Our Family Day program is designed for children ages 5–12 and their families, but the whole family is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the program.

Mina’s Dream

By Hamid Rahmanian
Discussion follows performances with playwright and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi
Moderated by Renata Melillo-Townsend
Three sessions: 11:30–12:15 AM / 12:30–1:15 PM / 1:30–2:15 PM | GALLERY
Mina’s Dream is a specially commissioned performance by Hamid Rahmanian, an award-winning Iranian artist and Guggenheim Fellow based in New York. His 15-minute shadow play tells the story of a young girl whose dreams are bigger than her community’s social pressures and decrees. A young actor performs behind a screen that displays animated characters and objects, representing those who try to keep her from pursuing her dreams. A soundscape of live music, voices and effects create a tension and struggle that the young protagonist must fight against. Designed for children age 5 and up, each performance will be followed by a workshop and question-and-answer session with Hamid Rahmanian and Katerina Stefanidi, a gold medalist in pole vaulting at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

A shadow play by Hamid Rahmanian
Performed by Maire Vigliotta
Animation: Naghmeh Farzaneh
Music: Nima Farzaneh
Sound Design: David Wilson
Storyboards:Syd Fini
Voice overs: Elmira Rahim, Sedate Threatt, Danielle Larson and Tarah Pollack
Assistant Directors: Anita Maghduri and Neda Kazemifar
A production of Fictionville Studio


Superhero Dress-Up Station

With Lauren Adler
Featuring props and costumes from Greek myths and fun drop-in crafts!

Superheroes on the Go

With Michelle Angelosanto
Collect materials for your own crafty creation, or grab our activity book to take home—because we know heroes can be busy!

My Hero Stands for…

Contribute to our public art installation by telling us what your ideal heroes would stand for.

Superhero Challenges

With Efi Latifi, Andrew Siebengartner, and Panayotis League
Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Our in-house heroes will test your abilities with special challenges that include finding your way out of Daedalus’s labyrinth, or breaking into an Orpheus-worthy song! Complete three tasks and win a prize! (Though the best prize, as any superhero will tell you, is a job well done.) All of our teaching artists speak both Greek and English.

Interactive Storytelling with Elizabeth Simmons

11 – 11:25 AM | ATRIUM
Actor-educator Elizabeth Simmons leads an interactive performance that tells the story of Penelope from the Odyssey, with references to Antigone.

Movement with Meredith Akins

12 – 12:25 PM | ATRIUM
Dancer and choreographer Meredith Akins leads a movement program in which children can physicalize Greek heroes and heroines such as the Amazons, Atalanta, Antigone, Heracles, and Theseus, and then develop their own heroes and heroines.

The Hero’s Song with Magda Giannikou

1 – 1:45 PM | ATRIUM
Join Magda Giannikou, Andres Rotmistrovsky, and Panayotis League for an interactive musical performance! Create your own musical instrument, sing songs from all over the world, become part of the performance, and be your own hero!

Stand Up and Dance!
With Soul Steps

2 – 2:45 PM | ATRIUM
Prepare to move in this high-energy, interactive, nonstop dance explosion of powerful stomps, accented claps, and Zeus-like, thunderous, syncopated beats enjoyable for the entire family.