Join us for February school break workshops! (2/8/18)

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce its continued partnership with Hudson Headwaters Health Network, to provide craft workshops free of charge to children during the February 2018 school break week.

Workshops will run February 19th through the 23rd and will begin at 11 am.

The weekday workshop schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 19th: Chinese Lion Dance Celebration – The Chinese Lion Dance has been a Chinese New Year tradition for hundreds of years. We will be celebrating this iconic spectacle with dance, folktales and more!

Tuesday, February 20th: Mardi Gras Mask Workshop – Bring your festive imagination as we celebrate Mardi Gras by making our own Mardi Gras Masks! Colorful and bold, or sequenced and shiny, there are a variety of ways to make your own mask!

Wednesday, February 21st: Chinese New Year Puppet Workshop – We will continue our Chinese New Year celebration by making our own Dragon and Dog rod puppets, two of the more iconic symbols of the Chinese New Year!

Thursday, February 22nd: Olympic Flag Workshop – In recognition of the Olympics, we will be celebrating by making our own Olympic Flags! You can re-create a Olympic country’s flag or create your own, it’s up to you!

Friday, February 23rd: Recycled Bottle Cap Workshop – Together we will create a colorful mural of recycled ‘trash’, that promoted creativity as much as it does recycling! An assorted but limited supply of bottle caps will be available but please bring as many bottle caps as you can to recycle and create!


All workshops are free with the cost of admission ($5 per person, children under 3 enter free).

Help us reach New Destinations in 2018!

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is excited to announce the launch of their Annual Campaign for 2017. Through engaging, interactive activities and educational programming, WACM imparts the values of inclusion, acceptance and understanding. The Museum provides opportunities for children and their families to connect with their world neighbors through the following:

  • Onsite and offsite educational programming in accordance with NYS curriculum standards.
  • Extensive art collection containing over 10,000 pieces of children’s art and objects from around the world.
  • Facilitates and manages an international youth art exchange program wth artwork from 83 countries.

More than 100,000 children have taken part in educational outreach programs or visits to the Museum since its inception.

The mission of the Museum is more important now than ever before.  Our goal is to reach more children, families and community members with our vital message.  The Museum is looking forward to a planned expansion of partnerships and programs for all ages in 2018.

This giving season, please consider a donation to the World Awareness Children’s Museum. Thank you in advance for your support!

Join us for Dia de Los Muertos Sunday!

Join us for our Dia de Los Muertos Sunday!


Come and celebrate family – past, present and future, as we observe the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos!

You will have lots of different activities to choose from to celebrate! Make your own Mexican themed crafts, or enjoy a story about Mexico during Storytime, have some food from the O’Pablo’s Food Truck, and farm and prepare your own pretend meal in our Hola Mexico! exhibit!

Admission is $5. Children under 3 years old are free!

Each craft is $1 but Passport Holders craft for Free!

Call (518) 793-2773 or visit for more information!

Glens Falls & Mexico with Maury Thompson



A Lecture with Maury Thompson


Wine • Refreshments by Samantha’s Café • Art Reception • Live Music • Historical Talk

Friday, November 3

5-7 p.m.

World Awareness Children’s Museum, 89 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801

$25 per person

An event for adults. Seating is limited.

RSVP: 793-2773 x305 or


Join us as we observe Dia de los Muertos with an evening of wine, music, and a pop-up display of Mexican art and artifacts from our collection!

The main feature event of this evening is a talk by celebrated local writer and historian Maury Thompson on the historical connections between Warren County and Mexico.


The talk will include information about local artist Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, who lived seven years in Mexico in the early 1900s and worked as a translator for the Mexican president; local construction contractor Joseph “J”J” Fredella, who came to the aid of 22 Mexican laborers stranded in the Adirondacks in 1923; local National Guardsmen deployed to the Mexican border in 1916; and diplomatic and humanitarian actions of Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes, among other historical anecdotes.

Also, be sure to see our Dia de los Muertos cemetery and ofrenda installation, in place just for this weekend!


