When I lived in NYC I never thought of it as a kid-friendly city. The fact that I was single and childless helped reinforce that at every corner. However, when I first came back to visit with my two boys a few years ago, I was beyond impressed with all there was to do for kids of all ages. Especially the museums. In this post, I’m going to talk about one of the best museums for toddlers in NYC, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
My oldest son, who is a huge art lover, and I’m certain he will become a curator one day, wanted to re-visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We visited this museum the year before and even though we all loved it, my baby was bored out of his mind. So this year, my oldest had his heart set on going to the MET, so I told him to go with his grandparents and I planned a great day for me and my little man.
The sad and honest truth is, and I know many parents with more than one child can relate, is that you don’t get to spend one-on-one time with your youngest kids as much as you’d like. Usually, all the kids are involved. So that fact that my oldest boy was going to have a blast with his grandparents, I jumped on the opportunity to connect with my baby boy.
There isn’t too much one can do with a four-year-old so when I discovered the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) and reading about it, I knew this would be perfect for our day together.
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Why Manhattan Children’s Museum is Perfect for Kids Six and Younger
We’ve been to many children’s museums in the span of my kids’ lives. Surprisingly, Central America has awesome museum for kids. However, the museums here are for ‘all ages’. Meaning that kids from three to twelve will find plenty to do. But in reality, the older kids are the ones that benefit the most since most of the exhibits are meant to be read and if you’re too small sometimes you can’t do them.
CMOM is probably the only museum I have ever heard of that is perfect for toddlers to six years old. All the exhibits were his height level, and he was able to do them all.
The building is four floors full of different exhibits and themes
We saw all about nutritious foods and body parts
And plenty of slides
Hands on interactive attractions
Music Oriented exhibits
And a chance to practice playing musical instruments
Outdoor and Water Fun
In the summertime, they also open the outdoor area. It was blisteringly hot and this little water exhibit area was just what we needed.
The parents got to sit in the shade while the kids either fished, played with water toys or just ran around.
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Facts about Children’s Museum of Manhattan NYC
Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, they’ve grown into a unique 38,000 square-foot learning facility.
CMOM seeks to inspire children and families to learn about themselves and the culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs.
Each year, CMOM serves more than 350,000 people, including 65,000 children.
CMOM focuses on four areas: a) Early childhood education b) Creativity in the arts and sciences c) Healthy lifestyles programs and d) Exploration of world cultures.
Every week more than 80 workshops, classes and performances are offered free with admission to the Museum.
Most Popular Exhibits
PlayWorks™ – For kids that are 0 to 4 years old.
EatSleepPlay™ – For all ages – Inspires families to have a healthier life.
Adventures with Dora and Diego – for kids 2 to 6 years old – Teaches about animal rescue and their habitats.
City Splash – For all ages – Encourages children to explore and learn about our environment.
Information for Visiting Children’s Museum of Manhattan
If you are traveling with children under six this is the place you have to visit while in NYC. However, for older kids this will be a bit boring.
Address: The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York
Hours: Sunday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday Extended hours 10am – 7pm,
Children and Adults $11
Children under 12 months Free
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