Every Who Down in Who-ville Liked Christmas a lot... But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Who-ville, Did NOT!
And so begins the classic Dr. Seuss tale of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a tale about how a nasty old Grinch tries his hardest to take away all that is good about the holiday season, and yet the happiness and naïveté of the small, busy Whos eventually softens the Grinch's "two sizes too small" heart and all becomes right with the world by the end of the story.
Dr. Seuss's book has been turned into both a musical and a movie, but did you know it's also the basis of a museum exhibition? That's right, take your kids down to the Children's Museum of Manhattan, where they can interact in The Grinch's Holiday Workshop, a space that includes a sock-skating rink, a scavenger hunt, and craft tables. If you're looking for something to keep the little ones active on those days off from school, you'll want to come to CMOM.
Join Max the dog, Cindy-Lou Who, and the very Grinch himself as you travel through Who-ville, learning and crafting along the way. The walls of the activity space are covered in scenes and quotes from the famous Dr. Seuss book, including the Grinch peering out of a Who-ville chimney, the Whos all clasping hands and singing songs, and the holiday feast with Cindy-Lou Who. It's almost as if you'll be living the story yourself as you make your way through the exhibit.
The museum show is exquisite, a welcoming, happy space created in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Accenture. The highlight of the exhibit is the indoor "skating" rink, an area where families can skate in their socks without having to worry about cold toes! Children can also steer Max, the "Rein-Dog" in yet another interactive area of the show.
There is also a storytelling space with an oversized Dr. Seuss reading chair where children can hear the full story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in addition to other favorites by Seuss. Weekly programming includes craft activities like Seuss tree ornaments, Who-ville Mad-Libs, Grinch masks and more. Cutting, pasting, and coloring are a big part of the craft corner here.
Comments CMOM’s Executive Director Andrew Ackerman, “Dr. Seuss books have encouraged generations of kids to love reading, and will continue to do so for countless years to come. The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop brings to life, in a fun and dynamic way, the story and characters of Who-ville while also teaching the book’s lessons regarding the importance of human kindness and compassion.”
With Christmas only two weeks away, the streets are filled with busy travelers and shoppers rushing from one holiday window and shop to the next. Do your holiday shopping online, then get out of the cold and away from the holiday madness and take the kids to CMOM instead! The Holiday Workshop is only open until December 31, so be sure to stop by soon. Other exhibits on view include Eat Sleep Play, PlayWorks, and Red Grooms' New York City.