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Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry's Busytown at New York Historical Society

Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry's Busytown

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  • Nov. 01, 2019 through Feb. 23, 2020, See website for schedule of events
  • New York Historical Society
  • 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • $22; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 5

Holiday Express returns to New-York Historical this holiday season, reimagined to celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry. The installation showcases artwork and graphics of Scarry’s characters (like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm!) from publisher Penguin Random House alongside Jerni Collection toys. Children and adults can also experience dynamic displays exploring the workings of the railroad, the services it provides, and the jobs required to keep people and goods moving. (Curated by Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture) 

Kids hop on our custom-made Busytown vehicle-themed benches and take photos throughout the gallery with Busytown characters. Also: Pick up an "I Spy" scavenger hunt at the 77th St. entrance and take your whole family on an adventure through the exhibition. 

Check out the DiMenna Children's History Museum's December calendar for a full roster of Holiday Express programming, including a Dec. 14 & 15 visit from Huck Scarry, Richard Scarry's son, and Vacation Week events.


Celebrating Richard Scarry and Busytown!

Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15; 1–3 pm

All aboard! Holiday Express returns this year with a special new addition—scenes from Richard Scarry’s Busytown! On this weekend, families will join Huck Scarry in a draw-along of beloved Busytown characters and chat about his father. Children will decorate their own Busytown vehicles, create finger puppets, listen to Busytown tales, and go on a pretend train journey with our favorite Conductor Abe!

December School Vacation Week

Thursday, December 26 – Wednesday, January 1
Stop by New-York Historical during our annual, train-filled Vacation Week. Take part in an “I Spy” scavenger hunt, play at our train table, listen to a classic train story, and make a rail-themed craft to take home! 

Holiday Express “I Spy” Scavenger Hunt

All day

Recommended for ages 4 and up

I spy, with my little eye, a dog, a ship, and even a flying machine! Pick up an “I Spy” scavenger hunt and get the whole family involved on an adventure through Holiday Express. Kids and adults alike will delight in discovering surprises among all the toys and trains.

Train Tales and Crafts

Daily, 2 pm

All Ages

Come for the classic train story and stay for the crafts! Rail-themed books for December School Vacation Week include The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper; Steam Train, Dream Train written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; Shark vs. Train written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; and more.


About New York Historical Society

170 Central Park W.

Upper West Side, NY