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Wondering What To Do in NYC with Kids – Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

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.

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 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.

NYC exhibit - Children's Museum of Manhattan

Why Children’s Museum of Manhattan 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.

Learning Body Parts - Children's Museum of Manhattan

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.

Sand Fun - Children's Museum of Manhattan

The building is four floors full of different exhibits and themes

Gas fun - Children's Museum of Manhattan

We saw all about nutritious foods and body parts

Children's Museum of Manhattan - playing

And plenty of slides

Children's Museum of Manhattan - kids fun

Hands on interactive attractions

Playtime - Children's Museum of Manhattan

Puzzle solving

Puzzles - Children's Museum of Manhattan

Music Oriented exhibits

Hands on fun - Children's Museum of Manhattan

And a chance to practice playing musical instruments

Musical fun - Children's Museum of Manhattan

Outdoor and Water Fun

Water fun - Children's Museum of Manhattan

In the summer time they also open the outdoor area. It was blistering hot and this little water exhibit area was just what we needed.

Water activities - Children's Museum of Manhattan

The parents got to sit in the shade while the kids either fished, played with water toys or just ran around.

Fishing - Children's Museum of Manhattan

Facts and Fun about CMOM

  • 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.

Phone: 212-721-1234

Address: The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York

Hours: Sunday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday Extended hours 10am – 7pm,


Children and Adults $11

Seniors $7

Children under 12 months Free

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