I recently joined Kids Club 13, kinda like a kids club for PBS in the tri-state area. I joined just in time to head out to the February event at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. I’ve been meaning to get to this Museum as I’ve heard its one of the best cultural places for kiddos in NYC. well, I’m happy to say that I luuuurved the Museum. Some kid’s spaces within museum’s geared to adults don’t let the kids touch, speak loudly, in a nutshell have fun like a kid! This place is made for kids, but truth be told Big Monkey and I loved it too, learning a few things about Brooklyn and it’s cultural makeup.
On top of free entry to the museum, our Kids Club 13 membership got us a pre-screening of a brand new episode of Curious George, not yet having run on TV – like red carpet service for toddlers. He happens to be one of my little Monkey’s favorite monkeys, so he was pretty jazzed with this on top of meeting Curious George. His initial excitement wore off a little though as he discovered a zipper down his back, “Mummy, George has a zipper, but he doesn’t have a tail!” Hmmm…how to deal with that one? Well, the jig was up. He continued to point out that George was much taller than he appeared on TV, and wasn’t that a man’s wrist peaking through? He enjoyed the illusion of it all, giving him a hug and shaking his hand, but deep down there was a little disappointment. Well, it wasn’t even that deep down by the sour look on his face in the photo above
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If you are interested in exposing your child to different cultural experiences for free as well as accessing discounts around the city, consider joining. From the Kids Club 13 website,
Kids Club THIRTEEN is a membership program that encourages families to discover the wide range of cultural and educational centers to be found across the tri-state area – museums, zoos, theaters and more. Kids Club members gain exclusive access to 13 Fun and Free events every year, as well as discounts to dozens of institutions.
As for Brooklyn Children’s Museum, put aside an entire afternoon or be prepared to come back another day as there is much to see. We were there for 4 hours and still didn’t get to see everything we wanted to. Bring extra clothes to change the kids after they play in the Water Wonders exhibit. Smocks are supplied but with water it can still get messy. I really enjoyed Brooklyn World and seeing Fantasia their humungo yellow thing of the snake variety. And if you get caught out without a snack, you’ll be happy to know they had baked (not fried) goods on hand as well as a host of healthy options.
My Monkey is 4 and enjoyed it immensely. I could imagine that even younger kids would enjoy all the fake kitchen, store play in World Brooklyn as well as all the nature exhibits.