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School is out, but learning is in this week.

Queens Museum is ready to offer Winter Vacation Workshops from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for three days in a row: Wednesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec. 29.

Meanwhile, a stone’s throw away in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the New York Hall of Science will present ReMake the Holidays, which features workshops from noon to 4 p.m. for four days in a row: Wednesday, Dec. 27, through Saturday, Dec.30.

First, Queens Museum. The opening powwow is Collage Selfies on Dec. 27. To begin, participants will take a photo and print it. Then, they will create collages with the printed images and magazine cut-outs.

Holiday lanterns will be the focus of the next day’s session, which will kick off with a visit to the ongoing museum exhibition “The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Lamps,” which displays elaborate, multicolored glass lamps that famed stained glass designer Louis C. Tiffany and his employees created in a Corona foundry during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Then the inspired youngsters will make their own lanterns.

On Dec. 29, attendees will make calendars for the upcoming year.

All these three-hour, drop-in sessions are free with no required advance registration. Plus, there are related, 15-minute storytelling sessions at the top of every hour.

Next, the New York Hall of Science’s ReMake the Holidays series. A reaction to the season’s excessive consumption and waste, participants will animate, bend, light, sculpt and twist as normal, but they will only use recycled and/or recyclable materials as per a partnership with Skraptacular, a nonprofit that promotes sustainability.

On Dec. 27, caregivers and children will create and decorate textiles with fabric scraps. There will also be opportunities to felt and embroider in other parts of the science museum.

The next day will involve making holiday decorations from folded paper, while others design and print snowflake patterns.

Plastic is the theme for Dec. 29. Kids will use plastic bottle caps as wheels to make pull toys, cars and other rolling objects. Others will turn recycled plastic into shrinking works of art, transform suncatchers with glue, and build toys with straws and plastic connectors.

The program will end with wood on Dec. 30. Some will use discarded wood scraps to make boats or whatever else they dream up, while others will transform recycled wood scraps into marbled works of art by mixing and swirling floating paint into patterns and then dipping the scraps to create designs. In the museum’s Design Lab, another group will make personalized puzzles.

All sessions are free with museum admission.

Top image: nysci; gallery images (l-to-r): nysci, Queens Museum, Queens Museum


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