Conuco is a Taíno word for a traditional family garden where Native plant technology and farming practices thrive! Throughout the Caribbean, conucos continue to serve as sites for cultural continuity and gathering. Similarly, a bodega, or a small grocery store, is a cultural gathering space that supports many aspects of community life for Caribbeans and others living in New York City. Inspired by the Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean exhibition and the work of Dominican American artist and NMAI’s Youth Leadership Council Member, Gisselle Jiménez, explore cultural connections as you learn more about Native plant technology and create your own bodega-style planter!
Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 1:oopm – 4:00pm
Location: 1 Bowling Green – National Museum of the American Indian
Fee: Free – BUT MUST REGISTER (212) 514-3705 or NMAI-NYfirstname.lastname@example.org
Age: recommended for ages 9 and up
Fidi Families Insiders: While there, swing by their new exhibit catered towards children: imagiNATIONS Activity Center
For more information and to register please visit their website HERE
Downtown kids are invited to stop into the Spotlight Kids NY Studio’s, every Friday for an afternoon of fun. Kids will have a chance to work on a craft, create art, jewelry and more at this weekly drop off event. Take a peek at some of the upcoming workshops and visit their website to see the full calendar and themes offered, through May 10th!
2/15: Sneaker Decorating Workshop
2/22: Calling all Fairy’s – Design and Decorate Fairy Wings
3/1: Assemble Superhero’s – Make a Mask, Cape & Superhero Emblems
3/15: Learn to Juggle and Make a Clown Craft
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $40/per student
Age: 5 and older
Location: 225 Broadway, Suite 2735
For more information, please visit their website HERE
Raising Resilient Girls is a 1-hour talk followed by a 30 minute Q&A session for parents, teachers, and community members
Girls Leadership speaks to parents and teachers across the country about the challenges girls face today, the reasons why we see girls struggling, and what we can do to help them. In this acclaimed 1-hour talk (followed by a 30 minute Q&A), we share how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and social leadership. This engaging presentation covers the development of girl dynamics beginning in preschool through high school.
As written up in Parents Magazine, this talk concentrates on practical advice that can be executed in a real-life setting, such as:
Date: Wednesday, October 24th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: 40 Washington Square South – NYU School of Law (Greenberg Lounge)
Cost: $25/person (Adults only)
For more information about this incredible organization, visit their website HERE
Did you know that Home Depot offers free workshops for kids of all ages? The Manhattan location in the Flatiron District hosts the monthly series, on the 1st Saturday of every month. Though the location is not in Lower Manhattan, it is worth sharing, since its always a fun and worthwhile trip out of the hood.
This months craft is a classic model car that you can put on display or take for a ride “with no particular place to go.
FiDi Families Insiders: Participants keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a Home Depot workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last).
Date: Saturday, June 2nd
Time: 9a – 12p
Location: 40 West 23rd Street (Home Depot)
Fee: Free but RSVP suggested
To register and for more information visit their website HERE