliclibrary.org.

 

Main Image: The Eleanor Roosevelt Monument on the Upper West Side
Flickr/Eden, Janine and Jim/CC 4.0 


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