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Snug Harbor Cultural Center is the most popular attraction of Staten Island, that promotes and encourages every genre of art. Music Hall of this center continues to serve this purpose with equal panache. This second oldest concert hall of New York City has been entertaining its patrons with the concerts held here. The resonance of soulful music through state-of-art acoustics, and the regal ambiance, all combine to present an awe-inspiring experience for you. Come by to enjoy various performing arts at this delightful venue.
Located in The Staten Island Botanical Garden, this garden was designed by the Landscape Architecture Corporation of China and has a collection of beautiful pavilions, walkways and courtyards. Scholar gardens are a concept unique to the Ming and Qing dynasties around 200 years back. A scholar or administrator belonging to the royal court would design these enclosed gardens. In these gardens the scenery changes beautifully, leaving a wonderfully dramatic impact. Guided tours are conducted on weekends, please check the website for specific timings.
Let your child explore their imagination at the Staten Island Children's Museum. Let them play, be a firefighter, ride a boat, fish, act like an insect and become oblivious to time here. There's a construction zone where kids can learn about houses and how they are built; they even get to use a digger and decorate! There are several outdoor and indoor exhibits that facilitate learning, as well as a distinct art workshop for kids to explore their creativity. The museum building is easily identifiable by a massive metal sculpture of a praying mantis, fondly referred to as Francis the Praying Mantis, that is positioned outside the museum.
Connie Gretz's Secret Garden located in The Staten Island Botanical Garden is based on the French and English garden styles of the eighteenth century and has a medieval feel to it. This is the only maze garden in metropolitan New York and it is heavily inspired by the book of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The maze includes confusing pathways lined with three-foot foliage leading to a walled secret garden. On the other side of this one acre property is a 38 foot castle surrounded by a moat. This garden is a true novel experience for children as the maze challenges their young minds. In fact the garden is designed on the basis of a children's classic by the same name! Call for hours.
This historical episcopal church complex reflects the Late Victorian Gothic style. The church conducts great enthusiasm among the youth by organizing several activities for them. Inclusive of camps, scholarships and enrolling themselves in various activities that deal with the daily mass activities keeps the kids busy and also teaches them new ways of learning more about the church.
Corporal Thompson Park forms the heart of the neighborhood's sports offer, complete with football and soccer fields, a running track, a baseball diamond, an outdoor pool, and a playground for kids. The park is especially popular with dog walkers and is a fine place to simply relax under the shade of a tree with a book. In summer, open-air events like concerts and film screenings are often organized here, bringing the local community together to celebrate the season.