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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

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

Turtle Bay Music School Annual Benefit: Manhattan Penthouse 
WHEN: Wednesday March 13, 6:30pm
WHERE: 80 Fifth Ave.
AGES: All 
WHAT: You're invited to the Turtle Bay Music School Annual Benefit Celebrating City Voices Ensemble! City Voices Ensemble (CVE) is a full-scholarship choral ensemble open to all young women throughout NYC between the ages of 13-18. Through weekly vocal coaching, ensemble sessions, artistic collaboration, and performance experience, CVE encourages these women to grow as artists and become confident, creative leaders.
WANT TO GO? 212-753-8811. tbms.org.

Women of the Revolutionary War 
WHEN: March 2-30, 1pm 
WHERE: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St., Financial District 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: Celebrate Women's History Month with this tour of women who played key roles in the Revolutionary War. 
WANT TO GO? $7; $4 seniors, students, and children; free for children younger than 5. 212-425-1778. frauncestavernmuseum.org. 

Living History Days at N-YHS : New-York Historical Society 
WHEN: March 2-31, every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm
WHERE: 170 Central Park West, 77th St
AGES: All 
WHAT: The Living History program gives children and adults an opportunity to explore and learn about various important figures and movements in American history, with historians portraying influential figures and speaking to the audience about their life experiences. On March 2 and 3, the founders of Black Harlem (including Madame C.J. Walker and the Harlem Hellfighters) will visit the museum. On March 9 and 10, children can come and meet Harriet Tubman. On March 16 and 17, the museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote with a visit from early 20th century suffragists. On March 23 and 24, children meet with Madame C.J. Walker to find out how she trained other women at her Harlem brownstone to open up their own salons, And on March 30 and 31, the Museum hosts Living History: Women, the Extraordinary Soldiers of the Civil War, where 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 are celebrated. 
WANT TO GO? 212-873-3400. www.nyhistory.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

She's On Point! A Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports: McCarren Park 
WHEN: Saturday March 9, 11am-1pm
WHERE: 900 Lorimer St., Williamsburg 
AGES: All
WHAT: She’s on Point celebrates the achievements of female athletes and 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 will take place, from traditional to alternative sports. There will also be a speaking portion, where professional athletes and coaches are invited to talk about their pathways into a career in sports.
WANT TO GO? 347-987-2765. townsquareinc.com. 

Eye Spy – Picture This: Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO
WHEN:
Saturday March 9, 10:30am-1:30pm
WHERE: 55 Water St.
AGES: All 
WHAT: Check out the exhibit Waterfront and stay for this collage activity designed to encourage artistic, self-expression and build group interaction. Children create collages on background line drawings that depict either the DUMBO waterfront, the Empire Stores (past and present), or New York City landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge.

Following the activity, stick around to enjoy the many family-friendly parts of Waterfront with children as young as one to:

  • Dress up like the women welders of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in WWII.
  • Touch and smell goods, like cochineal bugs and coffee beans, which passed through Empire Stores when it was a busy warehouse.
  • Use our Brooklyn waterfront magnet board to design your own city.
  • Film videos of yourself traveling back in time.
  • Color a Brooklyn waterfront themed postcard to mail to family & friends

WANT TO GO? 718-222-4111. brooklynhistory.org/dumbo/.

Staten Island Women in Science: Staten Island Children's Museum 
WHEN: Saturday March 9, 12-1pm
WHERE: 1000 Richmond Ave., Staten Island
AGES: All 
WHAT: Check out Con Edison Second Saturday Science! Meet the women scientists from Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and participate in a variety of demonstrations related to their fieldwork.
WANT TO GO? 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org. 

She's On Point! A Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports: Red Hook Recreational Center 
WHEN: Saturday March 23, 11am-1pm
WHERE: 155 Bay St., Red Hook NY 
AGES: All
WHAT: She’s on Point celebrates the achievements of female athletes and 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. We also incorporate a speaking portion, where professional athletes and coaches are invited to talk about their pathways into a career in sports.
WANT TO GO? 718-722-3211. nycgovparks.org. 

Women's History Month Celebration: Brooklyn Borough Hall
WHEN:
Thursday March 28, 6-9pm
WHERE: 209 Joralemon St.
AGES: All
WHAT: Honoring Brooklyn's diverse women who are breaking barriers and blazing trails. 
WANT TO GO? 718-802-3700. brooklyn-usa.org. 

