For A Great Family-Friendly Activity On Cold, Winter Days Check Out The Museum Of Arts And Design For Hands-On Activities, Workshops, Classes, And More

January 9th Is Mad Family Day

Museum of Arts and Design

Looking for something to do with kids on these cold winter weekends? Most, if not all New York museums offer family workshops designed to engage both adults and kids, and some of the smaller, lesser-known institutions offer small classes with a lot of personalized attention.

So don’t get mad--go to MAD. That is, drop by New York’s newish Museum of Arts and Design in its home at 2 Columbus Circle (212 299-7777). The exhibition space, formerly the American Craft Museum on West 53rd Street, offers exhibitions and a collection that focuses on crafts, fashion, performing arts and the design-driven industries, as well as other areas.

Hands-On Crafting Workshops

Today (January 9), you can get mad about kids during the museum’s Mad Family Day. Adults and kids can partake of hands-on workshops, with an emphasis on paper. Tear into activities that highlight paper cutting, shredding and tearing, and view four cut-paper animation films.

The latter includes a story in silhouettes (“Princes and Princesses”) and Tomoko Oguchi’s “FolkLore Restaurant” and “The Magic Stamp.” While you’re there, you can peek into their open studio program, the only New York museum that has such a studio.

Fun For The Whole Family

Visitors can watch artists at work and ask questions--and maybe even offer a hand. This winter, six artists showcase work in textiles, ceramics, wood and rubber. Sundays bring hands-on workshops for kids; while tours take off for families six days a week. What are you waiting for? Grab your kids--and go mad.