Did you know that the first Caribbean Carnival originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 18th century? On July 14, Brooklyn Children’s Museum will explore the Caribbean tradition of Carnival by making flags, instruments, and masks. To mark the end of the celebration, bring your creations together for a Carnival Parade throughout the museum.
Throughout the day, you can also try Caribbean cuisine with Glady’s restaurant which will be selling food on the rooftop. Join in and celebrate the cultural, artistic, musical, and culinary traditions that make the Caribbean unique.
Celebrate the Caribbean featuring Drag Queen Story Hour
11:00am – 12:00pm | All ages | Commons Theater
Join Drag Queen Story Hour as we explore Caribbean history and heritage and celebrate the uniqueness of all children and families!
Fun with Flags
11:00am – 3:00pm | Ages 1-6 | Little Maker Studio
Join us in our Little Maker Studio and learn all about the flags of Caribbean nations! Decorate your own flag to wave in our Carnival Parade at 4:00pm.
ColorLab: Celebrate the Caribbean Edition
11:00am – 5:00pm | All ages | ColorLab
Join us in our newly opened ColorLab as we explore Caribbean arts and artists. Learn new artistic styles and create original artworks to take home.
Caribbean Dance Workshop
12:30pm – 1:00pm | All ages | Rooftop
Join us and celebrate the spirit-lifting, energy-pumping music and vibes of the Caribbean with Cassandra “Coach Cass” Nuamah and Ilana “Illy” Warner of Kukuwa African Dance. Learn new styles including Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Dancehall and more as we move to the music through this half hour dance extravaganza.
1:00pm – 1:30pm | All ages | Rooftop
Join us as we explore Carnival’s costume traditions. We will start by reading of Nini at Carnival by Jamaican writer Errol Lloyd and then we will create our own masks and headdresses. Wear your costume to our Carnival Parade at 4:00pm.
2:00pm – 2:30pm | All ages | Rooftop
Did you know that steel drums are an important part of the Carnival Parade? Join us as we create our own beaded spin drum with steel beads! Play your drum in our Carnival Parade at 4:00pm.
Celebrate the Caribbean with Father Goose
2:45pm – 3:45pm | All ages | Rooftop
Join Grammy Award-winning musician Father Goose for a celebration of Caribbean music! Sing and dance your way through this rooftop party.
4:00pm – 4:30pm | All ages | Rooftop
Bring your flags, costumes, and instruments to the rooftop as we get ready to parade! First, we will read Play Mas’! A Carnival ABC by Trinidad and Tobago-born author Dirk Mclean, write chants, and make signs all about the Caribbean. Then, Father Goose will lead us as we march through the museum together and celebrate the Caribbean.