New York City is full of exciting places to go with your family, but few activities can compare to these museums for children in NYC. Have you noticed an increase in the “who, what, why, where, when, and how” questions coming from your children? Maybe you’ve noted a particular emphasis on the “whys.” Luckily, you’re probably just a stone’s throw away from a children’s museum, where your kids can ask all the questions they want, and you’re not responsible for all the answers.
47-01 111th Street, Queens (inside Flushing Meadows Park)
Admission: adults $11, kids 2-17 $8, kids under 2 are free
The New York Hall of Science is a NYC landmark. It’s located inside one of the structures from the 1964 World’s Fair, and has more than 450 hands-on science exhibits. It even has a separate preschool place full of cool activities for smaller children.
NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Park
Suggested Admission: adults $5, kids five and up $2.50, children under five are free
Another Queens gem nestled inside Flushing Meadows Park, the Queens Museum of Art is the home of the famous NYC Panorama, as well as their popular First Sunday Family Days, a series of exhibits dedicated to families every first Sunday of the month.
212 W83rd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, NYC
Admission: $10 for adults and kids ages 1 and up. Children under 12 months are free
A fantastic museum, with something for everyone, even infants, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been providing theme-based exhibits, like their current Wizard of Oz feature, for over thirty years. With different levels and sections dedicated to specific age groups, your child will surely be enthralled at every turn.
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
General Admission: Free (for special event days, check the website for admission prices)
Open year round, this 47 acre working farm in Queens is a great way to learn about NY’s extensive farming history. You can walk around the grounds on your own, or you can take advantage of one of their free guided tours of the farm on Saturdays and Sundays.
11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
General Admission: Adults and children 1 and over $10, children under 12 months are free
This children’s museum is two floors full of exhibits designed to engage the senses. With age appropriate exhibits like Climb It, for ages four and over, and Tot Spot, for kids under four, LICM has it all covered.
182 Lafayette Street, NYC
Admission: $10 adults and children 1 and over, Thursdays 4-6pm is pay as you wish
With an impressive collection of over 2000 works of art, the Children’s Museum of the Arts is an art gallery for kids. Literally. Every painting and drawing was done by a child, with some coming from around the world. Their current exhibition, Art Within Reach, compares work from children during the Great Depression with the work from children today. They also offer classes and workshops to get kids’ creativity flowing.
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn
Admission: $7.50 adults and children 1 and over
This collecting museum of cultural objects and natural history specimens has over 30,000 objects in rotation, ready to amaze kids of all ages. In their new exhibit called Collection Central, the pieces on display are always changing, and kids get to draw them and examine them much like curators do. They can even step into the object’s world in role playing areas.
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Admission: $6 adults and children 1 and over
Kids visiting this museum get to explore what it’s like to be a spider, pretend to be a sailor, examine different kinds of architecture, visit rainforests and the tundra all in the same trip. They can even help feed the museum’s bugs, fish, and guinea pigs.
Whether your kids are off from school, or you’re looking for something fun and different to do on the weekends, be sure to check out, and support, the local NYC children’s museums.