As you gear up for back to school, here are the upcoming family programs at the Rubin Museum that are sure to keep you busy and engaged with your children.
Families can drop into the Museum on Sundays between 1:00–4:00 PM for casual art-making and free family-friendly activities. Designed for children ages 3 and up with accompanying adults, the art activities change monthly and connect with the art and ideas of the Himalayas. RubinMuseum.org/FamilySundays
SEPTEMBER SUNDAYS: SUGAR & SPICE
Break the rules and play with your food! Make sculptures out of sugar and spice, inspired by chalimidi, a sweet rice flour dish made during the Hindu festival Vinayaka Chaturthi. During this early September festival, chalimidi is offered to one of the most popular Hindu deities, Ganesha, the elephant-headed “Remover of Obstacles.” Try to spot him holding a bowl of sweets in the Museum’s galleries.
OCTOBER SUNDAYS: BOARD GAMES & BRIGHT LIGHTS
Make and learn how to play traditional Nepalese board games with your family. Sculpt cute, silly, or scary game pieces, and master your game face. In honor of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, you can also create traditional diyas (candles) to take a little festival light home with you.
In honor of October’s special family celebrations, live musicians will perform in the education center to set the tone for festive art-filled afternoons.
NOVEMBER SUNDAYS: MINDFULNESS POETRY
November is the season to give thanks and reflect as the year ends. Engage your contemplative mind at Family Sundays this month by writing your own mindfulness poems.
MINDFULNESS FOR FAMILIES
A mindful family is the foundation of a peaceful life. Join Ayman Mukerji Househam, a mindfulness teacher and researcher, for this four-session series to equip yourself with the tools to cultivate a more mindful family. Each session will combine instruction with exercises that can be applied to everyday family life. Structured as a cumulative series, each Mindfulness for Families session will build upon previous ones while providing accessible entry points for newcomers and single-session attendees.
Join us for an individual session or all four with a series pass.
This program is designed for children ages three to seven with accompanying adult(s).
November 12 – Beginner’s Mind – Changing the Parenting Perspective
January 14 – Reconnecting to the Parent Body – The End of Reactivity
March 11 – Parenting Patterns and Reconstructive Memory – Making Way for Mindful Discipline
May 13 – Compassion and Limits – Creating Structure for Mindful Family Growth
Select Sundays, beginning in November – 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
Full series price for adult and one child: $175 Single session: $50 Members receive 10% discount. Fees apply for each additional child.
BIRTHDAY ART LABS
Birthday Labs at the Rubin Museum of Art are led by Museum educators and include art making time in the Education Center, an interactive tour of the Museum galleries, singing, and more! Choose from multiple age-appropriate themes and catering options. Recommended for ages two and older. RubinMuseum.org/Birthday-Art-Labs
About the Rubin Museum of Art
The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts oasis and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas and neighboring regions, including India. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world.
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