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Create a furniture-rocket, discover a new planet and make a new friend in this Family Activity!  For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Furniture Rocket

In The Way Back Home, The Boy flies all the way to outer space using his bed as an airplane. In this activity, invent your own furniture-mobile and fly all the way to the moon!

Materials: Paper, crayons/markers, a flashlight

Step One: Choose a piece of furniture in your house that you would use to fly to the moon (maybe your bed? Your chair? Your pillow?) and name your spacecraft. 

Step Two: After you choose your spacecraft, turn off the lights as outer space is very dark. Grab your flashlight, a grown-up and get ready to fly to the moon on your furniture-rocket! 

Step Three: Pretend you're flying and imagine all the sounds you may hear. Try to use only sound effects (no talking!) on your way there. Use your flashlight to find your way. Shine it on different things in the room and pretend they're flying through space.
  • What sound does your spacecraft make as it blasts off? Is it a loud motor? Does it make a whistling noise?
  • As you leave Earth and enter outer space, what does it sound like? Is it quiet? Is it loud?
  • Woah! A shooting star just whizzed past you—what did that sound like?
  • You're making a turn around the Sun to get a full view of our solar system—can you hear noises from faraway planets?
Step Four: You finally made it to the Moon! Explore the ground.
  • What does it feel like when you walk on the Moon? Can you float? Can you jump?
  • What colors do you see in this new place?
  • Imagine what you see when you look at the sky from the Moon. Can you see the Earth?
The Best Place in Space

Did you know that outer space is so big, we don't even know how big it is? In this activity, be your own space explorer and discover a brand new planet in outer space. 

Materials: Downloadable template, crayons/markers

Step One: Use these questions to start a conversation about planets:
  • What is a planet?
  • Are all planets the same? What makes them different?
  • Which planet do humans live on?
  • Are there other creatures that live on other planets?
If you don't know the answers, do the research together to figure it out. Go on the internet and look up pictures of space and planets! 

Step Two: Download and print this worksheet. 

Planet Discover

Step Three: Take your furniture-rocket (from the previous activity) and travel to your new planet! 

Alien Puppet

If you were traveling on a big trip to outer space, you wouldn't want to do it alone! Make a creature that you think would live on the planet you just discovered. 

Materials: Two paper plates, clear tape, scissors, stapler, clear plastic cup, paper, crayons/markers

Materials
Step One: Trace your plastic cup on the piece of paper to get a sense of how big you should make your alien. Draw an alien inside of the shape and cut it out. 

Step One
Step Two:  Design and decorate your alien. Make sure to do both sides! 

Step Two
Step Three: Now it's time to make your spaceship. Put two paper plates on top of each other with their edges touching and staple them together. Using scissors, cut a slit in the top of your spaceship.
 
Step 3
Step Four: Slip your alien into the slit and secure it with tape. Then, decorate your ship!
 
Step Four
Step Five: Put four small pieces of clear tape on the bottom of the plastic cup. Secure the plastic cup to the top of the spaceship on top of the alien.

Step Five
Step Six: Take your spaceship on a flight! Where can it land?

Step Six

 
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Play a game with your family, create subway art inspired by your life and craft a time capsule in this Family Activity! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.


Get Your Gears Turning

Aging Magician tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. What are your memories? What are your aspirations? How do you want to be remembered?  In this activity, use your memory and imagination to answer questions about each other's past and future.

Materials: Printable template, markers, scissors, brad fastener

Step One: Print out a copy of this two-page template for each member of your family.

Gear Template
Step Two: On the gear template, draw memories from the past in three random triangles.

Step Three: Draw three aspirations for the future in the three remaining triangles.

Step Four: Fold the paper in half on the dotted line and cut out the gear. Then cut out the wedged circle from the second page of the template and attach the two shapes together with a brad fastener.

Template pieces assemble with a brad fastener through their centers
Animation of completed gear turning
Step Five: Take turns spinning the wheel to a random drawing—keep whether it's a memory or an aspiration a secret! Ask each other these questions:
  • What are you feeling in this drawing?
  • Why did you decide to draw this specific moment?
  • Who's with you in this drawing? 
  • What happened right before this moment?
  • What happens after this moment?

Step Six: After you have talked about each of your gears, reveal which drawings were memories and which were aspirations. Were there any surprises? Were there any patterns? Were there any similarities between each other's gears?

Next Stop-Allegory!

As the story of the Aging Magician unfolds, we visit many subway stops on a journey to Coney Island. In this activity, think of your commute and create an allegory for your family to decorate your subway stop. 

Step One: Aging Magician is an allegory on time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life. Accompanied by a string quartet and members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Aging Magician is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theater, puppetry, instrument-making and scenic design to create this work of opera-theater.
HINT:  What's an allegory?
  al·le·go·ry  \ˈa-lə-ˌgȯr-ē\
  noun (plural allegories)
    A story, poem or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.  

Watch this trailer for Aging Magician from Beth Morrison Projects and have a conversation about where you see symbols, stories, poems and pictures. What do you think the hidden meanings might be?

 

Step Two: From mosaics to stained glass to sculptures, there is artwork throughout the New York City subways. Here are some examples below. Have you seen these pieces of art? Why do you think they are in the subway?

Subway Art
Top to bottom: 72nd Street (N/Q), Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue (D/F/N/Q), 14th Street (A/C/E)

Step Three: Choose one of the examples above or pick your own. Think about these questions:
  • How does this art make you feel?
  • What do you think inspired the artist to create this piece of art?
  • Why did they choose this piece of art for this specific subway stop?
  • Could this piece of art be an allegory? Is there a deeper symbolic meaning? What is it?

Step Four: Design a piece of subway art that is an allegory for your family's life. What symbols represent who you are as a family? Use art supplies around your house to design your family's piece. 

BONUS: In Aging Magician, a string quartet and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus help Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Create a music playlist for your commute. Choose a song for each subway stop. While you ride, listen along!

Family Time Capsule

One of the major themes in Aging Magician is time. Create a family time capsule to capture this moment in time!

Materials: Printable worksheet, pens, paper, container (a shoebox, an envelope—it depends on what you decide to put inside!)

Step One: Have a conversation with your family using these questions as prompts:
  • What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?
  • What kind of person do you hope to be by the end of this year?
  • Think of an object you own that has a significant memory attached to it. Why did you choose this item?
  • If we were to create a family time capsule (with an expiration date of one year), and we could only choose three things to put inside, what would those three things be?

Step Two: Go around your home and collect things you would want to include in your time capsule.

Step Three: On a piece of paper, write a letter to your future selves. Include the goals and aspirations that you discussed in Step One. These letters will be included in your time capsule, too!

Step Four: Print and fill out this worksheet for inclusion in your time capsule:

Worksheet
Step Five: Decide on a container that will fit the objects you have chosen to include. Place the objects inside and seal it up. Then write the "Do Not Open Until" date on it: one year from the day you do the activity. Set a calendar reminder as well!
 

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