International Women’s Festival featuring a celebration of Holi, Astronaut Mae C. Jamison, music, and much more!
March 3 @ 10:00 am - March 4 @ 5:00 pm
The Children’s Museum celebrates equality, empowerment, and talent during this year’s International Women’s Day. In this weekend-long festival meet designers, chefs, and performers to explore world culture and tradition. This year our International Women’s Empowerment Weekend aligns with the Hindu Festival of Holi. Our partners from The Culture Tree will help you experience this Indian Festival of Colors on Saturday, March 3.
Book Reading for Holi the Festival of Colors
Learn about the historic significance and origins of Holi, how it is celebrated in India and all over the world. Anu Sehgal will read familiar children’s stories about this colorful festival.
Saturday, March 3 | 11 am | All ages| Drop-in
Art Activity: Create a Holi Card
Designer Shaazma Husain helps you create cards that represent this beautiful and colorful festival. Create your own Holi cards with the rich and vibrant colors using spray painting technique.
Saturday, March 3 | 11:30 am | All ages | Drop-in
Spice Up Your Life!
Learn about Indian spices, their health benefits and their origins in a culinary segment led by Chef Kanchan Koya, author of Spice Spice Baby. Learn how to make kaju barfi, a traditional Indian sweet made with cashews and spices.
Tastings provided. Recipe Includes Nuts.
Saturday, March 3 | 12 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Dance Workshop and Performance
In this dance workshop and performance, Apoorva Sastry will teach some key mudras or dance gestures, followed by a Bharatanatyam performance. Bharatanatyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance.
Saturday, March 3 | 1 pm | All ages| Drop-in
Meet the Authors: The Ladoo Books
The authors of the Ladoo book series, Vaibhav Malankar and Ankita Sagar read fun children stories about Indian culture and language! In this session they will read the festive Mela Night and Pooja Day books.
Saturday, March 3 | 2 pm | All ages | Drop-in
Storytelling: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Inspiring girls to dream bigger, Rebel Girls 1 and 2 share stories about some of the most influential women in history like Nefertiti, J.K Rowling, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Beyoncé.
Sunday, March 4 | 11 am and 4 pm | All ages | Drop-in
Blast Off: Mae C. Jemison
Explore the science behind spaceships and help us create our own spaceship Endeavor to blast off! Learn about Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program and the first in space!
Sunday, March 4 | 12 pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in
Change the World Campaign Pins
Design your own campaign pin with a goal for change! Learn about the women in politics trying to change the world. Get inspired by their work to come up with a goal like starting a book drive, cleaning up your neighborhood or collecting canned foods for people in need.
Sunday, March 4 | 11 am & 12 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up*
Musical Performance Johanna Castaneda
Enjoy a musical performance from Johanna Castaneda—singer and cuatro (four stringed guitar-like instrument) player specializing in Musica Llanera, the music of the Plainsmen (Cowboys) of Colombia.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
Sunday, March 4, 2017| 2 & 3 pm| All Ages | Ticketed**
*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.
**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.