History Hunters: A Kid’s Life

Travel back in time with History Hunters! This new series of experiential programs for families is a fun and hands-on way to discover what it was like to be a turn-of-the-(20th)-century kid on the Lower East Side. Each session will explore a different dimension of childhood in the early 1900s, from what children experienced at school to what they were up to at home. Sign up for one session – or, better still, all four! Recommended for children ages 5-11 and their adult companions.

History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at School

The past comes alive in this brand-new family program that takes children back in time to discover what childhood was like 100 years ago. In this first session, we’ll explore what school life was like for Lower East Side kids – so get ready for some crazy calisthenics and a surprising school lunch. Straight A’s guaranteed!

History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at Synagogue

In this session, we’ll focus on what it was like to be a kid at the Eldridge Street Synagogue in the early 1900s. Seats with a view? Check. Bar Mitzvah cheat sheet? Check. Penny chocolate bars? Check (and yum)! This is the second session in our History Hunters series. Stay tuned for upcoming sessions on A Kid’s Life at Home and A Kid’s Life at Work.

History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at Work

Today’s children may feel overwhelmed by schoolwork and chores, but kids in the early 1900s had real jobs to juggle! In this session, we will explore the world of working kids, from newsies to garment workers. Recommended for children ages five to 11 and their adult companions. Tickets required.

History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at Home

Join us at the Tenement Museum  for the final installment of our History Hunters series that explores life for Lower East Side kids at the turn-of-the-20th Century. We’ll step into two tenement apartments to learn what life was like for kids in the Levine and Rogarshevsky families. What work did kids do? Where did they find space to play? How did they help their families get by? Then we’ll get creative by making objects out of recycled material, just like kids did one hundred years ago.

This program is made possible by a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Visit pjlibrary.org/newyork to receive the gift of Jewish bedtime stories and songs each month – at no cost to your family!