Summer Camp at the New York Transit Museum
What do you get when you take a decommissioned subway station, add in subway cars from as far back as 1904 and sprinkle in historic turnstiles, eye opening exhibits and a 1960’s era "Fishbowl" bus children of all ages can get behind the wheel of? You get a one of a kind New York Museum experience perfect for year round fun, but especially during the summer.
So it should come as no surprise that over six action-packed weeks this summer, camp groups from all across the city will enter the New York Transit Museum’s 1936 subway station home to learn how mass transit moves their city. This year, Transit Museum camp programs celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial through games, songs, and tours of the Museum’s vintage car collection. Already, 183 groups have signed up, including 15 with special needs, for a total of 4,000 participants. The busy summer camp season started on July 9th and will run through August 21st, 2013.
In “Design Dream Team,” a new game inspired by Cranium’s “Hullabaloo,” young train enthusiasts will jump, twirl and skip between colorful shapes, each one representing a different design or engineering feature of Grand Central Terminal. As they play, campers will learn about the many small details which together make Grand Central such an amazing place.
Campers will also see a performance of Make it Grand!, an original musical created and performed by the Museum’s own Jonathan Ellers. The musical tells the story of Grand Central through clever props, costumes and catchy tunes. First performed during spring break week for public school students, the show is back by popular demand this summer.
Camp groups will also experience guided tours of the Museum’s grand collection of vintage rolling stock on the platform level, exploring everything from wooden elevated gate cars dating back to 1904 to the BRT subway car that set the standard in 1914. Authentic rattan seats and canvas hand holds set the mood as Museum Interpreters tell stories from New York’s past and point out what makes these historic cars so unusual.
The Transit Museum is committed to youth engagement. Guided school and camp programs reach 25,000 students each year and special needs programs address an underserved audience in the city. With $5 admission for children and located at a nexus of 8 subway lines and 13 bus routes the Museum located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, is accessible, affordable, and proud to be a resource and haven for New York City families.