About Maury: 

Local writer and historian Maury Thompson has been quoted in The New York Times as an expert on the Glens Falls economy, in ELLE magazine as an expert on regional politics, and on the British sweater fashion blog Celtic-sheepskin as an expert on the luxurious feel of cashmere.

But he is best known around Glens Falls as The Post-Star reporter who walked his beat for 21 years.

He retired from The Post-Star in September to pursue an “encore career“ as a historian of politics, labor organizing and media in New York‘s North Country.

His new book “’The Animated Feather Duster’ (And Other Slow Newsday Tales of the Legendary Facial Hair of Charles Evans Hughes)” is expected to be released in Spring 2018.

Portions of tonight’s talk will be included in another upcoming book, “History in The Hyde Neighborhood: The Storyteller’s Guide to Warren and Center Streets, expected to be released in spring 2019.

Thompson’s first book, “The Biggest Kid at the Balloon Festival: The Walter Grishkot Story,” was released in September 2011.

He has donated a dozen copies of the book to World Awareness Children’s Museum to distribute this evening, on a first-come, first-served basis, for a donation of any amount to the museum.

Thompson writes “Warren County Watch,” a column about economic development, business and quality of life in Warren County, published twice a month on the EDC Warren County web site.

Thompson graduated in 1992 from Middlebury College with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Buy Your WACM Dios de los Muertos T-Shirt Now!

The Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos is coming soon and The World Awareness Children’s Museum invites you to our weekend-long celebration from Thursday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 5th with a number of themed workshops, presentations and activities!
We want you to be sure to celebrate in style with a beautiful, customized WACM t-shirt! A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to benefit the Museum! Use the link below to purchase your shirt today!
Here’s a summary of the events!
On Thursday, November 2nd during normal museum hours, our ofrenda will be open and on display!
On Friday, November 3rd, we will be hosting local historian Maury Thompson for a catered event where he will give a presentation on the ties between Glens Falls and Mexico. Also featured will be a pop-up gallery of Museum artifacts related to Mexico and Dia de los Muertos.
On Saturday, November 4th, in addition to be open for normal museum hours, we will have a workshop focused on honoring our ancestors.
On Sunday, November 5th, we will have a day of activities, face painting, and a Mexican food truck to finish out our weekend of celebration!
Stay tuned for more detailed information about the events, and don’t forget to buy your T-Shirt! 

Free Family Series at the 2017 Adirondack Film Festival

Did you know that Glens Falls has it’s very own film festival? That’s right! Back for its second year, the Adirondack Film Festival is bringing new films to downtown Glens Falls, and will once more be presenting its FREE FAMILY SERIES – thirteen films for children from all around the globe. Come and see these new films at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 21st at the Crandall Public Library. Call (518) 798-7479 or Visit for more information or to buy tickets! Hope to see you there!


Here’s a list of the short films featured in this year’s Free Family Series!


Mike Hayhurst

USA; 3 min

We know it’s not always easy being green–but it all works out in this charming quest for a perfect match.



Ana Chubinidze

France; Switzerland; Germany; 7 min

Good things come in all sizes and packages. Especially the pocket man, whose kindness abounds.



Ignas Meilunas

Lithuania; 2 min

Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.



Clementine Robach

France; Belgium; 7 min

Times are tough in one little town: first no food, now no electricity. Eventually, the transformative power of community nourishes all in more ways than one.



Xiya Lan

USA; 4 min

Sometimes we amplify our fears. Usually, they’re not so bad at all.



Natalia Chernysheva

Russia; 4 min

Anyone can get caught in a bind, but working together means weaving new webs of strength in one spider’s dilemma.



Mercedes Marro

Spain; Colombia; France; 8 min

Oscar rescues a goldfish from the clutches of hungry cats, but with the drought, has trouble caring for it. When the faucets turn on, the challenge truly begins.



Ned Wenlock

New Zealand; 6 min

Lone Stag lacks a certain something in the antlers department: the antlers. How will he get any birds to help him make music for the spring jam?



Mari Miyazawa

Japan; 5 min

Konigiri Kun, a curious rice ball with a penchant for shopping, goes out to market and is tempted all around in this hilarious nod to overconsumption.



Julia Ocker

Germany; 4 min

A relaxing evening on the couch turns into a noshing nuisance for one peckish croc.



