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.
Like an art workshop to make handmade storybooks or christmas crafts made with yarn.
“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:
“November Saturday Art Workshops Troll Marionette Puppet-Making”
“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and did so in order to trick humans — sometimes it was believed that if a child was being naughty, she or he had been replaced by a troll baby!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.”
“Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers“
“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.”