• Family Days

  • Ages 3–10

    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.

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  • Spring Family Days

    The World of Classical Music

    Saturday, April 1 | 12–4 PM
    Sunday, April 2 | 12–4 PM
    Resnick Education Wing


    Join Carnegie Hall this April for Spring Family Days in the Resnick Education Wing. During this two-day event, families can explore the exciting world of classical music. Musical activities include the opportunity to conduct a chamber ensemble, learn to sing opera, make instruments, create digital music, and learn period dances with the New York Baroque Dance Company. In addition, there will be live performances by Ensemble Connect and Bash the Trash. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop in any time or come for the whole day!

    Performances and Activities

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    Concert Hall

    Join members of Ensemble Connect for a performance and discover the essentials of classical music before you help them arrange a new piece. You will also have the opportunity to learn period dances with the New York Baroque Dance Company.

    Family Days: Conduct Us  

    Conduct Us

    Now is your chance to try your hand at conducting an ensemble! Show off your skills with the baton while you conduct members of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

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    Opera House

    Enter this room to be transported to the world of opera, where Malena Dayen and Emily Eagen will lead you in a range of exciting activities. From singing famous arias to acting with costumes and props, you will experience what it means to take on the role of a divo or diva!

    Family Days: Instrument Quest

    Instrument Quest

    You have one mission: Locate an instrument from each family of the orchestra. Use the clues on your activity sheet, and play detective by interviewing the NYO-USA musicians behind each door.

    Family Days: Instrument Making

    Instrument-Making Zone

    Bash the Trash transforms an entire floor into an instrument building and performing extravaganza. Work with the artists to build instruments out of recycled materials and then play them in an interactive performance.

    Family Days: Digital Laboratory

    Digital Laboratory

    Use digital technology to create classical music in ways you never imagined with help from the NYU Music Experience Design Lab.

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

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    Family Days are generously supported, in part, by an endowment gift from Linda and Earle S. Altman.