The 10TH Annual CELEBRATE KWANZAA at the Brooklyn Children's Museum begins Wednesday, December 26


Brooklyn Children's Museum | Crown Heights

The 10TH Annual CELEBRATE KWANZAA at the Brooklyn Children's Museum begins Wednesday, December 26, and continues through Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Did you know that Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 by Dr. Mualana Karenga who created the holiday to honor African heritage and African-American culture?

Today, Kwanzaa is celebrated all over the United States, including at Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Join us this year as we mark our 10th annual Kwanzaa celebration with the largest family Kwanzaa event in New York City. Over five days of culture and fun, we will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; faith; and creativity.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE AT THE Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Kwanzaa Altar
All Ages | Lobby | December 26-December 30

Did you know the Swahili word Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in English? Join us for an interactive presentation on the celebration of Kwanzaa and learn about the symbols and principles that make up the festival! Dried fruits will also be served.

ColorLab: Kwanzaa Edition
All Ages | ColorLab | December 26-December 30

Join us in ColorLab as we explore art and music and learn all about Kwanzaa. Throughout the week we will be making mbira instruments, weaving images with colorful cloth, and building our own BCM community altar!

Holding History: Kwanzaa Edition
All Ages | Collections Central | December 26-December 30

Visit Collections Central for a hands on Kwanzaa experience. Hold artifacts from BCM’s African Diaspora collection and learn about important objects in the Kwanzaa celebration.

Storytelling: It’s Kwanzaa Time!
2:00pm-2:30pm & 2:45pm-3:15pm
All ages | Commons Theater | December 26 & December 29

Celebrate Kwanzaa with award winning storyteller and singer, April Armstrong as she shares stories and songs of culture, community, triumph and hope. Learn about the African-American holiday tradition of Kwanzaa as we explore the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa through song, stories and dance and drumming.


Kwanzaa 2018; ©Carolina Cabanillas Photography


ABOUT Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Founded in 1899 as the world’s first children’s museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is New York City’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families. Proudly based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, BCM serves 300,000 children and caregivers annually with exhibits and programs grounded in visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and world cultures.