Family Days | Carnegie Hall
  • Family Days

  • Carnegie Hall celebrates families by offering free interactive and fun musical activities and performances in its Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing. This season, families will explore the swinging world of jazz music in the fall and discover classical music in the spring.

    Upcoming Family Days

    April 1–2, 2017 | 12–4 PM
    RSVP starting March 16, 2017 at 11 AM

  • Family Days tout (Stefan Cohen)
  • Thanks to the New York City Administration for Children's Services and the Department of Homeless Services for supporting families during Family Days.

    Fall Family Days

    The World of Jazz

    Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25
    12–4 PM




    Note:All performances in the Weill Music Room are general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Colored wristbands will be distributed no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance.


    Musical Explorers Artists - Brianna


    Brianna Thomas

    12 PM | 1:30 PM | 3 PM
    Weill Music Room

    Jazz vocalist Brianna Thomas and her sextet play three sets in the Weill Music Room. These interactive performances highlight some of the greatest jazz standards around. Performances are general admission and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Doors to the Weill Music Room will open 10 minutes prior to the concert start time.

    All-Day Activities

    Family Weekend: Pop-up Performers (Stefan Cohen)
    Photo: Stefan Cohen

    Pop-up Performers

    As a part of the Great Jazz Scavenger Hunt, members and alumni of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra will “pop up” throughout the Resnick Education Wing throughout the day. Keep an eye out for musicians playing each of the instruments pictured on your activity sheet. They will tell you about the jazz legends that played the same instruments, play you some of their tunes, and give you a sticker!

    Family Days dancing (Stephanie Berger)
    Photo: Stephanie Berger

    Family Dance Party

    Recommended for ages 3–10

    Feel the rhythm of swing and jazz music through movement activities at the Family Dance Party. Before you know it, you might be dancing along with the band in a New Orleans second line! The dance party will be led by Riza Printup and backed by an all-star band.

    Family Days singing (Stefan Cohen)
    Photo: Stefan Cohen

    Vocal Jam Session

    Recommended for ages 3–10

    Join a team of red-hot vocal improvisers including Sarah Elizabeth Charles as they lead you through vocal games, scatting, and circle singing, and feel the exhilaration of creating group songs on the spot!

    Family Day: Photo Booth
    Photo: Stephanie Berger


    All Ages

    Capture memories from your visit to Carnegie Hall by having your family photo taken in front of a backdrop of the legendary Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Make it fun and dress up your photo with musical props!

    Family Weekend: Songwriting (Stefan Cohen)
    Photo: Stefan Cohen

    Songwriting Lounge

    Recommended for ages 5 and up

    Work in small groups with professional songwriters to write a blues song. First, brainstorm ideas about a problem and a solution. Next, move to the composition studios to work with more songwriters and have your ideas turned into blues form. Finally, record your finished product and bring it home to share with family and friends.

    Family Day: Instrument Making
    Photo: Stefan Cohen

    Instrument Making Zone

    Recommended for ages 3 and up

    Bash the Trash transforms an entire floor into an instrument building and performing extravaganza. Work with the musicians to build instruments out of recycled materials and use them in an interactive performance with Bash the Trash. Take your instruments with you to create musical memories at home.

    Family Days digital music (Chris Lee)
    Photo: Chris Lee

    Digital Music Studio

    Recommended for ages 5 and up

    Try out your digital music skills in the Digital Music Studio. You will have the chance to sample and record your own sounds using the new jazz techniques you learn and the instruments you create in the Instrument Making Zone. You will also have the opportunity to join up with other participants to mix your sounds together into a hot new digital track.