Bronx Children’s Museum invites you and your family to JOIN US in celebrating the rich musical styles and rhythms that are part of the very fabric of the Bronx ¡Retumba! is an exciting music and dance ensemble that showcases folkloric and contemporary dances with rhythms from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico and Africa.

Tune in to BronxNet - Optimum 67, FiOS 2133 - or BronxNet.tv
Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 pm, Sunday, June 13 at 11:30 am and 5:00 pm
or visit www.brxonchildrensmuseum.org/musicmatters anytime beginning June 9!
Support for this program is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and through a Cultural Immigrant Initiative grant from Council Member Diana Ayala.
For six weeks, Bronx Children’s Museum held its first, live Saturday sessions exploring science topics including an art/science activity using everyday materials. Hosted by Museum Program Manager Dejá Santiago, the sessions were based on the Museum’s new Nature of the Bronx program that was part of our 2021 Spring educational programming. A total of 50 children with their families participated in the Fun Labs which were held on Zoom and through Facebook Live. 

Program Manager Dejá Santiago looks on as a participant proudly holds up her artwork during the Cloud Paintings Fun Lab on April 24.
During a session titled “What is Water?” children explored the differences between fresh and salt water. As they dripped water from a spoon into a glass, one child commented, "My water sounds like water gently falling from the sink.” Another exclaimed, "I hear my water bumping into each other, like molecules." 

Caregivers were equally excited. “We loved every minute. [My child and I] attended every one and loved them all. [She] learned so much and looked forward to each session. Thank you very much. You did an amazing job.” - M. Luckett

“My child really enjoyed doing the activities and it kept him busy and learning new things during these difficult times.” - E. Zhagnay

While this session of Saturday Fun Labs are over for now, you can still follow along with the original pre-recorded videos from our Nature of the Bronx series anytime on our website.
Support for this program is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through the Cultural Development Fund.
Bronx Children's Museum featured on PBS's "Let's Learn NYC!" Series
WNET/Channel THIRTEEN has accepted all six of the Museum's latest Nature of the Bronx STEAM videos to air as part of their "Let's Learn NYC!" series. In partnership with New York City Department of Education, "Let’s Learn NYC!" helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. One-hour programs feature instruction by educators and virtual field trips from across the City. The videos began airing locally on May 14 and will continue through July 7.

Visit PBS’s Let’s Learn NYC page to see all of the videos.
Funding for Nature of the Bronx was provided in part by Con Edison, Rose M. Badgeley Charitable Trust, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and TD Foundation. Additional funding and support provided by New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Construction Update
The supporting structure for our second floor lobby entrance is now in place as seen in the photo on the left below. The frames of curved wood will cradle larges panels of rounded plexiglass. The open design allows for all the light from the 30 foot tall turret and bright, river-facing windows to pour into the welcome area. In the image on the right, one can see an opposite view from the elevators of the entrance area that includes a close up on the left of the main doors that feature nature-inspired shapes as openings to see through.
We were recently informed that due to the pandemic, there is a supply shortage of some of the materials we need to complete our space which will delay the completion of construction by a few months. We are all disappointed but know it will be well worth it once we see our space completed and ready for the exhibit and art installations!

We look forward to sharing a virtual sneak peek of the completed space, exhibit designs and our commissioned artists with you this coming fall.
Bronx Spotlight
Each month our newsletter is highlighting a family-friendly Bronx-based business. Here you'll find a brief description of the organization and ideas on how families can support, engage or connect with them.
HERO Dads Program at Montefiore, in partnership with BronxWorks, is a FREE program designed to empower low-income, non-custodial fathers in the Bronx to achieve family and financial success. Funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), and led by a team of psychologists, mental health counselors, and career development specialists, the mission of HERO Dads is to help fathers become involved and nurturing parents to their children, to form and maintain collaborative relationships with their children’s other caregivers, and to achieve financial stability.
 
For additional information about the program, please text “HERO” to: 917.886.2512 or 917.886.5146 (habla espanol) or visit their website.
Bronx Children's Museum nurtures children to find their voice, fulfill their potential and connect to their communities, the Bronx and the world beyond.