For Families
Mixed Messages - A Video Experience

Teaching Artists in Residence David Simons, left, and John Morton





February 15 - May 18
Move your hand! Move your body! A computer tracks your moves via a video camera and then translates it into an “experience” — new sounds and sights for you.

John Morton and David Simons

Inspired by the great video games of the last 40 years, John Morton and David Simons, sound artist and composer, create a video experience — Mixed Messages for Hudson River Museum families. Walk into Mixed Messages and surround yourself with messages that you, a video camera, and a computer create.
What happens in Mixed Messages? “You’re invited to make a move,” said John Morton. “Then you’ll see yourself a new way mirrored in the computer.” Just as in a video game, Mixed Messages combines your motion with a computer’s words, sounds, and visual projection.

Family Studio: Arts & Science Projects



Creative activities every Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 4 pm, inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents and arts and science professionals.

Arts Projects
Saturdays and Sundays
1 - 4 pm

April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Painting with Pixels

Use tape, tissue paper, and paint to create pixel-images. Images from real video games are your inspiration.

May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
Me and My Avatar

Create a 3-D sculpture of yourself – be an avatar and look just like your favorite character in a Wii game.


Science Projects
1 - 4 pm

April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17
Perceiving Pixels

From the simplest games to the most complex, designers can’t overtax consoles with graphics so they depend on the human brain to “fill in the blanks”. Make and experiment with images and perception.

School's Out, Stars Are In


April 18 - 1 - 4 pm
Students on school break join Museum educators and Jr. Docents for creative activities and Planetarium shows. (December Holidays, Winter Break, and Spring Break)
FREE with Museum admission. Students must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Drop-in Activity
Explore the Hudson River in the Hudson Riverama. Junior Docents demonstrate the effect of pollution on the river.

It’s PIRATE DAY at SOSI ! What does a pirate need to know about the water? Use the pirate’s favorite twine to weave an anchor!

Planetarium Star Shows

  • 12:30 pm The Sky Tonight
    Take a tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.
  • 2 pm We Are Aliens
    Explore our understanding of life on Earth and how it guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the universe.
Play a Video Game in the Planetarium
3:30 pm

Play a game and see your plays on the biggest screen of all — the planetarium sky dome.