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Visiting Ellis Island on Ellis Island Day for kids who need to dive into history

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Ellis Island Day is January 1, and if you've got the kind of child who, when they get interested in something, get really, really, really interested in something - as in they research it (secondary and primary sources), they sketch it (extrapolating details they can't see), they build models of it (extrapolating 3-D details they can't see), they act it out (complete with detailed, handmade costumes and period dialects), and they talk about it incessantly - then you are in luck!

If your child's current passion includes late 19th and early 20th Century immigration to the East Coast of America, there are plenty of books on the subject.

You can have an Ellis Island Christmas. A History in Many Voices. A coloring book. An even an Interactive History Adventure.

But, you know what the ultimate Interactive History Adventure currently available to New York City (and visiting) kids is?

A trek out to the actual Ellis Island itself! (It's not only hands on, it's also feet on. And, if you child is the kind who really needs to experience everything with all their senses, a possible tongue on. Though we don't recommend it.)

What we do recommend is that, prior to hitting the road, you check out these 10 Insider Tips You Must Know Before Visiting Ellis Island with Kids by Red Tricycle.

It offers exclusive secrets for everything from how to get the most bang for your buck when you buy your ticket, to how to keep kids from getting seasick on the ferry - or bored in line, to what you should wear, bring along and see!

Though it hasn't fully recovered from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, parts of Ellis Island are open for business, and what better time to walk in the footsteps of immigrants looking for a new life, than in the New Year!

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