New York, New York
Upper West Side
Sunday–Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
The enchanting Children’s Museum of Manhattan has interactive, educational exhibits and lots of kids programming and performances.
$: $11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger
Annual Memberships: $210 ($125 is tax deductible) for two adults, all children in their household, and up to two additional adult caregivers. .
Free Hours: First Friday of each month 5-8pm.
Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:
•Hello from Japan! (through Jun 30)
Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a playful, highly immersive environment. In Kawaii Central, a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, sing karaoke, smile for a photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable family mascots. In the beautiful, natural Shinto shrine park build a bridge, crawl through a forest, encounter kami spirits, and make a wish at a wishing tree.
•Dynamic H2O (through Sep 30)
Cool off at a splashy water exhibit with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics. Children can trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. Learn about the water cycle, pretend to fish, pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create a 92 mile aqueduct and construct a city at the water’s edge.
•Let’s Dance! (through Dec 31)
Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance. Celebrate the beauty, spirit, and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance can play in a child’s world. Discover dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with the immersive video projection dome dance portal to watch, learn and dance along with professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box. Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, engaging props and fun costumes. Experiment with authentic percussion instruments, drumming unique beats and rhythms. Lots of related workshops and performances, including daily dance and movement programs at 10:30 am, 11:30 am & 2 pm.
Family Programs: Check out the packed calendar of daily workshops in design, math, science and more. Workshops are divided into ages 4 & under and 5 & over; the latter require same-day registration one hour before at the yellow Visitor Information Desk in the first floor lobby, where you can also pick up tickets to weekend performances by Broadway artists, professional dance troupes and recording artists one hour before each show.
Strollers/Diapers: Strollers must be left at the coat check. All of the bathrooms have diaper changing tables.
Eat & Treats: Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100-year-old Orwasher's Bakery at Amsterdam & 81st Street. The extensive cheesecake-heavy dessert menu and charming decor lure locals to cash-only tourist trap Cafe Lalo across the street.
Other Tips: Families of employees of corporate members (many NYC companies including Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg and American Express) get one year of free admission to the Museum.
- Let’s Dance! Saturday, July 1–Monday, December 31 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- Hello from Japan! Friday, February 2–Saturday, June 30 10:00 am–5:00 pm
- Dynamic H2O Saturday, May 26–Sunday, September 30 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- Memorial Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan Saturday, May 26 10:00 am–2:00 pm
- Memorial Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan Sunday, May 27 10:00 am–2:00 pm
- Memorial Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan Monday, May 28 10:00 am–2:00 pm
- Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan Friday, June 1 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan Friday, July 6 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan Friday, August 3 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
- Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan Friday, September 7 5:00 pm–8:00 pm