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All aboard! Kids week returns to the USS Intrepid

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Hell's Kitchen offers an up-close view of the space shuttle Enterprise, a Concorde jet or a Cold War-era submarine aboard a decommissioned aircraft carrier. (Oct. 4, 2013) Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Perhaps one of the most energetic, enthusiastic weeks of the year returns to the Hudson Harbor as the Intrepid Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will kick off its kids week this Saturday. 

Filled with dozens of hands-on workshops, 3D experiences, live animal shows, special guests, interactive demonstrations, and musical performances that the whole family will enjoy, especially events with Denny Daniel and his Museum of Interesting Things.

The Intrepid Kids Week theme is “Full STEAM Ahead” where science, technology, engineering, arts, math and fun take center stage on board the aircraft carrier. Through themed daily activities, kids can explore space and science, engage with the arts and music and learn all about animals. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The full schedule of Kids Week — which coincides with mid-winter recess for public schools — includes the following:

Saturday, Feb. 15: Arts and Music Fun

Participate in junior knight training with Medieval Times and discover the joy of paper folding with OrigamiUSA. Enjoy a live puppet show with WonderSpark Puppets and catch musical performances of classic children’s books with author Joshua David Stein and his ensemble, The Band Books. Check out a collection of amazing stories written by kids from across the USA and performed by actors, comedians and musicians from Story Pirates.

Families can get hands-on with activities, workshops and displays from Dazzling Discoveries, Nick Jr. Live!, Puppetry Arts, Face Painting NYC, Brooklyn Music School, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, Sesame Street Live!, The Museum of Interesting Things and STOMP. 

 Sunday, Feb. 16: Arts and Music Fun

 Enjoy a presentation from Drew Brockington, the author and illustrator of CatStronauts. Solve some out-of-the-box problems with Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends. Participate in junior knight training with Medieval Times. Check out musical performances of classic children’s books with author Joshua David Stein and his ensemble, The Band Books.

Throughout the day, explore workshops and display activities from Dazzling Discoveries, Nick Jr. Live!, OrigamiUSA, Puppetry Arts, Face Painting NYC, Brooklyn Music School, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, Sesame Street Live!, WonderSpark Puppets, Story Pirates, the Museum of Interesting Things and STOMP.

Monday, Feb. 17: Safari and Nature Adventure

Learn all about unique animal adaptions from zoologist Jarod Miller in a live animal demonstration featuring a kangaroo, a golden eagle, an African crested porcupine, an alligator and more! Join birder, educator and author, Heather Wolf, for tips on finding birds right in your neighborhood. Enjoy a presentation from Drew Brockington, the author and illustrator of CatStronauts. Two by Two Zoo will also be on site with a kangaroo, bearded dragon, tortoise, chinchilla, alligator, ball python and hissing cockroaches. And don’t miss an exciting performance by the Gazillion Bubble Show!

Kids can enjoy workshops and displays from the Climate Museum, Wildlife Conservation Society, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Museum of Interesting Things, Dazzling Discoveries, TheaterWorksUSA and Gazillion Bubble Show.

 Tuesday, Feb. 18: Safari and Nature Adventure

Come explore the realm of insects, uncover mysteries of the miniature world and learn how you can help save wildlife with a live animal demonstration by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Two by Two Zoo will be on site with a kangaroo, bearded dragon, tortoise, chinchilla, alligator, ball python and hissing cockroaches. Join Wildlife Theater to explore the wonderful diversity of life in our ocean. Learn all about unique animal adaptions from zoologist Jarod Miller in a live animal demonstration featuring a kangaroo, a golden eagle, an African crested porcupine, an alligator and more!

Enjoy hands-on activities, workshops, and displays from the Museum of Interesting Things, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Billion Oyster Project, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Dazzling Discoveries and birder, educator and author, Heather Wolf.

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Safari and Nature Adventure

Get an up-close look at some wild visitors to Kids Week, including a kangaroo, bearded dragon, tortoise, chinchilla, alligator, ball python and hissing cockroaches with Two by Two Zoo. Learn how you can help to repopulate the oyster population in New York Harbor with the Billion Oyster Project. Explore the realm of insects, uncover mysteries of the miniature world and learn how you can help save wildlife with a live animal demonstration by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.

Families can check out hands-on activities, workshops, and displays from Billion Oyster Project, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Dazzling Discoveries, Museum of Interesting Things, Shared Spaces’ Portal Experience, Kerbal Space Academy and Wildlife Theater Group.

 Thursday, Feb. 20: Space and Science

Use math and puzzles to find your way out of a virtual escape room with NYU Tandon and Columbia University. Catch a presentation from planetary geologist Natalie Curran about her current and future work with Apollo lunar samples. Explore Isaac Newton’s laws of motion with a presentation by Mad Science. Learn about baking cookies in space with Zero G Kitchen and the basics of designing and launching a rocket with Kerbal Space Academy.

Throughout the day, explore hands-on activities, displays and presentations from Math Matters to Me, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, Curious On Hudson, Dazzling Discoveries, Museum of Interesting Things and Shared Spaces’ Portal Experience.

Friday, Feb. 21: Space and Science

Catch a presentation by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold about life in space. Learn about the different components that make up the International Space Station with NASA flight director Allison Bolinger. Explore the science of baseball with the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. Watch a presentation from planetary geologist Natalie Curran about her current and future work with Apollo lunar samples.

Kids can get hands-on with activities and displays from Jupiter Joe’s Sidewalk Astronomy, ROBOFUN, Rube Goldberg, CUNYSAT-1 Lab, Math Matters to Me, Curious On Hudson, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, Dazzling Discoveries, Columbia Space Initiative, Cornell University, Museum of Interesting Things, Kerbal Space Academy and AI Space Factory.

 Saturday, Feb. 22: Space and Science

The final day of Kids Week offers a Mad Science presentation about the science of sound and the opportunity to build your own space station. Catch a presentation by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold about life in space. Learn how NASA flight director Allison Bolinger prepares astronauts on Earth to perform spacewalks aboard the International Space Station. Ricky and Allison will also be speaking about teamwork during spacewalks.

Enjoy hands-on activities and displays from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Jupiter Joe’s Sidewalk Astronomy, CUNYSAT-1 Lab, Math Matters to Me, Rube Goldberg, Cornell University, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, Curious On Hudson, ROBOFUN, Columbia Space Initiative, Dazzling Discoveries, Museum of Interesting Things, Kerbal Space Academy and Con Edison.

Alex Mitchell