The Thirteen viewing area is rich with wonderful experiences for the whole family. Each month we will highlight happenings Around Town that offer a wide range of engaging and learning-filled activities to share with your kids.

Upcoming Events
Halloween Family Fun Day

Free admission, family activities at the Long Island Museum

Stony Brook, NY …October 1, 2014 … Calling all goblins, ghosts and gangsters! Join the Long Island Museum for Halloween Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Visitors of all ages are invited to dress in costume and enjoy free admission all day with fun-filled activities including pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and trick-or-treating. Kids young and old will be mystified at the Magic of Amore, one of New York’s top-rated magicians with more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment business. Finally, meet Vet Dogs in training from Veteran’s K-9 Corps.

Visitors will want to check out the Art Museum, featuring the popular Long Island at War: Battle Front and Home Front exhibition, as well as Brothers in Art: William Sidney Mount and Shepard Alonzo Mount Paint America. Finally, the Carriage Museum is home to 10 renovated galleries exploring the history of transportation before the invention of the automobile. Halloween Family Fun Day is sponsored by Target.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a FREE technology and entertainment museum for all ages. Explore exciting interactive exhibits in a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility that brings technology and creativity together to make learning experiential, entertaining and fun. Located in mid-town Manhattan, SWTL inspires creativity in a high-quality, engaging, and family-friendly learning environment.

Free to all. It is highly recommended to reserve tickets for guaranteed admission

Yoga Story Time Wednesdays at Karma Kids Yoga
Ongoing. Wednesdays at 3:30PM

At the Karma Kids Yoga studio, children are encouraged to explore and discover the mind and body in a fun-filled way. Storytime comes alive with puppets, songs, and yoga poses! Parents are invited with their children (6 and under) to read and play yoga together!

Free. For more info about Karma Kids and their workshops, go to




Broadway in Bryant Park
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30PM, through August 14, 2014

This summer, head on out to the lawn at Bryant Park and enjoy some of the most popular shows on and off Broadway. Every Thursday at 12:30PM through August 14, 2014, watch and sing-along as the musical stars perform their biggest hits.

 Free. Click here for a list of the shows.

Sandbox 2014 Program
Summer 2014

Bring your little ones to enjoy music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling by some of the best local artists, Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM at various playgrounds throughout Central Park this summer.

Dance with Michael Wimberly of the Museum for African Art!

Music and marching along with the Central Park Brass!

Puppets that bring stories come to life through Wonder Spark Puppets!

Stories that take you on a journey of the imagination with the stories of Brennan Lowery!

FREE. For the full Sandbox Schedule with locations, dates, and times, click here.  

Madison Square Kids EXPLORE!
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10AM-12:30PM

The Mad. Sq. Kids: Explore! program lets you and your little ones learn about the park first hand by using fun, self-guided worksheets. This free educational program provides families with self-guided activities that can be found at the Exploration Station. This colorful, freestanding activity cart is located in the playground. Go on a scavenger hunt! Learn about local flora and fauna! Get to know the park monuments! Activities vary each day, but each one will be enjoyable for families!

FREE. See more at:

Free Art Island Outpost
Every Saturday & Sunday from May 24-September 28, 2014 (and Holiday Mondays: May 26 & September 1) Times: 11-3 PM

Location: Governors Island, Outside Buildings 11 & 14 in Nolan Park

Want to make art in the great outdoors? Visit CMA’s Free Art Island Outpost on historic Governors Island every Saturday & Sunday this summer from 11-3 PM for free hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences!
Click for more info.
Brooklyn Block Lab – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Ongoing exhibit

Brooklyn Block Lab is a new 1,000 sq. ft. exhibit designed to strengthen children’s developmental, social and language skills through participatory block play, while encouraging caregiver engagement. Children and families will design and experiment with different building blocks, creating imaginative structures, while stacking, sorting and talking with one another. Utilizing a curated selection of wood, foam and magnetic blocks, families and teachers will explore how children interact and speak during the building process. Kids Club Thirteen members receive half off child admission per Kids Club Member Card holder. More Info.

Family Sundays – Rubin Museum of Art
Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. Kids Club Thirteen members receive $2 off adult admission price. More Info.

Adventures with Dora and Diego
Ongoing exhibit

Join Diego on a series of high stakes animal rescue missions. Learn facts about animals and their habitats by helping Diego rescue animals in trouble. Explore a cave, a beach and the rainforest, or rub animal footprints, even build a Spectacled Bear’s nest! Get ready for a fabulous fiesta at Dora’s house! Drive Tico’s car, build the walls of Rainbow Bridge or jump across the lake to arrive at Dora’s house to play drums and pretend to cook Latin American foods. By helping Dora and her friends get to the fiesta, your child will learn problem-solving skills, develop math and language abilities, and gain a greater appreciation and awareness of Latin American culture. ¡Vámonos! Let’s go!

Ongoing exhibt.

More info.

Picture This! Saturday Story Time – Katonah Museum of Art
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

Be inspired by great children’s books read to families by special guests, then create artwork in the Learning Center. Kids Club Thirteen members receive $2 off adult admission price with each paying child. More info.

Voices of Liberty – Museum of Jewish Heritage

Voices of Liberty at the Keeping History Center is a winner of a MUSE 2010 award! Experience this award-winning soundscape of inspiring stories of immigration-past and present-in a gallery with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty. Come add your family’s story too. Kids Club members receive 50% off adult, student and senior admission prices for up to two adults, students and seniors, when accompanied by a child 12 and under; 15% off in The Pickman Museum Shop. More info.

Piecing It Together: Immigrants In The Garment Industry – Tenement Museum

Visit the restored homes of two Eastern European Jewish families who lived in 97 Orchard Street at the turn of the 20th century, when the neighborhood was the most densely populated place on earth. See how the Levine family operated a garment factory in their own apartment, then pay a shiva (bereavement) call to the Rogarshevsky family as they mourn the loss of their father from the “tailors’ disease.” More info.

Henry B. duPont Planetarium – Discovery Museum

A planetarium presents a simulated display of the night sky that allows people to enjoy the wonder of the stars in a comfortable environment regardless of the time of day – or the weather! The Henry B. duPont III Planetarium at the Discovery Museum features a 10.1m domed ceiling, 121 seats, an array of slide and video projectors, a stereo surround sound system and at it’s heart the Spitz 512 Planetarium Projector. All of these systems combine to produce a unique experience. Each show involves a live 30 – 50 minute audiovisual feature that explores an astronomical topic from an angle that is occasionally humorous or quirky but always educational. Kids Club Thirteen members receive free admission for one child with each paying adult! More info.