Monthly Programming

October 2018 Program Highlights

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities throughout American history. It emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all Americans have access to the services and supports to enable them to work.


It dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. Then, in 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. The Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990.


Our October programming will explore the many contributions of employees with disabilities to the areas of art, cooking, and science. 



Cool School Holiday: Columbus Day
Monday, October 8
Free admission all day, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, sponsored by Macy’s









Autism Awareness Workshop: Create & Connect Puzzles
Monday, October 8
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Create your own puzzle to support autism awareness. Be sure to pick up a timed ticket for this workshop as availability may be limited.





Con Edison Second Saturday Science!
The Science of Sight
Saturday, October 13, Noon – 1:00 pm
Learn about braille and create your own name tags using braille. Investigate Daltonism, also known as color blindness, through a series of activities and tests.




Pizza Party! Special ShopRite Kidz Cook
Friday, October 19 at 3:00 & 4:00 pm

Celebrate Italian Heritage Month with Julian Rosen from famous Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn. See a dough throwing demo and taste a slice!





Members-Only “Not-So-Scary” Halloween Party!
Friday, October 26
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Live entertainment, candy, spooky crafts and our famous haunted house! Visit our website to purchase tickets. Reservations are required. $16 per person. Discounted $13 early bird tickets available until Friday, October 12.




Halloween Harbor at Snug Harbor!
Saturday, October 27, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

In addition to the happenings throughout Snug Harbor, the Children’s Museum will have a Halloween Art Workshop from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, present “Spooky Science” from 2:00 – 2:30 pm, and share stories and songs with Drag Queen Story Hour from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.




Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration
Sunday, October 28
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join artist Tamara Geisler, create Mexican folk art and sample traditional food for our celebration. Be sure to pick up a timed ticket as there may be limited availability.




Fantoms, Spooks and Hairy Toes with the Mighty String Demons
Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm

Get into the Halloween spirit with these young performers from Staten Island – a returning favorite! The performance will feature guest artist Kazuo Nakamura on double bass and Wenyi Lo on piano. Come dressed as something creepy or crawly!





ShopRite Kidz Cook
Fridays, sessions at 3:00 & 4:00 pm

Cook and enjoy signature dishes from famous chefs who are living with disabilities.

Also be sure to visit our Snack Zone Café, brought to you by partners On Your Mark, for lunch from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, Tuesday – Friday.  This Staten Island organization provides services to children and adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and neurological impairments. On Your Mark is a leader in developing staff training curricula for student interns, community volunteers, and professionals.



Weekend Art Studio
Saturdays & Sundays
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Judith Scott was an American fiber sculptor born with Down Syndrome. Create your own fiber sculptures & honor her legacy in our Walk-In Workshop.

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Please note that all programming is subject to change; please check the Museum’s website or call for updates.



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