By: Virginia Gudiel
Museum’s are a fun and educational place to take the kiddos.Perfect place to go all year long.Warm in the brisk cold weather, and cool in the hot summers! Below is a list of the best museums located within the five boroughs. It’s nice to leave your own borough occasionally and explore another! So get out and explore!
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Arts & Crafts and Story time in the Totally Tots area will be a blast for the little ones! Or head on over to World Brooklyn a series of kid sized shops. The kids can pretend to work in a pizza shop,stationary store,mexican bakery,etc. Parent’s and children alike will learn a lot from the several exhibits the museum has to offer.
Where: 145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213
Admission: $7.50 per person. Free for children under 1 and museum members.
Hours: 10am-5pm all days except for Monday. CLOSED on Monday.
For More Information: http://www.brooklynkids.org/
Phone: (718) 735-4400
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Your children will LOVE the Adventures with Dora and Diego exhibit. At the PlayWorks section children will have fun dressing up as a firefighter, driving a city bus or building with blocks.
Where: 212 West 83rd Street New York, NY 10024
Admission: $11 per person. Free for children under 1.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Saturday, 10am – 7pm
For More Information: http://www.cmom.org/
The Staten Island Children’s Museum
Kids will love the BIG GAME exhibit. Enjoy playing Chess with life-sized pieces, giant Dominoes, Bowling, Checkers, Connect Four, and Ball Toss. Portia’s Playhouse is perfect for your future Tony Award winner. Children will have fun dressing up in costumes and using the props available to put on some skits!
Where: 1000 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301
Admission: $6 per person. Free under 1.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12- 5pm & closed Monday.
For More Information: http://statenislandkids.org/
The American Museum of Natural History
Head to the Discovery Room at the museum. It is very hands on and interactive. The Planetarium is perfect for star gazing and planet exploring! And who doesn’t want to see old dinosaur bones?
Where: Central Park West at 79th Street New York,NY 10024
Admission: Free with admission.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:30pm – 5:10 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm & 2:15pm-5:10pm.
For More Information: http://www.amnh.org/
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Not only is the Sony Wonder Technology lab an ultra cool place to visit, its also FREE! It is boasting four floors of interactive technology and entertainment for all ages. Due to the popularity of this museum reservations are highly recommended.
Where: SONY Plaza 550 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.
For More Information: http://www.sonywondertechlab.com/
Phone: (212) 833-8100
Dimenna Children’s Museum
Explore this museum within a museum! Located within the New York Historical Society. Children can learn about New York and American History. Explore people such as Cornelia Van Varick, James McCune Smith, and Alexander Hamilton and learn about The Orphan Train Children and the NewYork Newsies.
Where: New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West New York, NY 10024
Admission: Adults $15 , Seniors and Educators $12, Students $10, Kids (7-13) $5, Children under 7 Free
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday – 10 am-6 pm ,Friday 10am – 8pm,Sunday – 10 am-5 pm . Closed on Monday.
For More Information: http://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museum
Phone: (212) 873-3400
NY Hall of Science
New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center in Queens in fun for children of all ages. Younger children will enjoy Preschool Place with over 22 hands-on exhibits designed for early learners to explore. The NY Hall of Science has over 450 exhibitions including Hidden Kingdoms,Mathematica, Realm of the Atom,Rocket Park,Science Playground,etc!! Enjoy Flushing Meadows Corona Park while you are there.
Where: 47-01 111th Street Queens, NY 11368
Admission: Adults (ages 18 & older): $11 ,Children (ages 2 – 17): $8,Students (with college ID): $8,Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $8
Hours: Monday Closed.Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 am – 2 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm ,Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
For More Information: http://www.nysci.org
NY Transit Museum
Children will enjoy learning about NYC’s transit system at the museum. It’s so interesting to see how the transit system has evolved and change over years. Children will enjoy exhibits such as Steel, Stone, and Backbone & On the Streets.
Where: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn,11201
Admission: Adults $7 ,Children 2 – 17 $5, Senior Citizens (62+) $5
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m,Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Closed Mondays and major holidays
For More Information: http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/
Phone: (718) 694-1600
NYC Fire Museum
Small museum but very informative on fire safety. Kids will have a blast trying on fire fighters gear and taking pictures next to an actual fire engine.The museum also offers fire safety simulations where visitors experience a simulation of a real fire in a NYC apartment complete with theatrical smoke, lasers and black lights to make it seem very real, but these education tours must be reserved for groups of at least 20. There is a 9/11 memorial as well. Kids will enjoy the gift shop where they can snag some goodies to take home!
Where: 278 Spring Street New York, NY 10013
Admission: Adults: $8.00,Seniors,Students and Children 12 and under: $5.00,Children under 2: Free
Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM ,Sunday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
For More Information: http://nycfiremuseum.org/
Phone: (212) 691-1303
Museum of The Moving Image
The Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image.Children will enjoy Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibition which is currently running until March 4th. There are also screenings and workshops which are family friendly. Free admission Fridays from 4-8pm!
Where: 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria, NY 11106
Admission: $12 adults (18+) ,$9 senior citizens and college students with valid ID ,$6 children (3-17).Free for Museum members and children under 3
Hours: Tuesday–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.(Free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.)Saturdays and Sundays: 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Closed Monday.
For More Information: http://www.movingimage.us/
Phone: 718- 777- 6888