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7 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Kids in NYC

Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in NYC with Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Now, if you’ve been following this blog you may remember that  I have posted about how I didn’t really celebrate HHM until recently. I have come to appreciate HHM for a time to show others the beauty of all the different cultures in Latin America. So, I have created this list of ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Kids in NYC.

(*Dates valid for HHM 2018)

7 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Kids in NYC


7 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Kids in NYC


1. Go El Museo del Barrio. 

El Museo del Barrio offers a free COQUI program for kids 1-4 years old on the first Saturday and first Wednesday of the month. During Hispanic Heritage Month, they are offering one For more information, visit

COQUÍ CLUB: The Charms of The Alebrijes (Saturday)

October 6 @ 9:30 am12:00 pm

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue



2. Attend a dance event the Fall for Dance Festival. 

Check out the lineup of the NY:

Cost: $15

 I recommend Program 5:
Program 5—Fri Oct 12 & Sat Oct 13
Ballet Hispánico  Con Brazos Abiertos  Michelle Manzanales
Junior Cervila & Guadalupe Garcia  TANGOS  Junior Cervila & Guadalupe Garcia 
Acosta Danza  El Cruce sobre el Niágara Marianela Boán
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  Stack-Up  Talley Beatty
3. Eat all the food! Head over to the traditional Hispanic neighborhoods and get your fill of delicious foods:Tacos- Mexican Food
I recommend: Washington Heights for delicious Dominican food, but really– there’s delicious food EVERYWHERE!
And Queens has it ALL!
Some of my favorite places:
Ecuadorian food – Delicias Manabitas – Astoria
Mexican tacos – Athens Grill, Tacuba, Maizal, De Mole – Astoria
Colombian bandeja paisa – I love Pollo’s Mario and Basurero (various locations)
Don Coquí – Puerto Rican – Astoria
Venezuelan arepas – La Vecina in Astoria is delish.
Peruvian roasted chicken and ceviche- try Riko’s in Sunnyside


4. Learn about Taíno Culture and Identity at the National Museum of the American Indian

Event: Monday, October 15, 2018, 2 – 4 PM

During this time there will be a museum specialist discussing Taíno history, culture, and worldviews. Through cultural materials and live demonstrations, Jorge facilitates discussion of the persistence and depth of Taíno lifeways and living traditions.

Note: this exhibit will be on display until October 2019, and this museum is ALWAYS FREE!


5. Learn how to make HAMACAS! (October 6th)

The Museum of the American Indian is hosting a free hamaca (hammock) making course on October 6th.


*recommended for ages 9 and up.

you must register here.

6. Visit the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (part of the NY Historical Society)

Inside the NY Historical Society, downstairs, is the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. In it you will find a library with a great variety of books. There is also an exhibit of prominent New Yorkers- one of those is a Cuban athlete named Esteban Bellan, the first Latin American Player to play professional baseball in the USA.



7. Mano de Obra/ Hands on (art) work: Music and Art Exhibition

Attend this music and art exhibition at the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center for a free dance and art exhibit. 

This event is FREE and it is happening on September 23rd from 4-8 pm. There will be live music.

The Ecuadorian American Cultural Center is located in Sunnyside, NY:

51-45 47th Street, Queens

You can RSVP here.




Diana Limongi
Diana a mom, activist, nonprofit professional, podcaster and writer from Queens, NY. She writes about motherhood, activism, raising my multilingual kids, culture and travel. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.

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