As always, the Nassau County Museum of Art has a plethora of family programs available for families with children, starting with Family Sundays. This month, two special family programs will replace the regular format of Family Sundays on two of the dates. The following programs are offered during the month of December 2014.
Family Sundays at the Museum
Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
Family Tour at 1 p.m.
December 14, 28
Converse, collaborate and create together. Each week be inspired by exhibition based gallery conversations, and explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas with our museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy lives to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New Projects are featured every week. Not offered on December 7 and 21; please plan to attend the special family programs those days.
The Lost Bird Project
Filmmaker & Sculptor Todd McGrain
Sunday, December 7, 1-4 p.m.
A special screening of The Lost Bird Project, a film that honors five extinct North American birds: the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon. The film follows sculptor Todd McGrain on his journey to install the large bronze bird memorials he creates in the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild. Afterwards, get your own copy of The Lost Bird Project. McGrain will be present to sign his book, Fold the Flock, and help participants create origami Passenger Pigeons to take home. Free with Museum admission but registration is requested; please indicate how many children and adults will be in your group, email@example.com. Please note: this event is in place of Family Sundays at the Museum.
Celebrate Winter Solstice
Sunday, December 21, 1-4 p.m.
Celebrate light on the shortest day of the year by creating nature-inspired lanterns and then bring them to a Winter Solstice themed story time. Experiment with ice and color to create a collaborative ice sculpture. Design your own “Tea Sampler” using traditional Chinese Chop stamps to take home with you to keep you warm on a winter’s day. Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee. Reservations not needed. Please note: this event is in place of Family Sundays at the Museum.
Information about the Museum
The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 p.m; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students with ID and children aged 4 to 12. Members and children under 4 are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.