FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2020
BEGINNING AT 10 AM ONLINE
*ALL ACTIVITIES ARE POSTED BELOW*
PAY WHAT YOU WISH! $10 DONATION SUGGESTED
It’s an annual party on December 25 in the Museum for individuals and families of all backgrounds on a day when most other things are closed. This is the first time this signature event will be virtual, but we’re making sure there’s still plenty of warmth, community, fun, and yes—a pinch of education “at” the Museum on Christmas Day.
We know hanging out with your kids in front of a screen (again) might not be high on your list, but we promise you a day filled with music and movement, make-and-takes and mindfulness, and so much more. We also understand you may want to keep to your own schedule—every family and individual is different—so we’re kicking things off with a live concert at 10 am ET and the rest is on-demand for you to enjoy at your leisure. See you there!
All activities will be available right here on this page.
Registration is not required, and admission is Pay What You Wish! There is usually a charge for this event but in this wacky year, we’re making it free. We hope you’ll consider a donation in any amount.
10 am ET/7 am PT: Kick things off with a concert from Alex Mitnick of the Emmy Award-winning (and returning favorite) Alex & the Kaleidoscope LIVE from his home!
*Did you miss it or want to watch it again? Click on the image at left for a replay! The concert begins at the 34 min and 30 second mark.*
We’re excited to bring you a dynamic and accessible line-up of activities perfect for kids and families from a line-up of awesome artists who created special content exclusively for this event. All of the videos are embedded below…enjoy!
Two highly interactive Ladino sing-a-longs with Massachusetts-based Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) artist Sarah Aroeste. Sarah offers fun and educational insights into Sephardic culture—Jewish traditions from around the Mediterranean. Participate in Ladino Language Learning and Sephardic Shabbat sing-a-longs!
These fun Baltimore-based Beatbox Dads use key elements of hip hop to make music that will educate and entertain the entire family. The Dads teach kids breathing and movement and get them marching counting and singing.
Arts & Crafts
This simple art activity is all about flexing your imagination muscles. Do you see shapes in the clouds? What about in a twisty piece of string? Let’s see what animals you might find hiding there! If you’re looking for some mellow arts and crafts time, grab some paper and colored pencils or crayons, and hang out with Paulina from Portside Arts Center who will walk you thoughtfully through two activities (Surprise Animals and Character Flipbook).
Adults: for a preview of the activities and a list of simple supplies needed, view a pdf of the activities here. It also includes a printable figure outline for your use with the Character Flipbook activity.
A Mindful Moment
Ready to slow down? Take a breather and a mental health break with a mindfulness activity for families of all abilities and ages facilitated by education specialist, family coach, and founder of Purposeful Parenting, Asia IrgangLaden
We didn’t forget about you, grown-ups! We recommend taking a virtual tour of one of our special exhibitions, like Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, checking out one of our latest digital installations, such as Air and Sunshine: Tuberculosis in America’s Jewish Communities, or enjoying a past program such as our recent celebration of Ladino musician Flory Jagoda’s 97th Birthday. You can find all of this content and more on our virtual Museum portal at NMAJH.org/virtual-museum.
To whet your appetite, enjoy this November 4, 2020 concert in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
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