On the High Line at 16th St.
What will the future look like? Together we will imagine a future for our city that includes everyone's dreams.
This program is geared towards toddlers and children up to 12 years old.
We encourage all persons with disabilities to attend. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at a program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.774.2482. Program venues are accessible via wheelchair accessibility points, and ASL interpretation can be arranged two weeks in advance.
Schedule of Events:
Appropriate for ages 3–6, but younger and older siblings are welcome
Join author Gail Carson Levine and translator Liuyu "Ivy" Chen for stories and more in English and Mandarin. Gail Carson Levine is the author of the best seller, Ella Enchanted. Ivy is a writer, translator, co-founder of TransWords.net. A lively 30-minute combination of fun activities and language exploration, storytime will enhance your young child's word skills and vocabulary.
11:30am–12pm & 12:30–1pm
Especially for ages 6–12
Superhero Clubhouse presents two performances. The FairWeathers is a comedic trunk show about a curmudgeonly clown who just can't make peace with the changing environment. Like a cartoon, the show is a series of short episodes in which Mr. or Mrs. FairWeather, just trying to go about their lives, are confronted with the environmental consequences of their behavior, to great comedic effect.
Mr. FairWeather Gets Thirsty is inspired by our interconnected waste and water system. Distrusting of the tap and frustrated by recycling bins, Mr. FairWeather's bottled water deliveries result in a mountain of trash and plastic in his fish.
In Mr. FairWeather's Garden, our clown's attempt to avoid the grocery store and grow his own food turns into hilarious chaos as extreme weather reeks havoc.
ArchForKids Art Making
Art making is appropriate for families of all ages and abilities. Children with special needs are encouraged to come make art with us.
It is the year 2038, twenty years in the future — what does NYC look like? Create a wildly imaginative futuristic city collaboratively with other families. Work together to design and create solutions to challenges, such as climate change and affordable housing, that we must work together to change. By the end of the day, what will our new future look like?
Each month, artists from Superhero Clubhouse will create an installation to transform our space based on our monthly theme. Look for surprises on every corner — they pop up for one day only!
Learn about plants from a High Line Gardener! Each month we will have a new, hands-on activity based on our theme. Families will also be able to observe and touch our worms!
Interactive Walking Guide
Todd Shalom of Elastic City created an interactive, participatory walking guide of the High Line for all ages. The guide is complemented with beautiful illustrations by Carla Torres. Pick up a printed guide at any of our family festivals this season.
All children must be attended by a caregiver at all times.
This program is held rain or shine.
About the Artists and Partners:
The Museum of the Chinese in America (MOCA), founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums. The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds while bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational, and cultural programs.
Superhero Clubhouse unites ecology and theater to enact justice, inspire hope, and activate a thriving future. This New York-based community of artists, scientists, and environmental professionals is invested in a long-term experiment to understand how theater can help shift consciousness in the face of global crises.
ArchForKids provides young people with dynamic, hands-on, minds-on learning experiences grounded in architecture, design, engineering, and urban planning. Young designers brainstorm, sketch, estimate, design, calculate, and construct. They create parks and dream houses, go on "I Spy" architecture walks, build model skyscrapers and bridges, and so much more, while applying academic concepts to real-world situations. In addition, young people gain a deeper understanding — and appreciation — of their own communities and the wider world.
Todd Shalom works in visual media and participatory performance. He is the founder and director of Elastic City, a non-profit organization that produced over 200 participatory walks and events for the public between 2010 and 2016. In that time, he collaborated with over a hundred artists in a variety of disciplines to adapt their sensibilities to the participatory walk format, in addition to developing and leading numerous walks of his own. Todd collaborated with illustrator Carla Torres to create this season's family guide.
Carla Torres is an illustrator born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. In 2006 she moved to New York City looking to expand her mind, her soul, and her vision as an artist. Since then her work has been exhibited in several galleries locally and internationally and she has won several illustration awards. Carla has previously illustrated our two family guides in 2016 and our Haunted High Line family guides in 2016 and 2017.
High Line Families is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.