Macro photo of a snowflake by Matthias Lenke.
It's cold on the east coast! Lucking Daily Candy has a great round up of kid-friendly museum programs and activities to do when the mercury plunges including great art programing from the Children's Museum, the Rubin (a small gem that has an amazing education program), The Jewish Museum and even the Whitney which does inspired "stroller tours" when the museum is closed so that you don't have to worry about your baby screaming their head off. And just because its chilly doesn't mean we don't love the snow (which is expected to start falling tonight). These macro photos of snowflakes (above via This is Colossal) are a reminder of the beautiful rewards that cold weather brings.
Rubin Museum of Art
Participants in Yak Packers enjoy games, story time, and a themed art project related to the museum’s collection of Himalayan art every Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 150 West 17th Street, at Seventh Avenue (212-620-5000). Adult and first child, $10; additional children, $5; babies under 1 year, free.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
Wee Arts allows budding artists to try their hand at a variety of materials and mediums. Sessions run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:45 a.m.-noon, and end with music and a romp in the ball pit. 103 Charlton Street, between Greenwich and Hudson Streets (212-274-0986).$22 per family (up to three people).
American Folk Art Museum
Every Saturday, 1-2 p.m., the Families and Folk Art program provides a kid-friendly tour of the exhibits followed by art-making activities inspired by the collection. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue, at 66th Street (212-595-9533). Admission is free.
The Jewish Museum
Art workshops take place Sunday, 1-4 p.m., in the activity center. The space is equipped for whatever project strikes their fancy — be it painting, sculpting, or drawing. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street (212-423-3200). Free with museum admission.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Even if your bub is too itsy to get artsy, he can still tag along for the Whitney’s weekly stroller tours. Crying babies are welcome (the museum is closed to the public), but check the calendar before you go, the tours are only select Fridays, noon-1 p.m. 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street (212-570-3600). Adult admission is $25.