Release Date: January 3, 2019

Winter/Spring 2019 Season of Family Programs at the Jewish Museum

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New York, NY, January 3, 2019 - The Jewish Museum launches its winter/spring 2019 season of family programs in January with performances, art workshops, and more.

The Museum welcomes two new acts to its slate of family performances, with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats and  Michael & The Rockness Monsters joining long-time favorites The Pop Ups, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, and The Paper Bag Players. Other programs on the schedule are the annual Freedom Art Jam Art & Dance Party for Passover on April 7; drop-in art workshops every Sunday and on selected holiday weekdays; and family art activities. See below for details about each program.

For further information regarding family programs at the Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3337. Tickets can be purchased online at The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City.



Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats
Sunday, January 27, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

Playing jazz age-inspired music for kids, Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats will perform songs from their new Grammy nominated album All The Sounds and lead the audience in an interactive scat session. Ages 2-9

Michael & the Rockness Monsters
Sunday, February 10, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

Families can rock out to the funk-inspired tunes, quirky rhythmic melodies, and rich instrumentation of Michael & the Rockness Monsters, performing tunes from their most recent album, Monster’s Ball. Ages 2–7

The Pop Ups
Sunday, March 17, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

This high-energy duo—two-time Grammy nominees—presents a concert featuring live drawing, puppets, and a costume party for the holiday of Purim. Ages 3 - 8

The Paper Bag Players: Stand Up and Cheer, We’re 60 This Year
Sunday, March 31, 11:30am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

The latest fun-filled production from the famed Paper Bags blends cardboard and paper sets, whimsical stories, lovable characters, and live music that will have families dancing in the aisles. Ages 3 - 8

Hot Peas ‘N Butter
Sunday, April 28, 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 general public, $14 Jewish Museum family members

Hot Peas ‘N Butter’s multicultural rhythms range from vibrant Puerto Rican folk music to soulful American blues, as the band performs tunes celebrating nature from their latest release, Back to The Land.
Ages 3 and up


Freedom Art Jam Art & Dance Party for Passover
Sunday, April 7, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

A festive afternoon celebrates Passover with the soulful sounds of ShirLaLa; themed workshops for kids to craft holiday artifacts and freedom shakers; a giant collaborative art project; and gallery tours. Ages 3 and up


Studio Art Sessions
Sundays through May 12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Families explore new themes each week in these drop-in art workshops. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view. Parents can visit the Jewish Museum’s website for details. Ages 3 and up

Archaeology Mondays
Mondays, January 21, February 18, March 25, April 22, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Unique in New York City, the Jewish Museum’s simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Kids can collect stamps in a special passport each visit, and receive a gift after three digs. Ages 3 – 10

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Drop-In Art Workshop: Dream Tree Collages
Monday, January 21, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the holiday of Tu B’Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day), kids can create collages of words from Dr. King’s speeches and images from nature to form tree designs. Ages 3 and up

Vacation Week Drop-In Art Workshop: Imaginary Dioramas
February 17-19, 21, and 22, 1:00 pm– 4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the works of artist Martha Rosler, kids can design imaginative dioramas using colorful papers, textures, and magazine pictures. Ages 3 and up

Passover Week Drop-In Art Workshop: Painted Wonders
April 22, 23, and 25, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Kids will make original art with Passover and springtime themes. Ages 3 and up

Second Sundays Dig Drop-In
The second Sunday of each month, through May 12
Noon – 3:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Kids can discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the Museum’s simulated archaeological dig, open on the second Sunday of each month. Ages 3 - 10


Picture This!
Sundays, January 27, February 10, March 17, April 28, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
Tickets: $25 general public, $22 Jewish Museum Family Members

Each program begins with a 10:00 am gallery program that includes interactive art-viewing activities and a storybook reading, followed by an opportunity to create original artworks and a concert at 11:30 am featuring an acclaimed performer. Ages 4 - 7


Art Explorers
Tuesdays, January 15, February 12, March 12, April 16, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Tickets: $10 general public, $8 Jewish Museum Family Members

Preschoolers and their adult companions can explore Scenes from the Collection through themed tours and engaging gallery activities, followed by a visit to the Museum’s art studio. Ages 3 and 4


Workshops for Kids with Disabilities
Sundays, February 24 and May 19, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Examine art on view and create a work of your own in these programs for families with children who have developmental and learning disabilities. Workshops include gallery activities and an art project. Ages 5 - 17
Free with advance registration; families should email For more information about the Museum’s Access programs, visit

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education’s family programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz. Family programming is supported, in part, by the Samuel Brandt Fund, Cheryl and Blair Effron, the Dambrot Family, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Council, funds recommended by the office of Council Member Ben Kallos, Council Member Keith Powers, and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About the Jewish Museum

Located on New York City's famed Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and is one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. Devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, the Museum offers diverse exhibitions and programs, and maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years.

Location: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City

Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11 am to 5:45 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm; and Friday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Admission: $18.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $8.00 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm. Free on Saturdays and select Jewish holidays.

Information: The public may call 212.423.3200 or visit

Press contacts

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The Jewish Museum
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