Winter Family Fair 2022 at the Morgan
Celebrate the holiday season at the Morgan’s Winter Family Fair on Sunday, December 11 at 2PM with a day of free family activities included with museum admission; the Morgan is free to children 12 and under. Every December the Morgan displays the handwritten manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, the only draft the author made of this timeless classic.
Explore crafts and activities themed to our current exhibitions while interacting with lively strolling characters performed by The Grand Falloons. Enjoy an afternoon of live music, gallery exploration, prizes, and more.
The Grand Falloons company entertains visitors in a lively celebration of A Christmas Carol with strolling characters Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghost of Christmas Present, as Victorian-era performers delight with magic and music.
“Come in and know me better, man!”
Get into character, literally, as a figure from A Christmas Carol using the head-in-the-hole board mimicking John Leech’s famous illustrations.
Feel completely “awe-some” crafting and wearing your own horned crown, the symbol of Mesopotamian divinity.
Felt with the Heart
Children can choose the costume of the Little Prince or the Fox and pose for family pictures in the historic parlor.
Luck of the Draw: Family Raffle
Sign up for a chance to win a copy of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan, or a pair of the Little Prince and the Fox stuffed toys.
Meet the Filmmaker: Mark Osborne
Mark Osborne, director of The Little Prince, Kung Fu Panda and many film and television shows, will showcase the puppets from his animated film The Little Prince.
Ashley Bryan Family Storytime
Sit down and relax with a live storytime with picture books by Ashley Bryan.
Throughout his long life and career, the artist Ashley Bryan created and illustrated children’s books that celebrated Black life and Black creativity. This exhibition focuses on his 2015 book Sail Away, in which Bryan paired poems by Langston Hughes on the subject of water—oceans, seas, rivers, and rainstorms—with his own vibrant cut-paper collages. The original collages, now in the Morgan’s permanent collection, will be joined by paintings, prints, photographs, recordings, and some work in unusual formats, such as Bryan’s puppets made from sea glass, shells, and other found materials, to explore the conversation between these two great Black artists and the role of seas and rivers in their work.
The Morgan holds the original manuscript and art for one of the world’s most widely read and cherished books, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (1943). Writing in exile during the second World War, Saint-Exupéry distilled his experience as a pilot into the unforgettable fictive landscape of The Little Prince—a world of wise creatures, headstrong plants, and lovely, lonesome deserts. The exhibition will tell this beloved story through Saint-Exupéry’s remarkable watercolors, drawings, and manuscript drafts, revealing the creative process that brought this work to readers the world over. Photographs, portraits, non-fiction writing, and personal effects will contextualize the author’s milieu, while objects related to the book’s translation and adaptation will follow the subsequent travels of The Little Prince across world languages and media. The Little Prince: Taking Flight explores the visionary artistry and timeless wisdom of this classic tale, a story that inspires its readers to encounter new realms of experience with a leap of the imagination.
All activities are free with museum admission. The Morgan is free to children twelve and under.
The Morgan’s Winter Family Fair will take place Sunday, December 11, 2022 2–4:00 PM