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WWII & NYC: December School Vacation Week

Family Program
WWII & NYC: December School Vacation Week
Thu, December 27th, 2012 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – December 30, 2012, Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Every day from 10 am to 6 pm: Walk in My Shoes Family Gallery Cards
The family gallery cards, Walk in My Shoes, guide families through WWII & NYC through the eyes of three different fictional young New Yorkers. We’ll learn about Sadie Greenberg, who was 7 years old in 1939. Her family, who was Jewish and living in Brooklyn, all helped the war effort in one way or another. We also learn about Gina Rossi, a young Italian-American from the Bronx. Her husband and her brother both enlisted in the war and fought overseas, while she helped by getting a job at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And then there is Isaac Carter, who also signed up to serve after hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. We find out more about what it was like to be African American during this difficult period in history.

Special activities each day at 2 pm:

December 27, 2 pm: Code Breakers!
In Code Breakers! learn and practice wartime code making techniques. Do you ever want to send a secret message to a friend? You’re not alone. Ever since people started communicating with one another there have been times when some information needs to be kept private. The science of keeping messages secret is called cryptography. Ciphers can be very simple or they can be very complex. The more complicated a cipher is, the more difficult it is for people to figure out the secret message! In World War II, the Enigma cipher was only broken after sailors found an Enigma machine on a captured U-boat in June 1944. We’ll learn about different kinds of ciphers, practicing our decoding and coding skills with fun challenges. Ages 8 and up.

December 28, 2 pm: Plane Spotting Bingo
Keep your eyes peeled for WWII planes in Plane Spotting Bingo. Plane spotting was and still is a popular hobby. So how do you spot planes? You try to identify airplanes by their characteristics—size, wing shape, noises it makes and more! During WWII, governments encouraged private citizens, even children, to become plane spotters so they could report enemy planes in their air space. As you can imagine, with a plane flying high above you, that job was not easy! In this game, we’re going to see some WWII planes …and we’re going to learn a few interesting facts about each of them. Prizes for first place! Ages 8 and up.

December 29 and 30, 2 pm: Dance Your Bobby Socks Off! Swing Dance
Learn a few Lindy Hop and Jitterbug steps in Dance Your Bobby Socks Off! And impress friends and family at your New Year’s Eve parties. All ages are welcome and there is no experience necessary…so bring your friends, your grandparents and your parents and let’s dance together!

January 1, 2 pm: Plane Spotting Bingo

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Creative: Tronvig Group