This Saturday March 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) will host the second installment of “Macy’s Family Fun Day at AAMP ”, once monthly days of interactive, kid-friendly activities at AAMP (701 Arch Street) for families in the Philadelphia region. As part of the ongoing partnership between AAMP and Macy’s, the two organizations will provide children ages 5-11 with engaging opportunities to learn more about the history and culture in a fun and spirited atmosphere.
Each Macy’s Family Fun Day at AAMP will offer a large selection of lively activities including hands-on arts and crafts, storytelling, interaction with historical re-enactors, and dance and music workshops and performances to engage youngsters. Families will enjoy face-painting, caricatures, balloon animals, and other activities that will be presented on a rotating basis.
Each month the “Macy’s Family Fun Day at AAMP” programming will be inspired by AAMP exhibits, and notable events and holidays. March’s theme, Black Sheroes, will honor remarkable females who helped shape Black history, including an “Audacious Women” scavenger hunt through AAMP’s core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876.
Following March, “Macy’s Family Fun Day” at AAMP for 2014 are: :
Saturday, April 26: Green Thumbs, Part 1 will focus on growing & planting, farms and farmers, and healthy eating, in connection with AAMP’s Black Family Farms exhibit and Macy’s “Secret Garden” theme.
Saturday, May 17: Music Madness will recognize Black music and musicians, bridging the gap between Jazz Appreciation Month in April and Black Music Month in June.
Saturday, June 21: Juneteenth will celebrate the end of slavery, focusing on the role of United States Colored Troops, black spies during the Civil War, creating & restoring families & communities, and the challenges & possibilities of creating new lives after the war.
Saturday, July 19: Philly Favorites & Hometown Heroes will highlight Philadelphia icons in fields including music, sports, medicine, and equal rights, in connection with Macy’s “American Icons” theme.
Sunday, August 24: Green Thumbs, Pt. 2 will focus on growing & planting, farms and farmers, and healthy eating, in connection with AAMP’s Black Family Farms exhibit.
Saturday, September 27 Hola, Familia! Afro-Latino Connections will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in America, exploring Afro-Latino cultures and cultural expressions through music, art, language, etc.
Saturday, October 25 Masks and Masquerades, will use Halloween as a starting point to explore cultural uses of masks and masquerading.
Saturday, November 22 Afro-Native American Connection will observe Native American Heritage Month, exploring connections between African American and Native American cultures, including mixed ancestry.
Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28: First Fruits of the Harvest will encourage goal-setting for the year, strengthening self, family & community.
For more information on AAMP and Macy’s Family Fun Days, visit http://www.aampmuseum.org/ and follow @aampmuseum on Twitter.