Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, New York
Monday, November 12, 2018
Families see the Metropolitan Museum of Art through a magical lens with this tour inspired by the Harry Potter series that includes part of an actual castle and signage that could have come right from Diagon Alley. The exhibit uses games and other activities to connect kids and their families with these popular fantasy books. Brush up on your wizarding knowledge—and feel free to wear your wizarding gear for this program hosted by Fable & Lark, an innovative, educational organization that conducts storied adventures. This program begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The cost of the program includes museum admission and a $25 “express coupon” to use in the museum’s cafeteria.
Princeton University – Princeton, New Jersey
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Joseph Henry, a physics professor at Princeton in the 1830s, was one of the most important—but lesser-known—American scientists. Henry’s electromagnetism research included producing movement using a rocking-beam electromagnetic motor and inventing the form of the electromagnetic transformer we know today. Applications of electricity for information networks, power networks, and energy conversion all derive from this remarkable individual. Participants of this program discuss Henry’s contributions to science and explore his work through several hands-on electricity and magnetism workshops. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.
Columbia University – New York, New York
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Hosted by Columbia’s Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, this program focuses on the role of the environment in human health and disease. Exposure throughout life to various toxic chemicals found in the air, in our diet, and in consumer products are now known to impact our health. A keynote address by Dr. Joseph Graziano, professor of environmental health sciences, explores how exposure to arsenic in drinking water affects risk for development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodevelopment. Later, four breakout sessions give participants the opportunity to explore in more detail the methods used to determine a person’s exposure to toxins. The sessions also show how environmental factors like air pollution increase asthma and neurologic diseases; how climate change is increasing disease; and the importance of environmental justice in developing fair solutions to these challenges. This program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.
The National Aquarium – Baltimore, Maryland
Saturday, November 10- Sunday, November 11, 2018
What happens at the National Aquarium when the sun goes down and the doors are closed to the public? Join us for this unique overnight adventure designed especially for CTY families which allows access to all corners of the aquarium. Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, engage in workshops and interactive discussions with aquarium experts, and get up-close and personal with sea creatures. During an expert-led journey, you’ll see exactly what goes into caring for more than 17,000 creatures who live there. This program is an overnight. It begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. It includes dinner, a light breakfast, and admission to the aquarium on Sunday. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will sleep on the floor of the aquarium.