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Election Day 2013: Things to do with kids in NYC

Treat the kids to an election-themed happening, from mock votes to history-minded scavenger hunts, on Election Day 2013—as the kids have off from school.


Not only do we voters have a tighter schedule than usual on Election Day 2013, but the kids also have the day off from school. After casting your ballot first thing in the morning (well, that's when we prefer to do it), take the kids to a city museum for a little voting-themed fun. On Election Day 2013, things to do with kids abound, from a history-centric scavenger hunt through the New-York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children's History Museum to a bingo game at the Museum at Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side and a voting intro for tots at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Click through our slide show, below, for a look at some of the ways future voters can get used to democracy.

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  • Courtesy the New-York Historical Society

    NYC Mayors Scavenger Hunt at the New-York Historical Society

    Kids can take up the challenge of the New-York Historical Society's latest, mayoral-themed scavenger hunt on Election Day itself. They'll search both NYHS and the DiMenna Children's History Museum for artifacts and documents relating to NYC mayoral elections throughout the city's history. Ages 6 and up.

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Museum at Eldridge Street

    Preservation Detectives: Election Day Bingo

    Politically minded challenges, a scavenger hunt and crafts are on the roster at this year's Election Day program at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Kids will discover how their 20th-century counterparts celebrated the holiday, and learn such fun facts as what Mickey Mouse and election night have in common. Ages 5 to 10.

  • Courtesy Brooklyn Children's Museum

    Election Day Fun at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

    Little kids get a primer on what it means to vote and how to do it at this BCM workshop on Election Day. First, they'll listen to a story about the voting process, then cast and tally votes in their own election. Ages 5 and under.

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Children's Museum of Manhattan

    Every Vote Counts at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

    Pre-K-aged little ones are invited to work on their counting skills in this Election Day–themed workshop that's part math, part learning about participation. Ages 4 and under.

Courtesy the New-York Historical Society

NYC Mayors Scavenger Hunt at the New-York Historical Society

Kids can take up the challenge of the New-York Historical Society's latest, mayoral-themed scavenger hunt on Election Day itself. They'll search both NYHS and the DiMenna Children's History Museum for artifacts and documents relating to NYC mayoral elections throughout the city's history. Ages 6 and up.

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