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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.

RELATED: Our guide to African American history landmarks in the New York Area 

 

Women’s History Month Events in Queens

STEM Night: Women in STEM
WHEN: Friday March 8, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St. Corona
AGES: 11 and older
WHAT: Celebrate International Women's Day with STEM Night: Women in STEM. Meet with women professionals from different STEM fields, learn about their experiences, and work through career conversations. This event is geared toward middle school, high school, and college students curious about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Inspiring Women in Science: Launch a Rocket!: Queens Library - Rosedale Branch 
WHEN: Wednesday March 13, 4-5pm
WHERE: 144-20 243 St., Rosedale
AGES: All 
WHAT: Launch rockets in honor of Annie Easley's contributions to launching the first rocket ships. This program is part of the "Inspiring Women in Science" series, in honor of Women's History Month.
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8490. queenslibrary.org/branch/Rosedale. 

Inspiring Women in Science: 'Who Was ...' Book Club
WHEN: March 4-25, Mondays, 4-5pm
WHERE: 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Each week we will focus on one book in this popular biography series, learning about notable women in all fields of science. Enjoy shared reading, crafts, games, and more. It’s not necessary to read the books ahead of time. This is for readers ages 6 to 12. No registration required.
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. queenslibrary.org/branch/Broadway. 

Kids' Club Celebrates Women's History!
WHEN: March 6-27, Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm
WHERE: 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join the South Jamaica Kids' Club throughout the month to learn about women's history. 
WANT TO GO? www.queenslibrary.org/branch/South-Jamaica 

Inspiring Women in Science: Chapter Book Readers Club
WHEN: March 5-26, Tuesdays, 4-5pm
WHERE: 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All 
WHAT: Readers in grades 2-4 read, learn, and explore with exciting chapter books. In honor of Women's History Month, we will read about inspiring women in science and complete a surprise activity.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org. 

Inspiring Women In Science: Super Science Women!
WHEN: March 1-29, Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach 
AGES: All
WHAT: For the month of March, Queens Library is celebrating inspiring women and their achievements in all the fields of applied science! On Fridays from 4-5pm we’ll provide fun STEM activities and discuss amazing women in the sciences. This program is for ages 6-12. Registration is not required.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110. queenslibrary.org 

 

Women’s History Month Events in Westchester County

Women's History Month: Mount Kisco Library 
WHEN: Monday March 11, 3:30-5:30pm
WHERE: 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco 
AGES: 10-14
WHAT: Celebrate Women's History Month and Girl Power! Write a thank you note to a woman who inspires you or a woman you would like to meet one day. Then watch the documentary Girl Rising, a film that follows nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education. 
WANT TO GO? 914-666-8041. mountkiscolibrary.org.

 

Women’s History Month Events on Long Island

Green Teens: Women Who Changed Science: Long Island Children's Museum 
WHEN: Saturday March 9, 1pm-3pm
WHERE: 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: From figuring out how to send astronauts into space to exploring radioactivity, women have made essential scientific discoveries. Join LICM in celebrating Women’s History Month and learn about some important women who have changed the field of science. This program is made possible with the support of National Grid. Ages: 3 and up.
WANT TO GO? 516-224-5800. licm.org. 

Heroines at the Helm: The Whaling Museum and Education Center 
WHEN: Sunday March 10, 11am-2pm
WHERE: 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All 
WHAT: In honor of Women’s History Month, discover the fascinating and undertold experiences of courageous whaling wives. Enjoy an array of Victorian-era crafts, see our new exhibit, share your opinion on our voting wall, and dip a wax candle to take home. 
WANT TO GO? 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Workshop: Women's History Month - Women in Science: Long Island Science Center
WHEN: Saturday March 16, 2-3pm
WHERE: 11 W. Main St., Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Women’s History Month by discovering the amazing scientific breakthroughs that women have pioneered. Choose your take home project from your favorite field of science.
WANT TO GO? 631-208-8000. lisciencecenter.org.

Real Housewives of Cold Spring Harbor, Whaling Edition: Historic Walking Tour: The Whaling Museum and Education Center
WHEN:
March 23-24, 12-1pm
WHERE: 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: In honor of Women’s History Month, stroll through historic Main Street to explore femalecentric stories of the whaling wives who lived here. Delve into local stories of Rosalie Gardiner Jones and other local suffragettes and discover moments that helped change history.
WANT TO GO? 631-387-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

 

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

 

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