New Mexicans have the pleasure of living in a state surrounded by the language of our ancestors in addition to English. Native languages are still being held by members of the community and Spanish is still widely spoken around the state. Our younger generations are not as fluent in these languages as our grandparents were and that’s why many programs exist to bring back our heritage languages so they are not lost. The National Hispanic Cultural center wants to give opportunities for our youth to be exposed to fun summer activities in a bilingual setting of both English and Spanish. During the summer months of June, July and August, families can participate in ‘Jugamos Juntos’ to have fun while strengthening language skills.
Each week throughout the three months there are several ‘Jugamos Juntos’ events to choose from, and they are all free to participate in. The series begins with live storytelling by storyteller Steven Plá. Plá is a world renowned storyeller who aims to bridge cultures from around the world. He engaged young audiences in telling stories to capture their interest and foster learning. This will take place every 4th Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:00. Additionally, there is also storytime in Spanish every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 in the Domenici building of the NHCC.
Bilingual children film screenings will be showing the 1st Saturday of each month. The film ‘Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones/Tad, The Lost Explorer’ will be showing on Saturday, July 5th at 10:30 am at the Bank of America theatre. “In Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones, a Chicago construction worker who dreams of a life of adventure is mistaken for a famous archaeologist and whisked off to Peru. There, he assists a professor and his beautiful daughter as they race against evil treasure hunters in search of the Lost City of Paititi.”
Be sure to check the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s calendar for a list of all events, times, locations and descriptions. This will contain all the information about the ‘Jugamos Juntos’ events as well as other cultural events happening at the NHCC- many of which are also free.