What's on at Cooper-Hewitt

While we're renovating the Mansion, we have an extensive range of events and programs for all ages happening at other venues around New York City.

Almost all our events are free of charge but we encourage advance booking to secure a place. Please also check the venue details when booking to make sure you know where to turn up to.

Weekly family programs run Tuesday through Saturdays and can be booked individually in the Family Programs section of our website.


Target Design Kids Tuesday & Thursday Toddler Programs  

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Imagination Playground

Make a date to play, dream, and build in the Imagination Playground. Children aged two to five are invited to enjoy unstructured free play.

Target Design Kids Tuesday & Thursday Toddler Programs  

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Imagination Playground

Make a date to play, dream, and build in the Imagination Playground. Children aged two to five are invited to enjoy unstructured free play.

Sign of the Times: Music and Design, 1960s–1980s  

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street

Join us for a look at how popular music and design influenced the material culture and lifestyle of the 1960s–1980s.
Pat Kirkham (Bard Graduate Center), Paula Scher (Pentagram), Ben Watson (Herman Miller), and Stephen Duncombe (NYU) explore highlights of Cooper-Hewitt's collection, from graphic design to furniture and product design.

Reception: 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Lecture: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Target Design Kids: Fast Friday Design Challenge  

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Fast Friday Design Challenge

Come join our new Fast Friday Design Challenge at the end of every month! We will be exploring different design problems and generating creative solutions through hands-on building and testing of prototypes. Use simple materials to design your innovations! Children ages 7 & up.

Target Design Kids Saturday Workshops  

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Wire Designs

Explore form and function by using wire! You will be using wire to design your very own product. Join Oscar Lopez and our team as we navigate the design process with wire.

Target Design Kids Tuesday & Thursday Toddler Programs  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Imagination Playground

Make a date to play, dream, and build in the Imagination Playground. Children aged two to five are invited to enjoy unstructured free play.

Target Design Kids Tuesday & Thursday Toddler Programs  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Imagination Playground

Make a date to play, dream, and build in the Imagination Playground. Children aged two to five are invited to enjoy unstructured free play.

Members' Private Viewing | Hemmerle’s Nature's Jewels Collection  

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Upper East Side

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Join Christian, Yasmin, Stefan, and Sylveli Hemmerle of Hemmerle, a fourth generation family run house at the vanguard of jewelry design, for a private viewing of their new collection, Nature’s Jewels. Learn about the history of Hemmerle, their unique process in creating jewels as original as works of art, and this new collection that is inspired by fruits, seeds, leaves, and trees and created using innovative materials. Members are invited to stay for Hemmerle’s exclusive Cocktail reception immediately following the viewing.

Design by Hand | Heath Ceramics: Clay Bead Design (Teen Workshop)  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Explore texture, pattern, and glaze to create ceramic beads at this hands-on workshop for teens led by Heath Ceramics.

About the Design by Hand series:
Launched in fall 2013 with the iconic Finnish brand Marimekko, the Design by Hand series focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of contemporary global designers. Special programs connect university students, high school students, adults, and families with design.

Image by Jeffery Cross

Design by Hand | Heath Ceramics: 2D to 3D (College Workshop)  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Work with designers from Heath Ceramics to design tea sets and tableware. You will gain a deeper understanding of line and ergonomics using a process involving paper cutouts.

NB: This workshop is open to college students with valid student ID only.

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