Kariem Saleh

Germany; 4 min

A little tiger, happy but hungry, devises clever means to fill his belly and satisfy his cravings.



Maribel Suarez

Mexico; 5 min

A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. Her efforts go unnoticed—until they finally take root.



Yekaterina Filippova

Russia; 3 min

Once a birdie met a hippo. Teaming up makes everything easier.




The Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls, NY is the only film festival in the country operated by a prominent professional theatre company – the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Because AFF spans the gap of theatre and film, it has the ability to offer a unique vantage point for a film festival as it embraces the similarities and differences in storytelling and the process from page to stage to screen. The festival features panel discussions, a free family series, exciting special events, and 75+ films all taking place on 7 screens in downtown Glens Falls. Sharing its slogan with the Adirondack Theatre Festival – the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region dedicated to new plays – the Adirondack Film Festival is a place where audiences can always expect to SEE SOMETHING NEW.

Back to School Season at go!

We will be closing from September 6th to the 27th for our annual cleaning. Upon re-opening, fall hours will be Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM – 5 PM.

“We have had a busy summer season,” says Interim Director Kate Austin-Avon. Our new Hola, Mexico! exhibit was the highlight of the summer and we have seen many children enjoy playing in the farm and kitchen. We hosted Mexico themed workshops nearly every day we were open, and were able to waive workshop fees in August, courtesy of the Cohoes Savings Foundation.”

“Our most exciting event this summer was a Meet the Musicians event in partnership with The Sembrich in Bolton
Landing, bringing world-class Mexican ensemble The Villalobos Brothers on August 19th for an upbeat, exclusive performance that drew in new visitors to the Museum! The brothers’ mother joined us all the way from Mexico and it was quite the honor
to host the intimate gathering.”

The Museum is also looking for volunteers to help with our Bounce House Village at this year’s annual Adirondack Balloon Festival. There are many shifts available and we greatly appreciate the help! Please sign up online here.

August 2017 Workshops are Free!


We are waiving all workshop fees for the entire month of August due to the generous sponsorship of the Cohoes Savings Foundation.

Here are the workshops provided this August. All events begin at 10:30 AM.

  • Sundays – Art Studio

  • Wednesdays  – ‘Sopresa!’ Surprise Activity –

    • August 16th – Make Clay Pots!
    • Check in each week for the next activity!
  • Thursdays and Saturdays  – ‘Artesanos Menores’ ‘Preschool Craft Makers’’-

    • Mexican Worry Dolls (August 10th and 12)

    • Alebrijes – Oaxacan Painted Animals – (August 17th and 19th, with guest Cie McCullough from the Creative Chameleon)

    • Weaving (August 24th and 16th)

Museum admission is $5 per person, and children under three are free. The museum is located at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, New York.

For more information, visit our calendar page or call (518) 793-2773.

Our Brand new ¡Hola, Mexico! Exhibit is now open. Come learn and play!

We are proud to announce our newest experience project, ¡Hola, Mexico! Just opened on June, 30, 2017, ¡Hola, Mexico! is the culmination of two rounds and dozens of votes by our youngest visitors reflecting the country and culture they’d most like to see next in the Museum.

The underlying educational goals of this experience project will be to teach children about the rich diversity of Mexican cuisines, and to help children understand the interconnectedness of local farms to the dinner table in Mexico and in their own lives locally. We will create an environment within the museum in which children can play and explore Mexico by incorporating the farming experience and food preparation that surrounds the daily life of Mexican citizen in the Michoacan region. Children will be able to farm the food, learn how to prepare the food, and serve the food throughout this exhibit.

In order to allow children to have more opportunities to experience ¡Hola, Mexico!, the Museum will once again expand their summer hours. Beginning June 30, hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Museum hours through June 19 are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children under three are free. The Museum is located at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, New York.

Check out our monthly calendar of events to stay updated on activities throughout the summer! Our calendar is available by clicking here.

Funding for the experience project was provided by The Touba Family Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Stewart’s Holiday Match Program, and The Cohoes Savings Foundation. In-kind sponsorship for this project provided by Kellogg Karpet and Design Center.