On the High Line between 15th St. and 16th St.
NYC is made up of many neighborhoods that reflect different cultures, dreams, and stories. In June we will map and explore the communities that make up the Big Apple through art, movement, storytelling, and hands-on exploration for the whole family.
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:
Especially for toddlers
Join us to celebrate Pride with Drag Queen Story Hour! The performer will read stories about neighborhoods and traveling around the city, and we'll have a dance party at the end!
11:30am–12pm & 12:30–1pm
Toddlers and children up to 12 years old
Parcon NYC invites families to move and dance — and to explore the physical structure of NYC, with Parcon NYC's unique mash-up of Parkour and Contact Improvisation.
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.
Go through time to explore New York City through its buildings and structures with ArchForKids. Explore an illustrated timeline of notable structures and events from First Nations to present day. Learn architectural elements and building styles by re-creatings facades of NYC buildings as a family.
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:
Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like — drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. By participating in a space where "dress-up" is real, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and to imagine a world where people can present as they wish.
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.
Parcon NYC is an inclusive, cooperative movement practice. It challenges conformity to pedestrian movement through expression, primarily inspired by Parkour and Contact Improvisation. Parkour is a form of urban obstacle course running that prioritizes efficiency and the conquering of self-determined challenges. Contact Improvisation is a duet dance form where two or more people share weight and momentum on a dance floor through any part of their body. In Parcon, movers cooperate to share weight in interdependent relationships with objects, assistive devices, each other, and the environment.
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.