The Children’s Museum of the Arts located at 103 Charlton Street in the South Village offers budding young artists in training a hands-on art experience like no other museum in New York City. The Children’s Museum of the Arts opened in it’s new space just last year but has been in lower Manhattan since 1988.
Visiting the 10,000 square foot space, you are struck not only by the cool art pieces in the art gallery like the Sea Goddess by Swoon or the life-size statue of artist Moondog, the permanent collection of children’s art work from 50 different countries but also the unique activities that will have you coming back again and again.
From the Ball Pond that will keep your child moving around to The Clay Bar where kids can step up to the bar to sculpt their very own clay pieces to the Media Lab where budding filmmakers can create their own multi-media project to my favorite, the Groove Tube which has curated music from a range of musical genres, there is a interesting and unique activity to keep your child engaged.
And of course, there has to be just plain art for the little ones. For the under five set, there is the WEE (Wondrous Exploring Experience) Arts Studio with has structured art classes and story time sessions. You can experience the WEE Arts Studio as a registration class, a drop-in session or part of the general admission. For older kids, there is the Fine Arts Studio where again, classes are structured for their age group.
For more information on everything the Children’s Museum of the Arts museum has to offer your family (Teen Programs, Break and Summer Programs, Special Needs, etc), as well as information on current exhibits, visit cmany.org. Admission to the museum is $10, FREE for infants (0-12 months), seniors and CMA members.