Family Studio: Art & Science Projects





Creative activities weekends inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions,
led by Junior Docents and art and science professionals.
Ages 7+, can be adapted for younger children.

Art Projects          Saturdays & Sundays    1 - 4 pm

Make a Story Quilt
Enslaved African Americans told their histories in stories and by stitching images
into quilts. Create your own story quilt using fabric and construction paper.

Make a Mysterious Silhouette
Draw the dark contours of a person’s face or figure against a light background.


Science Projects       Saturdays   1 - 4 pm

February and March
Photo Science: Before Pixels
Using a classic camera designed for 4x5 sheet film, take a long-exposure photo and watch it appear in our darkroom. Civil War-era technology and modern chemistry combine to create an experience like that of the first commercial photographers.

Family Studio Weekend Programs are sponsored, in part,
by American Sugar.

Early Explorers Space in the Education Center

Saturdays & Sundays 1 - 4 pm

A safe space for children to explore, play, and create with their families.
The room hosts a large-scale dollhouse, blocks, puppet theater, and books.
A Junior Docent is present to answer questions and suggest activities.

Must be accompanied by a caregiver. Up to age 5


School’s Out, Stars Are In

School’s Out, Stars Are In is sponsored by

Monday - Friday      February 20 - 24      12 - 5 pm

For students on school break.
Hands-on workshops and star shows FREE with Museum admission.
Participants must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Art Workshop 1 - 4 pm
All About the Presidents
Using watercolor pencils, crayons, and markers, trace a photograph of a United States president.

Monday, February 20
Special Presidents Day Workshop

Pop-up speeches honor President Lincoln and celebrate the 156th anniversary of the speech he gave in Peekskill (See the “speech scene” in Red Grooms’ Lincoln on the Hudson).

1 pm Peekskill Address
2 pm Emancipation Proclamation
3 pm Gettysburg Address

Science Workshop 1 - 4 pm
Demo: the chemistry and equipment the very first photographers used to make their photographs. Make your own photograph when you use these early image-making tools.

Star Shows 12:30, 2, & 3:30 pm

Riverama Demonstrations 1 - 4 pm


Civil War programs are supported, in part, by a generous grant from Wells Fargo

Gather round Junior Docents as they read in the galleries.

February 25
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
by Carole Boston Weatherford

March 11
If You Were a Kid During the Civil War
by Wil Mara

March 25
Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
by Barb Rosenstock

Followed by new Family Guide activities in the galleries.


Sunday, March 12     12 - 5 pm

Picture This!

Tour Wyeth Wonderland with Museum Director Masha Turchinsky
1 pm in English
3 pm in Spanish


A Lens on Photography, a Hands-on Workshop
1:30 pm

Photographer John Maggiotto shows you how to take a winning picture. Bring your camera or Smartphone. Photograph the galleries and yourself “in place.” Ages 8-Adult

Activities 1 - 4 pm

Family Guide Activities
Visit Wyeth Wonderland and enjoy Family Guide activities with Junior Docents.

Silhouette Art
Portrait artist Antony Zito creates freehand silhouette mementos of you for you!

It’s creative! Build the Hudson River Museum and its setting, the river and the Palisades, from LEGO cubes, rectangles, and arches.



Star Shows

12:30 pm
The Girl Who Walked Upside Down
2 pm
The Sky Tonight
3:30 pm
Undiscovered Worlds