Just a short bus ride away, you can take in Scandinavian culture.
To get there, just hop on the M34 (or M34A) Select Bus Service from Waterside, and you’ll soon find yourself at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America (58 Park Avenue) – the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States.
It offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Programming includes: Art exhibits, film screenings, concerts, readings, lectures and language courses.
And: For an engaging day with your kids, the center has Saturday children’s activities.
“Each Saturday afternoon, Scandinavia House presents our Saturday Art Workshops, which invite children to work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library. Nordic fairy tales are full of fantastic characters and magical settings – this November we delve into stories and storytelling through practices in 3-D visual arts.”
This Saturday, your kids can experience crafts and storytelling, with:
“In Scandinavian folklore, the forests are full of trolls and little gnomes. Trolls are often said to be able to change their appearance and did so in order to trick humans — sometimes it was believed that if a child was being naughty, she or he had been replaced by a troll baby! This Saturday, we will make simple marionettes (puppets with strings) that are troll versions of ourselves.”
“In this popular ongoing children’s series, some of New York’s most famous storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center present exciting fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.
In ‘Elves, Trolls, and Giants, Oh My!’, Robin Bady and Regina Ress will tell tales about dodging elves, ducking giants, and defeating trolls, in stories that delight while reminding us that bullies can be defeated.”
Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics, the beautifully animated From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of a high school couple’s innocent love and the secret surrounding their births.
The film evokes both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.
Written by Academy Award Winner and the legendary founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first creative collaboration between father and son.
This English language version features the voices of Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bruce Dern.
Register for any of our scenic screenings on Eventbrite.