Celebrating High Line Kids Programming

Every July and August, Kids programs take over the High Line, offering families a chance to build, create and experiment in the park, thanks to the generous support of our funders. This summer, more than 2,500 children and adults attended Wild Wednesday, Arty Hours,and Lawn Time for Little Ones. Here are some of our favorite highlights from the summer:

Wild Wednesdays Highlights
Each Wednesday of this summer, we transformed the 14th Street Passage into a space for kids to explore some of the natural and wildlife that is part of our community here on the High Line.

First, children learned about the day's theme from members of the Youth Corps, five summer staff members employed by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the Hudson Guild. Above, Youth Corps Leader Beatrice Ramos explains pollination.

Youth Corps Member Lourdes Juarez invites children to explore plant textures.

Next, families headed to our Science Station to touch, smell, examine and experiment.

Stamp art made from plant roots.

The programs wrapped up with an opportunity to make a take-home creation inspired by what they learned.

Wild Wednesday families also explored creatures that call New York City home. Each week our participants loved counting how many worms they could find in the High Line's worm bin, where more than 4,000 worms live. Photo by Anita Ng.

During the High Line's annual Honey Day, participants learned how a Queen runs her hive with the help of our friends at City Growers and a live hive. Photo by Julieanne Prevete.

And the season wrapped up with a Butterfly Parade. Wild Wednesday studied the adaptations of a butterfly with the help of 25 monarch butterflies that were given a new home amongst the High Line's milkweed plants. As you can see, everyone was in awe!

Lawn Time for Little Ones
Throughout the summer, each Thursday we welcomed more than a thousand of our youngest visitors at Lawn Time for Little Ones to interact, learn, and experience books in new ways with readers from the New York Public Library, Posman Books, La Casa Azul Bookstore, and Housing Works.

Lawn time started with Story Time. Here Amalia Butler from New York Public Library shares a story with our Lawn Time guests.

After Story Time, our guests were invited to create their own pieces of art. Photo by Liz Ligon.

Or if they preferred, our Lawn Time friends could design a new structure with some blocks. Photo by Liz Ligon.

Arty Hours Highlights
Every Saturday during Arty Hours brought the opportunity to create together while we explored and became inspired by High Line Art. With over 550 young artists joining us this summer, together we explored what it means to be a community and saw families and friends collaborate to create unique and inspiring works of art.

During one Arty Hour program, our visitors were able to create self-portrait collages. Here, one family is hard at work collaborating on their collage. The young artists were also invited to measure themselves similar to the artwork by Gabriel Sierra, Untitled, that measures the height of a few High Line plants.

Arty Hours participants were invited to grab a box and transform it into their favorite building to add to our own community of boxes. Some made schools, libraries, eco-friendly apartments, and even a haunted house. Here, some of the young artists pose with their finished creations-inspired by Little Manhattan by Yutaka Sone.

Inspired by Kerry James Marshall's mural, Above the Line, the Arty Hours artists created prints depicting what they imagined the future to hold. Here, one of the High Line's Youth Corps staff helps a young artist reveal her final print of a walking house. Photo by Anita Ng.

We would like to give a special thanks for to High Line Play Leaders, and to Youth Corps teen staff members (clockwise from left above) Beatrice Ramos, Lourdes Juarez, Joseph Torres, Sabrina Bertot and Mame Fall. Without them our programs would not be possible! They helped to make each program a huge success.

We thoroughly enjoyed learning and growing with all of our visitors this summer and look forward to seeing everyone again on October 24 for our Haunted High Line Halloween celebration.

MetLife Foundation is a Supporting Sponsor of High Line Kids. Major Support for High Line Kids comes from Deutsche Bank. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Additional funding for High Line Kids is provided by Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool.

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