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Bilingual Programming for Kids in NYC: Hablemos at NY Historical Society

Every month The New York Historical Society hosts a program called Hablemos designed to engage children ages 4-10 years old in an exhibit at the New York Historical Society — here’s the best part — Hablemos at NY Historical Society is in Spanish!

My son and I have attended twice and plan to continue checking out their programming.

The program has two parts: during the first part, the children visit an exhibit and chat about it (in Spanish). Paulina, who runs the program, presents the exhibit and asks the children questions to incite discussion. During the second part, the kids go to an art room where they make an art project based on the exhibit.


For example, the first time we attended we visited the Jerni Toy Collection (a beautiful toy collection of boats, trains, airplanes, etc). During the presentation of the exhibit parents helped children draw a picture of one of their favorite toys, and in the art room the children copied and colored what the parents had sketched. Check out my little one’s design:


Paulina said it’s important for parents to participate and collaborate with the children during the art making process. Another thing I love about how she approaches the program is that she says in art there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.

Paulina hopes that as the program gains popularity, there will be more Spanish-language programming to NYHS’ activities.

Here are some pictures of our second time at Hablemos, checking out the Superheroes in Gotham exhibit:




After a pic with Catwoman and Batman, we got to check out the exhibit and then headed over to make superheroes of our own!


I’m thrilled that NYHS has programming for bilingual families and hope you will check it out! The program is meant for ages 4-10 years old. You will have fun, meet other bilingual families, work those creative muscles and spend quality time with your kiddo!

Save the date for Hablemos in March! 

(to RSVP please email: hablemos @
Saturday, March 19
The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems 
Families will visit the gallery and will learn from the work displayed the artistic process of the children’s book author and illustrator including some family favorites: Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus, Elephant and Piggie series and Knuffle Bunny.  In the studio families will create their own mini-book with story and illustrations of their own.


Sábado 19 de marzo
El arte divertida de Mo Willems
Las familias visitaran la galería y aprenderemos el proceso artístico del autor de libros para niñosentre los favoritos: No dejes que la paloma conduzca el autobus la serie de Elefante y cerdita y Elconejito knuffle.  En el taller las familias crearan, inspiradas por el autor, mini-libros con sus propias ilustraciones.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York NY 10024

After you check out Hablemos, make sure to check out the Dimenna Children’s History Museum in the lower level of the The New York Historical Society. It has a great library section with TONS of books and interactive displays where children can learn about history in NY and the USA.
Dimenna Childrens History Museum
Books at dimenna childrens museum

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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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