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.
Next, families headed to our Science Station to touch, smell, examine and experiment.
The programs wrapped up with an opportunity to make a take-home creation inspired by what they learned.
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.
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.
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.