A few weeks ago we attended The New York Public Library (NYPL) Family Benefit and enjoyed a day of outer space theme activities.
Note: I was invited as media to this event. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
photo credit: Julie Stapen / NYPL
We started the fun with a Q&A with astronauts. They asked my son space related questions in exchange for giving him a prize from their helmet.
Then my son received a space tattoo
Next stop was the various craft stations, where my son made out of this world items including a telescope, an alien in a space ship and a comic capsule. There were a few more craft stations but we didn't get a chance to visit them
This could be because my son found the Rocket Fuel food station provided by Abigail Kirsch. LOL.
At each station we enjoyed snacking on various space and alien themed items. Including Alien cupcakes!
While snacking we enjoyed the Moon Rock performance. They really rocked out!
After out meal we moved on to more activities in the Space Station room, which featured educational and interactive activities including robot building, learning about Mars planet surface and making your own space shuttle.
Speaking of space shuttle, the Balloon Blast with Brooklyn Balloon Company made shuttle balloons for kids who wanted them. I thought my son would want one also but he opted for a rocket jet-pack.
I confess I was amazed that the balloon guy could make one.
After getting our balloon, we ended our fun with a magic show. The show was very interactive. Kids were invited to join in and "help" make the fun magic happen. My son had a blast.
While we enjoyed all those activities, the main point of the benefit is to support and fund the NYPL so they can provide free public services including after school programs, teen coding courses, adult tech training, ESOL classes, and job search assistance across the Library system's 92 locations, including 88 neighborhood branches.
The NYPL Family Benefit 2016, was attended by 400 people and raised about $300,000 for Library programs in the branches!
To see how you can support your NYPL, visit - www.nypl.org/support/donate