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On warm summer evenings, it's fun to go outside, direct your gaze up, and count all of the stars you can see. When the clouds cover the sky, go inside to look up at the stars at these planetariums near the New York metro area.
Whether your kids are just out for Presidents Day or a longer mid-winter recess, we've rounded up a slew of family activities, mini-camps, and day-camps to keep your crew entertained during their time off.
Fly with the Blue Angels, meet an astronaut, and soar into space at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY, an institution that celebrates the grand history of aviation on Long Island.
The Yorktown Museum exhibits timeless treasures in a holiday exhibit for every generation.
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ, is all about giving kids (and their grownups!) hands-on opportunities to learn about the world around them. Here's what to do at this New Jersey science museum on your next family visit.
The Beatty Robotics Team, which consists of Camille, age 13, Genevieve, age 11, and their father Robert, built a Mars Rover robot for the Mars exhibit at NYSCI. The girls, who are interested in STEM education, did most of the work on the robot.
UPDATED JUNE 2015: Searching for great summer activities for kids in Rockland County, NY? Use our guide to find kids classes, Rockland summer camps, summer programs, activities near Rockland County, and family excursions close by. Find all of your summer activities from Nyack to Suffern in Rockland County.
Take a trip with your family to a railroad museum or train exhibit in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and beyond, where young and old train lovers can ride trains and explore the scenic area aboard a train.
Children with special needs can have fun and make friends with kids of all abilities with special programming, workshops, and kid-friendly events and activities on Long Island, including in Plainview, Great Neck, and East Meadow.
New York City offers countless cultural events and fun kid-friendly activities for all families, including those of children with special needs. Visit the museums, local community centers, and more for special programming that is created with your child with special needs in mind.
UPDATED FEBRUARY 2015: A comprehensive selection of kid-friendly museums in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Fairfield County, CT, and beyond. Our museum guide features science exhibits, nature, transportation and technology innovation, and art exhibits; you'll find something for every member of your family.
At the Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center in Airmont, NY, more recently known as the Town of Ramapo Challenger Center, kids can become astronauts for a day and families can go on space missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond.
The Museum of Mathematics, or MoMath, in Manhattan is a dynamic and interactive museum that focuses on enhancing public understanding and perception of math in daily life. It is the first museum of its kind in the country.
The Katonah Museum of Art in Bedford, NY, is a non-collecting museum that hosts about a dozen art exhibits each year and corresponding programs for kids and families such as guided tours, story times, art programs, family days, and school vacation programs.
How do you talk to your kids about food, and all the complicated things that go along with it? The American Museum of Natural History, a great museum for kids in Manhattan, has a new exhibition called Our Global Kitchen that will help you talk about food, history, and tradition with your kids.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition returns to NYC's Times Square for a five-month run, featuring first-round favorites such as the Sorting Hat and Hogwarts' Great Hall as well as many new artifacts from the iconic films.
During Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Live!, you can get free admission to participating museums in the NYC area and beyond.
Explore the intriguing world of science with games, sports and hands-on activities at New York Hall of Science. NYSCI also hosts World Maker Faire in September where hundreds of young inventors demonstrate their innovative creations.
The American Museum of Natural History is running a new exhibition from July 28 until December 2, 2012, showcasing approximately 20 species of live spiders, and highlighting the animal’s anatomy, behavior, and unique characteristics. Visitors will learn about the anatomy, history, and defense mechanisms of spiders, and will also see live spiders up close.
Active duty military and their family members can enjoy free admission to 70 museums, cultural centers, and historical sites in the NYC area this summer through the Blue Star Museums program.
June 9 is the 8th annual Connecticut Open House Day, when museums and cultural establishments all over CT will roll out the red carpet, offering free admission and special incentives.
SPY: The Secret World of Espionage opens at Discovery Times Square in NYC, giving kids and families a fun and interactive peek into the world of CIA intelligence.
Brooklyn's Jewish Children's Museum opened its new-and-improved fourth floor, which now houses a fun and interactive exhibit that takes kids on a journey through Jewish history and culture.
Kids become history detectives at the New-York Historical Society's DiMenna Children's History Museum, discovering hundreds of years of American history through the eyes of children who came before them. With the right mix of education and innovation, "worth the trip" is an understatement.
Take the family to nearby Mystic, Connecticut, a coastal New England town with a big history, small-town charm, and maritime culture. Read on for exciting descriptions of such Mystic attractions as the Pequot Museum, the Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and much more.