A carnival in February? Yes, that is right. Facing Central Park in New York City at El Museo Del Barrio, is a carnival that can be great for the whole family, but especially for children. This carnival combines both education and entertainment for the family to learn about the diversity of the Latino Culture.
Upon entering the carnival, there were several things for the attendees to do which included: a gallery tour, the shop, the café, a dance workshop, art making, story telling and music. The gallery featured several kinds of standard art pieces and digital art with descriptions under each of them. In the café, there was lively music with performers getting them to their feet to dance as well. The top floor had the workshops of mask making and dancing. Because the workshops were so interactive, the children were very engaged in learning about the activities and were asking a lot of questions.
On the front of the building, there is a saying that stood out and stated, “A museum is a school: The artist learns to communicate. The public learns to make connections.”
Overall, finding educational and interactive events for children to attend can be challenging, but is possible. It is important to keep children educated and engaged with the culture that they are brought up in so that they have a good foundation to fall back on the rest of their lives.