What drink was as important to the American colonies as coffee and tea? Why, cocoa, of course! At this cozy and tasty event, talk history with chocolate enthusiasts critical to America’s founding, including President George Washington, portrayed by Living Historian Michael Grillo; the first First Lady Martha Washington, portrayed by Sandy Winters of History at Play; Hercules, an enslaved chef at Mount Vernon, and Hercules’s wife, portrayed by New-York Historical Society Living History educators; and Ben Franklin, portrayed by Living Historian Jack Sherry.
In between sips of cocoa, visit hands-on stations to learn about chocolate’s journey to the American colonies, its role in the American Revolution, and its importance to the new nation. Sample chocolate ingredients and learn about chocolate-making, too!
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Standard hours: Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am–8pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Buy food: Yes
Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
Family bathroom: Yes
Experience the past in a brand new way at the New-York Historical Society! Explore historic treasures from our permanent collection—including toys from childhoods of the past—and learn about New York and American history in rotating exhibitions. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children, and preteens. From weekly storytelling for toddlers to living historians, we have what you need for your New York and history-obsessed child!
Nearest public transportation stop: 81st Street; B, C
Play area: Indoor
Party room: Yes