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Enjoying an accessible day in Staten Island, New York

August 4th 2013, Staten Island, New York:  78°F and clear with low humidity.  This is as good as it gets in New York.  A beautiful day to spend a few hours doing something different; something engaging; something to expand the mind of our very special boy, Anthony.

Staten Island Children’s Museum is accessible to all.  So it was a perfect fit. I’ve been there many times before when my daughter Christina was a child, and I remember her enjoying the museum and the grounds.  So off we went.  My plan with his Mom Lori was to spend just an hour or so.  Just enough time to break up the day with a cultural mind-expanding event. 

When we entered the museum I asked the lovely young woman at the front desk if there was a section for the special needs community.  Her reply, “the entire museum is open to all.”  I thought about that, and understood there were no distinguishing areas; just children of all abilities playing together. I like that.  I think it’s up to us as adults to help our children feel comfortable with each other.  The comfort level comes from us first.  Our children feel it.

 We were able to navigate very well throughout the museum and able to get to the different floors with two elevator banks.  It was the first time Anthony was there, so it was a day of looking, watching, and absorbing.  He enjoyed it.  We all did.  Next visit we’ll do more of the interactive activities.  We will be back.

The Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301, Snug Harbor Cultural Center