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The 2013 Family Benefit: Heroes and Heroines at the Metropolitan

Young heroes and heroines

Young heroes and heroines stopped for a snack and a picture at this year's Family Benefit.

On Monday, February 4, the Met hosted its twenty-first annual Family Benefit for families with kids of all ages. This year's theme, heroes and heroines, was a huge hit with parents and children alike.

The party started in the Great Hall, where families enjoyed savory and sweet treats and little ones danced to the music of Brooklyn-based education rock band The Deedle Deedle Dees. Upstairs on the Great Hall Balcony, the Museum's Education staff led children (and adults!) in various art projects and interactive activities, including stations where they could create their own heroic personas by designing helmets, crowns, wrist cuffs, pendants, and standards. Guests could also create comic books to tell the story of their new heroic alter egos.

Throughout the evening, attendees were invited to visit six different heroes and heroines in the Museum's exceptional collections such as Joan of Arc, King David, and Herakles. At each work of art, guests could collect a special hero trading card to take home at the end of the event.

Sharon Wee Fu, Cynthia Humphrey, Sharon Hurowitz, Jill Swid Rosen, and Kimberly Tighe served as co-chairs of this year's Family Benefit Committee. For information about next year's Family Benefit, please contact Kristin MacDonald in the Development Office at 212-570-3948.

View more photographs from the benefit below.

The Deedle Deedle Dees and nine-year-old Bella Butler

The Deedle Deedle Dees perform with the help of nine-year-old Bella Butler on vocals.

Young guest designing her own heroic banner

A young guest designs her own heroic banner.

Co-chair Jill Swid Rosen and children

Co-chair Jill Swid Rosen and children create their own heroic comic books.

Linda Macklowe, Billy Macklowe, and Julie Macklowe

Linda, Billy, and Julie Macklowe help with one of the art projects.

Co-chair Sharon Wee Fu and children

Co-chair Sharon Wee Fu and children

Young guests

Young guests have their hands full with sweet treats and bags full of art projects.

Photographs © 2013 BFA NYC LLC. All rights reserved.

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