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5 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Kids

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Hispanic Heritage Month ends Monday, so we’ve rounded up some easy ways to celebrate the culture of merengue, mangos and amigos with your kids this weekend.

1. Make a Recipe: Kiddie Coquito

This Hispanic version of non-alcoholic Eggnog is an easy-to-make treat that everyone will love. 

Ingredients:
2 15-ounce cans cream of coconut
2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Serve (makes 36 ounces). 

2. Go on a Field Trip: El Museo Del Barrio

Children under 12 can explore the art and culture of Latin America and The Caribbean for free in El Museo Del Barrio in New York City. Experience paintings so vivid you can almost smell them at the Voces Y Visiones: Gran Caribe exhibit, or feel the spirit of the people in the limited time exhibit Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. El Museo Del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10029. Visit their website at www.elmuseo.org.

3. Go Bilingual: Plaza Sesamo

Tune in to PBS Kids Sprout on Demand and watch an episode of Elmo's amigos on Plaza Sesamo. Your kids will be reciting their ABCs in Spanish in no time. 

4. Play a Game: Dominoes 

Pull out the Dominoes for family game night. Have the kids connect the Domino tiles to work on their math and matching, Hispanic style. 

5. Have a Dance-off: Flamenco

Gather around the computer and watch a few flamenco dance videos on YouTube. Then battle it out on the living room dance floor. The winner gets an extra serving of coquito. 

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