Hanukkah Family Day at the Jewish Museum

Sun Dec 15, 2019
11:00am to 4:00pm ET
3 and up
Free with paid admission

Celebrate the festival of lights as a family at the Jewish Museum! Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects, dance to the pop-rock tunes of Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, and sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour.

Plus, you can watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life.


Floor 2: Auditorium
Drop-in Art Workshops
11 am – 4 pm
Found Object Menorahs
Design whimsical Hanukkah menorah sculptures with found objects such as wood shapes, spools, wire, and metallic forms inspired by Hanukkah lamps on view in Scenes from the Collection.

Hanukkah Menorah Stamping
Create a mini-gallery scene stamping your own collection of menorahs from around the world and incorporating colorful drawing materials.

Collaborative Hanukkah Sculpture
Collaborate on a large scale work of art inspired by contemporary menorahs using tape, cardboard, and other unexpected objects.

Invent Your Own Light Object
Noon to 3 pm
Join The GIANT Room to design your own light object using LEDs and other playful creative materials inspired by Jewish Museum collection objects on view.

Two Concerts: Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
11:30 am & 2 pm
Enjoy the unique and lively tunes of “kindie rocker” Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights as they perform playful twists on Hanukkah favorites along with original tunes such as “Spinning.” From pop-rock to gospel to country music stylings, hear hits from her albums, Brooklyn Baby!, Good Egg, and Meshugana.

Hanukkah Spotlight Tours
12:30 pm & 3 pm
Discover Hanukkah lamps on a brief gallery tour with sketching activities.

Floor 4: Art Studio

Holiday Still Life
12:30 pm – 3 pm
Paint a fun mix of holiday objects such as oil lamps, menorahs made in different materials, shiny fabrics, and more inspired by art on view in the exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art.

Drawing Performance: Artful Hanukkah Stories
1 pm
Families watch an exciting tale unfold in this eye-catching performance using live drawing, animation, and narration with movement. On wall-sized paper, Jeff Hopkins brings characters and action to life in this one-of-a-kind happening created for Hanukkah Family Day.

RSVP recommended. Admission is free for children 18 and under.

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