When art meets science and technology, kids do more than just learn — they’re inspired to think in new ways.
That’s the premise of ARTech, a free indoor science and technology-themed playground open now through April 29 at 451-459 W. 14th St. Created in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts and New York Hall of Science, the two month-long pop-up of interactive activities, installations and workshops aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, programmers and engineers ages 4 and up.
“The Meatpacking District is the future of tech, so to be able to expose young kids to all these different elements felt natural for us,” says Lauren Danziger, executive director of the Meatpacking Business Improvement District.
The area is home to internet-focused businesses like Google and Giphy, side-by-side with art- and design-focused ventures like art galleries, the Whitney and fashion from the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg. ARTech merges those fields, explains Danziger, “and those little inspirations and experiences are what spark kids’ imaginations and kids’ ideas, and hopefully they will draw on these memories and create something that will propel them forward.”