NYC kids have a few years to go before they can cast a ballot for a presidential nominee. But that doesn't mean they can't be involved in the political process on some level.
On Oct 28, the Children's Museum of Manhattan unveiled its new “Right to Vote” exhibit (ages 2 and up), which commemorates the centennial of women’s suffrage and, of course, the 2020 election. It intends to emphasizes the importance of working for the greater good, listening to others' opinions and thoughtful decision making—great lessons for the little ones and helpful reminders for the adults among us.
Upon visiting the installation, little politicians in the making will cast a vote to a subject near and dear to their heart—free school meals, clean water or more park spaces. After testing out what voting feels like, kids step into the role of commander in chief in the mini Oval Office, where they can take calls and make deals. Subsequently, they'll learn about important figures in the women's suffrage movement and use the pioneers' example to create artwork to represent what's important to them. (Think DIY posters, ballots, etc.)
This isn't the only family attraction that is shedding a light on the 2020 race: The NYPL has released an Election Reading List for kids, teens and adults, which highlight important voter issues such as climate change, foreign policy and healthcare, among others. Even if your little ones have a ways to go before they turn 18, they can get a jumpstart on our nation's governmental issues.
If you are looking for ways to exercise your democracy, have a gander at the coolest polling places in NYC and make sure to snag a freebie from Krispie Kreme, which will pass out complimentary glazed doughnuts on Nov 3 to those with voting stickers. (If you voted early, no sweat—there's still a way to cash in on the deal.)
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