Programs :: Holiday Vacation Programs

Holiday Programs Theme: The Coast & the Sea
December 26, 2015- January 3, 2016
Families | FREE

Saturday, 12/26

The Goonies Movie
11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Huxley Theater

Enjoy a classic family fun film and watch the Goonies gang search for a pirate’s ancient treasure!

A Treasure Hunt for the Pirate in You!
12 noon - 4 p.m.
Pick up hunt at Main Lobby Desk

Go on a treasure hunt in the Coast & the Sea exhibition and discover paintings and artifacts of New York maritime history.

Sunday, 12/27

Hudson River Discoveries
Adirondack Hall

Join Environmental Educator Fran Martino of River Haggie Outdoors and explore unusual fish found in the Hudson River. Learn about the watershed you live in and the ways you can keep it healthy and clean.

Tuesday, 12/29

Historic Cherry Hill’s Hudson River Trading Game
1-4 p.m.
Adirondack Hall

Play the Hudson River Trading Game and experience the challenges of 18th century trade and travel.  The game features a 34-foot game board, miniature sloops and cargo items and is based on the authentic experiences of merchant and sloop owner Philip Van Rensselaer of Cherry Hill.   

Wednesday, 12/30

Star Lab: Nautical Sky
11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Huxley Theater, Ages 5 years and up

Crawl inside the Star Lab inflatable planetarium and experience a nautical sky tour!
Get tickets from the main lobby desk (ticket includes admission to Paper Star Craft)

Paper Star Craft
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., & 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Adirondack Hall Mural 
Make your own 3D paper nautical star! Sign up at main lobby desk.

 Thursday, 12/31

New Year’s Mid-Day Celebration
1–3 p.m.
Huxley Theater and Adirondack Hall

Ring in the New Year (a little early) at the NYS Museum! Dance, play games and make fun party hats and noisemakers to celebrate the arrival of 2016!
The Museum’s New Year Countdown will be held at 3 p.m.

Cetaceous Talks & Whale Tales
2 & 3 p.m.
Meet at the Main Lobby Desk

If you like whales please join educator Truemaster Trimingham for a hands-on fun program all about these fascinating Cetaceans.

Saturday, 1/2

Tales of the High Seas with Captain Rick Nestler
Huxley Theater

Schooner Captain, Rick Nestler will perform a variety of sea shanties and share stories of sailing adventures out on the open water.  

A Sailor’s Life
11 a.m.
West Hall Gallery
Be adventurous! Learn the essentials of navigation and seamanship with former tall ship crew member and museum educator Hatti.

Sunday, 1/3
Halfmoon Cargo Shoebox Project
1-3 p.m.
South Port, New York Hall
Use a shoebox to a create cargo-hold and cut out pictures of the objects you would send up the Hudson River on the Halfmoon ship!

Explore NY Port
11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.
Meet at the Main Lobby Desk

Take a tour and examine ships used throughout the New York port’s history, then head to the art room to paint a masterpiece of your choice of ship.


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