Celebrate Tu Bishvat at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

January 21, 2024 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrate Tu Bishvat at Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue
  • Jewish Learning
  • Kids

For the second year in a row, The Neighborhood is excited to partner with Brooklyn Children’s Museum to bring you a full day of fun and family-friendly Tu Bishvat programming.

Tu Bishvat is the Jewish calendar’s birthday of the trees. There are so many ways to celebrate trees, fruit, and the earth. Come explore the nature-inspired activities that will help us experience this holiday!

Between the museum’s hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, you can find our programming all throughout the building.

The Garden (Children’s Theater Installation): The Garden is a radically inclusive, meditative performance installation exploring nature and the life cycle through all five senses. Movement theater, poetic text in multiple languages, live music, and interactive play with natural objects from across New York City. Feel the rough bark of sticks, smell long pine needles, hear the crunch of leaves, and enjoy a peaceful moment of presence together as a family. Find us in the Greenhouse at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM.

Fruit Tasting: Did you know that there are three different kinds of fruit that we traditionally eat on Tu Bishvat? Come sample these symbolic foods in a fun and interactive tasting. Find us in the Cafe at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM. 

Dance Like A Tree: Multi-instrumentalist Éléonore Weill and ritualist educator Sarah Chandler will lead music and movement for each of us to embody the trees of Brooklyn. Have you ever done the sycamore peel or the linden hop? Let’s celebrate the Jewish new year of the trees as we dance like a ginkgo, sway like a fir, and swish like a locust. Find us in the Brooklyn Voices Exhibit at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. 

Tree Top Story Time with PJ Library ( + Seed Balling with Repair The World): Join us in the Brooklyn Voices exhibit to hear read-aloud stories from PJ Library, all focussed around trees, planting, and the holiday of Tu Bishvat. Together we’ll bring these earth-based stories to life and spark meaningful conversations through interactive storytelling. Find us in the Brooklyn Voices Exhibit at 11:15 AM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Plus: stick around for a seed planting activity on the rooftop just after the story reading! 

Nature-Based Sensory Boxes: Imagination Play Project Founder and Play Curator Linda White invites children of all ages and abilities to come explore, build, and create together. Using real tree blocks and other natural materials, we will dig our hands deep into celebrating the birthday of the trees. Find us by the sandbox any time between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.